Award Winning

Purpose Ambassador

Sheryle GIllihan

Who I Am

I’m an idealistic realist. I hold onto hope for a better, brighter future, but realize that life is full of challenges and hard decisions. I accept that I can’t do it all, but I do my part to make a difference. After all, we shouldn’t let the realities of life get in the way of our dreams.


I have over 15 years of leadership experience and strive to help everyone use their gifts for the greater good. I speak often on using technology and business as forces for good. I facilitate events, panels and workshops with nonprofits and social enterprises.


At CauseLabs, a custom web development agency using technology to create and scale impact, I help lead an awesomely talented team who build tools for great causes. We believe that everyone deserves the life-changing benefits of technology and we strive our best to use our talents to create positive impact.


In my free time, I lead a Girl Scout troop (since 2007), volunteer at my church and in my community and do my best to be a supportive and loving daughter, mother, and wife. I love to travel, read, learn new languages and take pictures. I love tea, especially white tea, and I am an avid believer in meditation. I am altruistic, I believe in the good of all people, and I believe that I can be a whole woman everywhere that I show up.


See my digital resume (of sorts) on Linkedin to find out more about my past and present experience.

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Sheryle Gillihan is committed to her values and is purposeful in her work. Sheryle is the owner and CEO of CauseLabs, a 2017 Dallas Business Journal 40 under 40 honoree, a social enterprise advisor, a speaker, and a purpose ambassador. She works to bridge cultural gaps and creatively disrupt global challenges to help organizations scale impact towards equality, education and access. Sheryle fuses her hope for a better, brighter future with over 15 years of leadership, operations, and technical management experience. Ranging from military to corporate to nonprofit sectors, her career path led her to CauseLabs in 2010, where she brought immense perspective, coordination and a passion for using business and technology for good.

A year in the military, seven years as a stay-at-home mother, and four years in corporate America taught Sheryle to seek purpose and to value meaningful work. In 2010, she joined CauseLabs, a software development company working with non-profits and social enterprises to scale their missions and solve problems worth solving. It blended her experience with technology with her passion for giving back.

Today, in addition to her role as CauseLabs CEO, Sheryle serves on three advisory boards, leads the United Way of Tarrant County’s KERNEL social innovation program, and is in her 11th year as a Girl Scout leader. Sheryle is also co-founder of PurposeWP, a WordPress-based company that helps non-profits with their online presence.

Sheryle speaks at conferences around the world about purpose-driven, mission-focused business and leadership skills.

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."

William James


Social Impact Business Award - Global Winner 2020

RTI Helmsman Award for Leadership - May 2019
NTENny Award - 2018
BizWomen Headliners - Women in Technology - 2018
Dallas Business Journal 40 under 40 Honoree 2017
Leadership - CauseLabs 2014
Most Passionate Employee - CauseLabs 2011
Employee of the Year - awarded by Dan Bradbary, 2009
10,000 Volunteer Hours - awarded by General Dubik at Fort Lewis, 2006
Honorable Discharge - US Army 229th MI Battalion Bravo Company, 1999
Most Creative - awarded by SHS class of 1995


Best Place for Working Parents 2020

Social Impact Business Award - Global Winner 2020

Project Award: GovTech 100 for Balancing Act 2017 - 2020

Best Places to Work North Texas 2019

Top Workplace for Diversity from Comparably 2019

Inclusive Economy Changemaker 2018 and 2019

Best for the World - Workers 2018 and 2019

Best for Colorado Finalist

Top Workplace for Women from Comparably 

100 Best Places to Work from Outside Magazine

100 Best Adoption Friendly Workplaces from DTFA 2015 - 2019

Parents' Choice Award for My Story Bookmaker for Kids

Three 40 under 40 awards amongst our team.