Sharmayne Jenkins is a teacher, coach and mentor, who graduated from the CAPP program in 2015. She is a brilliant, resourceful woman, who if you have a chance to speak to will blow you away with her insight and wisdom.
Sharmayne has her MBA and more than 20 years of expertise building businesses from the ground up. She completed her coaching and leadership training at Coaches Training Institute, and for 13 years she has been teaching Psychology for the City University of New York (CUNY). She has made several television appearances, sharing her message of hope. She focuses on helping people achieve success, balance and significance in their lives.
These days Sharmayne is developing training for corporations, combining emotional intelligence and positive psychology to help organizations form healthy relationships. Her focus is on helping them to develop effective communication skills for delivering acknowledgements, apologies, and feedback, and to show how this can positively affect capacity building.
She speaks to groups many have labeled as disenfranchised – foster children, the hearing impaired, wheelchair bound the homeless and domestic violence victims. She was even the keynote of an NYPD citywide domestic violence training to try and help officers understand the mindset and needs of victims. She describes this group as often having lost their permission to dream; so she works with them on the stories they tell themselves and let’s them know there is no need to be stuck in a disempowering story.
She’s been labeled the “artist of reinvention” and talks about how we can constantly reinvent ourselves. She also hopes to take her message to schools to encourage children to go beyond their self-imposed limitations, introducing positive psychology to students and social-psychological interventions that cultivate growth mindsets to teachers.
Sharmayne has always had a passion for learning, which is what drew her to the CAPP program. She explained that taking the program has helped make her “big plans” a lot more feasible. “It helped me to broaden my perspective and to see things in different ways”. She describes herself as having more awareness and that she is able to reframe things around her more easily, leaving her feeling very open and grateful.
Sharmayne hopes to live a life of service, both personally and professionally. We have no doubt that she will continue to do amazing things!
<Student Spotlight Contributed by Shauna Streich, CAPP>