About Sheryl Underwood
Sheryl Underwood is a savvy businesswoman and a multi-faceted, multimedia
entrepreneur who is recognized as one of the most articulate, wellinformed
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. 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 under
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
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
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.
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.