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Shereen Shermak

Executive Director, Boston Women's Workforce Council

Shereen Shermak is the Executive Director for the Boston Women's Workforce Council, a public-private partnership between Mayor Walsh and the Greater Boston business community charged with closing the gender pay gaps by removing the visible and invisible barriers to women's advancement.

As Director, Shereen focuses on recruiting more employers to sign the 100% Talent Compact and engaging them in actions that advance gender equity in the workforce. She leads and oversees all operations of the Council’s work, including the annual best practices conference and quarterly membership briefings in which Compact signers are invited to share strategies and tools. The 100% Talent Compact is a first-in-the-nation employer pledge to take concrete, measurable steps to close the gender gaps in pays and representation. Over 220 businesses have signed on to the Compact to date, including five Fortune 500 companies. The Council, comprised of 29 appointed members, serves as a resource and thought leader on pay equity, in addition to other challenges facing women in today’s workforce.  

Prior to this role, Shereen served as an angel investor and an advisor to start-ups and small businesses in the early stages of their growth. She has a wide variety of both public and private sector experience, including having served as the Executive Director, Operations, Division of Economic and Financial Opportunity for the Department of Small Business Services at the City of New York.

Shermak earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Duke University, a Masters in Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. Shermak is a member of Board of Overseers of Big Brother Big Sister of Massachusetts Bay and the Board of Visitors at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering. She is a resident of the South End.