Dudley Corp. CEO Ursula Dudley Oglesby discusses continuing her parents’ legacy

Dudley Corp. CEO Ursula Dudley Oglesby discusses continuing her parents' legacy

Ursula Dudley Oglesby is the CEO and president of Dudley Corp. LLC, a beauty brand that she started in 1967. The Brooklyn-born business leader and humanitarian began working at the Dudley Beauty Center in Greensboro, North Carolina, as a cashier and even sold products door to door in her neighborhood at 7 years old. Upon […]

Angela Hawkins created Bamblu to transform sleep habits

Angela Hawkins created Bamblu to transform sleep habits

Angela Hawkins is the founder of Bamblu —  a sleep company that offers bedding, sleepwear and aromatherapy products to help people get the rest they need. Bamblu’s products are made from organic bamboo fibers — a unique fabric designed to promote the deep, restful, restorative sleep people deserve. We spoke with the Bamblu boss lady […]

Macy’s CFO Paula Price advises pushing through adversity to move up in rank

Macy’s CFO Paula Price advises pushing through adversity to move up in rank

Paula Price’s career spans more than 30 years in senior-level finance, strategy and general management. She landed the role of chief financial officer at Macy’s in July 2018, and is responsible for leading the company’s finance, accounting, investor relations and internal audit functions. Prior to Macy’s, Price was a full-time, senior lecturer at Harvard Business […]

Afro-Latina beauty CEO Aisha Crump discusses cultural brand advantages

Afro-Latina beauty CEO Aisha Crump discusses cultural brand advantages

Aisha Crump is the founder and CEO of Honey Baby Naturals, the first Latina-owned hair and skincare brand sold in major retailers. After 15 years of working as a chemical engineer in the beauty industry, Crump stepped out on faith and began creating her own products driven by the various hair care needs of her three […]

Mixed Chicks CEO Kim Etheredge shares insight about the competitive hair market

Mixed Chicks CEO Kim Etheredge shares insight about the competitive hair market

Kim Etheredge is the CEO and one-half of the dynamic hair brand Mixed Chicks. Born to an Irish mother and an African American father, Etheredge struggled as a young child to find products for her hair texture. As she grew older, she realized many people shared her problem. In 2002, Etheredge met her co-founder, Wendi […]

Mysteek Naturals CEO Electra Davis offers chemical-free hair color

Mysteek Naturals CEO Electra Davis offers chemical-free hair color

Electra Davis is the CEO and founder of Mysteek Naturals, a company that specializes in making chemical-free hair and dental products. The 35-year-old veteran started the small business in 2016 driven by her desire to safely give a pop of color to people’s lives. Davis has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration […]

‘Black Enterprise’ CEO Earl Graves Jr. says diversity enriches companies

'Black Enterprise' CEO Earl Graves Jr. says diversity enriches companies

The Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit is a professional leadership conference designed especially for executive women of color. The event always promises to be a productive experience that gives women opportunities to enhance their leadership skills and network with executive decision-makers. Each year, attendees also learn new strategies for staying ahead of corporate trends […]

Christian Ross of Engel & Völkers offers 3 tips to transform your business

Christian Ross of Engel & Völkers offers 3 tips to transform your business

Christian Ross is the managing broker at Engel & Völkers Atlanta, a premier real estate company where she oversees her own team. As one of Atlanta’s top-selling brokers, she has developed an international client base. In her role, Ross serves and enhances the learning opportunities for Engel & Völkers’ shop advisers as well as the […]

Global Automotive Alliance CEO Kevin Williams outlines his billion-dollar plan

Global Automotive Alliance CEO Kevin Williams outlines his billion-dollar plan

Kevin Williams, former president and managing director of General Motors Canada Ltd., was recently tapped to become president and CEO of Global Automotive Alliance (GAA) Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management in Detroit. Williams, who retired in 2014 after 31 years at GM, came out of retirement to accept the position. The official announcement was made […]

AARP’s Jean Accius strives to improve lives of older adults and their progeny

AARP's Jean Accius strives to improve lives of older adults and their progeny

Jean Accius, Ph.D., is the senior vice president of global thought leadership and international affairs for AARP. He is a nationally recognized expert on aging, longevity, health and long-term care policy, having held senior-level positions across private, public, and nonprofit sectors. He holds a bachelor’s degree in hospitality administration and a master’s degree in aging […]

