Sherry Handel's Biography
Sherry Handel brings 14 years experience in the printing and publishing industry. She is the author of Blue Jean: What Young Women are Thinking, Saying, and Doing (Blue Jean Press), published in the U.S., Croatia and Indonesia. Sherry is recognized as a trailblazing publishing entrepreneur and is the founder of several publishing ventures. Sherry founded BlueJeanOnline.com - "the only web site written and produced by young women around the world", which attracted over 1,000,000 visitors from 100 countries worldwide. This popular web site was named as a "Top 500 Major Content Creation Site" by Content World. Blue Jean articles and reviews were distributed through a leading national newswire to millions of readers weekly from 2001-2003.
Sherry was the publisher and editor-in-chief of Blue Jean Magazine, a bimonthly title that she launched in March of 1996 to offer girls and young women an alternative to the glamour and beauty magazines. USA Today named Blue Jean "The Thinking Girl's Magazine". The magazine, and its companion web site were published from 1996-1998 reaching readers in 24 countries. Sherry and her Blue Jean ventures were featured on Nick News, and many television and radio shows. Reviews, feature stories and mentions appeared in USA Weekend, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Philadelphia Inquirer, St. Paul Pioneer Press, USA Today and many other publications.
Sherry graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Business Administration, concentrating in Marketing, and earned a Certificate in Sustainable Business Practices from the Global Sustainability Institute at the University of Vermont in 2009.
Boston Entrepreneurs' Network
Small Publishers Association of North America
Public Relations Society of America
Action Coalition for Media Education
Leadership, Achievements and Awards:
-Advisory Board Member, Advisory Board Member, Boston Entrepreneurs' Network
- WPI Venture Forum's Program Committee
-Advisory Board Member, Soul Sistah Magazine, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.
-Board of Directors, New Generation Media, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth to create, produce, publish and promote their own media.
-Selected as a "Women in Charge: Bold, Innovative, Collaborative" by the American Association of University Women in 2003.
- The Amelia Bloomer Project selects Blue Jean: What Young Women are Thinking, Saying, and Doing for the List of Recommended Feminist Books for Youth - Young Adult nonfiction category (2003).
-Blue Jean: What Young Women are Thinking, Saying and Doing earns "Top 40 non-fiction for young adults award" by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, 2001.
-"Top Women Business Owners Award" for growth and innovation by the Greater Rochester, N.Y. Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, 1998.
-Blue Jean Magazine stories are reprinted in Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul and in Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II, both New York Times bestsellers.
-Host of the Blue Jean Radio Hour, W.A.L.E., Providence, R.I., 1997