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Scale is King: Top Lessons From Nation’s Largest Black Businesses

What will boost your business’ bottom line? Learn from the top black-owned businesses in the…

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Embrace Your Power: Claim Your Financial Independence!

Adopt the theme of our Women of Power Conference for your financial life

Despite significant career and entrepreneurial success, a large percentage of African American women do not…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Best-Selling Author Frans Johannsson: ‘Why Hard Work Alone Doesn’t Guarantee Success’

Frans Johansson and The Medici Group are new-school innovators looking to bring their solutions to the world of business

It’s hard to believe that before the launch of the iPhone, telecom leaders predicted that…

By Sonia Alleyne

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How Pres. William R. Harvey’s business approach produced an HBCU set for sustainable longevity

Hampton University president William Harvey gives candid insights on HBCU management efficiency and entrepreneurial innovation.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Money Matters: Finding Financing for a Fixer-Upper

How to get the money for a home makeover

My husband and I are looking to buy a home, but all we can find…

By John Simons

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4 Inexpensive Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value

Eric and Monta Baskerville knew the house they bought in 2009 was a good find,…

By Tory Parrish

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Have you ever searched Google, stood in line to purchase the latest iPhone, bought products on Amazon.com or bought plane tickets through Priceline.com? Have you shopped at the Gap, Banana Republic, or Old Navy or made purchases at CVS using your Visa or MasterCard? Do you plan to watch the Sunday football game on Fox Sports? Well, none of these companies value your consumer dollars enough to have African Americans sit on their board of directors.
The browning of America hasn’t extended into the boardrooms of some of America’s largest publicly traded corporations—a number that benefit from black consumers to gain market share. 


In our research to create the black enterprise Registry of Corporate Directors, our listing of black board members from the 250 largest companies on the S&P 500, we discovered that 75 companies—30% —currently do not have any blacks on their boards including quite a few household names. We did not include Dell, which included former Congressman and UNCF President and CEO William H. Gray as a board member until his death in early July. And at presstime, Sprint Nextel and Softbank were in the process of completing merger talks.


As we developed the following list, our editors reached out to the executive offices or investor relations departments of every company with a series of e-mails and phone calls to gain explanations for the absence of black representation as well as the lack of recruitment effort. We found that 58 of these companies, however, failed to provide us with any response.


*We incorrectly identified Edison International as one of our “75 Companies Without Black Board Members.”  In fact, Peter J. Taylor, executive vice president and chief financial officer of the University of California (UC) system, is an African American and has served on the board of directors of Edison International since December 2011.

75 Companies Without Black Board Members

Here is our list of major public corporations that do not have any black board members

When will diversity settle in?

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The Turnaround Kings: BE 100s Financial Services Company of the Year

Vista Equity Partners team prove themselves masters of rebuild and returns

In 2007, Vista Equity Partners (No. 1 on the be private equity list with $6.6…

By Alan Hughes

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The Magicians of Madison Avenue: BE Ad Agency of the Year

Walton Isaacson combines analysis and creative wizardry to fuel company growth

In 2005, Aaron Walton and Cory Isaacson sat in a coffee shop in Chicago’s Gold…

By Alan Hughes

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Robert L. Johnson And Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr. Announce Alliance To End Payday Lending, Lower Minority Consumer Debt, And Promote Financial Education

The Curtain Never Falls on Bob Johnson

There’s always another groundbreaking act for this billionaire entrepreneur

A few years back, BLACK ENTERPRISE profiled serial entrepreneur Robert L. Johnson, stating that he…

By Caroline Clarke

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Pipeline to Power: BE’s Industrial Service Company of the Year

By fueling sales with integrity, teamwork, and healthy competition, Hightowers Petroleum has doubled its earnings over the past five years

Stephen Hightower has never accidentally been in the right place at the right time. He’s…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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BE 100s: The Nation’s Largest Black Businesses

41st Annual Report On Black Business

Get ready to take your company through a business environment that promises to be even…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors

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How I Made $100,000 From Home

Lower overhead and startup costs make these franchise options attractive

When Maxine P. Gill was laid off from her job as a sales and marketing…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Black Enterprise & Dell ‘Small Business University’ Winner Puts Business Lessons to Good Use

The program helped her push her business forward.

