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Sheri Riley

High-Performance Strategist, Empowerment Speaker, Award-Winning Author, & Former Head of Marketing for LaFace Records

Sheri Riley

High-Performance Strategist, Empowerment Speaker, Award-Winning Author, & Former Head of Marketing for LaFace Records


A former Sr. Director of Marketing for LaFace Records, Sheri helped introduce the world to some of the most influential, multi-platinum artists of the 90’s including, Usher, TLC, and Toni Braxton. She currently serves as Founder and President of GLUE®, where she has spent over 22 years “developing profitable partnerships” and providing consultation to corporations, personalities, products, sports brands, foundations and national cable networks like CVS, BMW, The Atlanta Hawks, NBA Entertainment, Alonzo Mourning Charities, BET Networks, The Ludacris Foundation, TNT, NIKE, Converse and many more.

As a trendsetter in the entertainment industry, Sheri spent 20-years creating innovative marketing strategies at Trevel Productions, a management and production company, in addition to working in Marketing for LaFace Records.

She rose to the top of her field, yet she was miserable. Sure, she was successful, but something was missing.  She couldn’t buy peace, and material possessions didn’t bring her clarity or joy. She came to the conclusion that she didn’t really have a life beyond her career and she felt like she was losing the connection to family and friends because she was putting work before them. Sheri was spending 100% of her time on 10% of who she was.

She resigned from her dream job at LaFace Records, at the height of her career, to pursue her mission of finding peace, clarity, and a well-balanced and courageous life. Her family and friends thought she had lost her mind. But Sheri knew something had to change. This is what inspired her to create the 9 Principles of Exponential Living®, which is the hallmark of her award-winning book, Exponential Living® - Stop Spending 100% of Your Time on 10% of Who You Are (Penguin Random House). It’s the ultimate guide to help high achievers learn how to integrate their personal desires into their life, without detriment to their professional achievement, and teaches them how to make choices, that lead to less stress, better clarity, and more fulfilling lives. The book has garnered several Self Help “Book of the Year” awards, it was an NAACP Image Award nominee and made it on Porchlight Books Business Bestsellers for June 2019.  

Sheri’s motivational keynote presentations are based on the 9 Principles of Exponential Living®. These principles will ultimately teach businesses how to create company cultures for their highest performers, which will help eliminate employee burnout, an issue that can jeopardize productivity and impact retention.  She speaks around the world, sharing her message of "Peace is the New Success®”.

She’s a founding member of the global John Maxwell Team and has given empowerment speeches and facilitated transformational workshops for; JP Morgan Chase, Delta Air Lines, Prudential, The Coca-Cola Company, Humana, ThinkAtion (Nigeria), Atlanta Hawks, Steve Harvey’s Act Like A Success Conference, PECO/Exelon, CVS Health, Turner Sports, CNN, Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage, National Basketball Wives Association Conference, University of Georgia Women’s Basketball Team, the NAACP, and many more. She serves on the National Arts & Letters Commission for her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the University of Louisville Alumni Board of Directors, and the GPA Board for her daughter’s middle school.

Sheri is a wife, mother, daughter, empowerment speaker, life strategist, award-winning author, founder and an entrepreneur.

Speaker Videos

On Steve Harvey Show

The Slingshot Effect

on Exponential Living

The Key to Leadership is Personal Development

Live in Your P.O.W.E.R

Give Permission to be Yourself

Broaden Our Definition of Success

What Will You Give Up to Go Up?

Speech Topics

Increased Engagement & Productivity: 5 Keys to Live in Your P.O.W.E.R.®

Are you ready to stop spending 100% of your time on 10% of who you are?

Are you ready to expand your personal and professional growth, increase your productivity, while creating more bandwidth and margin in your life?

Are you ready to not only reach your goals but live in a constant state of peace and power while doing it?

Has drive taken you to levels of success and your confidence has been lost along the way?

Companies and individuals are recognizing that “Health and Wellness” are not limited to nutrition and exercise. It also includes emotional and mental health. My 9 Principles of Exponential Living® focuses on personal development and how it fuels our professional growth. What we do between 6pm - 9am directly effects how productive we are from 9am to 6pm. 

With life moving at warp speed, increased distractions and higher expectations, it’s so easy to wake up and go to sleep feeling overwhelmed, overworked, and like you are always trying to catch up. Many of us are feeling more and more disconnected from who we are.

