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Feel Good DEI vs. Real Good DEI with Sheri Crosby Wheeler

In this episode:

This week on Untapped, Tariq Meyers is joined by Sheri Crosby Wheeler, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for Fossil Group, Inc. Tariq and Sheri discuss her unexpected journey to DEI leadership, the unique challenges of retaining underrepresented talent in the retail industry, and the slow and steady process of making the workplace more equitable.In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How genuine buy-in from leadership is essential to driving forward diversity
  • That what's seen as "political" is often personal for marginalized employees
  • The importance of retail brands' effort to make employees feel valued as individuals
  • The difference between DEI initiatives that are just for show and ones that actually drive forward meaningful change

Our guest:

Sheri Crosby Wheeler

Sheri Crosby Wheeler currently works as the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for Fossil Group, Inc. Fossil Group is a global design, marketing, distribution and innovation company where distinctive watches, accessories and wearables are created for some of the greatest brands in the world. Sheri is a diversity leader, an employment lawyer and an avid community volunteer. For the past 6 years, she has worked exclusively on diversity and inclusion strategies and integration in the corporate setting. Sheri is a member of the State Bar of Texas and has been honored as an Outstanding Young Lawyer. She earned a J.D. from the University at Buffalo School of Law and a B.A. in Sociology at Emory University.

"To those companies who are saying, 'that's too political,' my life and my lived experience is not politics."