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Serena Williams and the Black Women at the Top of Their Fields

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.

Alicia Boler-Davis was appointed to U.S. vice president, Customer Experience, responsible for leading General Motors’ effort to make the customer experience a key driver for repeat purchases of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac products and services. Boler-Davis started her GM career in 1994 and has served in various engineering leadership positions including Vehicle Line Director/Vehicle Chief Engineer, Small Car; Plant Manager for both Lansing Consolidated Operations and Arlington Assembly.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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