HerStory Moment with Cheryl Rhames

It’s Women’s History Month and this month the HerSuiteSpot blog will feature interviews with women leaders and entrepreneurs that talk about how they found their SuiteSpot in our HerStory Series. We recently sat down with Cheryl Rhames, CEO of Cheryl Rhames Consulting to learn more about her and how she got started as an entrepreneur in this HerStory Moment. Here is what we learned:

When you began your career many years ago, did you ever imagine that you would have a leadership role in this profession/organization?           

When I began my career many years ago, I knew that I wanted to impact as many individuals as possible. I knew in order to accomplish this I would have to take on leadership roles. These roles enable me to be at the forefront of having a voice when it came to creating and or changing educational policies. The experience and knowledge that I gained in my professional career enable me to launch a successful educational business. coaching business.

Who is a role model that you look up to?

I have worked with many people that have impacted my life, career, and business. Peter Ward was my first supervisor in business, he taught me the necessary steps to be successful and move up the corporate ladder. Carol Dawkins was my first supervisor in my educational career. She taught me how to lead by example and that every great leader lean on people expertise. Marsha Guerrier is my business coached, taught me on how to stay focused and not to be too proud to ask for what you want and/or need.

What are the benefits to having women in leadership?

There are several benefits to having women in leadership. Women are bold and wise decision makers, which makes people feel at ease when directive are being given. Woman in leadership roles provide companies with a different outlook and perspective when it comes to the look of a company. Women leaders are excellent resources for other females and even males entering a new field.

What has been your most significant barrier to leadership and how did you handle it? 

A significant barrier I experienced is being the only person on color in a leadership position and leading a team. At the time I was younger then the people I was supervising and that added to the challenge. I handled this experience by making sure that when I assigned a task I was clear of the expectation. I always spoke to people in a professional manner and never felt I had to prove anything to my staff.

What is something that you are immensely proud of?   

I am immensely proud of so many things in my life for different reasons it is difficult to pick one. For example, when I graduated from college, met my husband, got married and when I decided to begin Cheryl Rhames Consulting. In business, I was immensely proud when I began my business and when I was hired by first client.

What do you believe will be the biggest challenge for the next generation of leaders?  

I believe the biggest challenge the next generation of leaders will have to handle is working as a team and understanding that there is no (I) in team.

If you could give your 18-year-old self a piece of advice, what would it be?         

If I could give my 18 year old self a piece of advice, it would be find something you are good at and learn how to turn it into a business.

What is your favorite book or what book are you reading now?               

This a difficult question to answer. I have read so many amazing inspiring books that I can’t choose just one. the list below is off the top of my head not in any order. If I had more time this list would be twice as long. Each of these books gave me a takeaway that I can add to my life and use to help to achieve success:

  • Becoming
  • Its About Damn Time
  • The Success Principles
  • Lead from the Outside
  • Find Your Why

Where can we find you on your day off?              

I believe self-care is the cornerstone to success. On my day off you could either find me at the spa or at home with my family binge watching a show on tv.

More about Cheryl:

I am a certified educational leader, speaker, mentor, course creator, curriculum writer, coach and CEO of Cheryl Rhames Consulting; which is a coaching and small business consulting boutique. As an educational leader and coach with over 20 years’ experience, I support individuals with identifying their expertise to monetize their income through course creation. I am a thought leader, and influencer, using my expertise and perspective in an industry offering unique guidance, inspiring innovation and influencing others.

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