Sheryl Winarick is a U.S. immigration lawyer with an infectious joie de vivre. She is committed to providing high quality legal advice and representation to her clients, and treating each of them with respect and dignity. In 2017 Sheryl merged her immigration and naturalization practice with Blue Dot, in part to strengthen her capacity to serve her clients’ needs while engaged in a year-long U.S. Listening Tour, exploring culture & identity and our relationship to change through civil, civic discourse in communities around the country.
With over 18 years experience, through her work Sheryl enables individuals, families, businesses and organizations to maximize their potential in the U.S. She advises on a wide range of immigration matters, including employment and family-based immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions, adjustment to permanent resident status, consular processing, waiver applications, naturalization, temporary protected status (TPS), and political asylum. While initially she was attracted to immigration law as a way to “help people,” she now realizes that her clients have had the most profoundly positive impact on her own life.
“Imagine being surrounded by hopeful, solutions-oriented people all the time. Right, that’s my life. My clients inspire me on a daily basis and challenge me to reach my own full potential.”
Sheryl’s career is consistent with her greater life purpose ~ building bridges of understanding and appreciation across culture, religion, race, nationality, gender, age, and class. She has a gift for seeing the best in people and inspiring people to see the best in themselves and others. With the expanded resources Blue Dot provides, and by combining our networks, we can better identify synergy between our clients, colleagues, and friends. That’s where the real magic happens.
As a TED Resident, Sheryl spent 3 months in 2016 at the TED office in New York, incubating a project to engage people around the U.S. in conversations and activities to discover and celebrate the worlds within our local communities. Through a growing coalition – including countless local partners and national organizations like Welcoming America – Sheryl is committed to doing whatever she can to help shift society away from division and fear to promote inclusion, hope and joy, by facilitating opportunities for meaningful and fun personal interaction.
ADVISORY BOARDS & MEMBERSHIPS
- American Immigration Lawyers Association 2002 – present
- Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society 2002 – present // Public Policy Committee 2009 – present
- HATCH Experience 2017 – present // Advisory Board Member
In 2017, Sheryl was among 100 carefully selected influencers, inventors, makers, technologists, CEOs, designers, artists, and more, who convened in Big Sky Montana for #HATCH100. Founded in 2004, HATCH is a global network, movement, and a series of experiences designed to catalyze creativity and to HATCH a better world.
- #KAGPW 2017 – present // Advisory Board Member
#KickAssGirlPowWow is a movement and celebration of Women who Live Out Loud. Watch this intense video/talk by #KAGPW founder Samantha Ramirez Herrera, a DREAMer whose digital media company is elevating the voices of POC.
- Teaching for Change 2011 – 2013 // Board of Directors
- Miriam’s Kitchen – Former Member – Board of Directors
- United Nations Association of the National Capital Area – Former Member – Board of Directors
TEDx TALKS and PRESENTATIONS
- Building Bridges of Understanding (TEDxDanubia, May 2017)
- Welcoming the Stranger Inspires Hope (TEDxVail, Jan 2017)
- Inspired People Inspire People – Ask an Immigrant! (TEDxBeaconStreet, Nov 2016)
- Talking to Each Other is the Only Way to Heal our Divided Nation (TEDxMidAtlantic, Oct 2016)
- Immigrants Keep America Great (TED Residency, July 2016)
- StoryCorps | Sheryl Winarick & Esther Fanord (TEDxAmericanUniversity, Apr 2015)
- 10 TRAITS Women’s Leadership Talk on Conflict Resolution from the Inside Out – Naropa University (Nov 2014)
BAR/COURT ADMISSION & LEGAL PRACTICE
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
- State of Maryland / Maryland Court of Appeals
- Practice Limited to Immigration and Naturalization Law
- Juris Doctorate, George Washington University Law School, 1998 (Michael Dillon Cooley Award)
- International Human Rights Law Program, Oxford University, 1996
- Bachelor of Science in Bio-Environmental Science, Texas A&M University, 1994 (Presidential Endowed Scholar)