Cherrie Davis, SHRM-SCP

Army Combat Veteran, Author, Founder and CEO ShiftForward Consulting

Cherrie Davis is a visionary leader with over 3 decades of experience in HR, is a recognized coach, facilitator, and change management leader.



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An engagement with Cherrie is more than just a routine keynote.  It is memorable, authentic, fact based and just down right special. Even in a room full of hundreds, her audiences experience is like she’s talking only to them individually. She means and believes what she says and says only what she can stand behind. If your eyes are open and your hearing sharp, she will draw you in with truth, conviction and credible examples that mirror your organization’s leadership challenges.

Cherrie is a visionary leader and knows human dynamics, with over 3 decades of experience in human resources, is a recognized coach, facilitator, and change management leader.  She provides a fresh prospective to her clients by merging real world experience with proven knowledge of people.

Cherrie’s career landed her in key assignments world-wide to lead and influence change in Hungary, Bosnia, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Afghanistan, Iraq, South Korea, the Pentagon, Our Lady of the Lake, GE Lighting and GE Capital. She culminated her military career at the Pentagon, by leading the Army Chief of Staff’s transitional strategy in three pivotal roles: Chief of Operations for Transition Strategic Outreach, Deputy Director for Transition Strategic Outreach and as the Employment Director for the Soldier for Life Program. After her military service, Cherrie served as the Human Resources Director for Our Lady of the Lake, Quality Trainer and Organizational Developer for GE Financial Services (Six Sigma Team), Marketing and Sales for GE Lighting. Her corporate culmination came as an executive for GE Capital, as the Senior Integration Leader.

She is the President at ShiftForward Consulting, based in Atlanta, GA. Cherrie received her B.A. in Communications from Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD, where she was recognized as the Distinguished Military Graduate and by Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities. She earned a Master’s in Human Resources with an emphasis in International Management, from Webster University, St. Louis, MO. She holds professional certifications for Senior Professional Human Resources, Executive & Organizational Coaching and Quality Management.

Cherrie’s personal passions are her spouse, golf and riding her townie bike!


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