40 Next: Latoya Wall

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.

Latoya Wall, 29
Founder
The Bulsard Group L.L.C.  Houston

A Master Black Belt, the highest level for administering Six Sigma compliance, Wall uses statistical analysis to improve efficiency by restructuring business process for clients such as Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico Business Unit, where her work will affect materials used for offshore facilities and drilling at a total production value of 700,000 barrels of oil each day.

Education
BS in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University – 2003
MS in Project Management from Boston University – 2009

Favorite Book
Leisure: And Still I Rise – A Book of Poems by Maya Angelou
Professional: The Spark, the Flame, and the Torch by Lance Secretan

BE Next Manifesto
I will use the power of words as a conduit to translate positive energy and ignite the POWER in others to: Persevere. Own. Win. Empower. Respect.

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