Cherise Bernard is passionate about creating and leveraging diverse educational and career resources in the STEM, creative and business fields for underrepresented professionals as well as using purpose as a driver for career success. As a former scientist-turned-student whisperer at Spotify, Cherise oversees the outreach strategy and management of all undergraduate business, MBA and PhD Research internships in the U.S., Canada and South America, with a prioritized focus on amplifying diversity initiatives for early career professionals. Cherise also leads Spotify’s global Employee Resource Group, BLK, that serves to build programmatic strategy and community within Spotify’s Black and African-American population. In this role, Cherise collaborates with leadership in policy-setting for the Diversity & Inclusion ecosystem at Spotify.
Cherise holds a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology where she worked on cell cycle regulation in cancer cells and a Mini-MBA certification focused on BioPharma Innovation, both from Rutgers University. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.
She enjoys travel, learning about different cultures, engaging in self-care and is a self-proclaimed foodie.