Sheryl Underwood is a savvy businesswoman and a multi-faceted, multi- media entrepreneur who is recognized as one of the most articulate, well- informed women of our time. She is a much sought after entertainer and public speaker who is described as one of the world’s brightest contemporary humorists. Underwood is Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Pack Rat Productions, Inc. and is the 23rd International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Underwood joined the television show THE TALK on CBS for the start of season two, sitting alongside hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Aisha Tyler.
The show averages over 2 million viewers per day. With Underwood at the table, THE TALK received its first Daytime Emmy nomination, and a 5th year renewal on CBS television. Underwood, who has received numerous awards and accolades, was named one of the 10 most influential talk show hosts on Twitter in 2012.
Underwood skillfully balances the roles of in-demand entertainer, business owner, movie and television actress, radio personality and philanthropist. In 2008 she was elected the 23rd International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She has the distinction of being the only full-time entertainer to ever hold the sorority’s highest post.
During Underwood’s tenure as International President, she worked diligently to strengthen the sorority’s partnerships with The March of Dimes, March for Babies, American Cancer Society, Text for Babies (a program with the Center for Disease Control), the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association, just to name a few.
Under Underwood’s tenure she spearheaded campaigns to support the survivors of the 2010 Haitian earthquakes as well as those impacted by the devastating tornadoes that tore across the United States in 2011. She was the visionary and driving force behind the sorority’s Health Justice Town Hall Meetings on Health Care Reform and the Z-Hope Health Center at the Afua Kobi Ampen Girls High School in Trabuom, Ghana was completed and was formally dedicated on July 8, 2011 underPack Rat Productions, Inc.
Underwood’s administration. The Health Center provides over 2000 students with much-needed medical services.
Under Underwood’s leadership Zeta Phi Beta served as one of the partnering organizations of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) supporting the inaugural 2009 Sprite Step Off, a national step competition that promoted teamwork, healthy lifestyles and scholarship.
Underwood, through her company Pack Rat Productions, is currently raising money to support the 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the students committed to pursuing a higher education. To assist in this endeavor she will use the services of The Charleston Group, Southerland Entertainment Consultants, Jaylite Publications, Rhue Still, Inc. and King Management and Entertainment, owned by Marcus King, known for propelling the careers of numerous comedians and R&B entertainers. Marcus has joined with Pack Rat Productions (PRP) as a producing partner over all PRP endeavors.
Underwood has been featured in Ebony magazine, ESSENCE magazine, JET magazine, Entertainment Weekly and in other major media outlets and been a guest on numerous television programs including Dr. Phil (CBS), The View (ABC). Underwood has always believed that a “rising tide floats all boats” and has made a conscientious effort to include her colleagues of the fraternities and sororities that comprise the Divine Nine and members of Greekdom, in media opportunities that are offered to her, including an historic appearance she orchestrated on the highly popular “Monique Show” on Black Entertainment Television (BET), as well as BET’s Celebration of Gospel and the NAACP Image Awards.
Underwood is an actress who has appeared on multiple episodes of the Emmy winning CBS daytime drama The Young and the Restless and has starred in such films as Bullworth (starring Warren Beatty), I Got the Hook Up and Beauty Shop (starring Queen Latifah). In addition, Underwood was the host of Black Entertainment Television’s (BET’s) Comic View and Holla, a talk show she created and produced which was loosely based on Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect. She is a weekly contributor on the Steve Harvey Morning Show, also serving as “guest host,” and appears on The Steve Harvey Project, the television version of the show airing on BET Centric. Underwood also hosted The Sheryl Underwood Show on Jamie Foxx’s The Foxxhole, airing on Sirius 106/XM 149, where she provided a mix of political satire, comedy and music. She can be heard on the radio daily from 3-7 pm on “Sheryl Underwood Radio” airing on The Juice 107.3 (WJUC) in Toledo, Ohio and North Carolina A&T State University’s WNAA 90.1 FM.
Underwood was the host of Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-Up and is a former contributor to the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Underwood has appeared on the Dr. Phil Show, FOX television network morning show Fox and Friends, the Joy Behar Show, WPIX in New York City, The View, created by ABC News Correspondent Barbara Walters, OMG! Insider and CBS This Morning.
Prior to her election as International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Underwood assumed several other respected and influential roles within the Sorority including twice elected Chair of the National Executive Board, Graduate Member-At-Large, Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign Committee, Director of Honorary Membership, twice elected Pacific Regional Secretary and Southern California Corresponding Secretary. Underwood was made a Zeta in the Great Lakes Region – Zeta Tau Zeta Chapter, Chicago, IL. Her commitment to advancing her sorority led her into several leadership positions on the local level in Southern California including serving as President, First Vice-President, Executive Board Chair, Historian, Graduate Advisor and Charter Member of Omicron Rho Zeta. She exercised this commitment to Zeta while simultaneously managing her expanding entertainment career. She is a Diamond Life Member of the sorority and a member of Alpha Psi Zeta Chapter in Los Angeles, CA.
A dynamic business-woman, striving not only to change the world through her sorority, Underwood takes her role as Owner and CEO of Pack Rat Productions, Inc. seriously and is committed to sharing the wisdom and insight she has gathered as the Chief Executive of her entertainment company with generations to come and other woman business owners.
In 2009 Underwood, who holds an Associates of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Fresno City College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Masters Degree in Media Management Mass Communication from Governor State University in University Park, IL and an Attorney Assistant Certificate from UCLA, was included in the 100 Most Influential Organization Leaders published in the June issue of Ebony magazine.
In 2013 Underwood was honored with the UNCF Masked Award at the UNCF’s Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball in Los Angeles, California. She, along with NBA Hall of Famer and entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson, were recognized for their support and donations that provided hope and opportunity to young people attending UNCF affiliated colleges and universities. She is the recipient of the Arch of Triumph Award presented by Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina and was recently elected to the Board of Trustees for Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina.
Through her service, philanthropy and excellence in business, Sheryl P. Underwood is a source of inspiration and wisdom for women, across the country and the world. She is a supreme model of what
happens when you blend the Zeta principles of scholarship, service, sisterly love and finer womanhood in an effort to enhance her beloved sisterhood Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the world.