Lisa Marie “Phoenix” Jackson draws daily on the inspiration of her mother

By Tamara E. Holmes

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EXCLUSIVE: Mitt Romney Talks Black Unemployment, Voters and Entrepreneurs

Republican presidential challenger details platform to strengthen nation’s economy

President Obama’s Republican challenger talks about his platform to advance America

By Derek T. Dingle

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The Business of College Planning

With college costs skyrocketing and many Americans still reeling from the Great Recession, paying for…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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It Pays to Own

Landlord and homeowner Magda Brown uses her multifamily home to help defray the cost of homeownership

“My landlord owned a few buildings and I loved his lifestyle,” says Brown, now 30.…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Small Business is Big Business

Black Enterprise’s 17th Annual Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo Where Deals Are Made

EC panels and presentations hit the mark in addressing the needs of business owners in…

By Joel Lyons

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Refocusing Financial Goals

Sometimes, you need to rein things in a bit and refocus.

To maintain his lifestyle, Hoosier estimates he would need about $1 million in a retirement…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Preston D. Pinkett III, President & CEO of City National Bank

Banking on a New Model

How City National’s new CEO is turning the institution around; using a rebranding campaign, and offering profitable, consumer-focused products and services

City National Bank (No. 8 on the BE BANKS list with $358.43 million in assets)…

By Alan Hughes

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What it Takes to Recharge Your Career

Two professionals learn that a strong network and a willingness to take risks can lead to stellar career opportunities

What does it take to recharge your career? A big part of it is re-evaluating…

By Brittany Hutson

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Kerrie Holley, IBM Fellow and Global Business Services Chief Technology Officer

Lessons In Mastery

A technology strategist focuses on driving innovation

“I learned at an early age that the only way I was going to escape…

By Sonia Alleyne

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President Obama’s Big Plan for Small Business

As President Obama goes into full campaign mode, he must cite such examples to make…

By Derek T. Dingle

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About This Issue: Inside the Oval Office

It was the call I’ve been waiting for my entire career. “Derek, you have your…

By Derek T. Dingle

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How We Compiled the 40 Best Companies for Diversity

Our survey measured companies against four key categories:

Our editors and B.E. Research sent surveys to the top 1,000 publicly traded companies as…

By Cliff Hocker

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The $250,000,000 Mission to Preserve Black History

Bunch’s mission includes raising $250 million in donations from corporations, foundations, and individuals and mining…

By Derek T. Dingle

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How to Negotiate a Line of Credit

For most construction companies, winning a bid on a contract is just the beginning, since…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Hot Industries for Startups

These sectors offer strong projected revenue growth for new businesses

Every budding entrepreneur wants to find the next big growth sector. A recovering economy and…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Design Drive

How one artist steers her creative interests

Crystal Windham, interior design director, passenger cars, at General Motors Co., integrates beauty and style…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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Auto Insurance Myths and Reality

Auto insurance coverage can be costly. The average annual expenditure for auto insurance came to…

By Jeff Fortson

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Spring Affair

For Your Wardrobe
Python is one of the most stylishly diverse leathers available and nobody demonstrates…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Powered Up

Experience has taught Joe A. Gilbert, a portfolio manager at Integrity Asset Management, to be…

By Frank McCoy

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Talent Hunt

Companies still struggle to find the best employees

Jobs are scarce, competition is high, unemployment is staggering—all of these factors should contribute to…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Inside Tavis Smiley Inc.

TV personality Tavis Smiley and his team were feeling the heat after a series of…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Protecting Your Assets

Jefrey Jones’ 80-year-old widowed, childless aunt suffers with dementia. As the primary steward for her…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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The Right Image

5 ways you can get a job using Pinterest

With more than 10 million registered users, it’s hard to ignore the latest social media…

By Sirita Wright

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Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Ariel Investments L.L.C.

