Sherice Perry is the Executive Director of BJKLI. Ms. Perry joins BJKLI from the Obama Administration where she has spent four years at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). At HHS, Ms. Perry directed specialty media outreach in the Secretary’s Public Affairs Office. As the Director of Specialty and Broadcast Media, Ms. Perry managed the Secretary’s broadcast portfolio and media engagement with diverse audiences. She also worked with the White House, other government agencies, and external partners to plan and execute events designed to reach underserved communities with information about how the Department’s programs and initiatives could help them lead healthier lives. Prior to joining HHS, Ms. Perry served as the Health Equity Program Manager at Families USA. Her experience also includes positions at the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service and Burness Communications, a public relations firm that supports nonprofit organizations. A native of New York, Ms. Perry has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University.
Ms. Davis is BJKLI’s senior advisor, an addition to her role as Senior Managing Director at Teneo Holdings, Inclusive Leadership Practice. Prior to joining Teneo, Ms. Davis was Managing Director of Global Philanthropy and CSR, President of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and a member of JPMorgan Chase’s Executive Committee. Her responsibilities included overseeing the firm’s approximately $218 million in annual giving, employee volunteerism, civic engagement, community relations and strategic corporate marketing programs. During her 30+ years in the financial services industry, Ms. Davis served in wide range of line and staff leadership roles, including Director of Recruiting, Training & Development for Global Banking, Human Resources Executive for Latin America, Global Director of Leadership Development and Talent Management and National Sales Manager for Private Banking. Her academic training and corporate experience in Sales, Marketing, Product Development, Strategic Planning, Leadership Development and CSR has helped her develop a unique set of skills that have been used throughout her career. Ms. Davis co-founded Springboard, Partners in Cross-Cultural Leadership, a leadership education and consulting company committed to building highly diverse teams. Her passion for the issues surrounding leadership for women prompted her to help develop, design and implement a national leadership center – Spelman LEADS – Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement in collaboration with Spelman College, where she is a trustee and chairs the HR Committee. She also serves on the boards of the Executive Leadership Council and Deloitte’s Center for Inclusion and Leadership.
Mr. Coakley is a Senior Vice President at Teneo Strategy where he advises organizations on business strategy, operational issues and reputational challenges. He has worked with institutions ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to large non-profit organizations to privately-held enterprises.
Prior to joining Teneo, Mr. Coakley served as an Associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in the Banking and Capital Markets Group. While at PwC, Mr. Coakley worked with professionals at leading financial services firms to analyze valuation methodology and modeling strategy across mortgage and credit related products. During his time with PwC, Mr. Coakley was an integral member of the team responsible for the budgeting and cost mitigation analysis for his division. Before PwC, he was a member of the Marketing and Team Business Operations group at the National Basketball Association.
Mr. Coakley received a B.A. with majors in Economics and Accounting from the College of the Holy Cross where he graduated cum laude and played center midfield for the school’s Division 1 men’s soccer team. He received his Certified Public Accountant designation in 2009.
Therese O’Higgins is a Vice President at Teneo Strategy where she focuses on the firm’s efforts to advance their Corporate Responsibility and Inclusive Leadership Practice. Prior to joining Teneo, Therese worked with Teneo’s Founder, Chairman and CEO Declan Kelly when he served as the US Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland under Secretary Clinton’s office. As part of her role with the Economic Envoy Therese worked closely with the American Ireland Fund and Northern Ireland Science Park to set up the US–NI Mentorship Program. The US-NI Mentorship Program is a planned one-year work placement for recent graduates from Northern Ireland to work with leading corporations in the US. Therese maintains her role as Executive Director of this US-NI Mentorship program in addition to her role with Teneo.
Therese began her career as an analyst in the Management Consultancy division of global technology firm, Accenture.
Therese is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway where she obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors). She also studied at the Michael Smurfit School of Business at University College Dublin, where she completed a M.B.S. in the area of Management and Organizational Studies. While pursuing her master’s at Michael Smurfit she was awarded a scholarship to study abroad for a semester and attended France’s highly acclaimed business school – l’Université de Reims, Paris, France.
Ms. Lehman is a Senior Vice President at Teneo Strategy Jamie Drogin Lehman provides strategic counsel and develops communications and public affairs strategies to help clients address their most challenging and complex issues. Prior to joining Teneo, Ms. Lehman worked as a Vice President at Global Strategy Group where she managed issues and campaigns including the 2012 ING Marathon cancelation and the award winning Scouts for Equality campaign. Ms. Lehman was part of the 2008 Presidential Campaign serving as the Minnesota Women for Obama Director and then served as a Director for United State Senator Al Franken in Washington, DC. For almost a decade, Ms. Lehman worked at Philip Morris USA where she was a communications and public affairs manager and handled issues including corporate responsibility, brand integrity, crises communications and government affairs. Ms. Lehman began her career at the American Red Cross of Greater New York and managed communications for the organization during a number of disasters including the 9/11 tragedy. Ms. Lehman graduated with honors from Tufts University with a combined degree in political science, history and communications and has also studied at New York University, the Kellogg School of Management and the Center for International and Comparative Politics in Geneva, Switzerland.