What is your profession? I am a Full-time Environmental, Safety and Health (EHS) professional with Boeing. I am also a Writer. My first book, Natural Destiny, is based on a true story about my mother’s experiences as an eight-year old prisoner of war on the island of Guam during World War II. I am currently working on a safety book entitled The Silver Bullet and Other Safety Myths which is about my experience as an occupational safety and health professional.
What do you enjoy doing outside of your career? I enjoy writing, singing, dancing, teaching and being with friends and family. I also enjoy teaching adults. Years ago when Johnson and Wales was in Charleston, I taught a class on Positive Mental Attitude, which was needed to graduate. I am a Distinguished Toastmaster with Toastmasters, International.
How long have you been a member of the Center for Women? One year in September 2011.
What inspired you to become a member? When I finished writing my book, Natural Destiny, C4W advertised a Saturday class with Shari Stauch on social marketing. Shari was fantastic. She not only inspired me to the point that I developed my website www.sherrysdixon.com, but I also attended the 2010 Words and Music conference in New Orleans, LA based on her recommendations. At the conference, I attended and talked with an agent and an editor about my book. Based on their recommendations I rewrote my book, originally non-fiction, to a YA (Young Adult) crossover, doubled the size and wrote it in fiction format.
What kind of impact has the Center for Women had on you? Women need ways they can spotlight their accomplishments, network with other confident, successful women and receive cost-effective applicable education topics. C4W does all and more. I tell women everywhere about the C4W.
How has living day-to-day as a woman affected you? At times, I feel like it’s a challenge especially in the past when I was a single parent raising my son and daughter. But more often than not I realize how lucky, grateful and powerful I am as a woman. I believe there is nothing I cannot do as long as I believe in what I want.
What kind of message would you like to send out to women who are trying to succeed in today’s economy? Women need to know what they want, establish a plan to get it and then work the plan. Women who are not confident or successful need to get in touch with and listen to their inner voice. They also need to spend time with other women who share the ideals that they now have or aspire to have. Women who are successful and confident need to share their knowledge and experiences with other women.