40 Next: Leea Nash

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise is taking a look both forward and backward at the world of black business. Our list of 40 Next celebrates the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders.

These BE Nexters—those 21–35 years old making a measurable impact within their respective business, organization, industry, or field—are standouts in the areas of entrepreneurship, corporate America, academia, nonprofit, the arts, and the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). And they prove every day that “business as usual” is not so usual. For them, leveraging expertise in one area to maximize an opportunity in another is standard operating procedure.

Using the legacy of their business predecessors to forge their own way, this new generation of leadership accepts the torch without trepidation. But the commonality between then and now is that success still takes a focused, strategic, and passionate mindset. Here, we introduce you to one of our 40 Next.

Leea Nash, 32
Director, Business Development, Digital Media Group
Twentieth Century Fox, Los Angeles

From mobile devices and tablets to social media and video clips, Nash evaluates opportunities to monetize Fox’s content on emerging digital platforms. She plays a pivotal role in developing the digital strategy for Fox’s film and TV properties and supports key initiatives, including the distribution of video through partners such as Hulu and Netflix.

Education
•    Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) in Sociology, with honors, from Harvard University; June 2000
•    Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School; June 2005

Favorite Book
•    Personal: The Secret Lives of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
•    Business: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John C. Maxwell

BE Next Manifesto
“I will continue to lead by example, dedicate my professional talents to socially-responsible businesses, launch global initiatives, and provide individuals with the tools and the permission to dream the impossible.”

Be sure to pick up the commemorative 40th anniversary August 2010 issue of Black Enterprise, which contains the entire 40 Next list.