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Purpose Ambassador

Sheryle GIllihan

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Who I Am

I’m an idealistic realist holding onto hope for a better, brighter future, but I also realize that life is full of challenges and hard decisions. I accept that I can’t do it all, but I do my part to make a difference. After all, we shouldn’t let the realities of life get in the way of our dreams.

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Sheryle Gillihan is committed to her values and purpose-driven work. She is Co-Owner and CEO of CauseLabs, Fort Worth's first certified B Corp and Public Benefit Corporation. Sheryle is a 2022 Great Women of Texas honoree, a 2017 Dallas Business Journal 40 under 40 honoree, a nonprofit board member, social enterprise advisor, and speaker on leadership and impact. She uses technology as a force for good to bridge cultural gaps and disrupt both local and global challenges to help organizations scale impact towards equality, education, and access.

Sheryle fuses her hope for a better, brighter future with over 20 years of leadership, operations, and technical management experience. Ranging from military to corporate to nonprofit sectors, her career path led her to CauseLabs in 2010, where she brought immense perspective, coordination, and a passion for using business and technology to grow positive impact.

A year in the military as an Arabic translator, seven years as a stay-at-home mother and four years in corporate America taught Sheryle to seek purpose and value meaningful work. In 2010, she joined CauseLabs, a web agency working with nonprofits and social enterprises to scale their missions and solve problems worth solving. It blended her experience with technology with her passion for giving back. Through her work, she discovered her own poverty story and leaned into her values to do her part to create a better future for everyone.

Sheryle is the author of The World We Know, a book focused on perspective and empathy to foster more harmonious relationships.

Today, in addition to her role as CauseLabs CEO and co-owner, Sheryle has served and is serving on multiple advisory boards, including United Way of Tarrant County’s KERNEL social innovation program, the Tarrant County College Business Advisory Board, and the EO Fort Worth Board. As part of CauseLabs, she leads Impact Fort Worth, is a mentor for several social enterprise programs, and serves a delegate at Opportunity Collaboration, a community of leaders focused on poverty alleviation. She also led a local Girl Scout troop for 13 years.

Sheryle speaks at conferences around the world about purpose-driven, mission-focused business and leadership skills. She facilitates events, panels, and workshops with small businesses, nonprofits, and social enterprises. During the pandemic she started a podcast empowering women called Woman-Owned Agency.

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“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

William James

AWARDS

Best Nonfiction Book Cover - IndieReader - May 2024
STEM Woman of the Year - WISL - August 2023
Great Women of Texas - Fort Worth Business Press- 2022
Global Social Impact Business Award - MyEO ENGAGE - 2020
Helmsman Leadership Award - RTI - May 2019
NTENny Award - 2018
BizWomen Headliners - Women in Technology - 2018
40 under 40 Honoree  - Dallas Business Journal - 2017
Leadership - CauseLabs - 2014
Most Passionate Employee - CauseLabs - 2011
Employee of the Year - awarded by Dan Bradbary - 2009
10,000 Volunteer Hours - awarded by Lt. General James Dubik - 2006
Honorable Discharge - US Army 229th MI Battalion Bravo Company - December 1999
Most Creative - awarded by SHS class of 1995

CAUSELABS AWARDS

100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces - DTFA (2015 - 2019, 2023-2024)

Rotary Minority Business Awards (2023)

Real Leaders (2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)

Entrepreneur of Excellence Finalist (2022)

Top 100 Business Awards (2021) - Fort Worth Business Press

Best Place for Working Parents (2020, 2021, 2022, 2023)

Social Impact Business Award - Global Winner (2020)

Best Custom Software Development Company in Fort Worth (2020 - 2022)

Adoption Advocate (2020, 2021, 2022) - DTFA

#5 Small Business Adoption-Friendly Workplaces - DTFA

Project Awards: $martpath (2016, 2020)

Project Award: GovTech 100 for Balancing Act (2017 - 2022)

Best Places to Work North Texas (2019)

Top Workplace for Diversity from Comparably (2019)

Inclusive Economy Changemaker (2018, 2019)

Best for the World - Workers (2018, 2019)

Best for Colorado Finalist

Top Workplace for Women from Comparably 

100 Best Places to Work from Outside Magazine (2015)

Parents' Choice Award for My Story Bookmaker for Kids

Three 40 under 40 awards amongst our team.

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