Sheryl Battles

Sheryl Battles
Vice President–Global Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement

Pitney Bowes
Headquarters: Stamford, Connecticut
Industry: Global Shipping & Mailing
CEO: Marc Lautenbach

Her Credentials: BA, human biology, Stanford University

Her Philosophy: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sums it up best: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” The work to create equitable, inclusive opportunities for all voices to be heard and all talents to be valued is not for the faint of heart. It requires knowing that the things you focus on some may not want to hear or be comfortable with, and going forward anyway.

In 2021, we continued to increase awareness, stimulate conversation, and facilitate advocacy for the rich mix of diversity found within our workforce. We focused on deepening inclusion as employees learned more about themselves and each other. We conducted regular joint sessions and planning processes, created and delivered inclusive leadership training to all managers, enhanced digital presence, revised section in Corporate Responsibility Report, developed new employee portal, produced 25+ interviews, articles, and speaking engagements, and created space and opportunity to more fully see and know one another. We launched a Caregivers Network and created a series of activities addressing topics that included intersectional allyship, women on the frontlines, courageous conversations on race, LGBTQ+ Roundtables, resilience and mental wellness, and leadership conversations.

In 2022, we will leverage our diverse workforce and inclusive culture to attract and retain the talent needed to win in our markets; enhance global alignment, collaboration, and support for diversity and inclusion initiatives; upgrade and expand our digital presence; strengthen operational efficiency and impact of inclusion networks; deepen inclusion, understanding, and advocacy through activities, webinars, conversations and articles; add to our diversity and inclusion learning curriculum; embed diversity and inclusion into talent management; and monitor the disclosure landscape and refining metrics.