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"Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed."  PROVERBS 16:3


Dr. Sheryl L.W. Barnes












Dr. Sheryl L. W. Barnes


  • Sheryl L.W. Barnes, PhD, PhD, DMin is CEO of Sterling-Xavier Consulting Group, LLC and provides executive coaching and professional training & development services to a wide variety of organizations
  • She is Founder of the STRATEGIC-SUCCESS Life Coaching Institute that certifies Life Coaches 
  • She is the award-winning author of "10 GIFTS to Give Yourself" & "Discipleship in the Age of Distraction"
  • Dr. Barnes provides keynote speeches, retreat & seminar facilitation and develops workshops that inspire personal excellence
  • She is a MBTI Certified Practitioner;TRUE COLORS Certified Trainer; PREPARE/ENRICH Certified; Systems Thinking Certified; Six Sigma and Applied Strategic Planning Certified
  • She is a Cleric and Associate Minister
  • She is one of the founding members of Berean Bible Center in Michigan and served as Dean of Faculty
  • In 2009 Rev. Dr. Barnes completed Yale Divinity School's Intern Supervision Training
  • Dr. Barnes has taught educational psychology, philosophy, ethics, bioethics and theology in higher education 
  • She attended The University of Michigan as a Regents Alumni Scholar, graduating with a B.A. in Psychology.  She earned a Masters Degree in Education from Antioch University; a Ph.D. in Education: Professional Development, from the Union Institute & University; and a Ph.D. in Philosophy (summa cum laude): Philosophy of Pedagogy and Africana Philosophy from Lacrosse University.  She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree (DMin) in Discipleship from Newburgh Theological Seminary 
  • Dr. Barnes may be reached at DrBarnes@sterling-xavier.com


Keynote Speeches & Presentations by Dr. Sheryl L.W. Barnes



“In the Wake of Wisdom”

“Living Your Virtues in Higher Education: From Axiology to Ethos”

“Civility in the Workplace”

“Problem Solving & Leadership: Using Parallel Thinking”

“Power: Getting It, Keeping It, Using It!”

“What Makes Winners Win”

“Failure - - The Secret Ingredient in Success!”

“How to Fire Up Your Self-Esteem”

“Out on the Edge of Excellence”

“The Journey Back to Self:  10 Gifts Every Woman Should Give Herself!”

“Managing Complex Change”

“Stir Up the Gift!”

“God’s People: Taking Back Our Financial Power!”

“Fearfully & Wonderfully Made!”

“What’s In Your Heart?”

“7 Steps to Growing What God Promised You”

“The Servant Leader”

"Defeating Doubt”

“Understanding Your God-Given Temperament”

“Unblocking the Flow of Blessings”

“The Last Laugh”

“Accepting God’s Assignment”

“My Past, My Present, My Future”

“What Every Leader Should Know”

“Having the Mind of Christ”


“Transformed Temperaments”

“Rx for Anxiousness”

“What’s YOUR Nineveh?”

“Say What!!? What Happens When Believers Speak”

“Come Back and Worship Me”

“Unleash Your God-Given Creativity”


“The Power of the Spoken Word: Speaking Life to our Children”




Clients Served

  • ABCD Early Learning Center
  • Adrian Head Start Program
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Ann Arbor Community Development Corp.
  • Ann Arbor Jack & Jill of America
  • Ann Arbor Public Schools
  • Ann Arbor Rotary Club
  • Ardis Renaissance Academy
  • Ashland Theological Seminary
  • Belconsulting Training Solutions
  • Bethel A.M.E. - New Haven, CT
  • Berean Bible Center
  • Birmingham Public Schools
  • Bryant Elementary School
  • Camp Success
  • Child & Family Services of Washtenaw, Inc.
  • City of Ann Arbor
  • Clague Middle School
  • Cleary University
  • Community Health Network of CT Foundation, Inc.
  • Cornell Scott-Hill Health Corp.
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
  • Dexter Public Schools
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Ella Fitzgerald Elementary School
  • E.O.C. of St. Clair County
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Gateway Community College
  • Genesis Christian Academy
  • Girl Scouts - Michigan Central Councils
  • Great Lakes Colleges Association
  • Great Lakes Quality Network
  • Gretchen's House
  • Health Equity Solutions
  • Hickory Tree Children's Center
  • Huron Valley Council Girl Scouts
  • Kaplan University
  • King Academy
  • Lansing Professional Women's Group
  • L.E.S.A. Head Start
  • Lincoln Consolidated Schools

  • Metropolitan Detroit Alliance of Black School Educators
  • Michigan Association of College Admission Counselors
  • Michigan Association of Community Educators
  • Michigan Dental Association
  • Michigan Department of Commerce
  • Michigan Organizational Development Network
  • Mill Creek Middle School
  • Milwaukee Social Development Commission
  • Muskegon / Oceana Head Start
  • N.A.A.P.I.D.
  • New Haven Club of the NANBPWC, Inc.
  • Nsoroma Institute Public School Academy
  • P.O.W.E.R. Inc.
  • Roberto Clemente Student Development Center
  • Saline Christian School
  • Salvation Army
  • Scarlett Middle School
  • South Arbor Academy
  • Southgate Community Schools
  • Stone Alternative High School
  • Tappan Middle School
  • Techpoint, Inc.  Chrysler Corporation
  • The Perfect Blend
  • The Prosperity Foudation
  • The University of Michigan
  • Thurston Middle School
  • TRUE COLORS Internaional
  • Under the Rainbow of Love Learning Center
  • Varick Memorial Church
  • Veterans Administration Ann Arbor Health System
  • Walter E. Luckett, Jr. Foundation, Inc.
  • Washtenaw Community College
  • Washtenaw County Workforce Development & Community Action Boards
  • Washtenaw Intermediate School District
  • Waterbury Chapter - L.I.N.K.S.
  • Willow Run Community Schools
  • Women's Initiative for Self Employment
  • Ypsilanti Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Ypsilanti Public Schools



Faith Organizations Served

Bethel A.M.E.

Berean Bible Center

Brown Chapel A.M.E.

Calvary Baptist Church

Chosen Vessels Ministry

Christian Love Fellowship Ministries International

Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church

Connecticut State Missionary Baptist Convention Women's Auxiliary

Daughters of Zion Ministries

Elijah Reformation Fellowship

First Baptist Church Milford

Friendship Baptist Church

Genesis Christian Academy

Greater Christ Baptist Church

Huron Valley Christian Academy

Hyped4Christ Ministries l Cornerstone Christian Center 

Latter Rain Ministries

Messiah Baptist Church

Mount Zion Baptist Church

New Haven Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

New Progressive Missionary Baptist Church

Second Baptist Church

SistaHood Life Support Services

St. James A.M.E. Church 

St. Mary's UFWB Church

St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church

Sweet Hope Church

United Sisters Women's Ministry of CLFMI

Varick Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church 

Women's Guild of CTBC


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