Out of Sync

Why the stock market and the economy seem at odds

In February we saw headlines about the DOW JONES industrial average reaching its highest level…

By Mellody Hobson

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Space Encounters

What it takes to make a house your home

All of Angela Lee’s work begins with interviews. “The client may not know what they…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Upping the Numbers

How to be a great sales executive in a tough environment

During challenging times, you can expect the competition to be targeting your good customers. So…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Art of the Turnaround

Retired Air Force lieutenant colonel propels small petroleum company into a million-dollar logistics business

Sandra K. Walls became the sole owner of AVPOL in 2004 and turned the petroleum…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Earl "Butch" Graves Jr., President & CEO, Black Enterprise

Choose Wealth, Not Style

I’m sure if you’ve read my column, heard my speeches, or had the chance to…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Backtalk with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Since retiring from the Los Angeles Lakers in 1989, Kareem Abul-Jabbar continues making his mark…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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All Access: Women of Power Summit

If you’ve been keeping up with this year’s Women of Power hashtag (#WPS2012) on Twitter,…

By Monique Myles

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Get Excited About Your Money

Our Wealth for Life mission is to ensure that you become an active participant in…

By Alisa Gumbs

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Let’s Stop the Race to the Bottom

Appearance is still the first and most impactful way that you communicate who you are and determine how you are treated.

Despite the established acceptance of casual attire at many companies, there has never been a…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Mario Armstrong, digital lifestyle expert and Small Business University instructor.

New Lessons to Learn

Increase your productivity with technology

As a digital lifestyle expert on the Today show, CNN, and on my daily talk…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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On the Move

From the C- suite

Rosalind G. Brewer
New Position: President and CEO
Organization: Sam’s Club
Location: Bentonville, AK
Former Position: Executive Vice President…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Tools and Tips for Online Investing

Self-directed investment tools help you balance your portfolio and grow wealth

For years Hyacinth Tucker of Bowie, Maryland, thought investing was for the rich.

By Tamara E. Holmes

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The Perfect Fit

A former boutique owner finds a good look in a new company

As one of the few master specialists at Brooks Brothers Made-to-Measure, Cooke oversees a custom…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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Redesign Made Easy

How to build a better website

So you have a website—great. But so do your competitors. If you want your site…

By Ramon Ray

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Accessing Fresh Capital Sources

Right now, all sorts of nonprofit causes and entertainment projects can receive cash donations from…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Cutting Back to Get Ahead

Daron Pressley enjoyed a six-figure salary and an extravagant lifestyle. That’s not to say money…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Fit for Business

When John L. Wright’s neighbor grew frustrated with the lack of progress she experienced while…

By Renita Burns

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Picture Perfect

Hanging out with her cousin, singer Grace Jones, at a photo shoot in 2001, Jacqueline…

By Sonia Alleyne

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A Rally Is in Sight

Dawn Brown offers bond, dividend, and global funds to bolster investors’ portfolios

After a string of volatile years for stock mutual funds, 2012 could see a rally.…

By Frank McCoy

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Socialology

To keep people engaged in her company’s social media presence, Dawn Fitch spends one to…

By Bridget McCrea

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Over 40 and Looking

A better approach to finding work for older job hunters

Dr. Stephen Laser is a little apologetic as he identifies age, appearance, and attitude as…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Brand

Where Is the Love?

Protecting and managing how consumers and clients respond to a company’s brand are naturally top…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Beyond Homeownership

Military benefits gave Brian McLean, 27, and his wife, Robin, 29, a great head start…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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4 Apps to Boost Your Score

Michael Nolen was unhappy with his credit report. It was back in 2010 when the…

By Bridget McCrea

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All Access-March 2012

Black Enterprise had the pleasure of serving as a media partner for the 15th Annual Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit. Alongside Bank of America and Inner City Broadcasting Corp., be hosted “Positioning Your Small Business For Big Business” moderated by Alfred Edmond Jr. The panel featured Jeffrey A. Robinson, Deon Levingston, Maurice Coleman, and be Multimedia Content Producer Marcia Wade Talbert. The discussion included strategic methods needed to maximize opportunities for all small business endeavors. It was an enlightening experience for all business leaders looking to expand their horizons in any market.

