Sherry Blair has lived in Montclair, NJ since 1997. She raised her now-adult son as a single parent from his birth. She put herself through college and worked as a bartender, waiter, and manager in the restaurant industry while pursuing her education. Sherry has two dogs, Santana and AnnaKiya, and is currently single living her “50-licious” years enjoying happiness with family and friends. Over the last five years, she has spawned her creativity and is publishing books and developing products to increase happiness and positivity in all we do. She believes that innately she used her strengths to overcome many life obstacles including ending up single mother on welfare, which is why she passionately believes in sharing this information and tools to help others to help themselves in all aspects of their lives.
As CEO/Founder of Sherry Blair Institute For Inspirational Change (formerly Innovative Specialists Inspirational Services), Sherry inspires and motivates others by applying and encouraging Positive Psychology, Rational Emotive Behavior Skills, and the Nurtured Heart Approach. She uses her skills to teach others how to build effective teams, and use non-violent communication to achieve results and resolve conflict. Teaching others to speak from their hearts is a key constituent of the work she does.
Sherry is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Women’s Studies. She went on to obtain her Master of Science in Social Work with a concentration in Policy Analysis and International Social Welfare at Columbia University. She is dually mastered in Industrial and Organizational Psychology supporting her vision to make a change at the macro level in leadership and management. Sherry teaches part-time as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the University of Southern California in their virtual academic center in the Graduate School of Social Work. She teaches Human Behavior in the Social Environment and Consultation, Coaching and Social Entrepreneurship.
Sherry’s areas of expertise are providing organizational consulting, coaching, behavioral health services, training, and education. She can assist your organization through performance enhancement, management coaching, team cohesiveness, and effective communication.
Sherry is a New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Board Certified Professional Counselor and an IABMCP Professional Coach. She volunteers as a mentor for Graduate Students pursuing positive psychology Master Degrees through the International Positive Psychology Association. Sherry is one of the first 300 in the world to be trained by Dr. Martin Seligman in his Vanguard Authentic Happiness Positive Psychology Coaching Program. She is also advanced trained in evidence-based Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)/Coaching and was privileged to be trained by Albert Ellis who is considered one of the greatest psychologists. She is an Advanced Trainer/Certified Nurtured Heart Specialist and has served on the Ethics & Global Summit Committees for the Children’s Success Foundation and The Nurtured Heart Approach®, a transformational approach that changes lives.