CHERIE MATHEWS

Global Woman Inspirational Award

CHERIE MATHEWS

Cherie started her career in the field of Computer Engineering specializing in Research and Development, Failure Analysis and projects for NASA with IBM in Burlington, Vermont. After her career with IBM, Cherie followed her passion to make a difference for young people and taught Physical Education integrating STEM in her lesson plans while raising her two children, Ashley and Adam.  Being innovative and inventive in nature Cherie proudly co-pioneered The First Tee National School Program which she started with her best friend Benna Cail with one question “why can ALL kids learn golf, just look at what basketball, volleyball, and soccer have done for them.  So Cherie and Benna started this trailblazing pioneering journey with 48 students in 2007 and in March 2018 we helped reach over 10 million underserved Public School young people throughout the USA. Much more than the game of golf as the curriculum includes the 9 Core Values and 9 Healthy Habits and Life Skills.  10,000 schools have implemented The National School Program after being told it would be impossible to be adopted into the Public School System.  In 2010 General Colin Powell stood on a stage and announced that he presented The National School of The First Tee to President Obama and the First Lady as a top 10 initiative to help shape the youth of America.  
 
Cherie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and took a bad thing and turned it into a good thing for others.   Cherie discovered the hard way that women are not provided with any post-operative equipment after mastectomy surgery to cover their “new” bodies and begin the healing process.  Cherie is the Founder and CEO of an Austin, Texas-based company that has won many Innovative Awards and has been nationally recognized. The name of her company is Healincomfort, appropriately named because, from personal experience, it was the last thing that occurred. Healincomfort is dedicated to helping women heal in comfort and dignity after mastectomy surgery in their battle against breast cancer with her patented and an innovative award-winning post-operative garment. Cherie chose to bootstrap her business with $1,000 to help 100 cancer patients as a social experiment to learn if people still believed in a good product and whether it was possible to grow a business organically and by word of mouth. Healincomfort recovery garment holds two US Patents and four US Trademarks and has 71 thousand Twitter followers; it has helped over 19,000 patients across the USA, Canada, UK, Malta, Nicaragua and recently a woman who was almost burned alive in Uganda because a man who owed her money didn’t want to pay her back so he set her and her children on fire. Recent awards and recognition include the 2016 Austin Woman Magazine Woman’s Way Award for Product Innovation.  Healincomfort was one of the 15 SBA National Finalists for the 2015 InnovateHER business competition in Washington, DCwinner of the 2015 Texas Women In Business Philanthropy Award, and winner of the 2014 Award and Austin Woman Chamber of Commerce Blazing Star Award.  Cherie is also an international speaker and enjoys encouraging her audience to find the Inventor within and make a difference.  Cherie and her husband Adam is a 3-time Ironman and Boston Marathoner both enjoy track days on COTA with their BMW motorcycles as well as riding through Alaska and Scotland. 

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