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 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, her 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 into a national organization with an online community, career resources, exclusive list of Mentors and Coaches to further develop its members in addition to providing local support. Sherry's career advice has been mentioned and quoted in print and digital publications Essence Magazine, US News, The New York Times, CNBC, and more. She has also been featured in the Cincinnati Business Courier, Cincy Chic, Cincinnati Herald, Who's Who Cincinnati, and also appears on Cincinnati's FOX19 affiliate as a Careers Expert and has received numerous awards since 2015.
"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. 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 have an opportunity to work in her highest potential, have equal consideration for growth, and be equipped to handle the complexities of the workplace so she can truly experience real 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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