Sheri Simmons is a multi-passionate entrepreneur. Her purpose is to educate, inspire, lead, uplift, and motivate people. She is very fortunate to be able to do so in the career paths she has chosen. Sheri always strives to work hard and be the best version of herself. Her company From Pain To Purpose guides people to turn their pain through purpose in various ways.
Writers Academy is the name of the six-weel program Sheri created to prepare aspiring writers for careers as authors. The course is also available to youth ages 11–17.
Purposeful Transformation™ was created to give women a safe space to work on their healing journey. In a group setting women learn how to effectively communicate, self-reflect, create boundaries, and all the necessary steps to heal, gain self-confidence, and most importantly self-love for themselves.
Sheri is also working on a nonprofit to assist students who express interest in going to law school. Her nonprofit will also work with people who have been wrongfully accused of crimes. Her background in political science and law has sparked a desire to assist in social and civil injustices.
We Empower Magazine got an exclusive interview with Sheri.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
Sheri: I swear that entrepreneur chose me. My last 9-5 was in 2012. They terminated me for taking too much time off to care for my infant son with severe asthma. The month before I was fired, my first book was published. I only knew I had to make money and looking for a job was going to take time. So, I hit the streets of New York City with the books selling books. From then to now, writing books and helping others has been my whole entrepreneurial journey.
Please tell us about your company From Pain To Purpose and the services that you provide?
Sheri: From Pain To Purpose provides writing services to people who want to tell a story but for many reasons need a little push. I ghostwrite memoirs for people who want to tell their own stories but do not know how. It’s all about helping people get rid of fear and other detrimental habits that stop them from accomplishing their goals.
What do you enjoy most about the work that you do?
Sheri: Freedom! I get to travel and do what I want when I want. I get to be with my children and see all their milestones. That is like the best life ever!
What is a quote that you live by?
Sheri: “Be the Change You Wish To See In The World” I do not know who said this, but I live by this. I love advocating for people who can’t speak for themselves. I always see things from a principal’s perspective. A lot of times, folk think I am mad just to be mad. No, it’s the principle of the matter that I am mad about!
What can you tell us about your nonprofit work?
Sheri: My nonprofit has not been set up yet. I am waiting until I start law school in 2023 to begin the process. My nonprofit mission is to increase the number of black and brown people applying and getting accepted into law school. People do not know the costs associated with even applying to law school. We must pay for the LSAT (law school admission test), study preparation, application fees, and if we get accepted seat deposits. Then when you are done there is the bar exam and its fees. It’s a lot and I want to lighten the burden for people who look like me. 5% of us are lawyers in the country. That, to me is unacceptable and needs to change. I want to be part of the solution, not the problem.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Sheri: I’m a true gamer girl! I love to play videos games. I have a PlayStation, Nintendo switch, and Pc full of games lol. My favorite types of games are RPG (Role Playing Games)
What are your plans for the holidays?
Sheri: This year I want to be low-key. It’s not about gifts for me, but just living life and not stressing over things. The pandemic has really changed my perspective on what is important in life.
What are you looking forward to in 2022?
Sheri: My 2022 is planned out to travel, and record my web series named the Imperfect love. I will be a part of a 4-city tour writing conference as the project manager. We will be going to Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, and Atlanta.
I wrote my first script this year! I was so nervous, but people love it. I look forward to filming in the Spring of 2022.
I’m graduating with a master’s in law in June 2022 from Hodges University in Florida.
I’m taking the LSAT in June 2022 and applying to Law School in September 2022. I am super excited for all to come in 2022.
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Multimedia Creative and Personality Tammy Reese is an award-winning Writer and Journalist. Writing and Directing short films on social issues to spread awareness through the arts gained Tammy the Makers: Women Who Make America Award honor on International Women's Day 2019. Tammy currently serves on the Communications Committee for New York Women In Film and Television. She is also the Founder and Owner of Visionary Minds Public Relations and Media.