Global Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Gilead Sciences
Perika Sampson is the Global Head of Inclusion & Diversity at Gilead Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company ranked 116 on the Fortune 500 list. She is charged with leading a team of subject matter experts who provide advice, counsel, and leadership on inclusion and diversity strategies, programs, training, and practices.
Prior to joining Gilead, she was the Senior Regional Diversity Officer for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management’s Pacific Coast Region. Her responsibilities included driving diversity and inclusion, executing talent acquisition strategies, facilitating community engagement, and supporting business development initiatives across the 8-state Region.
She also managed national partnerships and led Wealth Management’s Return to Work initiative. She was also the Regional Diversity Officer for Morgan Stanley in the Great Lakes Region based in Chicago where she led diversity and inclusion strategies across ten states.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, she founded and managed Dearborn Consulting Partners where she consulted on diversity and inclusion strategy and initiatives for Fortune 500 companies across several industries.
Prior to her consulting career, she served as Vice President Marketing and Strategy in the Private Client Services division of Bank One (now JP Morgan). Additional corporate roles included senior marketing manager at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., and institutional relationship manager at Jurika & Volyes and RCM Capital Management in San Francisco, CA. She was also a founding manager of two internet-based financial services companies.
Perika is an alumna of the University of California Los Angeles. She is a member of the National Association of Securities Professionals, Black Alliance of Colleges & Employers and serves on the board of the National Diversity Council. She recently served on the City of Los Angeles’ Private Sector Taskforce on Race and Equity.
While in Chicago she completed a stint as co-chair of the. Financial Services Pipeline Initiative’s Steering Committee in conjunction with representatives from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Chicago Community Trust.
Perika is a member of the Oakland East Bay Symphony’s Taskforce on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. She is also a member of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Chorus board of directors. Perika currently serves on the Virginia Workforce Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center Advisory Committee. She is also chair of the Black Wealth Summit Advisory Board. Perika is committed to serving in the communities in which she lives and works. She resides in Los Angeles, California.