Black Enterprise had the pleasure of serving as a media partner for the 15th Annual…

By Monique Myles

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Family First

New study underlines the importance of paid leave to working families

It may be no surprise that many American children grow up in a home with…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Giving Back Behind Bars

Entrepreneur helps the incarcerated help themselves

Todd Pemberton believes everyone deserves a second chance at finding his or her way.

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Prospecting for Gold

Here’s how much bullion to add to a diversified portfolio and hedge against falling currencies

Few things rile investors as much as the topic of gold.

By James A. Anderson

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Earl G. Graves Jr., President & CEO of Black Enterprise

There’s More to Tech Than Social Media

On a number of occasions, you’ve probably heard me refer to technology as “the great…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Trailblazers

Since its premiere in 1970, Black Enterprise has highlighted the achievements of black female entrepreneurs,…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Not Just for Looks

Why shades should be more than style

Sunglasses are the perfect accent to any wardrobe, but when selecting shades it’s important that…

By Sonia Alleyne

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“Our Black Year”

The story of one family’s mission to buy black

A little more than three years ago, John and Maggie Anderson decided to spend more…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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All Access-February 2012

B.E. on Magzter
Loyal Black Enterprise readers can now access our monthly magazine on Magzter. Magzter,…

By Monique Myles

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Backtalk with Tasha Smith

Tasha Smith is the around-the-way girl from Camden, New Jersey, who fans know as the…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Champions for Children

The Harvells marry prowess in business and medicine to create a socially conscious pediatric dental practice

Christopher Harvell and his wife have melded their expertise in business and in medicine to…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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Pocket-sized Payroll

Payroll leader ADP has gone mobile—servicing more than 8,000 of its clients with the ADP…

By Janel Martinez

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Stone Love

For a custom designer, all the gems are precious

Historically, stones such as diamonds, rubies, and emeralds have been categorized as precious, while jade,…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Black History: Never Stop Telling Our Story

Thirty-five years ago, the landmark television mini-series Roots first aired on ABC for eight consecutive…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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In Memoriam: Soul Train Creator Don Cornelius

Don Cornelius gave soul music a place to live. In 1970, he created and hosted…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Women, Control Your Financial Destiny

This month’s column is dedicated to our loyal female readers. My wise grandmother always encouraged…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Why We Must Do Business With Each Other

From May 23–26, the nation’s largest annual gathering of black entrepreneurs will take place when…

By Earl Graves, Sr.

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Getting a Head Start

Receiving school credit for skills and learning acquired outside the classroom

As workers jockey to position themselves more competitively in the marketplace, strategic options are limited.…

By Sonia Alleyne

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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…

By Darralynn Hutson

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(About This Issue) A Celebration of Promising Young Talent

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

By Sonia Alleyne

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Rewarded for Loyalty

Using rewards programs to save money

Victoria Ashford is a maven of reward and cash-back programs.

By Bridget McCrea

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The GPS of the Supermarket

AisleFinder CEO and Founder Curtiss Pope helps the world navigate its local grocery stores

Curtiss Pope’s bright idea came to him while shopping in his local Safeway grocery store,…

By Bridget McCrea

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The 21st-Century Librarian

After working for more than 15 years in public relations in the entertainment industry, Denise…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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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…

By Sonja Mack

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America’s Devotion to Gas and iPads

Lee Baker has a crush on companies that provide share growth and product favorites

Lee Baker, a Georgia Tech graduate with a degree in industrial engineering, has a fondness…

By Frank McCoy

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On the Move

David J. Albritton
New Position: Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
Organization: ITT Exelis
Location: Washington, D.C.
Former Position:…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Driven by Design

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

By LaToya M. Smith

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Resolution No. 1: Be Present for Our Children

It’s 2012; yet another chance for a fresh start with a brand new year. Here’s…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Earl G. Graves Sr., Chairman & Publisher of Black Enterprise

An Apology to Dr. King

Our fight for freedom and justice is not over. Now, it is up to our children and grandchildren to ensure that King’s dream is deferred no longer.

