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The Motherhood Village Podcast

Aug 18, 2022

Sherrie Barch is the CEO of two Forbes’ ranked top executive search firms and a leadership consulting company. An expert in the areas of leadership, team development, and diversity, her forward-thinking approach to work was recognized when she was chosen to participate in the ‘altMBA” program designed and led by leadership guru Seth Godin.

Born and raised in Northern Illinois, Sherrie earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in Communication from Western Illinois University. Sherrie is married with three sons. As a mom, she describes herself as a part-time pancreas for her two youngest sons who were both diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes within the same year. Playing this role for the last 11 years, she is relentless about creating open and honest communication with her family about this chronic and life-threatening condition.

Sherrie’s passion for storytelling and making room for serious and “heavy” conversations was a strong motivation for her to write her first children’s book Heaven’s Bell based on a story of the same name she penned several years prior. The story focuses on 11-year-old best friends Cody and Ashley, and what happens when their once-in-a-lifetime friendship is threatened by personal tragedy. One of her goals for Heaven’s Bell is to create and inspire a safe space for families to have a conversation about death and dying in a natural and productive way.

Sherrie is currently working on her second book, a business leadership fable designed to help new college graduates navigate the “real life stuff they don’t teach you in school” about career conversations, conflicts, and challenges. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How she navigated her sons' type 1 diabetes diagnosis and how that affected her family's lifestyle.
  • What she has learned about grief & death since writing her book.
  • The importance of having difficult and heavy conversations with our children. 
  • How she used storytelling as a way to start an important conversation about death and grief, and remembering loved ones we've lost. 

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