InnerVision Inc.

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Location: Charlotte, NC
Founded: 2003
Industry: Nonprofit

InnerVision Inc.

Dr. Cheryl Nicholas
Director and CEO

A SAFE SPACE

InnerVision Inc. helps individuals living with mental health or addiction challenges acquire employment, education and personal development skills. “InnerVision exists to create a safe and empowering space where people with longstanding mental health issues can cultivate and contribute their unique strengths, free from the stigma of their disability,” says Dr. Cheryl Nicholas, director and CEO. That mission has been supported by increasing community education about mental illness, which has led more people to seek help. The Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut also helped raise awareness. “People were feeling unsafe and scared for their children, their communities and themselves, and desperately seeking answers to questions about mental illnesses,” says Nicholas.

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One of InnerVision’s biggest challenges has been finding talent with the right mix of competency, compassion and credentials to support the organization’s mission. “The greatest business lesson I have learned is that there is a difference between potential and performance, and the payoff (professionally and fiscally) is the combination of both,” says Nicholas. Her goal for the next decade is to make InnerVision the largest recovery-oriented, private behavioral healthcare organization in the U.S.