About Our Founder

Cheryl D. Mayes, Founder and Principal Consultant

Cheryl has worked in her community and in corporate settings for nearly thirty years as an Accountant, Community Engagement Advocate and Organizer and Education Program Director, while simultaneously serving multiple roles with several Employee Resource Groups and community volunteer groups.

 

Continuing her long-time commitment as an advocate for public education in Nashville, Cheryl was elected to public office as a member of the Board of Education for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) where she served for four years, her last two as the Chairperson of the Board (2012-2014). 


In 2016, Cheryl received the prestigious Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award in Education from the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) a division of the National School Boards Association (NSBA).  Other awards include the Urban School Board of Excellence Award, in 2014 and a Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Award, in 2012.  In 2017 Cheryl received a certificate of completion from UADE Business School in Buenos Aires, Argentina for her participation in the 'Understanding and Doing Business In Latin America' global learning visit in that country.


Cheryl earned her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from Tennessee State University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.


Cheryl currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Career Academies Coalition (NCAC), as the Board President for Homework Hotline, on the Board of Trustees for the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Board of Directors with Moves & Grooves, Inc, Advisory Board for Dismas House and Executive Board for Love In A Big World.  She is a member of the Academies A-Team with Alignment Nashville and a Certified Championing Diversity Trainer with Franklin Covey and a business partner with two local high schools in the Academies of Nashville with Metro Nashville Public Schools.  


Cheryl has also held positions on the Board of Directors with The PENCIL Foundation, Nashville Public Education Foundation (NPEF) and the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA).  Cheryl is the co-founder of ‘Her Perspective Nashville’, a blog with the purpose of raising awareness of the political, educational and entrepreneurial process for women of color in Nashville. 


Cheryl’s community outreach efforts include volunteer and fundraising with the American Cancer Society, the YWCA of Middle Tennessee, Habitat for Humanity, Boy Scouts of America in Middle Tennessee, Hands on Nashville and the American Heart Association.


Professional Presentations Toolbox

DigiGirlz, a Microsoft YouthSpark program 

National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) 

National School Boards Association (NSBA) 

Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA)

Pathways Tennessee State Summit

Tennessee STEM Innovation Summit

GE Foundation Summer STEM Conference

Alignment Institute

Academies of Nashville Site Visit/HUB Tour