TCW Talks to . . . Sherry Surratt

The CEO of MOPS International and co-author of Just Lead! on why mentoring moms builds better leaders

Sherry Surratt has filled leadership roles her entire adult life. Married 31 years to her husband Geoff, the two have worked various church ministry jobs. Most recently, Sherry was offered the CEO position at Mothers of Preschoolers International (MOPS), the Colorado-based Christian organization. Now, nearly two years into her role, Sherry's finding surprising synergy between her previous life and work experiences. Today's Christian Woman talked with Sherry to find out how this proud grandmother of two granddaughters is leading a new generation of moms.

Before becoming CEO of MOPS, you had a successful career with Leadership Network and other church ministry roles. What prompted you to change jobs?

Geoff and I had just made a big, hard move to California so he could work at Saddleback Church, and we had only been there 10 months. When I was referred and MOPS asked me to consider the CEO position, I dismissed the idea. My husband Geoff suggested I pray about it. I was amazed he was willing to consider moving again. It's huge to have somebody in your life who will believe in you and be behind you.

How did you know it was the right move to make?

My Strengths Finder profile says I'm a Maximizer and Achiever. If I see something that has potential, I like to take it from here to there. That fits well with MOPS. It's a 40-year-old organization, and they are ready to try some new things. The Achiever in me never wants to stop. I love taking people further. I feel these are helpful qualities for a CEO—to see what could be, and to inspire others to work toward those goals.

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Marian Liautaud

Marian V. Liautaud is director of marketing at Aspen Group. Follow her on Twitter @marianliautaud

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Today's Christian Woman, November Week 2, 2013
Posted November 11, 2013

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