Sheri Poe


Going from welfare to a successful female entrepreneur, Sheri Poe will share her story of not only surviving but thriving after being sexually assaulted as a student at SIU. Today, Sheri is a champion for women and is devoted to ending domestic violence and sexual assault

DATE: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
LOCATION: Student Center Ballrooms
COST: FREE admission

Sheri Poe

Purity of Elements Chief Creative Officer Sheri Poe is a socially conscious entrepreneur, exercise enthusiast and mother of four. From her earliest days spent learning about the importance of a proper skincare regimen from her grandmother and mother, to her stint as a “pink bag lady” for Mary Kay cosmetics in her 20s, Poe has had a lifetime obsession with skincare.

Now, at 61 years old, Poe is poised to make an impact on the anti-aging beauty market with Purity of Elements, a collection of luxurious anti-aging products that nourish the skin and body with the purest ingredients from Mother Nature combined with advanced technologies to deliver powerful results.

Prior to Purity of Elements, Poe founded Ryka, the first and only athletic footwear designed exclusively for women, where she claimed her place in history as an early female CEO. At the helm of the company, she advocated that corporate responsibilities should extend beyond the financial bottom line to include an ethical contribution. In 1992, Poe, a survivor of violent crime, created the Ryka R.O.S.E. (Regaining One’s Self Esteem) Foundation, a not-for-profit organization to help end violence against women.

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