Sheri Salata with April Gargiulo - The Beautiful No (Corte Madera Store)

Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 4:00pm

In Conversation with April Gargiulo

“Thursday morning. One hundred pounds overweight, no man in sight, and rounding the bend to 57 years old—a full-blown catastrophe.”

What happens when you realize you’ve had the career of your dreams, but you don’t have the life of your dreams? This was the stark reality facing Sheri Salata when she left her twenty-year stint at The Oprah Winfrey Show, Harpo Studios and the OWN network. She had dedicated decades to her dream job, and loved (almost) every minute of it, but had left the rest of her life gathering dust on the shelf.

After years of telling other people’s makeover stories, Sheri decided to “produce” her own life transformation. And this meant revisiting her past, excavating its lessons, and boldly reimagining her future. In the pages of The Beautiful No, she invites readers along for the ride—detoxing in the desert, braving humiliation at Hollywood’s favorite fitness studio, grappling with losses, reinventing friendships, baring her soul in sex therapy, and more. Part cautionary tale, part middle-of-life rallying cry, Sheri’s stories offer profound inspiration for personal renewal.

Sheri Salata is a writer/producer, cofounder of the pillarlife.com and cohost of the podcast The Sheri + Nancy Show. Her current ventures are the evolution of her 20-year career with Oprah Winfrey. Her action-packed days as Executive Producer on The Oprah Winfrey Show were chronicled in the acclaimed docuseries Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes. Sheri also served as Co-President of Harpo Studios and OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. Sheri has been named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 and the 2017 Feminist Press Power Award winners. Sheri is living happily ever after in a magical town in northern California.

April Gargiulo is the Founder and CEO of Vintner’s Daughter, a luxury skincare company committed to creating the highest quality, performance-driven, nutritional skincare. She launched her first product in 2012, bucking industry standards by using whole, organic plants and methodical, time-honored formulation methods versus low-quality filler ingredients and formulation shortcuts. Vintner’s Daughter quickly became a benchmark for quality and performance in the beauty world and Active Botanical Serum became coveted by top beauty editors and industry experts around the world. Before starting Vintner’s Daughter, April spent 8 years at the helm of her family’s Napa Valley winery, Gargiulo Vineyards. There, she helped build the winery’s reputation for terroir-driven, “first growth” Cabernet Sauvignon. Before Napa, April spent 6 years in Manhattan where she worked for design leader Vitra. Through Vintner’s Daughter, April commits 2% of every bottle sold to charities benefiting women and children worldwide. She is married to fellow entrepreneur Mitch Lowe (also her co-CEO) and has two young daughters.

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
The Beautiful No: And Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence, and Transformation Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062743190
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper Wave - June 4th, 2019

“Thursday morning.

One hundred pounds overweight, no man in sight, and rounding the bend to 57 years old—a full-blown catastrophe.”


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