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UBR Spotlight: Construction Firm CEO Marjorie Perry

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, women’s history maker Marjorie Perry, founder of MZM…

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UBR Spotlight: Marketing Maven Teneshia Jackson Warner

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, women’s history maker Teneshia Jackson Warner, founder of…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Egypt Sherrod & Terri J. Vaughn Explain ‘Life, Love, Soul’

Stars of the indie film share their personal connection to script and advice for expectant mothers on the job

Egypt Sherrod & Terri J. Vaughn dish on Life, Love, Soul, an indie film on…

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WATCH: Celebrity Stylist June Ambrose Talks Branding and Longevity in Fashion

The star of the new VH1 reality show "Styled by June" on being a good leader, career longevity, and the importance of branding

The star of the new VH1 reality show “Styled by June” on being a good…

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UBR Spotlight: Women’s History Maker Regina Brooks

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, in time for Women’s History Month, UBR contributor…

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Backtalk with Debra Martin Chase

Academy Award- and Emmy-nominated producer Debra Martin Chase is the first African American woman producer…

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Black Enterprise Multimedia Special Projects Editor Sonja Mack with Sundra L. Ryce, President & CEO of SLR Contracting & Service Co. Inc. (left) and Chekesha Kidd, President of Aetna Student Health (Photo by Lonnie C. Major)

(About This Issue) A Celebration of Promising Young Talent

Our lists are among our most important franchises—and for good reason.

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WATCH: How I Do It – SoulCycle Instructor Turns Fitness Passion into Career Success

How a surprise career in fitness led spin instructor Ayana Curtis to tap into her passion, her joy and her success

SoulCycle Master Instructor Ayana Curtis talks about her career in fitness and how tapping into…

By Elayne Fluker

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WATCH: Star Jones on the Responsibility of Successful Women

The author and TV personality talks about the importance of giving back and paying it forward at the 2012 Women of Power Summit

The author and TV personality talks about the importance of giving back and paying it…

By Elayne Fluker

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Study: Assertive Black Women Fare Better as Leaders

Quality often frowned upon can be used as an asset

Scholars at Northwestern University and Duke University find that aggressive black women get less backlash…

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WATCH: Why Successful Women Think Differently

At the 2012 Women of Power Summit, author Valorie Burton tells executive women about defining success and developing habits that will make them happier and healthier

At the 2012 Women of Power Summit, author Valorie Burton tells executive women about defining…

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WATCH: How to Advance Your Career

Black Enterprise February 2012 cover subject Chekesha Kidd gives her advice on stepping out of your comfort zone and excelling socially in the executive space

Watch below as BlackEnterprise.com host Tai Beauchamp speaks with President of Aetna Student Health Chekesha…

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7th Annual Women of Power Summit Snapshots

See how our 2012 WPS attendees are spending their conference days

Black Enterprise’s 7th Annual Women of Power Summit is in full effect. See photos from…

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WATCH: How to Be a Rule Breaker & Risk Taker

Author Sophia Nelson promotes the idea that women who take risks in business reap bigger rewards

During the Black Enterprise 7th Annual Women of Power Summit author Sophia Nelson shares her…

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Women of Power Summit Kicks Off with Poetry Jam

Top lyricists will take to the stage to honor women of power

Top lyricists will take to the stage to honor women of power

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UBR Spotlight: Fashion Icon Beverly Johnson Models Business Leadership

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This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita D. Young speaks with fashion…

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The Future of Black History: Film Director Ava DuVernay

The bold entrepreneur goes from film publicist to the first black woman to win the Best Director award at the Sundance film festival

Ava DuVernay, former publicist and Sundance’s first-black-woman-award-winning director, chats new horizons in Hollywood

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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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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,…

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Icon Dionne Warwick Talks Reality TV, Songwriting, and Protecting Her Legacy

Award-winning composer releasing new album, expanding audience

Dionne Warwick, a Black Enterprise Legacy Award winner, has seen more than 50 years of…

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