Sheryl & Allen Hill understand that it takes grit to make a pearl. Tyler, their vibrant, athletic, role-model teenage son, died a preventable death on a People to People Student Ambassador trip to Japan. He was barely sixteen.
Sheryl and Allen turned their grief into a mission and founded the only nonprofit working on travel and tourism consumer protections. For ten years, they advocated for safe travel abroad, and now they offer a solution: Travel HEROES Safety Training. Sheryl passionately believes every person, especially students, should possess the skills to get help and home safely when they travel abroad.
Sheryl is publicly recognized as an industry expert, speaker, award winning author and advocate. “Depart Smart is the most important professional work I have ever done,” says Sheryl.
She has been seen in CNN, USA Today, Washington Post, ABC, NBC, CBS, Newsweek, Forbes, Huffington Post, and more. Through her guidance, Depart Smart has achieved Guidestar Platinum Partner status for transparency, passed the first ever state bill requiring safety reports on programs escorting students into foreign countries, and received a Telly Award for Health and Wellness in Travel HEROES Safety Training.
Sheryl is also the mother of Alec Hill, as well as the host mom to eight international youth for more than twelve years. The Hills have been in foreign countries with all of their host children and believe in the value of intercultural experiences.