King’s dream was about equal opportunity and economic justice for all black Americans, not just…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Ready, Pack, Go

Long security lines, packing restrictions, and limits on luggage all contribute to travel frustrations of…

By Sonia Alleyne

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James Andrews, Founder and CEO of Social People

Maximizing the Search

In the world of social recruiting, you have to know not only how to share…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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Know Your Renter’s Rights

Learn how to protect yourself in landlord–tenant disputes

In February 2010, Rachel Mixon of Cleveland was disgusted to find sewage seeping into her…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Adria Richards, business technology consultant and blogger

6 Twitter Tips for Entrepreneurs

Just about every entrepreneur has a Twitter account these days, but tweeting effectively is what…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Working Big Blue

Ever since she was in pig tails, marine biologist Daniell “Danni” Washington has been in…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Your Medical Options

What you can do with a nursing degree

As professionals are re-evaluating job options, healthcare remains one of the leading growth areas—with nursing…

By Sonia Alleyne

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The Power of a Positive Attitude

It’s another year and I’m sure a good number of you have been engaged in…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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All Access – January 2012

During the second annual ME University in Atlanta, reinvention strategist and BlackEnterprise.com contributor Marshawn Evans…

By Monique Myles

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You Can’t Predict the Future

We find ourselves at that time of year again: While many are resolving to lose…

By Mellody Hobson

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Backtalk with Lalah Hathaway

Contemporary R&B vocalist Lalah Hathaway has created a catalog of music that spans more than…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Take control of debt. “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” —Proverbs 22:7

Your Get-Out-of-Debt Checklist

A new year is upon us and, according to Experian, the average consumer owed more…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Staying Branded

How to enhance or redefine your professional profile when you’re out of work

There isn’t a career advancement discussion today that doesn’t include the importance of professional branding—a…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Bullish on Retail

Standard & Poor’s stock analyst Robert McMillan says consumer financials and commercial real estate investment trusts can offer solid returns

Standard & Poor’s INDUSTRY analyst Robert McMillan has been particularly bullish when it comes to…

By James A. Anderson

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About This Issue: Redesigning Future Business Leadership

The importance of good design transcends all industries. Whether it’s your mobile device, the clothes…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Grabbing Consumer Loyalty

For professionals who spend much of their time traveling above the clouds—or en route from…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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Backtalk with Robert Townsend

Robert Townsend broke into acting more than 30 years ago, but branched into writing, directing,…

By Malecia S. Walker

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Curators of the Night

Poggled co-founders master the daily deal

No strangers to nightclub ownership, business partners William Jenkins and Stephen LaMontagne Jr. were looking…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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Make a Financial Commitment to Yourself

Our mission at Black Enterprise is Wealth for Life, providing our audience with the information…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Sound Check

An audio engineer mixes recordings for pop music’s biggest hit makers

Making a living recording, editing, and mixing music requires a discerning ear. For Araica, her…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Taking Center Stage

In addition to being the new senior multimedia content producer and a longtime member of…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Year-End Tax Tips for the Self-Employed

When Bernadette Clay established her sole proprietorship in 2007, tax preparation took place between Jan.…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Brenda Braxton, owner of BBraxton Exceptional Grooming (Photo by Rayon Richards)

One Step Back, Two Steps Forward

After a setback, BBraxton Exceptional Grooming revamped and reopened for business

Brenda Braxton and her then husband, Anthony Van Putten, were inspired to open an upscale…

