Cheryl

Ross,

Senior Project Director

About Cheryl Ross

Cheryl has more than 10 years of experience helping companies and their employees communicate. Her specialties include managing complex change, planning comprehensive communication programs, supporting leader and manager communication, and weaving stories that make an impact. She’s partnered with global corporations including Avantor, Prudential Financial, BASF and Harman International.

Prior to joining Davis & Company, she got her start in corporate communications at York Risk Services Group, a claims adjusting firm based in northern New Jersey.

Cheryl holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and French language from the University of Maryland, College Park. She also holds a citation from the University’s College Park Scholars in the Arts program.

Q&A with Cheryl Ross

What is the most satisfying or memorable project you’ve worked on?
Helping a client manage intense employee change after a merger, while simultaneously building its new communication organization, system and plan. No sweat!

Who (or what) inspires you in your work?
I like to imagine a specific employee being positively impacted by my advice. That’s what gets me out of bed in the morning (which is hard to do)!

What was your first job?
Bagging groceries at the family store: Ross’ Foodtown. It’s where I learned to listen to customers’ needs (“Not too heavy!” “Put the fruit at the top!”).

What's your passion?
Using the power of language to break down barriers. I’m a mediator by heart and I believe that by building peoples’ knowledge we can create harmony.

If you were to choose another profession, what would it be?
I’d be a reporter for a pop culture magazine like Rolling Stone—it’s what inspired me to study journalism and fall in love with reporting.

What’s your secret for overcoming writer’s block?
When I’m stuck I change my environment. I walk away from the blank screen, grab a piece of paper and sit down (or stand up) in a new spot. I’ve even used my white board to get a fresh perspective.

Where's the most memorable place you've traveled to?
La belle Paris, bien sûr! Si j’avais l’occasion, j’y retournerais beaucoup plus de fois. (Beautiful Paris, of course! If I could, I’d go back many times.)

How do you kick back and relax?
I love to lounge on the couch, snuggle with my sweet toy poodle, Ginger, and turn on a dark, twisty who-done-it.

What can you do that most others can’t?
I can perform marriages. When my brother and sister-in-law tied the knot they asked me to officiate the ceremony, so I became a minister the old-fashioned way—online. Just call me Reverend Ross.

What’s your favorite movie?
The Goonies. It’s got a treasure hunt, a rag-tag group of endearing teens, and the truffle shuffle. What more could you want? Did I mention it’s set in the 80s?

What is your spirit animal? Why?
My spirit animal is a colorful Macaw—bright, curious, playful and chatty. Just don’t cage me up; I’ll squawk at you.

What’s your favorite travel destination?
The Belize Barrier Reef. Go snorkeling in this magical underworld and come face to face with colorful coral, schools of angelfish and maybe even a barracuda.