Sheri Jenkins is a full time Professional Development Manager for a Fortune 500 company. As a mother of two “socially” busy boys, she is always running to swim lessons, dropping off for football practice and taking to youth group. She is an athlete who actively participates in fitness and bikini competitions. Lastly, she has a passion for pageantry, an industry she has been involved in for 20 years! She love coaching and competing. She is the proud owner of www.pageantlifecoach.com.
What’s your current profession?
Professional Development Manager/Life Coach/Executive Coach
What are your top 3 achievements?
-Married for 20 years and still going strong w/ two amazing children! -Mrs. Pennsylvania International 2009
-Vision Award 2000 – selected among 25000 employees for innovation and driving change of persuasion and negotiation.
Tell us about your educational background.
While I never completed my secondary education (I had three years for an Accounting major) I decided to start my own business at the age of 20. It was a payroll processing business and this endeavor taught me more than I could have ever learned in college. I had many ups and downs and was on the brink of bankruptcy more than once. During this time I became a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) and an IRS Enrolled Agent. This meant I could negotiate on behalf of my clients before the tax authorities. I really had to figure out my power.
Tell us more about your family, with whom you are closest?
My husband, Robert, and I are truly soul mates. We have been together for over 20 years – he is my biggest fan and supporter. We love doing “family stuff” together such as sporting events, movies and exercise with our two boys, Alex and Austin.
What kind of modeling/spokesperson projects have you done?
I am the “go to” person for fashion shows in my area. I have worked with all sorts of nonprofit organizations to choreograph, select models and fashions for fundraising luncheons and dinners. I love to host and emcee the events. When I was younger I was a Macy’s model and modeled in tons of fashion shows in the Philadelphia area. It was a lot of fun but time consuming!
Do you have any interest in politics?
What’s your dream job?
I would love to be a show host on QVC. I have auditioned a few times and been close, but not quite there yet. I know I will try it again; in fact I will never stop trying until I make it happen!
What kind of philanthropic/fundraising projects have you done?
Every year I do an event called Northern Lights of Life, raising funds for breast cancer research, treatment and awareness. I am the chair of the fashion show and we feature some amazing clothes all modeled by breast cancer survivors. We typically raise between $225,000 and $250,000 during the event.
What are your favorite platforms or which charitable organizations you admire most?
National Breast Cancer Coalition, American Cancer Society, Mommie’s Light, Blessings in a Backpack.
Ten years from now where do you see yourself?
Retired! I won’t quite be of retirement age but my husband and I have always talked about moving wherever our oldest son goes to college – and he has to pick a resort destination. So, we’re thinking Hawaii, Florida or California as potential locales. Hopefully Alex cooperates and does not choose a school where it is cold!
Favorite Book (s):
Greatest Miracle in the World – Og Mandino
Favorite Musician (s):
Steven Curtis Chapman, Third Day
Favorite Movie (s):
That Thing You Do
Favorite Actor (s):
Favorite Sport (s):
Favorite Athlete (s):
my sons – Alex and Austin
Favorite TV Show (s):
Anything “Real Housewives”
Favorite Place (s):
La Case del Rio – our river house in Maryland
Favorite Website (s):
Do you have any pets?
Not at the moment, our golden retriever – Noel – died about a year ago. She was 15 years old.