By Renita Burns

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The Miami Market

Business, culture, and bite-sized flavors keep the city sizzling

With a richly diverse population of more than 5 million, metropolitan Miami offers great cuisine…

By Dale Coachman

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(Back row): Fretlight Guitar, Malcolm Gladwell Collected books, Brugal rum, Belvedere Red vodka, Hennessey cognac, Nolet's Silver dry gin

With Thoughts of You

Unique gifts for the season

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The Fretlight Guitar (www.fretlight.com), which features a program that lights the position for…

By Sonia Alleyne

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5 Ways to Maximize Coupon Campaigns

Consumers are inundated these days with special offers including online codes and social coupons. For…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

The Samsung Galaxy Tab with Wi-Fi or 4G LTE has the chops for enterprise whether…

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Before You Accept That Promotion …

Tips to help you make a decision that will elevate your career

Although companies continue to tell workers that they can’t sustain raises and that they must…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Optimistic Outlook

Morningstar equity analyst Daniel Holland sees industrial stocks as a bargain for long-term investors

At first glimpse, it’s hard to make up your mind about industrial stocks—companies involved in…

By James A. Anderson

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Earl G. Graves Sr., Chairman & Publisher of Black Enterprise

Knowing When to Say When

Eventually, the success and potential of every enterprise is determined by an entrepreneur’s ability to…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Black Enterprise Managing Editor Alisa Gumbs and chef Marcus Samuelsson (Photo: Lonnie C. Major)

Bringing Home the Bacon

When we first tossed around the idea of doing a food issue, we were in…

By Alisa Gumbs

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Earl "Butch" Graves Jr., President & CEO, Black Enterprise

Your Health is Your Wealth

I recently read a powerful quote that has stuck with me. It was a statement…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Backtalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Over the years, Neil deGrasse Tyson has become perhaps the most recognized scientist in the…

By Alan Hughes

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75 Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street

Saying there’s been a bit of change in the world of finance since Black Enterprise…

By Alan Hughes

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5 Common Money Mistakes

Zaneilia A. Harris says don’t make the same error she did with your hard-earned cash

When Zaneilia A. Harris landed her first job out of college as auditor with the…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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The Perfect Get-Together

How food and drink can create memorable moments

Flavorful food and drinks are the foundation for memorable holiday gatherings, whether they’re for colleagues…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Making a Difference

Attorney Audrey Chisholm’s nonprofit gets high school juniors and seniors in gear for college and community action

The social and academic stress of college is a full-course load in itself, never mind…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Will Thomas, 2008-2009 Prince George's County Teacher of the Year (Photo by Lonnie C. Major)

New Lessons for Our Classrooms

Improving the education of African American Students Will Require A Stronger Teacher Workforce. Here's What it Will Take?

From kindergarten to 12th grade, Will Thomas never had a black male teacher and only…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Dr. Reed Tuckson, Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs, UnitedHealth Group (Photo by Lonnie C. Major)

No More Excuses: Managing the Health Crisis

In the battle against obesity and diabetes, Dr. Reed Tuckson says we can win. He’s attacking from all sides

Dr. Reed Tuckson is passionate about diabetes for two reasons: the debilitating physical and financial…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Zycron founder Darrell S. Freeman (right) with CEO Steven Howard Smith (Photo by John Schweikert)

Firing the Boss

How Zycron CEO Darrell S. Freeman grew his company by replacing himself

As founder and executive chairman of Nashville-based Zycron Inc. (No. 86 on the BE Industrial/Service…

By Alan Hughes

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Capitalizing on a Family Recipe and Reputation

Lefty’s Spices uses popular family restaurant’s barbecue sauce to attract industry giants

Lefty’s Barbecue started out as A rib joint founded by Walter Nash Sr. (a.k.a. Lefty)…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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5 Online Businesses in Demand

You can start just about any Internet venture. Here are a few worth your time and money

A growing number of entrepreneurs are leveraging the current digital explosion to create viable, sustainable…

