Diverse & Inclusive Leaders & CEO Activist Podcast by DIAL Global

Leading with Authenticity: Sherry Cassano's Journey Through Inclusion & Empowerment in Pfizer

May 16, 2024

Imagine stepping into the role of a lifetime, where every challenge is an opportunity for growth, and every connection has the potential to change your trajectory. That's the journey Sherry Cassano, Pfizer's Chief Talent Officer and People Experience Lead, shares with us as she recounts her experiences in the corporate realm. She walks us through her initial spark for human resources ignited by an internship, leading to a flourishing 20-year path at Pfizer where she's navigated corporate shifts and led teams through the perils of a global pandemic. Her stories are testament to the power of embracing the unexpected, the profound influence of mentors, and the vital need for a corporate culture steeped in diversity and inclusion.

Juggling a high-octane career with family life is akin to walking a tightrope, and Sherry reveals how partnership and support are the lifelines that keep everything balanced. We share stories of career leaps taken despite self-doubt and how fostering an environment where diversity, equity, and belonging are more than just buzzwords can unlock every team member's full potential. Dive into a conversation that unravels how true partnership lies at the core of personal and professional success, and why creating space for all voices isn't just a nice-to-have, but a must-do in today's workplaces.

There's an art to letting your guard down, and in the corporate world, it can be revolutionary. Sherry brings this to light with a tale of unexpected joy in the form of a dance, a simple act that rippled through Pfizer's culture, fostering a sense of inclusion and belonging. She emphasizes the vitality of authenticity, shedding the exhausting facade of code-switching, and the power that comes from presenting our authentic selves. Closing our conversation, Sherry touches on the often-overlooked feeling of leadership loneliness, the refreshing perspectives of youth, and the wisdom wrapped in the years we often try to hide. Tune in for a heartfelt exchange filled with laughter, empathy, and a treasure trove of insights for anyone aiming to lead with authenticity and champion a workplace where everyone truly belongs.

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