Becky Sykes Senior Vice President, Placement, Search & Consulting Services

Becky is a member of our Search and Consulting Groups. She helps lead head of school and key administrator retained searches, and consults with schools on topics of governance and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Previous Experience

Becky joined us after having served as President of the Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation since 2013. On behalf of the foundation, she worked especially closely with the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

Becky’s independent school experience is deep, serving as Associate Head of School at Phillips Academy from 2000-2009 and Assistant Head from 1996-2000 (helping to lead the school with our very own Barbara Chase). Prior to her roles in the Head of School's office, Becky was Dean of Community Affairs and Multicultural Development, and before that was a college counselor and residential dean. She has held posts in education or social work for more than 40 years at a variety of institutions around the world, and has presented at conferences the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference, the NAIS Annual Conference, and the Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education. Becky was also a keynote speaker at our inaugural Women’s Institute in 2017.

Education & Interests

Becky has served on the board of Simmons College, the Museum of African-American History, and The Association of Boarding Schools, and as a committee member for the Harvard Alumni Association. Immediately following her retirement from the foundations, she served in a special role with the board of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy. Becky holds an A.B. from Radcliffe College and M.S.W. from Simmons College.