About Me

About Cherylanne
About Cherylanne

I am a writer, speaker and coach who helps high-impact women honor their callings both at work and at home so they can shine brightly in both spaces.

I am a writer, speaker and coach who helps high-impact women honor their callings both at work and at home so they can shine brightly in both spaces.

Well, hello there. I'm Cherylanne and this website is my online home. Sometimes I wish it were an actual place, where we could sit down with mugs of hot coffee and chat. Wouldn't that be grand? So go ahead, pour yourself a cup, and settle in for a minute or two so you can get a feel for what I'm all about. First of all,

I'm a former corporate-ladder-climber who is forging a new path as a writer, speaker and coach.

That decision didn't come easily, and it took everyone around me by surprise. To understand why, we’ll need to go back a few years.

When I was a little girl, my Godmother once asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up. My answer? "Sit behind a big desk and give orders." Charming, right? Let's just say I didn't struggle with confidence or ambition in those days!

By all accounts I was a born leader who directed other children's play and set the agenda for my family's free time. Coupling that with a hefty dose of God-given academic talent made business a pretty clear career choice.

I wasn’t as drawn to the manufacturing of widgets as I was to the world of fancy restaurants and luxury hotels so I earned my business education at the Cornell Hotel School where the course catalog had me at hello. The internships weren’t bad either – I spent my first one at a resort on the Big Island of Hawaii, living in a suite and traversing the island eating macadamia nuts and drinking Kona coffee on my days off. It was a dream.

After graduation, I landed at Procter & Gamble where I learned my way in and out of a P&L and studied the art of servant leadership. No matter which assignment I was in, and there were many over the course of 15 years, I most deeply cherished the opportunities I had to lead and mentor bright, ambitious, talented men and women. It was during these years that I learned that everyone has a story, and that most of that story lives well beneath the surface.

People are wonderfully complicated, and I love discovering what lights them up.

When I first joined P&G, I thought I’d stay there until I retired – my dad was an AT&T lifer and my mom taught kindergarten for 40 years – loyalty runs deep in my veins. But at some point after my second child was walking, I started dreaming about starting my own thing, pondering how I could meld my passions into a new body of work. I was terrified of leaving my steady paycheck, profit sharing, and predictable path to promotion, but one day late in 2009, I took a deep breath and did it anyway.

And that same week, we learned I was expecting Baby #3. Yep.

So in 2010 I gave birth to two babies – my youngest daughter and a brand new company I named Nourish. At that point, my goal was to change the way women thought about food, so I slowly developed a collection of services for women who wanted to get healthier.

That collection expanded and retracted over time as my client base evolved, at various points including nutrition counseling, personal chef services, cooking instruction, fitness coaching, group classes, eCourses, workplace wellness programs, weekly menu plan subscriptions and more.

It was a little scattered and it made it hard to do everything well. I knew it, but I loved it all and I didn't want to let any of it go. Eventually, and ever so slowly, I pruned and watered and weeded this collection like it was a garden, until I had three beautiful, blooming, thriving plants.

Today I’m focused on these three loves - writing, speaking, and coaching.

I tend to these three like my life depends on it, while taking care to leave space for the other things that matter to me. Like cooking. And running. And reading. And coffee dates. And dinners with those three children and the man I married gathered around the table.

I’ve earned some accolades for my work in the last few years, and it’s taught me something important - what people admire more than success is courage. It takes courage to redesign your life. People get that. Maybe that’s because success isn’t easily defined, but courage is.

Success is something you have to define for yourself on your own terms.

For a long time I defined success as having the corner office or a “C” in my title or bringing home a hefty paycheck. If those are your things, then by all means, run hard after them.

But what if you care about more than that?

I care about a lot of things – being fully present to my family, building lasting relationships, having a strong faith life, using my gifts, investing in my community, doing work that matters, nourishing my own well-being, and enjoying financial freedom - so the life I’ve designed allows me to experience success on my own terms.

That’s exactly why I’m dedicating myself to serving values-driven women who want to let their own lives shine. I still spend plenty of time helping women get healthier, because personal well-being is foundational to giving you the energy for any other change you want to make. But I've learned that my best work is almost always about more than food.

Listen, if you are wrestling with your life, it's a clue. If something has changed in you and the pieces just don’t seem to fit together anymore, it’s time to take a big deep breath and clear space to figure some things out. If what you always thought you wanted doesn’t make you feel the way you want to feel, we should definitely talk. You were made to shine, sister. Nothing less will do.

I won’t have a set path for you, because that’s not how life design works. There is not one well-worn road to success, and there’s no one way to shine. You’ll know yours by how it feels. Getting there isn’t a straight path. You’ll bob and weave a little till it feels right. And just when it does, something will shift and you’ll be adjusting again. These lives of ours? They’re living things. They don’t stay still for long. We need to pay attention, speeding up, slowing down, rounding the bend ahead, always letting how we feel be our guide. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

People sometimes ask me what I do. The answer is that my work is about understanding people, and helping them to understand themselves. I have learned to see how the little things we haven't noticed impact the big things we care about.

