Sherika Ekpo

Chief Diversity Officer

Signing in from Atlanta, GA

Sherika Ekpo

Sherika Ekpo is a passionate diversity, equity, and inclusion leader with nearly 20 years of strategic leadership, human capital, talent management, and professional development experience. As Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer of Anaplan, Sherika designs and operationalizes the organization’s global DE&I strategy to drive bottom-line results.

Over the course of her career, Sherika has led HR and DE&I strategy and operations for organizations across industries and sectors including Google, General Electric, the U.S. Digital Service, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She received her MBA from the University of Maryland and her bachelor’s degree from Howard University.

What brought you to Anaplan?
The opportunity to join a company that is thriving and growing. I see an extraordinary opportunity to contribute to and enhance the amazing culture at Anaplan. My goal is to ensure that our workforce and products are inclusive and accessible for all.

What do you find most intriguing about working at Anaplan?
Our employees. They each bring a unique perspective that should be acknowledged and valued. I love the Anaplan hashtag–#anaplanlove

What’s the best career advice you ever received?
Say yes to the things that scare you. Growth starts when you are out of your comfort zone.

What’s the most challenging part of working from home right now?
Finding a balance between work and home life. I no longer have a 30-minute commute to decompress so I have to find other release outlets like meditation and listening to my favorite pop culture podcast, The Read!

When you were a child/younger, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I grew up watching Matlock and Perry Mason, so I always wanted to be an attorney. I haven’t given up on that dream.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Group exercise classes— Double Dutch, Hip Hop Aerobics and Peloton rides.

What are you binge watching to get you through being at home so much?
Netflix– Lupin, Bridgerton, Ozark

What’s your favorite book?
The Memo by Minda Harts is the last book that I read. It is a career development book for women of color packed with actionable advice to help all women navigate the unique barriers that we face in the workplace.