Cheryl Gentry

Cheryl Gentry

Adjunct Instructor

Cheryl Gentry is the Founder and CEO of Glow Global Events. Named 2019 and 2018 Top People in Events by Bizbash, listed as 2017 Top Influential Women in Meetings and 2017 Brava Award Winner Top Female CEO by SmartCEO Magazine. In addition to being a leader in the $40-billion event industry, Gentry is a strategic entrepreneur constantly seeking out innovative opportunities. Gentry led Glow Global Events to be ranked No. 145 on the 2020 Inc. 500, a measure of America’s fastest-growing businesses. Throughout 2020 – a time when many companies struggled to stay afloat – Glow Global doubled down on virtual events and capitalized on the opportunity. 

Gentry has been a role model and prominent voice on entrepreneurship. She serves on the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) boards and the Kigali Reading Center in Rwanda. Gentry was inducted into the YWCA/New York City Top Women Executives, received the Howard University Alumni Association Golden Bison Award, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Outstanding Achievement Award, to name a few. She’s been featured in Inc., American Airlines Inflight Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, Black Enterprise, Huffington Post, among others.

Managing a global agency with clients including the United Way of New York City, LabCorp, Axis Capital, and the PGA, Gentry travels extensively. She journeyed to Cuba on a humanitarian mission, summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in 5 days, skydived from 10,000 feet, trekked alongside silverback gorillas in Rwanda, walked with lions in South Africa, and swam with dolphins in Mexico.

Glow Global Events, is a Certified Minority Business Enterprise (W/MBE).

Past Courses

Virtual Events: Best Practices for Effective Digital Fundraising

The COVID-19 pandemic upended the events industry, complicating in-person gatherings and necessitating a shift to virtual events. Yet, as...