Career Strategist, Leader, Influencer, Speaker and Founder of Black Career Women's Network, Sherry Sims 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 Coach, 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 while seeking a mentor for herself. She established a Linkedin group and named it Black Career Women's Network with the purpose of connecting with other black women, and obtain career advice. After making the transition to becoming a Career Coach, the group began to gain traction, and black women were seeking her out for career advice. She soon discovered that other professional black women like herself were experiencing similar or various challenges in the workplace. She developed a new passion for helping people strive for career success, specifically black women. With her newfound passion, she decided to expand Black Career Women's Network offline into a national organization to include resources, a coaching program, and an exclusive list of Mentors and Coaches to develop its members further and provide exclusive support. Sherry has received numerous awards and appears on Cincinnati's FOX19 affiliate as a Careers Expert. Her expert advice has been quoted in various national print and digital publications such as Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise, US News, The New York Times, CNBC, and more. She has also been featured in the Cincinnati Business Courier, Cincy Chic, Cincinnati Herald, WLWT 5, and Who's Who Cincinnati. Most recently, she was listed as one of the Top 20 Career Coaches to follow in 2020.
"BCWN has grown to be the leading premier network that every African American woman is utilizing to find the level of support she needs to achieve her definition of success. As professional black women, we continue to learn from each other and we need this! I've experienced challenges as well. I know what it's like to be pushed out of your job, being the only, dealing with bias, overlooked for a promotion, because it happened to me also! There is not a magic formula for achieving success in your career. However, armed with the right strategies it's never too late to achieve your professional goals." ~ Sherry Sims.
I want every Black Career Woman to be empowered to work in her highest potential, have equal consideration for professional growth and opportunities, be equipped to handle the dynamics of the workplace, and experience freedom and fulfillment at work."
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. Trust who you are, know your worth, discover your strengths, and work your purpose!
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For Sherry Sims, founder and CEO of Black Career Women’s Network, her 2013-born organization had a simple goal: Provide black women access to mentors in the workplace. It was a problem that needed solving. After all, Sims and other African-American women she knew were often turning to other resources or avenues to get the support they needed to progress in their careers. Read Article
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