Sheryl Battles is currently Vice President, Global Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement for Pitney Bowes Inc. In this role, she combines her extensive communications expertise, her deep understanding of the company’s strategy, and her passion for leveraging the intersection of diversity, inclusion and engagement to help drive business results and individual growth. She leads the company’s operations, strategies and storytelling related to these areas and provides strategic counsel to the CHRO and the senior team. Sheryl also co-leads the company’s Return to Office (R20) strategy and is a member of its Covid Management Team.
During her career at Pitney Bowes Sheryl has held a range of increasing responsibilities including speech writing for 3 previous CEOs, investor communications, and media relations. Pitney Bowes has recognized her exceptional contributions with several awards, including the company’s highest employee honor – the Walter H. Wheeler, Jr. Award and a three-time winner of the Pitney Bowes One Standard Excellence Award for outstanding team accomplishments.
Sheryl graduated from Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA with a degree in Human Biology.
Sheryl is profiled in the book “Diverse Voices: Profiles in Leadership” designed to help communications leaders and professionals better understand the challenges faced by minorities in the field. Some of the additional media coverage about Sheryl and/or her thought leadership includes: PR Masters Series podcast interview on diversity and inclusion 2020; PR Week Podcast on diversity October 2019; PR Week (The AI Message: Facing the Fear); i4cp report (Automating Work: The Human/AI Intersection ); MyPRSA (“Sheryl Battles of Pitney Bowes on Diversity and Leadership”); PR Week (“Mothers of Invention”); The Harvard Business Review (“Leadership in Your Midst: Tapping the Hidden Strengths of Minority Executives”); Time Magazine (“Pathways to Power” – photo caption on mentoring); and Ebony Magazine “100 Most Promising Black Women in Corporate America.”
A few of her numerous professional and community honors include: 2019 Mother of the Year, Stamford Norwalk Chapter of Jack & Jill of America; Public Relations Society of America’s national D. Parke Gibson award for diversity 2018; 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut 2018; 2018 Business Person of the Year, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; Most Powerful & Influential Woman Award Tri-State Diversity Council 2017; Diversity Global Magazine’s 2017 Influential Woman in Global Diversity; Commitment to Community Service Award from the Urban League of Southern CT 2017; 2-time Savoy Magazine’s Top Influential Women in Corporate America; Brava Award from the Greenwich YWCA; Women of Power Award from the Urban League of Southern Connecticut; and, “Donald H. McGannon Award” from the National Urban League.
Sheryl is a popular speaker for a variety of professional and community events, a sampling of which include: 2020 Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series, Quinnipiac School of Business; 2020 national ReEngage Conference “Navigating the Journey Back to the Office; 2020 national Power to Fly webinar for women; 2020 Women’s Power and Vote
100 Years Later, Greenwich YWCA; 2019 Human Capital Investment Reporting panel; 2019 Public Relations Society of America’s International Conference (two panels one on Leadership and one on Diversity and Inclusion); 2019 The Conference Board’s 15th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference; 2019 The Conference Board’s Annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference; Chair and Speaker Urban League of Southern CT Women’s Empowerment Summit; featured speaker CT Diversity Council Best Practices; Keynote “When Women Lead Conference” for the Connecticut Business & Industry Association; Women’s Day keynote speaker for the historic Dixwell Avenue Church in New Haven; and the keynote speaker for the Bridgeport Rescue Mission’s “Hearts of Hope” event for an audience of approximately 800 over two evenings.
Sheryl serves on numerous professional and civic Boards including: The Advisory Board for the School of Communications at Elon University; The Board of Trustees of the Greenwich Hospital; The Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Stamford Center for the Arts; a member and Co-Chair of the Arthur W. Page Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee; Steering Committee for the PR Industry’s Diversity Action Alliance; The Chief Diversity Officers Board of i4cp; and the board of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women in Connecticut.
She is member of The Links, Incorporated; a life-time member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, the Stanford University Alumni Association; and, the Stanford University National Black Alumni Association.
She is married to Curt Battles, Founder/CEO of Craft Brewing Insights, who has a BA from Cornell University and an MBA from Northwestern University, and their daughter Kendall is at Elon University. The family attends the First Presbyterian Church of Stamford where both parents have served as Elders. (Updated September 2020)