Latest Blog Article: Pro's, Con's and Profitability of Being Virtual First - an Interview with Jessica Bacher

Pro's, Con's and Profitability of Being Virtual First - an Interview with Jessica Bacher 

It was such a joy to speak with Jessica Bacher, Chief People Officer at Prolink, who shares her personal journey of overcoming adversity in her teens and first-generation college graduate.

With the support of her parents, especially her mother's advocacy, Jessica navigated unfamiliar territory to pursue higher education. She reflects on her non-linear career path, emphasizing the value of lateral moves and project work over promotions.

Jessica also discusses Prolink's virtual-first approach, which prioritizes flexibility and work-life balance, allowing employees to work in various time zones and manage their schedules around personal commitments. This model supports the company's healthcare clients while avoiding an "always-on" culture, and it enables Prolink to tap into a broader talent pool beyond local geographies.

Key Takeaways:

  • The journey to leadership (00:00:00) Jessica shares her journey to becoming a first-generation college grad and...
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Unlocking the Power of Leadership - My Conversation with Ideagen CEO George Sifakis at the 2023 Global Acceleration Summit

leadership Feb 06, 2024

Last Fall, I had the honor of being interviewed by George Sifakis, the CEO of Ideagen, for their 2023 Global Acceleration Summit. The summit’s focus? Assessing the progress of the United Nations’ 17 Social Development Goals at the halfway mark to 2023.

It was a riveting experience, and I’m thrilled to share some key takeaways with you:

Key Takeaway 1: The Importance of Mental Toughness in Leadership
Think about one person who has inspired you. Chances are, they exhibited a level of mental toughness that drew you in. During the interview, we dove into the concept of mental toughness, especially for women in leadership. It’s not just about being resilient; it’s about being emotionally agile and prepared for any situation. I’ve even been studying FBI hostage negotiations to equip leaders with the skills to be heard, valued, and respected.

Key Takeaway 2: The Role of Personal Stories in Shaping Leadership
Personal stories aren’t just for memoirs;...

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Bring the Best Out of Your Team


Aleta Jeffress, Senior Vice President at CGI, is a seasoned professional with a diverse array of experiences who embodies the principles of continual learning, discipline, and the power of a positive mindset. From her emphasis on the importance of professional growth to her insights into building and nurturing successful teams, Aleta's journey stands as an amazing example for those aiming to succeed in our new work climate.

In this insightful interview, Aleta dives deep, offering a fresh perspective on leadership, mindset shifts, and the art of team-building. As you listen, you'll find Aleta's wisdom not just enlightening but also a compelling call to action.


[7:40] Continual learning and professional growth
[11:43] The importance of discipline and consistency
[12:41] Shifting from a lack mindset to an abundance mindset
[16:04] Building and nurturing a successful team
[24:20] Focusing on your wins


Continual Learning and Professional Growth: It's crucial to...

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The Power of Clarity: Taking Control of Your Year End Triumphs


As we move forward in this dynamic year, full of twists, turns, opportunities, and challenges, it's not uncommon to find ourselves in the thick of things. We're so often swept into the whirlwind of our immediate tasks and short-term goals that we might lose sight of our broader objectives.

As the year feels like it’s zipping by, you can slow time and take back control to create the triumphs you’d like to see AND how you’d like to feel.

This is the moment to get crystal clear on how you want to wrap up the year, how you want your leadership story to unfold, and what milestones you want to achieve.

There’s a powerful and proven tool that can help you take back control of the remaining weeks in the year and reach your desired destination: Clarity.

Here are 3 key insights from my new enterprise digital journey, Fearless Female Leadership which will be released later in the year. Clarity is where your journey starts, and these should help you to plan a successful...

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Get Ahead by Giving: Insights from Susan O'Sullivan, VP US Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Ingram Micro


If you missed my live interview on building innovative and profitable teams with Susan O'Sullivan, a seasoned executive and VP US Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Ingram Micro, here are a few of the main takeaways. With a wealth of experience and a passion for empowering teams, Susan offers invaluable insights and practical strategies for aspiring leaders who strive to create impactful and high-performing teams.

During our interview, we discussed the essential elements that contribute to team success. Whether you're a budding leader or a seasoned professional, Susan's wisdom will inspire you to cultivate an environment of collaboration, courage, and continuous growth.

Time Stamp:

(4:40) - Foster a culture of transparency and frankness within teams to encourage genuine discussions, innovative solutions, and a shared sense of purpose.

