Cheryl Wilson-Laws, Founder and CEO of Pollen8, Inc.
Cheryl Laws has been an entrepreneur for the majority of her life. She has owned two successful Day Spas (Ferngullys and Selah) and Nurses4You- an organization that provided permanent positions for nurses in hospitals throughout the United States. Cheryl went on to become the Director of Travel Nursing for TheraCare, Inc. of NYC where she grew the division from $250,000 to $2.5 million per year. The division was sold to a competitor and Cheryl was left to reinvent herself. She went back to college in 2011 at the age of forty-two where she received a Regents Bachelor of Arts with a minor in Sociology. Cheryl graduated Summa Cum Laude and went on to Boone, North Carolina to begin a Masters of Art in Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University. Her goal was to better understand the Appalachian culture so she could return to West Virginia and help the people from the place she calls “home”. Her thesis titled, Reintegration Strategies to Mitigate Child Abuse and Neglect by Substance Abusers in West Virginia Communities was used as research for this project. Cheryl built Pollen8, Inc. based on the scholarly literature and primary research from her graduate studies.