Sheryle Bolton is an experienced corporate executive and business strategy consultant with a passion for bringing innovation to science and technology education. Ms. Bolton was previously CEO of Scientific Learning Corporation, an educational technology company that develops scientifically validated reading programs based on neuroscience research. As CEO, she led the growth of the company from pre-product launch to a highly successful IPO. She also has extensive experience as a Director of private and public corporations in technology and financial services.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Bolton was an executive at HBO and Rockefeller & Co., and an investment banker at Merrill Lynch. Recently, Directors & Boards magazine named her a "Director to Watch." Watermark, a premier Silicon Valley organization for technology executives, honored her as a "Woman Who Has Made Her Mark." Stanford Business School published two cases about her career for use in the Entrepreneurial Studies program. And her Harvard Business School classmates honored her with a "Making a Difference" award for bringing neuroscience research to reading. Ms. Bolton is a director of The Small Business Banking Network, which trains bankers in developing economies to make small-business loans, and a Trustee of Berry College, which emphasizes firsthand work experience as a critical part of a college education. Recently, Ms. Bolton has been an invited speaker at conferences on entrepreneurship and board governance at Harvard University and in Shanghai, China; Marrakech, Morocco; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Sydney, Australia.
Ms. Bolton holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Georgia and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Ms. Bolton began her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia and a teacher in Georgia public schools.