(5:20) - Surround yourself with supportive and forward-thinking individuals who challenge and inspire you, as they play a vital role in your personal...

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Empowering Leaders and Changing the World

It was an absolute honor to be part of the Ideagen Global Acceleration Summit, where I had the privilege of engaging in a captivating interview with George Sifakis, the CEO of Ideagen.

In this transformative conversation, we delved into the depths of what drives me, the purpose behind my work, and the profound impact it can have on individuals and the world at large.

Here are a few key takeaways from our conversation:

  • Choosing to Lead: It's essential to recognize that leadership is a choice we make for ourselves. Whether we're world-class athletes or aspiring executives, the power to determine our worth and success lies within us. By embracing the mindset of self-determination, we can tap into our potential and achieve remarkable outcomes.  

  • Empowering Women Leaders: We are living in a pivotal moment in history where the voices of women need to be heard, valued, and respected more than ever before. Through executive coaching, I have been helping female leaders access...

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Hello 2023! Exciting News!!


Happy New Year!

I am incredibly optimistic about the opportunities that lie ahead for women in leadership for 2023. With all the uncertainty with in economy, lay-offs, weather (as I watch the 20 waves in here in California), there is tremendous opportunity to rise while others speculate or are fearful of the ‘what ifs’.  

You are limitless, remember?:) Despite everything going on around you. 

For some, it’s been a very difficult time, and it’s with incredible respect and gratitude that I have for you to keep showing up and inching forward towards a better day. Take comfort in knowing that there is a proven process to help.

For others, opportunity has knocked, and you’ve opened the door wide open! You’ve raised your hand, and the universe has answered in a big way!  

Here are a few facts that I know and many that I didn’t know until I went to my husband’s dear friend, @Tiffany Shlain's opening exhibit at ...

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Is Your Executive Membership Falling Short?

The world seems to be in a precarious place, and I believe wholeheartedly that the course correction that we need to see right now will be led by women (and fueled by some incredible male allies). Do you agree?

As part of the Limitless Leader community, you’re undoubtedly committed to being a heard, valued, respected, and energized agent of change, with your family, peers, subordinates, and with your leadership while empowering others to do the same.

In addition to being lit up by what’s possible, sometimes leaning into our highest sense of contribution and change, can be challenging, frustrating, and downright exhausting! Where our passion meets our expertise is our Olympics, our legacy, and what the world
so desperately needs to see right now.

Like the work put in by Olympians, the thousands of hours and days leading up to the culmination of our life’s work, sometimes in solitude, and often with no fanfare or recognition, you keep going.

Just as Olympians dream of...

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Podcast Episode #116: "Creating an Authentic Leadership Style" - an Interview with Barbara Holzapfel


Creating an Authentic Leadership Style

In case you missed my LIVE interview with the fabulous Barbara Holzapfel (Former Vice President of Microsoft Education and Board Member), here are a few of the wisdom gems she shared:  

  • Be bold in your ambition
  • Be authentic and know what matters to you
  • Lean into tough feedback, learn from it, and keep going! (edited) 
  • Be clear on your values
  • Have a world-class personal advisory board who will push you outside your comfort zone

To be notified for future interviews be sure to connect with me here on LinkedIn AND to learn more about how to build the mindset and influence for real change, join our community at

Download a transcript of Sheryl's interview with Barbara Holzapfel.

(Please watch the video above, or begin listening to the Podcast.)

To your next level of impact and joy!


P.s. Whenever you’re ready... here are 4 ways I can help: 

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Podcast Episode #115: "The First Step to Unlocking Your Limitless Leadership" - an Interview with Gina Tesla

leadership limitless Sep 06, 2022

The First Step to Unlocking Your Limitless Leadership

In case you missed my LIVE interview with the amazing Gina Tesla (Vice President, Sustainability and Social Impact, Coupa Software ), here are a few of the wisdom gems she shared:  

  • It is through times of loss or struggle, where you grow the most
  • Visualize yourself doing really well... visualize what’s going to happen.... visualize at the end how happy you feel or how proud others might feel of you, or how you feel like you really did a good job
  • Anything that you can do to take a little thing off of somebody’s plate is very beneficial
  • Take the time for yourself, take a breath, get your body in more of a receptive state, and say to yourself, "I can really see myself in this role, whether it’s a promotion, whether it’s presenting in a meeting" ... the first part is to really give yourself that permission to pause and visualize it
  • If you’re not comfortable talking to someone, write it in a journal...
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