Sherry Walker-Cowart

Sherry has been involved in enhancing quality of life issues for communities in and around Rochester, NY for over thirty years. Sherry is the former CEO of the Center for Dispute Settlement and The Community Place of Greater Rochester. Sherry was the Executive Director of Eastside Community Center and was instrumental in merging three separate community organizations into what is now known as The Community Place of Greater Rochester. Because of Sherry’s experience as a CEO, she finds both joy and reward in being an Executive Leadership Coach with the Leadership Learning Collaborative (Warner School of Business/University of Rochester, and Ramerman Leadership Group). Her particular passion is coaching new and emerging leaders.

As a trainer, Sherry has trained hundreds of individuals to be mediators as part of the New York State Unified Court system, Center for Dispute Settlement and the United States Postal Service. Being a trainer, mediator, arbitrator and Honored Fellow with the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution, she has traveled throughout the United States and Canada training and mediating individuals and organizations who want to manage and resolve conflict. Serving on numerous board and committees, Sherry finds volunteerism a satisfying way of giving back to her community. She is, and has been, adjunct faculty at Nazareth College and St. John Fisher College. Sherry holds a Certificate for Social Change and Conflict Transformation from Colgate Rochester Crozier Divinity School, Master of Science Degree from Keuka College and Master of Arts Degree from SUNY Brockport.