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HPU Welcomes Marilyn Sherman as Personal Development Expert in Residence | Education

HIGH POINT, North Carolina, June 24, 2022 – High Point University adds another global leader to the Innovator Access Program. The university welcomes Hall of Fame speaker Marilyn Sherman as another personal development expert in residence.

She has over 25 years of motivational keynote speaking experience and is the author of four motivational books including “Is There a Hole in Your Bucket List?”, “Why Settle for the Balcony? Comment getting a front row seat in life” and “First Row Service”.

“HPU is blessed to welcome another global leader like Marilyn Sherman to our growing list of star innovators,” said HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein. “She is a great addition to our HPU family with her decades-long expertise in public speaking and motivating the public.”

High Point University has added Hall of Fame speaker Marilyn Sherman as another personal development expert in residence. Sherman is the latest global leader to join HPU’s Innovator Access Program.

HPU’s Innovator Access Program connects students with global leaders for networking and mentorship opportunities. Sherman joins Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, HPU’s innovator-in-residence; Marc Randolph, Netflix Co-Founder, HPU Entrepreneur-in-Residence; Cynt Marshall, Dallas Mavericks CEO, HPU Athletic Director-in-Residence; Domino CEO Russell Weiner, HPU Senior Executive in Residence; William “Bill” Kennard, former United States Ambassador and Chairman of the FCC, HPU Global Leader-in-Residence; Byron Pitts, ABC News “Nightline” anchor, HPU reporter-in-residence; American actor, producer and television presenter Dean Cain, HPU Actor-in-Residence; and many more.

“I am excited to join HPU’s Innovator Access Program and continue to mentor students,” says Sherman. “It is a joy to participate in preparing students for the world as it will be. During a recent visit to the university, I was able to speak with several female students who are part of the Strickland Women’s LIFT Scholarship and help guide them in their future careers as leaders in their fields.

Sherman began his career in corporate America as a training manager for a large financial firm. Her experience there helped her develop the skills needed to engage audiences that are often difficult to engage. She is considered the go-to motivational speaker for the corporate and association markets who want their employees to improve their morale, teamwork and communication skills. Her engaging and fun personality instantly connects audiences and gives them the tools to succeed.

In 1998, Sherman founded UpFront Presentations, a speaking and training company serving businesses in the corporate, franchising, and direct selling world. She was inducted into the National Speaker Association’s CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame in 2018, making her one of only 182 people worldwide to hold this honor. She has also earned the Certified Speaking Professional designation, the highest designation in the speaking industry, which is held by less than 12% of professional speakers worldwide.

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Sherman recently mentored and networked HPU students through the Strickland Women’s LIFT Scholarship.


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