This session will provide practical and applicable solutions to resolve these issues by teaching the 5 Keys to Live in Your P.O.W.E.R. ©.  Your Teams will be empowered with the tools needed for enhanced engagement and increased productivity.

Perspective -Adopt a point of view that empowers you
Ownership - Own what is important to you
Wisdom - Identify your one or two next best steps
Engagement - Commit to the implementation of those steps
Reward - Stay consistently engaged with the process to experience the positive outcomes

Attendees will get clear on the following:

  • Determine and/or fine tune their vision
  • Clarify what they should focus on to increase productivity
  • Identify which opportunities are distractions
  • Remove the barriers/challenges that minimize their implementation
  • Identify the triggers that hinder their forward movement

Creating a Diverse Workforce & Culture

There’s power in our unique voices, perspectives, backgrounds, experiences, but in order to truly maximize our collective strength we must first learn the tools to live in our personal power.   Sheri Riley’s 5 Keys to “Live In Your P.O.W.E.R” provides the strategies to increased engagement and productivity for a diverse workforce. Her presentation is the blueprint that leads to better clarity, enhanced joy, healthier choices, and most importantly, belonging.  Her 5 keys help leaders learn how to better create a sense of belonging and employees learn how to tap into themselves to find their place within the organization to maximize their growth.  Many times we have to dive into our deepest fears, to elevate to your highest perspective, to accomplish our greatest achievements.  

Work/Life Balance: Stop Working, Start Maximizing: A Woman’s Guide to Having What She Wants

Are you running on empty?

Are you in transition with no clear plan?

Are you burned out?

Are you ready to get out of your own way?

Do you have it all...and feel empty?

Are you ready to believe in yourself not just your skills? 

Do you want a good night’s sleep?

I am a wife, mother, daughter, entrepreneur, and I’ve been a corporate executive. I was a Sr. Level executive at a high-powered record company, making six-figures, unlimited expense account, traveling the world, and I was miserable.

Not because I didn’t love my job, I did, but I didn’t have a good life.  I didn’t know how to effectively manage the stress.  I didn’t spend quality time with my family without feeling guilty.  I rarely had a good night’s sleep.  I was spending 100% of my time on 10% of who I was…. AND SOMETHING…NO EVERYTHING had to change. 

And the game changer for me was when I realized I had to STOP WORKING and START MAXIMIZING.

What I now know for sure is whether we have everything or nothing, what we really need is PEACE.  Understanding this truth, empowered me to answer the question, “What do I Want?” and make the most important decision of my life; to make choices from my place of power and not from my place of brokenness.

I am empowered now to have the life and career that I want and I will help YOU to not only have career success but a good life.

Health & Wellness is More Than Just Diet & Exercise

For many high performers their skills and talents have taken them to a level of success they haven’t been equipped to maintain.  You cannot fire a cannon from a canoe.  This is why building a culture that fosters personal development at all levels of career cycles is essential. Personal development fuels our professional growth. Companies and individuals are recognizing that “Health and Wellness” are not limited to diet and exercise. It is driven by emotional and mental health, many times in fact diet choices is a consequence of emotional/mental health.  What high performers are dealing with in their lives between 6pm - 9am directly effects how productive they are from 9am to 6pm. With life moving at warp speed, increased distractions and higher expectations, it’s so easy to wake up and go to sleep feeling overwhelmed, overworked, and like you are always trying to catch up. Many of us are feeling more and more disconnected from who we are. During this presentation, your highest performers will leave with measurable, applicable, and practical actions steps that empower them to stop spending 100% of their time on 10% of who they are.  Organizations will walk away with more insights into the lives of their highest performers and be better equipped to support them going forward after Sheri’s presentation.

The College Students’ Playbook for Achieving Success on Your Terms

Even with technological advancements moving at the speed of light, college students are still struggling with the traditional issues of achieving success, which are time allocation, effective studying skills, building healthy relationships, and learning to focus on what’s most important.

Sheri Riley is a small-town girl from Kentucky whose dreams seemed impossible to achieve. But she knew with resilience and being prepared when opportunities presented themselves, she could achieve everything she dreamed about and more.  Her journey taught her how to achieve success on her own terms. From building the careers of world-renown recording artists like Usher, to creating innovative marketing strategies for global brands like Converse, she knows how to identify and cultivate passion, develop the tools and resources needed for success, and how to avoid the pitfalls that come with pursuing your dreams. But none of this would have been possible without the skills, training, and tenacity she developed during her time in college.  Students will leave Sheri’s presentations informed, inspired, motivated, and educated on how to achieve their success.