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THE STORY BEHIND SHERRI STEVENS’ ACQUISITION OF THE WOMEN’S EXECUTIVE NETWORK AND THE CANADIAN BOARD DIVERSITY COUNCIL BY DANA MARIE KROOK

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ne month after Sherri Stevens becomes our international community’s role model and my boss, she sends out an internal email to all employees with a quotation from the Irish poet William Butler Yeats. “Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing,” it reads. She puts “Today’s Inspiration” in the subject line and signs the correspondence, “Have a great week!” As a writer, I find my approval immediately flooding out for her literary-based citation. As someone greatly affected by the change in owner—for both my job status and personal stake in the overall mission of WXN—I feel the pull to dig deeper. To find the real story behind our new leader. Founder Pamela Jeffery wanted a way to ensure her legacy, the network of 22,000 women (and a few brave men) which she had built with her team, would always continue to thrive regardless of her role within it. “Last year, I made a lifechanging decision to sell the company to a highly-successful female entrepreneur who is a WXN member and a two-time Top 100 Award Winner,” she said in a public announcement. “I am proud to introduce Sherri Stevens whose vision is to grow WXN and whose values mirror mine and those of WXN.” And Sherri as the new CEO seemed like the perfect fit to champion Pamela’s mission. Sherri is an award-winning entrepreneur and visionary who built her own company,

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Stevens Resource Group Inc (SRG), from a local employment office to a $32-million international workforce management company with locations in Canada and the U.S. Her company consults on strategies for Talent Acquisition, Training and Development, Search, HR and Operations, as well as Executive Coaching. Sherri is an RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award Recipient and has been named to the Profit/Chatelaine W100 list nine years in a row. She’s passionate about diversity and mentorship. A dog-lover. But beyond the titles and accolades a woman places in front of her, a true leader is instead defined by the journey that lifts her up to those heights. Where she has been, what she has been through—this is the real story. Sherri originally pursued a career in hospitality, receiving education at Seneca College in King City, including a Work Experience Program at a boutique hotel across from the college. “Through my contact with peers, management and guests, I gained valuable skills in communication, business etiquette, professionalism and relationship building,” she says. “I was always somewhat introverted, so this program helped me build my confidence and what I now realize is my personal brand. I discovered that I had a sincere passion for helping people, and this credence has guided me throughout my life.”

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