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Keynote Speaker, Author





"With humor, honesty, candidness and real solutions, Cheri can take you and your team to the next level with more success, less stress and the ability to handle whatever this 24/7 world throws your way."



Cheri Neal is on a quest to assist others in living their best life.  Aside from her love of professional speaking and coaching, Cheri raises Monarch butterflies, runs half marathons and enjoys pit crewing for hot air balloon festivals.  She thrives in her empty-nest, having raised two incredible children as a single mom. 

Cheri holds a double Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Human Behavior in Society, a Masters in Management with a Certificate in Leadership, is a certified and accredited life coach through the International Coaching Federation and a member of the National Speakers Association.  She is also a TED* (The Empowerment Dynamic) Practitioner and an Energy Leadership Institute Practitioner. She utilizes her knowledge and experience modeling for others how to live empowered lives, creating the life they want.

She savors the challenge of breaking through unconventional glass ceilings, having been the first woman to: drive a snow plow for the State of Illinois, serve as a Park Ranger for the Zion Park District, join the Zion-Benton Kiwanis Club (which initiated the creation of the Zion-Benton Men’s Club) and be elected as the Zion Township Supervisor, currently serving in that full-time position since 2001.

Cheri is the author of Seeds of Joy, Growing Zinnias and Your Zest for Life.  She offers workshops, training and keynotes for teams and organizations. www.CheriNeal.com.



Mother Nature has a lot to teach us when we are truly open to seeing and hearing her messages. In this 16 week guide, you’ll discover through the care and nurturing of seedlings, how to bloom and beyond. The process teaches you how to nurture your life. Your career. Your joy. Your success. Filled with empowering action steps and insightful life questions, this book acts as a workbook of sorts, to raise your awareness to what you truly need. To realize the kind of life that you have always wanted. You’ll learn to better walk in the light. To passionately seek the perfect spot to plant yourself. To feed and water your soul and your spirit. To cherish all the moments along the way. If you’re ready to open yourself up to a more beautiful, fulfilling and purposeful life, this book will help show you the way.


“I attended a workshop where Cheri Neal presented a three-step process to make miracles and transform your life. Using the symbolism of the monarch butterfly, she taught and demonstrated the power of changing yourself through the Core Energy process. The amount of information she presented in a fifty-minute workshop and the powerful way in which she uncovered our attitudes was staggering. Cheri is a powerful and dynamic speaker and her coaching approach is truly inspiring.”        Chris Moses, Featherheart Holistic Paths

“Cheri has presented at a number of my events. My intent with events is to create a “safe haven” where my customers can speak freely and display their vulnerability, and Cheri’s genuine warmth and easy-going style are a perfect fit. I’ve witnessed how quickly people are engaged by her message and open up to her. She has the ability to mix humor into her message and the stories from her own life make her a believable advisor. Every time she speaks she receives the highest marks from my customers, which is why I enjoy having her in our community.”                    

  —Susan Opeka, Founder and CEO, The Present Moment Inc.

“Cheri is one of the best motivators that I’ve seen in a while! She has a natural and comfortable and inviting presence and she speaks from her heart, which makes her influential and thought-provoking words resonate and connect with everyone in the audience.”  

          —Edward M. Burnett, RICP® The Schaeffer Financial Group, LLC and Past President of Kenosha Toastmasters

“I attended Cheri Neal’s presentation last month and I really enjoyed the information she gave. I wish we had more time! It was very interesting, fun, and most of all informative.  I walked away with very valuable information I can use in my daily life!  Thank you very much Cheri, for sharing your wisdom and insight! I look forward to attending one of your events again in the near future, and I will encourage my friends and colleges to attend as well!”           Dora Lee McCracken, Cracken Cakes and More, Lake County’s Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Board Member

“Cheri brought a “common sense” approach, along with an “up Beat” positive, solution to many of our day to day conflicts. Cheri is the right choice to present this seminar, because she also uses it day to day with her Optimistic personality. I am very happy I was able to attend her presentation.”   Lorna Yates – Office Manager, Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce


  • Dreambank (American Family Insurance)
  • CUNA 
  • Grayslake North High School
  • Township Officials of Illinois
  • Unity of Appleton
  • GATI, Springfield, IL
  • Lake County Alliance for Human Services
  • Lake County’s Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
  • PADS Lake County
  • Illinois Beach Sunrise Rotary
  • Mano a Mano Family Resource Center
  • Children’s Youth Network (CYN)
  • Love INC of Lake County
  • ChildServ
  • Youth Conservation Corps
  • Women’s Exchange
  • Elite Cheer Association
  • The Present Moment
  • (Cream City Young Professionals, YP Group of Guardian CU, 7 Rivers Region, WI Valley Chapter)


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Zion, IL 60099





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