Executive Director Bio

Sheri K. Cole, Executive Director

CW_Sheri Cole 2013Sheri Cole is the Executive Director of Career Wardrobe in Philadelphia. Ms. Cole is Career Wardrobe’s first executive director and has been with the agency since 2000. Under her leadership Career Wardrobe has expanded its programming and currently has a budget over $850,000.

In addition to providing professional clothing to women transitioning to work, Career Wardrobe’s Gateway to Success Education Program provides comprehensive job readiness and professional development training, resume review and one-on-one expert support for women transitioning to work. In 2009, the organization opened The Wardrobe Boutique, a resale and designer consignment store to benefit Career Wardrobe and make high-quality, low-cost clothing available to all women.

Prior to this role, Ms. Cole worked as Acting Development Director and Agency Liaison for Women’s Way, Development Associate for Fairmount Ventures and Program Associate at Women’s Alliance for Job Equity (WAJE). As a volunteer, she has also served as Board President of The Women’s Alliance and assisted in planning the Alice Paul Institute’s Leadership Awards.
In 2009 she was selected to join Leadership Philadelphia, an organization whose mission is to mobilize and connect the talent of the private sector to serve the community. And in 2003, Ms. Cole was honored by The Philadelphia Business Journal as one Philadelphia’s “40 Under Forty,” for her leadership and community involvement.

Ms. Cole holds a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute as well as a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Philosophy from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.