In honor of Women’s History Month, the Root spotlighted the accomplishments of 20 black, female CEOs.
Here are a few:
Desiree Rogers:Rogers transitioned from serving as White House social secretary for the nation’s first African-American president to a role as CEO at the world’s largest black-owned and -operated publishing company: Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Co. She immediately got to work pulling the Ebony and Jet creator out of a readership crisis. Since she’s been at the helm, circulation has surged
Ursula M. Burns: She started off paying her dues as a summer intern with Xerox in 1980. By the looks of her career trajectory, she hasn’t stopped working hard since. In 2007 Burns became president of the company, and in 2009 she was named CEO. She didn’t waste any time before making the largest acquisition in Xerox history and accepting an invitation from Barack Obama to chair the President’s Export Council.
Iman: Who says you can’t be a fashion icon and a business leader all at once? Born in Somalia and discovered by a photographer in New York, Iman is founder and CEO of Iman Cosmetics, a brand worn by women of color everywhere. After years of modeling, she started the company in 1994, inspired by her own experience matching foundation to her skin tone. On the side, she’s an author and a philanthropist focusing on Congolese women and girls.
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