Sheryl Y. 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 strategies; communications and storytelling related to these areas and provides strategic counsel to the CHRO and the senior team.
Sheryl is a seasoned professional that has held a range of increasing responsibilities within corporate communications at the Company including speech writing for 3 previous CEOs, investor communications, media relations, internal publishing, and community relations/strategic investments. In her immediate past position as VP, Communications and Diversity Strategy Sheryl provided strategic communications counsel to the COO, the CFO and other senior executives and led financial communications, corporate thought leadership, and crisis communications as well as the company’s global diversity and inclusion strategy. Pitney Bowes has recognized her exceptional contributions with several awards, including the company’s highest employee honor – the Walter H. Wheeler, Jr. Award. She is 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.
In 2018, Sheryl received the Public Relations Society of America’s national D. Parke Gibson award, which is its highest individual honor in diversity to recognize her work within the public relations industry and in her organization. She is also one of the professionals featured 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.
Media coverage about Sheryl throughout her career includes: PR Week Podcast 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.”
She has received numerous professional and community honors in addition to the ones above, including: 2019 Mother of the Year, Stamford Norwalk Chapter of Jack & Jill of America; 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut 2018; 2018 Business Person of the Year, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity; 2017 Most Powerful & Influential Woman Award Tri-State Diversity Council; Diversity Global Magazine’s 2017 Influential Woman in Global Diversity; 2017 Commitment to Community Service Award from the Urban League of Southern CT; Savoy Magazine’s 2016 Top Influential Women in Corporate America (& 2012); 2016 Brava Award from the Greenwich YWCA; Women of Power Award from the Urban League of Southern Connecticut; “Donald H. McGannon Award” from the National Urban League; the “Community Service Award” from the Yerwood Center; the “African American Cultural Series Community Service Award” from the Stamford Center for the Arts; and, an ACE award for speech writing from the new York chapter of the IABC.
Mrs. Battles is a popular speaker for a variety of professional and community events, a sampling of which include: 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; 2019 PRWeek Roundtable on AI and the impact on Business and Communications; Truth on Trial panel, CommPro; Graduation Speaker, ConnectUS Academy, afterschool program; Chair and Speaker Urban League of Southern CT Women’s Empowerment Summit; moderator “The Hidden Power of Inclusion” Arthur W. Page Society Annual Conference; featured speaker CT Diversity Council Best Practices; Keynote “When Women Lead Conference” for the Connecticut Business & Industry Association; panelist Connecticut Women in Leadership Symposium; Keynote for Celebrating Diversity in Business Awards Program; Panelist on Gender Diverse Boardrooms for the Thirty Percent Coalition; Colloquium on Global Diversity Discussion Leader; Keynote on Diversity for Greenwich Hospital; Keynote Speaker for the Women’s Leadership Council for the Bridgeport Regional Business Council; Luncheon Keynote for Women’s Empowerment Seminar for the Urban League of Southern Connecticut; 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.
Within the public relations industry Mrs. Battles is on the Advisory Board for the School of Communications at Elon University; the Board of Trustees of the PRSA Foundation, which is focused on increasing diversity within the public relations industry; a member and Co-Chair of the Arthur W. Page Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Steering Committee for the PR Industry’s newly formed Diversity Action Alliance; and a member of ColorComm. Within the diversity industry, Sheryl is a member of: The Chief Diversity Officers Board of i4cp and the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women in Connecticut.
Within the community, Sheryl serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Stamford Center for the Arts. She is also on the Boards of Trustees of the Greenwich Hospital and Person-to-Person. She is President of the Fairfield County (CT) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; and a member of the Stamford-Norwalk Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., the Fairfield County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, the Stanford University Alumni Association; and the Stanford University National Black Alumni Association.
She is married to Curt Battles, Chief Advisor 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.