I ask questions. I encourage and inspire and give words to ideas. I illuminate a path.

If you’ve read my work or heard me speak and have thought to yourself, “Oh my goodness, how does she KNOW?” then the odds are good that we should talk about what coaching could do for you. Consider it your sign. I would be delighted to hear from you.

I'm a coach at heart. Always have been. I am governed by optimism and possibility and grace…and I want BIG things for you.  Where you may see a brick wall, I see the sliver of open space through which we can maneuver to a better place, a better way. I will hold that space for you until you can climb through it.

C'mon. Let’s go.

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Cherylanne Skolnicki is a speaker, writer, and coach who is a recognized expert on well-being and work-life integration. She believes that we can thrive both at work and at home, and that it all starts with designing a life of significance on our own terms.

Cherylanne holds a B.S. from Cornell University in Hospitality Administration and an M.B.A. from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Management. She is also a Certified Health Coach with a degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. A native of northeastern Pennsylvania, she lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and three young children.

Cherylanne was the Founder and CEO of Nourish, a home-cooking service for busy households, and prior to that, she spent nearly 15 years working for Procter & Gamble in marketing and sales. While there, she managed businesses worth up to $1 billion in revenue and led teams that spanned the globe. Her years in a leading global corporation give her first-hand insight into the pace at which successful people today are expected to operate; she is particularly passionate about helping working women find ways to experience thriving well-being despite the rigorous demands of their work and home lives.

Cherylanne has also developed "Thrive", an innovative workplace wellness program that is helping Fortune 500 companies like the one she worked for inspire, educate and enable their employees to feed their well-being. Through a combination of a flexible distance learning curriculum, time saving tools, experiential learning events, and highly personalized one on one coaching for employees, she and her team are helping their clients transform employee well being with unparalleled warmth and engagement.

Cherylanne is a sought-after speaker, a nationally quoted expert on healthy living, a regular contributor to the Fox 19 Morning Show, the author of  her own blog and The Nourish Blog, one of Cincinnati’s 100 Wise Women, a Cincinnati Forty Under 40 Honoree, and the everyday cook for her family of five.

Outside of work and family, she enjoys entertaining, running, yoga, discovering a good book, bright sunny days, and spending time with dear friends.

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Well, hello there. I'm Cherylanne and this website is my online home. Sometimes I wish it were an actual place, where we could sit down with mugs of hot coffee and chat. Wouldn't that be grand? So go ahead, pour yourself a cup, and settle in for a minute or two so you can get a feel for what I'm all about. First of all,

I'm a former corporate-ladder-climber who is forging a new path as a writer, speaker and coach.

That decision didn't come easily, and it took everyone around me by surprise. To understand why, we’ll need to go back a few years.

When I was a little girl, my Godmother once asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up. My answer? "Sit behind a big desk and give orders." Charming, right? Let's just say I didn't struggle with confidence or ambition in those days!

By all accounts I was a born leader who directed other children's play and set the agenda for my family's free time. Coupling that with a hefty dose of God-given academic talent made business a pretty clear career choice.

I wasn’t as drawn to the manufacturing of widgets as I was to the world of fancy restaurants and luxury hotels so I earned my business education at the Cornell Hotel School where the course catalog had me at hello. The internships weren’t bad either – I spent my first one at a resort on the Big Island of Hawaii, living in a suite and traversing the island eating macadamia nuts and drinking Kona coffee on my days off. It was a dream.

After graduation, I landed at Procter & Gamble where I learned my way in and out of a P&L and studied the art of servant leadership. No matter which assignment I was in, and there were many over the course of 15 years, I most deeply cherished the opportunities I had to lead and mentor bright, ambitious, talented men and women. It was during these years that I learned that everyone has a story, and that most of that story lives well beneath the surface.

People are wonderfully complicated, and I love discovering what lights them up.

When I first joined P&G, I thought I’d stay there until I retired – my dad was an AT&T lifer and my mom taught kindergarten for 40 years – loyalty runs deep in my veins. But at some point after my second child was walking, I started dreaming about starting my own thing, pondering how I could meld my passions into a new body of work. I was terrified of leaving my steady paycheck, profit sharing, and predictable path to promotion, but one day late in 2009, I took a deep breath and did it anyway.

And that same week, we learned I was expecting Baby #3. Yep.

So in 2010 I gave birth to two babies – my youngest daughter and a brand new company I named Nourish. At that point, my goal was to change the way women thought about food, so I slowly developed a collection of services for women who wanted to get healthier.

