Season 2, Episode 3 | Finding Your Fire: The Guts to Go All-In on Your Passion

Episode 3: Finding Your Fire: The Guts to Go All-In on Your Passion

It’s no surprise that leadership success follows when passion drives your purpose. In this episode, I’m joined by Sheri Shapiro, SVP and Chief Strategy Officer at Trinity Health, one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation.

Listen in to hear about her passion for healthcare, her leadership “leap of faith” moments and how moving through change has shaped her leadership style. Sheri has managed her journey to the c-suite through commitment to continuous learning and staying true to her core values and beliefs.

3:15: Hear how Sheri’s defines “strategy”

4:30: Viewing change as a comfort zone

8:40: Using non-verbal queues as a female leader

10:00: On her life-long passion for healthcare

15:50: Leaning on a support system and “just in time” family operations

16:35: The yin and yang of Sheri’s leadership style

24:00: Advice on using reflection to move past challenges

26:05: On the value of being “the other”; perspectives on the importance of diversity

30:25: Sheri’s parting words of wisdom for women leaders

In her current role, Sheri leads system-wide strategic planning, business development, and mergers, acquisitions and partnerships. She has additional accountability for the clinician partnership program and strategic analytics. Sheri is a member of the Executive Leadership Team, with a keen focus on the growth agenda and Trinity’s mission critical initiatives.

Before joining Trinity, Sheri was a Principal with The Chartis Group, a healthcare management consulting firm, Ford Motor Company where she managed the Ford Escape SUV brand and led the marketing launch of the Escape Hybrid, the world’s first hybrid SUV.

She holds an MBA with honors in health care management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in biopsychology with distinction from the University of Michigan. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two children and serves on boards of several community organizations, including Congregation Beth Ahm and AJC/JCRC. She is a graduate of the The Wexner Foundation Heritage Fellowship Program for community leaders.

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Melissa Dawn Simkins Coined “The First Lady of Personal Branding”, Melissa is the CEO of Velvet Suite, a trusted advisor to Fortune 100s, C-Suite executives and influencers, highly-sought after keynote speaker on leadership innovation, a contributor to and a frequent guest on news and business media, including CNN, HLN, MSNBC, Essence, Black Enterprise and more.

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