Sherry Walling, PhD


Dr. Sherry Walling is a licensed clinical psychologist, the co-host of the ZenFounder podcast and the founder of ZenFounder LLC. Her life’s work is to help owners and entrepreneurs protect against burnout, depression, isolation and other threats to mental health. She tries to help folks have fun too.

Her book, The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Sh*t Together came out in 2018 and became an Amazon best-seller in a matter of days.

Married to a serial tech entrepreneur, Sherry has a unique combination of psychological expertise and 18 years of experience in the trenches of the startup world. She brings these worlds together with her extensive experience as a psychotherapist.

When she’s not in the consulting room or hopping conferences, Sherry can be found on her paddleboard, in the yoga studio, practicing her circus skills or ushering her three kiddos through an art museum in some fabulous city. 

Get in touch with Sherry:

Twitter: @zenfounder


An Owner’s Guide to Burnout: How Not to Get Fried

Tuesday, FEBRUARY 12
3:45-4:45 PM, BALLROOM B 

Do you ever feel exhausted? Really exhausted? Have you felt like nothing is moving forward, no matter how hard you work? Perhaps a creeping cynicism or sense of dismissive withdrawal from your team or your clients...

You’ve heard of burnout, perhaps you’ve experienced it. The vast majority of owners encounter burnout at some point during their agency careers. Despite being common, burnout is much more serious than a self-help fad. Burnout is linked to significant changes in brain chemistry and structure that can have significant implications for productivity, creativity, interpersonal interactions and overall physical and mental health. Burnout is much worse than most of us realize. Thankfully, 40 years of research have helped to clarify the major drivers of burnout. In this keynote presentation, Dr. Walling will focus on how you can recognize and prevent burnout before it wreaks havoc on your business and personal health.

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • How to identify the common features of burnout

  • Why agency owners are particularly vulnerable to burnout

  • How burnout changes the chemistry and structure of the brain

  • Which seven factors cause burnout in professionals

  • Simple strategies to prevent burnout in yourself and your team