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​Workplace Strategy That Works for All Employees’ Needs

The Future Of Work - The Remote and Hybrid Office

Old news flash: the pre-pandemic workplace is not coming back. So how can organizations develop their workplace strategy for this new reality, and stay agile for future changes that are sure to come? Sheryl Battles, VP of Global Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement at Pitney Bowes, and Jim Ryan, VP of Global Real Estate and Facilities at Pitney Bowes, discuss the evolution of their workplace program during the pandemic, and why organizations need to make flexibility their friend.

Sheryl Battles

Bridget Finkeldey

Sheryl is Vice President, Global Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement for Pitney Bowes Inc. She leads the company’s strategies, operations and storytelling at the intersection of diversity, inclusion, and engagement to help fuel business results and individual growth. This role combines Sheryl’s extensive communications expertise, deep understanding of business strategy, strength in analytics and passion for creating inclusive experiences. She also co-leads a cross-functional team exploring strategies and options for the way they will work going forward.

Throughout her career Sheryl has appeared in a wide variety of media outlets including a profile in the book “Diverse Voices: Profiles in Leadership”; Savoy Magazine’s Top Influential Women in Corporate America; 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.”

Sheryl is a popular speaker in business and the community, and she has won numerous awards from national and local civic, business and professional organizations including: the Walter Wheeler Award, Pitney Bowes highest employee honor; Donald H. McGannon Award from the National Urban League; 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut, CT NAACP; the Public Relations Society of America’s D. Parke Gibson award for contributions to diversity; and, most recently 2022 Diversity Leaders Award from Profiles in Diversity. Sheryl serves on numerous professional and community Boards including: Elon University, School of Communications, Advisory Board; Co-Chair of the Arthur W. Page Society’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board; The Board of Trustees of the Greenwich Hospital, part of the Yale New Haven Health System; The Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Stamford Center for the Arts; and, the National Board of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

Sheryl has a degree in Human Biology from Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. 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 attends Elon University. The family attends the First Presbyterian Church of Stamford where both parents have served as Elders.

Jim Ryan

Bridget Finkeldey

Jim is responsible for strategy and development for PB’s 8-million square foot global portfolio, and facilities operations for our offices and operating centers and. He joined Pitney Bowes in 2005 and has taken on roles of increasing responsibility since. During that time, Jim established and implemented PB’s Collaborative Workplace standard, creating a consistent employee experience for our major global offices, from Stamford, Connecticut to Sydney, Australia. In 2009, he co-led the creation of our Workplace Agility program and most recently, Jim has co-led a cross-functional team to reimagine this program after 2 full years of working from home—PB@Work was introduced this March and will be formally launched later this spring.

Prior to joining Pitney Bowes, Jim designed corporate offices as Vice President & Design Director at GHK Associates. At this and other roles he has designed and constructed over 5-million square feet of space for clients including Pepsi, Xerox, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. This foundational work provided a client-centric mindset which Jim applies at PB. Jim is a member of PB’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Council and an active member in CoreNet Global’s New England Chapter, where he has a role in the EID Committee. Jim and his partner reside in Boston, Massachusetts.

Wendy Walker

Sanmaya Mohanty

I am a U.S. attorney turned SaaS customer success professional. Based in Argentina, my skills bridge the gap between American companies and the Argentine technology community. In my current role as an Implementation Project Manager, I help Human Resources departments at enterprise organizations implement bespoke talent acquisition software.

I have a track record of holistically supporting customers as both a Project Manager and Account Manager.

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