By Renita Burns

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10 Tech Gifts for the Pro on the Go

For work or play, these gadgets will be welcome in any stocking

Corporate gifting doesn’t have to be boring or impersonal, especially when you can help your…

By K. T. Bradford

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On the Move — November

Paul S. Mason
New Position: President & CEO
Organization: Link TV
Location: San Francisco
Former Position: Senior Vice…

By Sonia Alleyne

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James Andrews, Founder and CEO of Social People

Beyond Your Home Page

Moving your online profile to the next level

With facts, apps, and information moving at dizzying speed, it’s a challenge keeping up with…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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The Screening Process

There are four types of interviews. Here’s how to ace them all

Job interviewing never seems to get any easier, even after you’ve gone on more interviews…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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Middle Ground

Eric T. McKissack says midcap stocks offer value in an economy in search of a steady course

Eric T. McKissack, CEO and chief investment officer of the Chicago investment firm Channing Capital…

By James A. Anderson

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Make Your Mortgage Affordable

Improve your chances of getting approved for a home loan modification

Kimberly Whitehead was just a week shy of seeing her foreclosed one-bedroom condominium in Atlanta…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Finding Common Ground

Thomas and Sharde Caffey of Chicago have only been married a little more than a…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Government Lessons

In maximizing office efficiencies, an HR professional has honed a few skills of her own

As the nation’s unemployment rate continues to hover around 9%, in Washington, D.C., statistics are…

By Dale Coachman

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How to Use Coupons for Big Savings

The process can be worth the time and investment

Do you see people in line at the supermarket handing over a stack of coupons…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Recovering From Bank Fraud

What to do if your bank account is wiped out

Last October, Patricia Washington’s doctor’s office informed her that her debit card payment for the…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Don’t Let the Debt Downgrade Scare You

The worst thing to do is panic in today’s market. You can reach long-term goals if you stay the course

Although it was well-telegraphed, I was still plenty surprised when Standard & Poor’s downgraded the…

By Mellody Hobson

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What to Look for in a Mobile Hotspot

Mobile broadband USB sticks used to be staples of the business traveler’s gear bag. But…

By K. T. Bradford

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Tony Wells, Chief Marketing Officer, 24 Hour Fitness

The Health Manager

What a 24-hour fitness lifestyle looks like

As a fitness enthusiast, Tony Wells knows what it takes to maintain an optimum workout…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Layla Doman

The DOs and DON’Ts of Charitable Giving

Give with your heart, but don’t forget to use your head

Layla Doman donates to a range of charities. This helped the Washington, D.C., resident lower…

By Tory Parrish

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Making of the Brand

An art director makes his way through wine country

Since February 2011, Miller has been the art director, responsible for print, logos, design, redesign,…

By Dale Coachman

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Hush!

How to use silence as a strategy for success

As minorities, we are often coached in the workplace to be more assertive, to be…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Taking a Stand Against Tobacco

22-year-old activist is determined to stop young people from smoking

Growing up in Durham, North Carolina, in the heart of tobacco country, Chad Bullock understood…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Longtime friends hope shoe store for women with larger feet finds its niche

At 5 feet 6 inches and wearing size 12 footwear, Washington, D.C. native Toni Hall…

By Alan Hughes

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Stocks That Pay Dividends

Jessie Abercrombie finds stable, income-producing investments even in a turbulent market

In a jittery market, it makes sense to scout out stocks that pay a high…

By James A. Anderson

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How You Can Profit From Market Volatility

Leading money managers share the best strategies for building your portfolio

Distressed by the erratic trading sequence of stocks in recent months, Nathan Garrett has dramatically…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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build a more inspired and productive team in 2014

3 Ways to Empower Yourself Outside the Office

Author and clinical therapist Terrie Williams shares three tips on professional and personal empowerment.

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Pam Grier to be Honored at Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit

Pam Grier to be honored with the Legacy Award at Black Enterprise’s 2015 Women of…

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