"Working with Sheri has been a transformative experience. As someone who recently graduated from college, I have debates about my career and life outlooks. Sheri is so personable, patient, and encouraging. She listens to my journey with acceptance and compassion. She then uses an insightful questionnaire to help me contemplate my experiences and evaluate myself. We collectively reflect on my strengths and weaknesses and then develop areas of improvement and potential career pathways. Sheri has helped me gain clarity in my life and fostered a positive mindset.
Overall, Sheri is a great listener and pushes me to reflect and take responsibility for my own experiences. She is a skillful coach and a caring friend. I highly recommend working with Sheri!"
Zack Chou, Research Assistant, Harvard University
"I started working with Sheri as my career coach when making major career/life decisions after spending 15+ years at a major corporation. I interviewed multiple coaches and decided to put my trust in Sheri because it was clear to me right from our first introductory session that she genuinely cared about me more as a person than a professional. Sheri has had an amazing career and has faced and solved many of the same transitions and work/life challenges that I was facing. She helped me prioritize my needs and provided structures and templates to help me with my-decision-making. She held me accountable by always putting my documented priorities front and center when I was executing my change plan but sometimes second-guessing myself, while allowing me the space to consider alternatives. She also openly shared her own experiences that helped me think through implications and apply lessons learned. Sheri went above and beyond to connect me with the right leaders within her vast professional network even after our formal arrangement ended. Through this, I got invaluable insights when pursuing and evaluating new opportunities. She checked on me multiple times formally and informally keeping key dates and milestones in mind, but never interfering. She boosted my confidence and gave me the Power of Choice to say Yes or No on my terms. Sheri became the partner I did not know I needed through stressful times. I feel privileged to be a part of the Saplings family and look forward to continuing my engagements with Sheri."
RV, Senior Strategy Manager
"Sheri is an amazing career coach. She is very empathic and professional. My sessions with her helped me truly take my managing skills to the next level. She has a versatile tool box that can help anyone gain clarity, make great change, and create next steps while having a supportive ear by your side.
"As an electrical engineer at Altaeros for nearly five years, I had the honor of working with Sheri in her position as VP of Engineering both directly and indirectly through the design, build, and test of four different aerostat systems. Working at a startup is equal parts challenging and rewarding. Sheri expertly managed projects with tight timelines and difficult technical challenges while also ensuring that each person on the team felt valued and fulfilled in their work.
Sheri is an incredible project manager. Her most impressive accomplishment in this area during my time at Altaeros was the design, build, and deployment of the first ST-Flex System in less than 18 months throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Sheri was able to manage this project and continue the collaboration that was so critical to our work with nearly the entire team working remotely.
In addition, Sheri is a talented engineer. While her background is in mechanical engineering, her ability to learn quickly has allowed her to develop a strong understanding of other engineering disciplines (including electrical engineering). This has resulted in Sheri having an excellent system understanding, which allows her to expertly navigate technical challenges. While her project management and technical skills are excellent, what sets Sheri apart as an incredible leader is her ability to manage and build teams.
Sheri fosters a culture of respect, collaboration, and growth within her team. She takes time to get to know her team members, how they prefer to work, and what motivates them to ensure that they remain passionate and engaged with their job. She encourages and facilitates collaboration across disciplines. Finally, Sheri supports the personal and professional growth of her team members. The result of this work was a higher quality of work and a happy team, illustrated by the very low turnover rate at Altaeros.
Personally, I would not be where I am as an engineer and person without Sheri and I am certainly not the only person with this experience. The team that Sheri built was the primary reason that I spent nearly five years at Altaeros before returning to graduate school. While we no longer work together, she is still one of my closest mentors, both personally and professionally. I am so excited to see her expand her work to Saplings Consulting, so that others can benefit from her knowledge and mentorship."
Elizabeth Suitor, PhD candidate, Harvard University
"It is rare to come across a person who is so generous with their time, passionate about helping people achieve their professional goals, and can mentor young professionals of all ages. Sheri is one of those fantastic people. I have worked with Sheri for the past three years as a Guest Speaker, Mentor, and Technical Coach to TYE Boston's Entrepreneurship Academy. I am in awe of Sheri's ability to connect with learners of all ages and translate complicated processes through a simple and fun learning opportunity. Over the past three years, Sheri has taught our Rapid Prototyping Workshop. She guides our students through the design thinking process while helping them develop their communication, leadership, and problem-solving skills. During the height of the pandemic, Sheri transferred her workshop to a virtual format. She offered it to the greater TYE Global Community, coaching high school students from India, Australia, Canada, and other U.S. cities. Sheri's guidance would be a true asset for anyone looking to further their professional development, and she comes with my heartfelt recommendation."
Katie Quigley Mellor, TYE Program Director