Most think of Sherita J’ as the GRANT Lady, but there’s so much more to her – utilizing grants for for-profit and nonprofit business sustainability efforts is just a mere segment of her vast experience. Sherita is also a best-selling authors, speaker, motivator , business strategist, and a recognized radio personality (talk radio format discussing business, grants, community empowerment and nonprofit development).
Sherita has aided in securing millions of dollars in funding, while helping to develop more than 600 businesses. She’s the Founder and President of the Kreative Images Foundation (K.I.), established in August 1994. Her motto is YAYOL (pronounced yah-yoal), which is the acronym for You Are Your Only Limitation. YAYOL is also the title of her weekly radio broadcast.
Sherita has appeared in numerous news and magazine publications, and on radio and television shows all over the world, while also speaking at business conferences, churches, transitional facilities, and correctional institutions (empowerment speaker at the Chino Institution for Men (prison) for three years).
- Following Hurricane Katrina, she launched the only Hurricane Katrina National Housing Database, listing housing all over the country for displaced persons.
- Featured in Women of Wisdom Performance Magazine with First Lady Michelle Obama, and other influential women (June 2009)
- Recipient of California ‘s Women of Achievement Award with Congresswomen Diane Watson and Maxine Waters (2004)
- African Focus Humanitarian Award Recipient (April 2009), along with songstress Chaka Khan, Mo’Nique the comedian and others for their charitable efforts
- Received several accommodations from former Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn for community and economic development achievements (2004, 2005)
- Served as Co-Host of “L.A. Inside Out”, a Los Angeles talk show highlighting LA’s talents, hot spots, political leaders and businesses (2003-2005)
- Featured in “Women of Color” magazine with the late Coretta Scott-King, Maya Angelou and numerous other renaissance women (Los Angeles, CA) (2003)
- Performed key strategies for city-wide redevelopment efforts following the 1992 Rodney King civil unrest in Los Angeles, CA