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Pam Sherman

Pam Sherman is a writer, actor, leadership consultant and recovering lawyer whose story of ditching her day job as a lawyer to pursue her dream as an actress was featured in People Magazine. Today she combines her business background as an attorney along with her creative talents to conduct EDGE: Explore, Dream, Grow & Excite™ Programs in communications, business development and leadership in order to help leaders present themselves, their organizations and their stories with passion. Sherman is a keynote speaker and provides group and individual development programs for a variety of organizations including, non-profits, advertising agencies and Fortune 500 companies.

Having graduated from American University and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Sherman practiced law specializing in securities and employment litigation in Washington, D.C. Upon leaving the law to become an actor, she attended the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater.  Pam has performed in theater, film, and television, including, NBC’s, Homicide: Life on the Streets, Unsolved Mysteries, and the long-running play, Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center. Her one-woman show Pumping Josey: Life and Death in Suburbia has played to great acclaim in many venues, including Horizons Theater the oldest women’s theater in the US. Her portrayal of Erma Bombeck in the one-woman show Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End played to sold-out audiences and broke box-office records around the country. 

Pam has been an adjunct professor at American University, where she created an award-winning curriculum in Arts Law in the Arts Management Program. She has guest lectured at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the Doctoral Program at St. John Fisher College.  Among other seminars she has conducted, is Acting for Lawyers at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

Pam is a highly rated global resource for leadership groups including Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) & Vistage.  She has presented across North America and around the world including the Middle East, Europe, North Africa and Australia.  She has been recognized for her work and contributions by Young Women’s College Prep, as a “W” Award nominee, an Athena Award Finalist and most recently, as a Woman to Watch by JWI, where she now sits on the Board of Trustees.

Her charitable involvement has benefited many organizations including among others the Humane Society, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Geva Theatre Center, JDRF, the Center for Youth, Student Leadership Network, National Children’s Hospital, and many others.  She is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild and of the bars of New York and Washington, D.C.

Her regular nationally syndicated column, The Suburban Outlaw™ was published for 15 years in Gannett’s Democrat + Chronicle and on the USA Today Network. Her bestselling book, The Suburban Outlaw: Tales from the EDGE is available on www.amazon.com. Pam’s TEDX talk can be seen here.