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image Deloris Thomas is an entrepreneur and business executive with extensive global experience. She has traveled throughout the United States and around the world to over 40 different countries like India, Brazil, Africa, Russia, Belgium and Mongolia, empowering people to become entrepreneurs. She has established business schools in 5 continents.

She is President and Founder of Sterling Thomas, LLC a management consulting firm specializing in marketing, strategy, business development and organizational leadership.

In addition to her entrepreneurial endeavors she started and serves as Vice President of the nationally accredited, Joseph Business School in Forest Park, Illinois. She is also an active faculty member where she teaches Marketing. Deloris has over 20 years of a diverse marketing and strategy background in the consumer products and technology industries. Prior to her current assignment, she served as the Corporate Director of Marketing and Media at Living Word Christian Center and Bill Winston Ministries, a 20,000 member non-denominational ministry located in the Chicago greater metropolitan area.

Prior to her work in the non-profit sector, Deloris was Director of Strategy and Business Development, Full-Line Stores, at Sears Roebuck & Company. At Sears, she was responsible for developing strategies in business development by evaluating opportunities to increase profitability for Sears’ full-line store businesses.

Before joining Sears, she held several brand management positions at Kraft Foods. As Associate Brand Manager of Cheez Whiz®, she managed the vision, strategic plans, and implementation to reengineer the brand. Deloris achieved similar outstanding results when she managed the Stove Top® and Handi-Snacks® brands at Kraft.

Deloris has also worked at Pepsi-Cola Company in Somers, New York, and the Xerox Corporation.

She serves as a National Advisory Board Member for the United States Small Business Administration and a Board Member for Integra Ventures.

Deloris holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Bentley College and a MBA from the Harvard Business School. Ms. Thomas is happily married with children.

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