That collection expanded and retracted over time as my client base evolved, at various points including nutrition counseling, personal chef services, cooking instruction, fitness coaching, group classes, eCourses, workplace wellness programs, weekly menu plan subscriptions and more.

It was a little scattered and it made it hard to do everything well. I knew it, but I loved it all and I didn't want to let any of it go. Eventually, and ever so slowly, I pruned and watered and weeded this collection like it was a garden, until I had three beautiful, blooming, thriving plants.

Today I’m focused on these three loves - writing, speaking, and coaching.

I tend to these three like my life depends on it, while taking care to leave space for the other things that matter to me. Like cooking. And running. And reading. And coffee dates. And dinners with those three children and the man I married gathered around the table.

I’ve earned some accolades for my work in the last few years, and it’s taught me something important - what people admire more than success is courage. It takes courage to redesign your life. People get that. Maybe that’s because success isn’t easily defined, but courage is.

Success is something you have to define for yourself on your own terms.

For a long time I defined success as having the corner office or a “C” in my title or bringing home a hefty paycheck. If those are your things, then by all means, run hard after them.

But what if you care about more than that?

I care about a lot of things – being fully present to my family, building lasting relationships, having a strong faith life, using my gifts, investing in my community, doing work that matters, nourishing my own well-being, and enjoying financial freedom - so the life I’ve designed allows me to experience success on my own terms.

That’s exactly why I’m dedicating myself to serving values-driven women who want to let their own lives shine. I still spend plenty of time helping women get healthier, because personal well-being is foundational to giving you the energy for any other change you want to make. But I've learned that my best work is almost always about more than food.

Listen, if you are wrestling with your life, it's a clue. If something has changed in you and the pieces just don’t seem to fit together anymore, it’s time to take a big deep breath and clear space to figure some things out. If what you always thought you wanted doesn’t make you feel the way you want to feel, we should definitely talk. You were made to shine, sister. Nothing less will do.

I won’t have a set path for you, because that’s not how life design works. There is not one well-worn road to success, and there’s no one way to shine. You’ll know yours by how it feels. Getting there isn’t a straight path. You’ll bob and weave a little till it feels right. And just when it does, something will shift and you’ll be adjusting again. These lives of ours? They’re living things. They don’t stay still for long. We need to pay attention, speeding up, slowing down, rounding the bend ahead, always letting how we feel be our guide. If it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.

People sometimes ask me what I do. The answer is that my work is about understanding people, and helping them to understand themselves. I have learned to see how the little things we haven't noticed impact the big things we care about.

I ask questions. I encourage and inspire and give words to ideas. I illuminate a path.

If you’ve read my work or heard me speak and have thought to yourself, “Oh my goodness, how does she KNOW?” then the odds are good that we should talk about what coaching could do for you. Consider it your sign. I would be delighted to hear from you.

I'm a coach at heart. Always have been. I am governed by optimism and possibility and grace…and I want BIG things for you.  Where you may see a brick wall, I see the sliver of open space through which we can maneuver to a better place, a better way. I will hold that space for you until you can climb through it.

C'mon. Let’s go.

Featured in:

OFFICIAL BIO

Cherylanne Skolnicki is a speaker, writer, and coach who is a recognized expert on well-being and work-life integration. She believes that we can thrive both at work and at home, and that it all starts with designing a life of significance on our own terms.

Cherylanne holds a B.S. from Cornell University in Hospitality Administration and an M.B.A. from Emory University’s Goizueta School of Management. She is also a Certified Health Coach with a degree from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. A native of northeastern Pennsylvania, she lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and three young children.

Cherylanne was the Founder and CEO of Nourish, a home-cooking service for busy households, and prior to that, she spent nearly 15 years working for Procter & Gamble in marketing and sales. While there, she managed businesses worth up to $1 billion in revenue and led teams that spanned the globe. Her years in a leading global corporation give her first-hand insight into the pace at which successful people today are expected to operate; she is particularly passionate about helping working women find ways to experience thriving well-being despite the rigorous demands of their work and home lives.

Cherylanne has also developed "Thrive", an innovative workplace wellness program that is helping Fortune 500 companies like the one she worked for inspire, educate and enable their employees to feed their well-being. Through a combination of a flexible distance learning curriculum, time saving tools, experiential learning events, and highly personalized one on one coaching for employees, she and her team are helping their clients transform employee well being with unparalleled warmth and engagement.

Cherylanne is a sought-after speaker, a nationally quoted expert on healthy living, a regular contributor to the Fox 19 Morning Show, the author of  her own blog and The Nourish Blog, one of Cincinnati’s 100 Wise Women, a Cincinnati Forty Under 40 Honoree, and the everyday cook for her family of five.

Outside of work and family, she enjoys entertaining, running, yoga, discovering a good book, bright sunny days, and spending time with dear friends.

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HEALTHY LIVING EXPERT