Sherryl Dimitry, Ph.D.

Sherryl Dimitry is a Leader-Maker: She has coached and developed hundreds of early career professionals to managers, managers to executives and executives into authentic and effective leaders. She has helped companies strengthen their leadership bench through identification, assessment, and development of high potential (HiPo) and succession talent. Over two-thirds of her former HiPo cohorts now hold VP or higher positions.

She is also a Leader, having spent fifteen years as a Sr. Director and Acting Vice President of Talent and People functions in two global multi-billion companies and is currently a managing consultant in a Big 4 consulting firm working with Federal government clients on human capital strategy and HR systems transformation programs.

In addition to extensive business experience, Sherryl is a “systems thinking” geek who integrates her research in systems theory and complexity sciences with organization development, industrial/organizational psychology, and human behavior. She was a long-time member of the International Society for the Systems Sciences and spent ten years as an International Systems Institute Fellow, focusing on social systems design.

Sherryl holds a B.A. in HR Management, an M.A. in Organization Development, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Systems from Saybrook University in Pasadena CA. Her doctoral research encompassed a rare systemic analysis of the gender gap in corporate executive ranks, identifying key leverage points in the system for companies and the women who work in them to target change. Her work in leadership development, gender equity, culture change and systems thinking has been published by research and professional journals worldwide, and she has presented her work at major conferences across the country. She has also served as the diversity subject matter expert for HR.Com, presenting their annual research.

Sherryl lives in Northern Virginia where she engages in “dirt therapy” in her garden, enjoys being a mediocre photographer, and draws mandalas during meetings so she doesn’t start multi-tasking and missing information. She lives with her partner and his teenage daughter, and her own four grown children and her grandchildren are spread across the U.S. from northern Virginia to St. Louis, Missouri, Tucson, Arizona and Los Angeles, California.