A dynamic speaker, life-motivator, published author, blogger, professor and trained podiatrist, Dr. Sharri Coleman is dedicated to empowering individuals to identify the link between their soul and the necessary actions to “walk out” their life’s purpose. She bridges the gap between her medical background and spirituality by encouraging individuals to be true to themselves spiritually, mentally and emotionally. Whether she stands before a church audience, in an academic setting, or with a medical/health agenda, she is enthusiastically committed to the empowerment of every individual, especially women, to refocus, realize and utilize the strength that lies within.
Born and raised in Edgewater Park, New Jersey, Dr. Coleman graduated from Philadelphia High School for Girls in Philadelphia, PA and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry/ Pre-Medicine from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA in 1993. In 1998, she obtained a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine.
Combining her thirst for teaching and mentoring young people, Dr. Coleman deviated from her career in medicine, opting to teach. She taught Science and Chemistry in the Oklahoma City Public School system for seven years. In 2006, while still teaching high school Chemistry, Dr. Coleman began teaching at the University of Oklahoma in the Clara Luper African and African American Studies program (AFAM). Presently, Dr. Coleman serves as an Adjunct Professor for AFAM and Women & Gender Studies. She also serves as an Internship Counselor at Millwood High School.
Not only does she assist young people in the educational system, but Dr. Coleman also encourages and mentors young people at her church, where her husband serves as Pastor. She serves as Minister of Music, leads the Women’s Ministry, regularly serves as guest radio host, interviewed on local television broadcast and has been the keynote speaker for various Women’s conferences, luncheons and services throughout the United States and Canada. Sharri currently sits on the Millwood Enrichment Foundation Board. Former positions include: Board of Visitors for Casady School, Diabetes education instructor, Board member of the Oklahoma City American Red Cross and Chaplain of the Oklahoma City Chapter of Jack and Jill. Dr. Coleman is a member of the National Association of Professional Women. A life-learner, Dr. Sharri is a student at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Dr. Coleman is the author of the book, Gained Everything Without Giving up Anything: Lessons Learned during my 40-day Family-focused Journey and creator of “Parenting on Purpose University” Facebook Group.
Dr. Coleman has been married to college sweetheart, Rev. A. Byron Coleman III since July 1997 and is blessed with two sons, Chandler Avery and Courtland Alexander.