Cheri is the Founder of Cornbread Hustle, a staffing agency for second chances. She is passionate about helping people who are coming out of prison and those in recovery from addiction find transformation through employment or entrepreneurship. As someone who has reinvented her life, Cheri wanted to create a company to help others do the same.
Before starting Cornbread Hustle, she found her own transformation and recovery through inventing a tanning bed and starting a career in the TV news business. She eventually developed expert-level skills for marketing and PR.
She continued to hone her marketing skills as a PR consultant for Mark Cuban companies. Cheri provided strategy plans and media opportunities for a variety of the Shark Tank companies that he invested in. Today, she uses those talents to help individuals getting out of prison, re-brand themselves to become the person they want to be and get noticed by the people they want to meet. Simultaneously, Cheri helps business owners, individuals, and companies build their brand while serving the community.
Cheri is very outspoken about her personal experiences with drug and alcohol addiction, and shares her journey openly so others don’t feel like they have to suffer in silence.
Cheri truly looks forward to hearing peoples’ stories and helping them or their organization inspire transformation from within.
Certifications & Education
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certification, University of South Florida
- Working with people with criminal records or people in recovery
- One on One listening sessions
- Psychological safety
Most Requested Presentations
- Second chances in the workplace
- Empathy in the workplace
- Introducing vulnerable discussions in safe spaces
Awards & Recognition
- 2021Social Innovator or the year by United Way,
- 2020 Top Voice for LinkedIn