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Cheryl Womack

Keep on Trucking: Cheryl Womack, The Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World

WOW, what a Magnificent LADY, with a Powerful story! Cheryl Womack is One of 11 children born to Panamanian immigrants, Womack first made her mark with VCW, which sells insurance to independent truckers. That company, which she started with just $17,000 in 1983, was worth more than $100 million when she sold it in 2002. Currently, she manages a nonprofit called the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World, helping others on their way up. Married and the mother of two, Womack recently pledged $2 million to build a women’s softball field at her alma mater, the University of Kansas. MoreWatch Now

WOW, what a Magnificent LADY, with a Powerful story! Cheryl Womack is One of 11 children born to Panamanian immigrants, Womack first made her mark with VCW, which sells insurance to independent truckers. That company, which she started with just $17,000 in 1983, was worth more than $100 million when she sold it in 2002. Currently, she manages a nonprofit called the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World, helping others on their way up. Married and the mother of two, Womack recently pledged $2 million to build a women’s softball field at her alma mater, the University of Kansas. More here: https://www.oprah.com/money/women-entrepreneurs/all#ixzz6MokeuMAo

The trajectory of Cheryl Womack’s career is as impressive as it is complex. From being born the third eldest of eleven children in a struggling Hispanic immigrant family in Kansas City, Kansas, to becoming one of America’s most successful entrepreneurs, the immense range of her experiences and successes have afforded her a unique sense of perspective – and a skillset that is as eclectic as it is esoteric.

In 1982 at the age of 31, Cheryl was earning just $17,000 a year. With an intense conviction that she was capable of creating a better life for herself, she ambitiously started her first companies in the basement of her home, profoundly changing her life.

No stranger to a challenge, she focused her energies on making her first businesses – The National Association of Independent Truckers (NAIT) and VCW, Inc. (an Insurance Agency) – both successful, national competitors in two male-dominated industries; trucking and insurance.

During her 20-year career, Cheryl became known for innovative product development, an inventive corporate culture, and powerful industry leadership. She received numerous awards and accolades in recognition of her accomplishments. When she sold it in 2002, her Kansas City- based operation was valued at $100 million, employed more than 90 staff members, and insured more than 12,000 independent truckers throughout North America.

Following her successes in the fields of trucking and insurance, Cheryl’s efforts have covered an increasingly wide spectrum of financial, charitable, and intellectual interests. More than an entrepreneur, she has become a highly respected role model – particularly among women. As the chairperson of the non-profit organization, Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World (LWEW), Cheryl seeks to provide a valuable legacy for future generations by working to raise the visibility of innovative, driven, and entrepreneurial women around the world.

In addition, Cheryl has been involved in a variety of noteworthy committees, mentoring programs, art associations and institutions, and charities, including: MOCCSA, the Latino Coalition, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Kauffman Foundation’s Fast Trac, the United States Chamber of Commerce, and The Harvard Kennedy School of Leadership.

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  • 00:19:06
  • 05/19/2020
Cheryl Womack

Shift Happens - Life Balance and Relationship Wisdom

Can we Talk? I realized that the flu I thought I had was really a pregnancy. So now I was in debt, and I had to call on my largest customer when I was eight months pregnant. Then I had to do their year’s checkup when I was pregnant again. They were not happy. The first time they were all, ‘Take your time. Enjoy.’ The second time, it was like, ‘Are you going to have children, or are you going to run a business?’ One client would not work with us until after I delivered the baby and returned. So IWatch Now

Can we Talk? I realized that the flu I thought I had was really a pregnancy. So now I was in debt, and I had to call on my largest customer when I was eight months pregnant. Then I had to do their year’s checkup when I was pregnant again. They were not happy. The first time they were all, ‘Take your time. Enjoy.’ The second time, it was like, ‘Are you going to have children, or are you going to run a business?’ One client would not work with us until after I delivered the baby and returned. So I came back to work three weeks after I gave birth—and I’d had a C-section. Relationships and Life are filled with twists and turns, I love “empowering women.”

The trajectory of Cheryl Womack’s career is as impressive as it is complex. From being born the third eldest of eleven children in a struggling Hispanic immigrant family in Kansas City, Kansas, to becoming one of America’s most successful entrepreneurs, the immense range of her experiences and successes have afforded her a unique sense of perspective – and a skillset that is as eclectic as it is esoteric.

In 1982 at the age of 31, Cheryl was earning just $17,000 a year. With an intense conviction that she was capable of creating a better life for herself, she ambitiously started her first companies in the basement of her home, profoundly changing her life.

No stranger to a challenge, she focused her energies on making her first businesses – The National Association of Independent Truckers (NAIT) and VCW, Inc. (an Insurance Agency) – both successful, national competitors in two male-dominated industries; trucking and insurance.

During her 20-year career, Cheryl became known for innovative product development, an inventive corporate culture, and powerful industry leadership. She received numerous awards and accolades in recognition of her accomplishments. When she sold it in 2002, her Kansas City- based operation was valued at $100 million, employed more than 90 staff members, and insured more than 12,000 independent truckers throughout North America.

Following her successes in the fields of trucking and insurance, Cheryl’s efforts have covered an increasingly wide spectrum of financial, charitable, and intellectual interests. More than an entrepreneur, she has become a highly respected role model – particularly among women. As the chairperson of the non-profit organization, Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World (LWEW), Cheryl seeks to provide a valuable legacy for future generations by working to raise the visibility of innovative, driven, and entrepreneurial women around the world.

In addition, Cheryl has been involved in a variety of noteworthy committees, mentoring programs, art associations and institutions, and charities, including: MOCCSA, the Latino Coalition, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Kauffman Foundation’s Fast Trac, the United States Chamber of Commerce, and The Harvard Kennedy School of Leadership.

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  • 05/19/2020

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