Please introduce yourself?
My name is Dr. Cheryl Wood. I equip women entrepreneurs with the knowledge and tools to master their voice, maximize their impact, and monetize their story. I am an International Empowerment Speaker, 2x TEDx Speaker, 15x Best-Selling Author and Executive Speaker Development Coach. I have trained countless women entrepreneurs and leaders across the United States and abroad in South Africa, India, France, United Kingdom, Canada, Jamaica and The Bahamas.
I empower women to get out of their comfort zone, take calculated risks, pursue their big dreams, and become the best version of themselves. I have delivered keynote presentations for NASA, Verizon, Capital One, The United Nations, The FBI, United States Department of Defense, United States Department of Agriculture, National Association of Legal Professionals, Federally Employed Women, Blacks In Government and the Congressional Black Caucus, to name a few. I am committed to empowering women globally to make their unique fingerprint count and to create their legacy starting today!
What makes you unique in your industry?
There are three things that make me unique in my industry: My authenticity that gives other women permission to show up just as they are and to know that they are worthy just as they are; my magnetic and contagious energy that inspires other women to get energized about their own possibilities and to big risks to walk in their purpose; and my abundance mindset that positions me to create platforms and stages for other women’s light to shine brightly without feeling like it takes anything from my own light.
Please share your top 3 most proud accomplishment to date:
1. Being hired to speak as the Keynote Speaker for a leadership event hosted by NASA in 2020, and having NASA to purchase 125 autographed copies of my book to provide to the attendees of the event – it felt like the big reward for all the hard work I had invested into my speaker journey for the 10 years prior to that opportunity.
2. Hosting my first international women’s conference in Paris, France in 2019 although I had never been to France, didn’t know anyone in France, and did not speak the language – it was a big risk that paid off in a big way, over 125 women from the USA and France attended the conference.
3. Traveling to Pretoria, South Africa in 2018 to speak at a local university to empower and inspire over 80 college-aged girls to remind them of the power and impact of their voices – I will never forget the look of hope & belief in their eyes!
Any advice to other women in your industry?
Don’t waste time doubting yourself, your abilities, or the impact you have the potential of making in the world with your voice. Your story, your knowledge, your experiences and your subject matter expertise is the prescription for someone else’s pain and they’re waiting for you to show up and write the prescription. Avoid focusing on being “qualified” and, instead, embrace that you are ‘called and equipped’ to transform someone’s life and to create legacy by sharing what you know!
What is next for you in 2021 and how can readers connect with you online?
I have so many exciting projects happening over the next few months: I have partnered with the Speaker Legend, Les Brown, for three amazing upcoming projects – a LIVE empowerment event in Atlanta, GA on September 25th, a book project called “Unleash Your Undeniable Impact” set to release in November 2021, and a Virtual Conference and book project called “Possibilities Unlimited” set to release in January 2022.
I am also hosting my annual conference, SpeakerCon, virtually on November 4-7, 2021 (www.speakerconconference.com) with an accompanying LIVE Awards Gala on November 3, 2021 with speaker Trent Shelton.
Connect with me on social media at @CherylEmpowers on IG, FB, LinkedIn, Twitter and join my VIP community at www.CherylEmpowers.com.