“What we say to ourselves about ourselves – is life and death… Moment by moment, the world is reflecting back to you the stories you repeat to yourself on autopilot.”
Sheri Salata, the former Executive Producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Co-President of Harpo Studios and most recently Co-President of OWN, Oprah Winfrey’s cable network, is the embodiment of inspirational female leadership. Salata started as entry-level promotion producer and ultimately helped steer the creative and strategic direction of the most renowned talk show in television history, working alongside the most celebrated woman in media, Oprah Winfrey. Leading an Emmy award-winning team, Salata has touched millions of lives around the world as she broke cultural barriers and helped advance the show’s mission of enlightenment, empathy, and understanding. Salata—who Arianna Huffington once described as “the visionary behind the visionary”—has been named Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 and the Feminist Press Power Award Winner.
“Sheri Salata’s journey to a life of extraordinary success ultimately triggered a transformation to wholeness and healing. We can all learn from her riveting story that joy, love and self compassion are the true goals of human existence.”
–Deepak Chopra, The New York Times bestselling author, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
As The Oprah Winfrey Show neared the end of its critically acclaimed 25-year run, Salata was featured in the acclaimed docuseries, Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes, where her sense of humor, creative leadership and personal style made her an instant fan favorite. Following the final episode, she began the monumental task of helping to guide OWN through a five-year heralded turnaround into the successful and profitable network it is now.
Today, Salata is the co-founder of The Pillar Life, an inspirational lifestyle brand and co-host of the popular podcast The Sheri + Nancy Show. Her memoir, The Beautiful No and Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence and Transformation, was a best-selling Amazon new release and an Apple “must-listen” audio book. Elizabeth Gilbert, The New York Times bestselling author of Eat Pray Love called the book “a roadmap for transformation — an honest, funny, and soulful look at what it really means to take stewardship over your own existence.” As Dani Shapiro, bestselling author of Inheritance, praised “in this bracingly honest, tenderhearted, profoundly human book, Sheri Salata peels back the layers of a life that, on the surface, looks like pure success, and tells the truth of what it is to struggle, to fear, to grieve, to desire—in other words, to live.”
Sheri’s next dream is to take everything she learned from her dazzling 21-year career as a leader in business and entertainment, and everything she gleaned from working with the world’s most prolific storytellers, to help millions of women worldwide tell a new and more inspired story about their own lives. She shares her lessons and experiences from stage at campuses, nonprofits, corporate events and retreats around the world. Sheri is a proud Iowa Hawkeye and lives happily in Napa Valley.