Director, Client Services
Black, cisgender woman of faith, born and raised in the rich and diverse culture of New York City
Shari Davis’ personal life mission is aptly described by Dr. Martin Luther King’s quote: All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” As the Director of Client Services for Be Equitable, Shari works alongside our client delivery teams in the planning and execution of strategic and educational experiences. Each program recommendation is designed to enable organizations to cultivate IDEA strategies at the intersection of work-life experiences and the business. Shari’s passion for creating opportunities in which organizations can grow and thrive drives her commitment. Shari fully engages her 30+ years of experience as a business executive and coach guiding client leadership and their teams in exploring, visioning, and behavior development to build inclusive cultures and organizational cohesiveness. During Shari’s professional journey, she has been the founder and president of a human capital management consulting and professional coaching services firm and Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) with a multinational business solution firm and led philanthropy and community relations initiatives in support of organizational corporate social responsibility. Shari holds several human resources, coaching, leadership and team assessment tool certifications, and a M.S. degree in Human Resource Management from University of Maryland.
How often do you think about the color of your skin? Why do you think that is?
I think about the color of my skin daily for a couple of reasons. First, I am very proud of being Black, especially a Black woman, as I witness the daily resilience and level of excellence demonstrated and celebrated in terms of how we live our lives, care for and serve our families and community, build and maintain strong friendships and support systems, and display our talents in our professions. Second, I am mindful of the color of my skin throughout my daily encounters as I experience and observe how people interact with me.
Do you think people can really change?
I do believe that people can change. If they are open to listening to understand, learning and unlearning, and seeking growth for themselves, they can change. I believe it is all about exercising our choices to be whomever we desire to be regardless of the expectations and pressures that are placed on us by our families, friends, workplace, and society. Change takes desire and courage.