Cheryl Hunter is a bestselling author, speaker and resilience expert who has coached and led personal development seminars to over 90,000 people since 1995. Cheryl is expert at swiftly moving people beyond devastating circumstances that would otherwise commandeer their life. She was drawn to her work as a result of her own life path; she overcame a traumatic, life-altering experience that ignited a strong desire to contribute to others.

Frequently called upon by the media, Cheryl is currently featured as the on-camera expert in a Huffington Post series, is a regular contributing writer for several national publications, and is the author of the bestselling book USE IT.

Cheryl believes in the transformative power of storytelling. She has been a screenwriter for film and TV under contract with such studios and networks as CBS, NBC, Paramount and HBO, and she's merged her seemingly-divergent careers around one idea: that a simple story, well told, has the power to change lives. She's parlayed that passion for storytelling into the three TEDx talks. Cheryl is honored to be a member of Maria Shriver's Brain Trust, a select group dedicated to bettering the lives of women.

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Today’s Brilliance from Cheryl Hunter

As a teenager, I traveled overseas with nothing but an over-packed suitcase and a dream of leaving the remote Colorado horse ranch of my childhood for the big city. No sooner did I land in France than a man with a big, very nice-looking camera around his neck approached me. He said he could make me a model. He promised me an exciting life of big-city living and a future that sounded too good to pass up, so I went with him and his friend. They drugged me, took me to an abandoned construction site, beat me and raped me.…

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