Sheri West is a former corporate executive who has transitioned into a phenomenal advocate for young women by founding her own nonprofit organization, Live Girl, which mission is to prepare the next generation of diverse, brave female leaders with skills, community and connections so that all girls can thrive and make a positive impace on the world.
As for Sheri West's background, she grew up on a farm in Michigan and later on went to Michigan State University where she got her undergrad and Masters. She later on found her way into corporate America and worked with fortune 500 companies such as Pepsi. This experience allowed her to live out her dreams and travel the world. While traveling, she had to make hard sacrifices such as losing precious time with her family and friends, which definitley effected her wanting to start a family. During her career, and similar to many other women, she faced an array of obstacles in corporate America. These obstacles highlighted the importance for women to have a network of mentors and sponsors. Sheri belives that female mentors are of the utmost importance for a women's professinal success. When she left corporate America in 2014, she founded Live Girl with a mission to provide that network of not only mentors, but other resources for young professional women. She wanted to create this organization to pay it forward to the next generation of female leaders and make a real difference to women in the workspace. Live Girl works with girls from 5th grade all the way into college, offering career readiness and internship programs to young girls who might not otherwise be given such oppurtuinities. Being given these resources from such a young age really benefit young women's mental health in the long term, and this is something Sheri really believes we should be proactive about as a society, instead of reactive. She emphasizses how it is so important to be a good example to these young women and to constantly make sure she is leaving a positive impact on them. We love a woman who dedicates her career to lifting other women up!!
About LiveGirl: Founded in 2014, LiveGirl, Inc. is a Connecticut-based nonprofit girls leadership organization that builds confident, inclusive leaders. Our mission is to prepare the next generation of diverse, brave female leaders with the skills, community, and connections so that ALL girls may thrive and make a positive impact on the world. LiveGirl serves thousands of girls in grade 5 through college annually through its free-of-charge, innovative leadership development and mentoring programs. To date, LiveGirl has reached over 10,000 young women. Learn more: https://golivegirl.org/
About Confident Podcast with Sheri & Olivia West: A mother - daughter podcast featuring conversations with fierce, unapologetically ambitious women about what it means to be an inclusive leader. Learn more: https://golivegirl.org/podcast