Career Strategist, Leader, Influencer, Founder of Black Career Women's Network and native of Oklahoma City. Sherry decided after working 12 years in the Human Resources industry as a Corporate Recruiter and HR Generalist for corporations such as CVS Pharmacy, AT&T, and Time Warner, she desired to utilize her experience in a different way and made the transition to becoming a Career Strategist, discovering a new passion for helping people strive for career success, specifically black women.
Why Black Career Women's Network was created
While working in the HR industry, Sherry was inspired to create an online forum due to a lack of access to other professional black women for peer support and mentoring in her own career, and initially created Black Career Women’s Network as a LinkedIn group to share experiences, exchange dialogue and career advice. However, it wasn't until she changed careers, is when the LinkedIn group began to gain traction and soon after, she discovered that other professional black women like her were experiencing similar or various challenges in the workplace. That's when she decided to expand Black Career Women's Network offline into a national organization with an online community, career resources, exclusive list of Mentors, Coaches, to further develop its members in addition to providing local support.
BCWN has been featured in online publications such as blackenterprise.com, CNBC.com, cosmo.com, NBCBLK.com, and forharriett.com. Sherry has been featured in publications such as Cincinnati Business Courier, Cincy Chic, Cincinnati Herald and also appears on Cincinnati's FOX19 affiliate as a Careers Expert. She was also featured in Who's Who in Black Cincinnati, received the 2015 Honor of Woman of the Year by Zeta Phi Beta - Cincinnati Grad Chapter, 2016 Global Smasher Award by Cheryl Wood Empowers, Cincy Chic's Women of the Year 2017, and Indianapolis 2017 Trailblazer Award for Woman of Worth.
Her Vision, Career Empowerment
"My vision for BCWN is to be the leading premier network that every African American woman can utilize to find the level of support she needs to achieve her definition of success. As professional black women, we can learn from each other and we need this. There is not a magic formula for achieving success in your career. However, armed with the right strategies it's never too late achieve your professional goals." ~ Sherry Sims
I want every black woman to discover their purpose, gifts, and freedom. My favorite quote from a well-known pastor says, "The life God gave you is larger than the life you've been living." For me, this quote is confirmation that we must strive to live our best life with the special gifts God has given us. It’s our job to discover what they are and use them to work in your purpose. I know that I'm working in my true gifts. Trust who you are, know your worth, discover your strengths and work your purpose!
- Success Never Stands Still
- Framing Your Future
- Instinctively YOU
Coaching & Mentoring
- Career Success Strategies
- You've Graduated, Now what?
- Professional Branding Tools
Workshops & Training
- Defining Your Professional Identity
- Branding YOU for Professional Success
- Getting Clear On Your Career Goals
Cincinnati HR officer-turned-entrepreneur transformed a LinkedIn group into a growing business.
When Sherry Sims created a LinkedIn group to connect black women seeking and offering career advice, she never thought her idea would turn into a business. “It wasn’t even on the radar,” Sims said of entrepreneurship. “I’m a mom first and a professional second.” Black Career Women’s Network is a growing business with a bustling online presence, and Sims doesn’t plan to stop there. Read Article
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