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Social Media Week 2012: Jermaine Dupri Discusses Global 14

The music mogul-turned-social network creator discusses the power and influence of social media

Jermaine Dupri, a Grammy Award-winning songwriter, rapper, and producer, believes that his high profile and…

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Rebelle founder and co-founder of Black Founders Monique Woodard launched Speak Chic in January 2012 (Image: Rebelle)

Rebelle Unveils Speak Chic Mobile App

The recently released app gives fashion enthusiasts the power of pronunciation

Just in time for fashion’s busiest season, as designers from New York, London, Paris and…

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Success is not luck. It’s what happens when preparation meets opportunity. And those who begin this preparation process out of the starting blocks tend to acquire key leadership assignments and professional reputations that, in some cases, exceed those of colleagues more than a decade their senior. The female entrepreneurs and corporate executives identified in our latest “editors’ choice” roster—40 Rising Stars 40 and Under—have made moves that have placed them on the path to power and success in business, all before their 41st birthdays.

In consulting the nation’s largest public and private corporations, major trade associations, established entrepreneurs, and senior executives over the past several months, our editorial research team discovered this cadre of remarkable women. They operate within a range of industries and disciplines, including science and technology; advertising, marketing, and public relations; finance; energy; food and beverages; and entertainment. Some run large or significant divisions of their companies and report to a chief executive or division head, others have launched and managed successful independent entities. These women are innovators and influencers, trailblazers and pioneers who reshaped and refreshed disciplines with cutting-edge processes, or transformed ideas into tangible, lucrative products or services.

We chose not to include managers or employees of law firms, unions, nonprofit organizations, or government agencies, or those employed in fashion or the arts, medicine, and education.

Having attained this much power and success early in their respective careers, there’s no telling what groundbreaking achievements the women who made this year’s list will accomplish in coming years. Judging from the drive that put them in their current positions, it appears as if nothing will stop them from reaching the pinnacle of global industry.

40 Rising Stars 40 & Under

Success is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. These women understand that and have all…

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Intel’s Ultrabooks Take World Tour with Will.i.am

The Black Eyed Peas frontman helps market super-thin devices for mobile use

Intel has enlisted the help of Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am to work as their…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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WATCH: NPD Group Analyst Ben Arnold Talks High-Tech Headphones, Tablets and Ultrabooks

The industry analyst discusses what tech enthusiasts should expect to see this year

Ben Arnold, a consumer technology industry analyst, sat down with BlackEnterprise.com to discuss trends at…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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How I Did It: Catwalk Powerhouse J. Alexander Talks Fashion Industry Success

Model-turned-runway-coach took teaching swagger straight to the bank

Model-turned-runway-coach talks longevity in a fashion industry where success can be short-lived.

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WATCH: AndroidTapp.com Founder Antonio Wells Talks Apps

The chief editor discusses Android app potential for products unveiled at 2012 CES

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Antonio Wells at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in January.…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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WATCH: Lenovo Brings Portability to Business

New tablets, laptops, and mobile monitors provide great tools for busy professionals on the go

This year, Lenovo’s new products are making a great impression. See exactly how these recently…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Driven by Design

Opportunities in the design field are greater than they may appear. However, aspiring designers are…

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THE THESPIAN: GENEVIEVE NNAJI This Nigerian actress, known as the "Julia Roberts of Africa," has appeared in more than 60 films since her debut in 1998. A Nollywood A-lister --- and one of the highest paid actresses in the industry --- she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005, and today is the spokesperson for several international ad campaigns including MUD Cosmetics.

10 International Women of Power to Watch

From entertainment to technology, these women are making a major impact across the globe

These ten women of color are making a major impact on the world at large,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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An Uncommon Brand: Common Talks Music, Acting and Drake

His full name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr.; his stage name went from Common Sense…

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6 Vital Things to Keep Track of on the Job

Early due diligence can guarantee future career success

Taking care of these important tasks on the job early allows you to focus on…

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Singer/Songwriter Ne-Yo Becomes Motown Records Exec

Singer/songwriter Shaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith is having quite a year so far. “Red Tails,” a film…

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Triumphing Over Unemployment: How a Young Woman Made Her Boss Move

Former finance professional beat odds by pursuing passion

Website entrepreneur Kaleequa Rouse decided to beat the jobless odds and strive for her passion:…

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Rosalind Brewer Makes History as Sam’s Club CEO

Spelman alumnus is first woman and African American at post

Rosalind Brewer becomes the first woman and African American to hold the CEO position at…

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Andre Hudson, 35, Design Manager for Hyundai America, Los Angeles   

Hudson was the lead designer on the 2011 Sonata, which lead to a 93%  increase in sales year-over-year for the $98.9 billion company. He  oversees exterior design at Hyundai and has also contributed to the Genesis Coupe, the Azera, and the 2009 Nuvis Concept. The College for Creative Studies graduate credits his success to the power of good  design. "Designers have an amazing power because you affect people's  lives every day long after the product has left your sketchpad or  computer; everything you touch was designed by someone. Great design  changes the world." To read more about Hudson, check out the January 2012 issue of Black Enterprise.

BE NEXT: 13 Young Innovators Driving the Business of Design

Check out how this group of innovative BE Nexters (21-35-year-old) are using their passion for…

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Swizz Beatz’s Megaupload Site Shutdown by Feds, Anonymous Retaliates

On Wednesday BE Next told you about the legal battle between Universal Music Group and…

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5 Leadership Lessons Keke Palmer Learned from Queen Latifah

The Joyful Noise star shares life lessons she picked up from the successful businesswoman

Singer/actress Keke Palmer stars alongside Queen Latifah in Joyful Noise and shares the career lessons…

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College Majors that Lead to High Unemployment

A breakdown of how course of study relates to jobless rates

How your course of study relates to joblessness in the market

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POLL: Is Traditional Business Attire Becoming Obsolete?

Reality star Yandy Smith's 'business chic' raises question of office style

The fashion of businesswoman and Love & Hip Hop star Yandy Smith raises a vital…

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