In 2004, she was ready to reenter the workforce. “When my kids were in high school, I wanted to be an example,” she says.
After a season at AmeriCorps, where she got to help disabled clients like herself get placed into jobs, she joined a nonprofit called Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. Right out of the gate, her interview hinted at an educational path that was to come later. Sharrit recalls asking her interviewer, “How many people interviewing for this job have a degree?”
“Everyone but you,” he said.
“Then I have 10 minutes to sell myself,” she replied.
“He looked at his watch and said, ‘Go,’” Sharrit recalls.
She got the job as director of development — a position she held for 10 years. As she gained experience and became connected with donors in the community, she began to feel an inner nudge. She thought it was time to earn her college degree.