DeAnna McLeary-Sherman, co-founder and executive director of True Star Media & Foundation, oversees operations of the organization created to inspire dreams so that young people can find their voice, choose their path, and prepare for life. Being part of the day-to-day operations of True Star has given McLeary-Sherman the opportunity to marry her passion for the business world with her personal goals of educating and empowering underserved youth. Her past career path crosses several industries, including management consulting with Accenture and advertising sales with Essence Communications Partners. In 2015, McLeary-Sherman launched True Access; a marketing strategy group that delivers thought provoking, creative insight for the youth and the young adult urban consumer market. McLeary-Sherman is a 2016 Vanguard Award Honoree recipient of the State of Illinois, Office of Comptroller. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and an MBA with a concentration in marketing and finance from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. McLeary-Sherman is a wife and mother of three girls ages 4, 21 months, and 9 months.