Cheryl Stokes serves as Regional Managing Director for Europe, and is based in London where she leads our European operations.
Cheryl joined Duke CE in October of 2000, shortly after its inception. For nearly 20 years, she has been engaged in helping experienced leaders effectively address personal and professional challenges in the global business environment, and in helping businesses develop the organizational capabilities needed to execute their strategies.
In her previous role as Executive Director, Cheryl led a portfolio of work with some of Duke CE’s largest and most strategic European clients. She has designed and delivered programs with global clients from numerous industries including professional services, energy and mining, transportation, financial services, defense and aerospace, high tech and others. Cheryl also designs, teaches and coaches in the areas of strategy, productive dialogue, team development, systemic thinking and other organizational learning disciplines.
Before her move to London, Cheryl was an Executive Director in the Design Group, based in the Durham, NC office. In this role she focused on designing and delivering cutting-edge learning experiences for both face-to-face and virtual environments. Previous to becoming an Executive Director, Cheryl was Vice President, Global Learning Methods, leading a team of professionals who pioneered the development of innovative experiential and non-traditional learning experiences for Duke CE’s clients around the world. Cheryl’s article on experiential learning, Beyond the Sage on the Stage, was co-authored with Jim Gilmore and published in CLO Magazine. Cheryl also co-authored a chapter in the book “Partnering, the New Face of Leadership”, edited by Segil, Goldsmith and Belasco.
Prior to joining Duke CE, Cheryl was director of organization capability for The Coca-Cola Company, where she developed integrated learning strategies for building business capabilities. As an internal consultant, she traveled extensively and worked with divisions in Europe, Russia, Latin America and the Philippines in addition to her work with the Minute Maid Company and North America Operations.
Cheryl’s interest in organizational and team learning started early in her career as an electrical and process engineer for the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa) where she worked with production and electrical support teams. Her diverse background includes work in engineering, metallurgy, quality and diversity for Alcoa, as well as work in product engineering and vehicle simulation for the Buick-Oldsmobile-Cadillac Division of General Motors Corporation.
Cheryl holds Master’s degrees in Management and in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from GMI Engineering & Management Institute (formerly General Motors Institute).
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