Sherita

Lee

Director, Global Talent & Leadership, League of Employees of African Descent EBRG Leader at Merck, Passion Project: Suite Dreams

Sherita has held numerous roles throughout her 29 year career at Merck.  She joined the company in 1993 as a Biologist in Vaccine Technology and Engineering (MMD).  She transitioned after 3 years into the commercial organization serving in a variety of roles in headquarters and the field.  These roles included Executive Professional Development Trainer, and Sales Management where she spent 12 years as a Business Manager/Customer Team Leader supporting our chronic care and vaccine franchises in Memphis, TN. 

She transitioned to the Upper Gwynedd, PA site in 2016 as a Strategic Alliance Manager in Strategy and Commercial Model Innovation supporting collaborations with Merck’s Top Customers in the US (Aetna, Optum, Walgreens, Premier).   

She is also an Agile Practitioner also supporting the standing up of the inaugural Agile Digital Team for Oncology Marketing as well as served as the team’s Scrum Master.   

In 2020 she transitioned to Human Resources currently serving as a Director in Global Talent & Leadership,  she leads a team that is responsible for leadership development offerings for Key Talent, as well as Affinity Focused development programs. 

She has been committed to Merck’s Diversity efforts throughout her career and recently ended her term as the Global Leader of Merck’s League of Employees of African Descent (LEAD). Sherita has served in this role since 2019 positively elevating the membership of less than 1000 to over 1800 members and growing the organization form 8 US Based chapters to 13 chapters with most recent chapters forming outside of the US in Brazil, South Africa, UK, Ireland, and the Mid Europe Region, she fosters a culture of inclusion within Merck. Under her leadership several talent acquisition, career development, and business driving initiatives were implemented, including establishing an HBCU Council, Allyship Program, Annual Leadership Development Summit, standing Biweekly Community Conversations, and a Business Insights team, which includes collaborations with marketing teams and supporting  Diversity in Clinical Trials initiatives. 

  

Sherita is an advocate for those in need, she spent time in 2018 in Senegal, West Africa where she served in the 9th Cohort of Merck’s Fellowship for Global Health working on a project to impact and lower the rates of maternal mortality.   Her personal development goals and desire to serve others are strengthened as she serves on a variety of nonprofit Boards and Committees.  These include national organizations such as the National Civil Rights Museum, Collage Dance Collective, and Journey to Destiny Ministries (Dominican Republic & Kenya). She is also the founder of Suite Dreams, a non-profit providing students with needed support as they start their collegiate journey. Sherita is a servant leader and her contributions are motivated by her desire to make a difference in the lives of others.   

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