To begin with, Dr. Sharma Henderson is a native Californian who was born and raised in the South Central area of Los Angeles. She attended various schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District throughout her elementary and secondary years and is a very proud Los Angeles High School alumn. As an undergrad, she attended the University of Southern California. There she received both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies. Sharma continued at USC to obtain a Master of Science degree in Education Administration. In December of 2009, Sharma achieved her childhood dream and obtained her Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology.
In the Summer of 2001, Sharma co-founded the Community Outreach and Opportunity Programs (CO-OP). CO-OP is a non-profit human and social services organization dedicated to the improvement of the lives of people in need in the Southern California area. CO-OP has recently relocated and is proud to now call the City of Carson home. For 14 years, CO-OP operated 2 federally-funded Upward Bound programs in addition to a host of complimentary services and activities.
Currently, Sharma is the interim Executive Director of the Carson Coordinating Council. This is a board-level volunteer appointment, which has provided basic needs, mental health, and other vital services to the most vulnerable Carson residents for more than 68 years. Sharma wears many hats. As an example, she is an accomplished Grant Writer, Certified Master Coach, Exec. Trainer, and, International Scholar, just to name a few. How does she do all of this?
We will be talking about what CO-OP is doing now and where they are moving forward in the future. In addition, Sharma has been involved with the Stroke Center in Carson for over 12 years.
On a personal note, Sharma will be sharing her journey with Endometriosis and chronic illness. How does this affect her life? What does she do to deal with this on a daily basis? While it isn’t easy, she is persistent, productive, and focused.
Tune in to hear her story inspiring.
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