Celebrating Black History

Honoring Contemporary Black Women

CEOS_DAY 1

 

 

 

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Mellody Hobson

Mellody Hobson (born April 3, 1969) is an American businesswoman who is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dreamworks Animation. Hobson, born in Chicago, Illinois was educated at St. Ignatius College Prep high school, and subsequently attended Princeton University, graduating in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Soon after her graduation from Princeton, Hobson joined Ariel Investments, LLC as an intern and rose to become the firm’s senior vice president and director of marketing. In 2000, she ascended to become the president of Ariel, a Chicago investment firm that manages over $9 billion in assets. It is also one of the largest African American-owned money management and mutual fund companies in the United States.

Hobson began dating film director and producer George Lucas in 2006, after they met at a business conference.Hobson and Lucas announced their engagement in January 2013, and were married on June 22, 2013, at Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch. They have one daughter together, Everest Hobson Lucas.

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Joyce M. Roché

Joyce M. Roché is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Girls Incorporated.

Roché is a graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans and holds an MBA from Columbia University. She also has honorary doctorate degrees from Dillard University (where she chairs the Board of Trustees) and North Adams State College.

Roche has been a Director of AT&T Inc. since October 1998. She served as a Director of Southern New England Telecommunications Corporation from 1997 until the company was acquired by AT&T Inc. in 1998. She is a Director of Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.; Federated Department Stores; Tupperware Corporation; and The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

She is also the author of an amazing book, The Empress Has No Clothes: Conquering Self-Doubt to Embrace Success. It’s a quick and inspiring book.

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Ursula M. Burns 

Ursula M. Burns (born September 20, 1958) serves as Chairwoman (since May 2010) and CEO (since July 2009) of Xerox. As such, she is the first African-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company. She is also the first woman to succeed another woman as head of a Fortune 500 company, having succeeded Anne Mulcahy as CEO of Xerox. In 2014, Forbes rated her the 22nd most powerful woman in the world.

Burns was raised by a single mother in the Baruch Houses, a New York city housing project. Both of her parents were Panamanian immigrants. She attended Cathedral High School, a Catholic all-girls school on East 56th Street in New York. She went on to obtain a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering in 1980 and a master of science in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University a year later.

In 1980, Burns first worked for Xerox as a summer intern, permanently joining a year later, in 1981, after completing her master’s degree. She worked in various roles in product development and planning in the remainder of the 1980s throughout her 20s.

In January 1990, her career took an unexpected turn when Wayland Hicks, then a senior executive, offered Burns a job as his executive assistant. She accepted and worked for him for roughly nine months when she was ready to go back home because she was about to be married to Lloyd Bean. In June 1991, she became executive assistant to then chairman and chief executive Paul Allaire. In 1999, she was named vice president for global manufacturing.

In 2000, Burns was named a senior vice president and began working closely with soon to be CEO Anne Mulcahy, in what both women have described as a true partnership. Nine years later, in July 2009, she was named CEO, succeeding Mulcahy, who remained as chairwoman until May 2010.

 

This is Part 1 of a possible 3 part post series.

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