Sandra Phillips Rogers explains how diversity drives Toyota’s success

Sandra Phillips Rogers explains how diversity drives Toyota's success

Diversity and inclusion continue to be key components in Toyota’s drive for excellence. In early 2019, Sandra Phillips Rogers was named as the chief diversity officer for Toyota Motor North America. Rogers provides legal services for Toyota’s North America affiliate companies and strategic direction on legal and business issues, while also serving on numerous committees […]

George Cleveland of Cricket Wireless discusses the impact of diversity

George Cleveland of Cricket Wireless discusses the impact of diversity

As vice president of channel operations at Cricket, George Cleveland is responsible for Cricket’s sales operations, customer care, training and communications, and the digital experience. The Morehouse College grad also served as assistant vice president of  AT&T Customer Solution Centers and began his telecom career in 1996 as a senior accountant with BellSouth Cellular in […]

Fifth Third Bank COO Eric Smith leads the way in investing in urban communities

Fifth Third Bank COO Eric Smith leads the way in investing in urban communities

Eric Smith is one of the nation’s leading bank executives. Two years after joining Fifth Third Bank and serving as the Chicago regional president, Smith was named the organization’s chief operating officer. A graduate of Howard University and Harvard Business School, Smith has over 25 years of experience in the banking industry. During a recent […]

Keesha Boyd of Comcast on Black Music Month and ‘Future of Awesome Tour’

Keesha Boyd of Comcast on Black Music Month and 'Future of Awesome Tour'

Keesha Boyd is the executive director of multicultural consumer services for Comcast. June is Black Music Month, and Boyd and her team have created a space to honor the legacy of Black music through Comcast’s platform and have helped to launch the careers of new artists. Rolling out spoke with Boyd about these initiatives recently. […]

AmEx VP Mikeisha Anderson Jones on importance of workplace diversity

AmEx VP Mikeisha Anderson Jones on importance of workplace diversity

Mikeisha Anderson Jones has become a connoisseur of inclusion. She has studied and observed how diversity enhances and beautifies the corporate culture. There is empirical and hard data that proves authentic inclusion improves the bottom line of a corporation. Furthermore, inclusion raises morale in the workplace when all demographics are given authentic opportunities for upward mobility in […]

AT&T assistant VP Leasa Legree says be the best CEO of yourself

AT&T assistant VP Leasa Legree says be the best CEO of yourself

Leasa Legree, the assistant vice president at AT&T in Charlotte, said she was exhilarated by the sight of so many powerful African American female executives and entrepreneurs at the Black Enterprise Women of Power Conference in Las Vegas this past weekend. In fact, she was so moved by the experience that she had to contact her […]

Cricket Wireless’ Karri Parks on fearlessness in the pursuit of your goals

Cricket Wireless' Karri Parks on fearlessness in the pursuit of your goals

Karri Parks, the director of digital experience for telecom titan Cricket Wireless, couldn’t help but be amazed by her unique and invigorating experience at the Black Enterprise 2019 Women of Power Summit in Las Vegas. “This conference has been so amazing. First of all, to walk into a room full of women who look like me […]

Kinna Thomas of Walmart shares how diversity impacts companies worldwide

Kinna Thomas of Walmart shares how diversity impacts companies worldwide

Kinna Thomas understands how diversity can have a major impact on companies worldwide. Thomas, who serves as senior buying manager at Walmart, used her knack for creative ideas to help launch the Patti LaBelle food brand, which has become a national bestseller at Walmart. Those particular ideas usually come when more diverse voices are allowed […]

FedEx managing director Bernadette Gray says success is ‘being the best you’

FedEx managing director Bernadette Gray says success is 'being the best you'

Federal Express’ managing director Bernadette Gray conveyed to rolling out that the best part of the 2019 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in Las Vegas was the fact that she could let her true self emerge and blossom in nurturing environs. “This is great. This is a place — of Black women — that is […]

Telva McGruder empowers aspiring African American engineers at General Motors

Telva McGruder empowers aspiring African American engineers at General Motors

Telva McGruder’s career at General Motors spans 20+ years. Having started as an electrical engineer, she has worked her way up through the ranks and took on a wide variety of jobs before becoming the director of Global Facilities Engineering and Manufacturing Operations within the sustainable workplaces team at General Motors (GM). Her team, focuses […]