Cherie Anderson | Founder + Chief Experience Officer
My "Corporate-y" Story
(So people take me seriously.)
An award winning consultant and trainer, Cherie has more than 20 years of experience as a leader in both non-profit and corporate environments.
She was the artistic director of Dream Lab Theatre – a theatre by and for youth that created ambitious and relevant plays that had “a social conscience that does not condescend to its audience”(Star Tribune). During her tenure, she drove attendance and funding by more than 300 percent over the course of seven years.
She then turned her attention to the corporate world, where she has held progressively more challenging consulting, training and leadership positions in Fortune 500 companies and start-ups. Over the course of the past ten years, she has created industry-leading employee engagement cultures, developed award-winning financial advisors, and driven tangible, bottom-line results.
She has her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Minnesota, and her Masters in Organization Development from Bowling Green State University.
My Unvarnished Truth
(The way I talk to my friends.)
Once upon a time, I was a girl who thought that being a faerie princess was a viable career option. Who day-dreamed what it would be like to be a newly-created goddess on Mount Olympus. Who was convinced that she was only a few years away from being an Olympian in her chosen sport of figure skating (despite my fear of falling – more on that later).
I spent my free time dreaming up fantastic adventures and charming/strong-arming (it’s such a thin line) my friends to join me.
Not much has changed.
Instead of being a faerie princess, I learned to write and produce plays about them fighting their doubts and making friends with dragons.
I never got the Goddess thing down, but I did learn what it’s like to have tremendous responsibility in people’s lives during my time as a theatre director and corporate trainer.
I didn’t become an Olympian, but I did learn to fall. And get back up. And . . . fall again. And, over time, I found that all that falling and getting up was actually creating the tapestry for a rich and rewarding life.
The last part, about the adventures? Oh yeah, that's still totally true. I don’t need to change one word.