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 recent portrayal of Erma Bombeck in At Wit’s End at Geva Theatre Center broke box-office records.
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.
Her charitable involvement has benefited many organizations including among others the Humane Society, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, GEVA Theatre, JDRF, the Center for Youth, Young Women’s 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 & Washington, D.C.
Her nationally-syndicated column, The Suburban Outlaw™ can be read in Gannett’s Democrat + Chronicle and on on the USA Today Network. Her bestselling book, The Suburban Outlaw: Tales from the EDGE is available under the books tab of this page.
- Retreat Facilitation
Sherman provides “deep dive” facilitated sessions for Forums and other groups, designed and customized to meet the needs of both the individual and the group collectively.
- Leadership EDGE for Women - Developing a Vision
An interactive program that will help women leaders develop vision for their leadership and their career. According to a groundbreaking study women out-perform men in all key components of leadership except one: envisioning. Developing vision on a macro level for leadership is key, but so is developing a personal career vision. This interactive program will help women not only develop their vision “muscle” but to find the voice to share it out loud. Topics explored include, creating a values based personal mission statement, finding your visionary voice, confidence builders for women. Pam Sherman former attorney, actor, writer, and professor will share visioning techniques designed specifically for women in leadership.
- Leadership Presence for Women: Finding Your Voice with an EDGE
Come on an exciting, journey during this Leadership Program about how you present yourself to the world. Learn to find your leadership voice and to share your stories with an EDGE™ in the best possible way:
Explore: Audience Connections
Dream: Visualize success
Grow: Outside your comfort zone
Excite: Ignite your message
In a unique way of looking at your skill-set, Pam Sherman, attorney, actress, writer and coach ignites passion for your message that will benefit your brand, your business, and your life, by sharing tools to achieve leadership presence and success, including: finding your voice, body language, storytelling, character, and motivation and much more.
- Leadership Storytelling: Sharing Your Story with an EDGE
An exciting and interactive presentation about finding your voice, passion and learning skills that will help you to craft, present and live your own story. Pam Sherman shares her story and help participants explore personal storytelling techniques utilizing skills used by actors, including voice/body language/role objective/improvisation techniques to help you share your story with passion.
- Finding your Personal EDGE™
An inspirational and interactive program about following your dreams and finding your ultimate mission. Pam Sherman tells the story of how she pursued her dream of leaving the law, becoming an actor and how she “recalibrated” her own dreams into her new career as the Gannett columnist, the Suburban Outlaw. She will explore the meaning of living on the EDGE™ to Explore, Dream, Grow and Excite in the best possible way, in order to make a difference in your life and leadership.
-CEO/Founder, UPIC Health LLC
“Having engaged with coaches and become familiar throughout my career with traditional approaches to one’s own development, I found Pam and the ShermanEDGE program to be very unique and the missing ingredient in my own personal and professional growth. Learning to engage with others through language and attention to presentation, and connecting at an emotional level is what leaders must do. Looking back, as positive as the engagement was in the moment, I couldn’t have appreciated how impactful it would be on my career and how I would continually draw upon its references and learnings.”
-EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Thomas Jefferson University & Jefferson Health (formerly of University of Rochester Medical Center)