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Dr. Sherry Hartnett

Dr. Sherry Hartnett is a highly respected marketing and leadership professor, consultant, mentor, and author.


She entered the world of academia after a successful business career as a senior-level marketing executive. At the University of West Florida, she founded the pioneering, high-impact Executive Mentor Program and an acclaimed annual Women in Leadership Conference to educate the next generation of business leaders who will shape the destiny of our world.

Sherry is coauthor of High-Impact Mentoring: A Practical Guide to Creating Value in Other People's Lives. The book includes keen insights on how to be a great mentor and shares a step-by-step framework that instructs organization leaders on installing and scaling up a successfully structured mentoring program in a small, medium or large organization.  

She founded High-Impact Mentoring, a consultancy specializing in mentoring, and leadership development.  Before launching her consulting company, she was Vice President, Chief Marketing & Development Officer at a regional healthcare system recognized as a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winner and a FORTUNE Magazine's 100 Best Places to Work. Earlier in her career, Sherry was a marketing executive for one of the Top 10 largest news media companies globally; and led marketing and research for a national advertising agency.  

In her courses, Sherry merges the theory taught in a traditional classroom setting with more than three decades of experience, providing a real-world marketing and mentoring experience. She has a unique perspective on leadership that shines through in her writing on the importance of mentorship. She has received numerous national awards and honors for excellence in marketing, leadership, and mentoring and prestigious faculty excellence in teaching awards. She is delighted to see her students and clients prosper and flourish. Sherry is always looking to inspire and encourage others and has served as a mentor to many.

She holds a Doctorate in Business from Georgia State University, a Master of Science in Management from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Towson University. 

Sherry is well known for her energetic and interactive teaching style and for providing advice and guidance that is down-to-earth and relevant, and that takes into account the real-world complexities of business. She has a passion for making a difference in the careers and lives of the next generation, locally and worldwide. Sherry's mission is to empower people to succeed in their careers and lives by sharing her knowledge, skills and expertise.

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