INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Conference for Women (ICFW) will include Sheri Salata as one of its featured speakers during the ninth-annual conference on Thursday, Nov. 7. For 20 years Salata gave her undivided focus to her dream job at the Oprah Winfrey Show, Harpo Studios and the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). During her time there, she had access to the most influential and prolific teachers and wisdom keepers. Salata helped millions transform their lives and shaped some of the most memorable and moving stories on television. But at 56-years-old, she found herself ready and willing to rewrite the story of her own life. Sheri says, “I had manifested the career of my dreams but not the life of my dreams.”
“Sheri’s part cautionary tale, part middle-of-life rallying cry is humorous, touching, thought- provoking and inspiring,” said Deborah Collins Stephens, co-founder of ICFW with Billie Dragoo- Garcia. “By embarking on a year of radical self-care, Sheri created the life of her dreams and conference attendees will be empowered and inspired for their own personal renewal.”
Salata also shares her experiences in her new book, “The Beautiful No: And Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence, and Transformation” by focusing on how it takes courage for women in the middle of life to reenvision their lives rather than continue down a well-worn path. The book takes readers behind scenes of two of the last episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show; shares the life lessons she’s learned from her English bulldog; how she is learning to channel and reclaim her “divine feminine energy” (baring her soul in sex therapy and dancing wildly in her room), plus relating the heartbreaking shock of her younger brother’s sudden death and touchingly recounts her mother’s last days.
Known as a writer/producer, cofounder of the inspirational lifestyle brand, The Pillar Life, and cohost of the podcast, The Sheri + Nancy Show, Salata previously served as co-president of Harpo Studios and OWN. She has been named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 and the 2017 Feminist Press Power Award winners.