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A Less Taxing Investment Approach

Trudy Turner shows investors how to lower risks and derive greater returns

Trudy R. Turner, a director at Robertson, Griege & Thoele
Trudy R. Turner knows that everyone…

By Frank McCoy

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Finding the Big Idea

A young developer lands an enterprising position in the world of venture capital

Name: Tristan Walker
Current Position: Entrepreneur in Residence, Andreessen Horowitz, also known as A16Z
Age: 28
Education: In…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Duty. Honor. Education.

Sgt. Maj. James Grady's college degree and 3.73 GPA earned him a peak promotion and hefty pay raise

“I wouldn’t have received the promotion without my degree,” says Grady. “Once you reach a…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Black Enterprise CTIA Best in Show Awards

In addition to the standard cloud storage and file sharing tools, Box.com gives users the…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Teen Investors Take Charge

Williams had no idea that a single $30 stock purchase would be the foundation of…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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Strategies to Saving

5 tools and tips to help you save money to meet your financial goals

It was at the age of 47 that Cheryl Derricotte realized she needed to be…

By Bridget McCrea

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The Importance of Sleep

After a series of unexplained health scares—including loss of consciousness while driving, and breathing and…

By Denise Campbell Laidler

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Freshman Class of CEOs

Meet six newcomers to the B.E. 100s who are at the top of their game

They oversee more than $550 million in combined revenues and employ more than 1,000 people…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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Nowhere to Go But Up

Having overhauled more than 70% of the brand’s portfolio, Sheraton now leads the other brands…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Great Lessons from Great CEOs

Advice from Entrepreneurial Legends to Move Your Business Forward

What makes chief executives of the nation’s largest black-owned businesses great? When I wrote…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Sherri Shepherd Talks Return to Comedy, Launch of Wig Collection

If you thought marriage and 'The View' were it, you have something else coming

It doesn’t matter whether or not you respect Sherri Shepherd’s unadulterated opinions as a co-host…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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

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

By Derek T. Dingle

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Getting to the Heart of Business

As executive vice president for corporate services, Audrey Boone Tillman oversees operations for the divisions…

By Sonia Alleyne

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What’s Love Got to Do With It?

When couples come together, they must undergo the unromantic process of figuring out how to…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Giving Back Against All Odds

The experience and memories of being left home overnight at the age of 5 to…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Improve Your Relationship … With Your Money

For the past few years, the media’s been having a field day discussing the marital…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Banking in the Digital Age

Alden J. McDonald brings his institution into the 21st century

“It’s not a matter of whether or not you’re going to get new business [using…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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Why Black Media Still Matters

Perhaps more than any other Americans, we as black people need our own voice, to…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Bringing Diversity to the Executive Suite

ELC President & CEO Arnold Donald is pursuing a bold mission to demonstrate that inclusion within corporate America's top ranks will drive innovation—and profits

When Arnold Donald took the helm as president and CEO of the Executive Leadership Council,…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Preserve Our Rich History of Philanthropy

I’ve always had a love for history, spending countless hours in museums and libraries, and…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Making the Switch

When and how to convert your bankruptcy status

When Alphonzo Kershaw fell behind on the mortgage of a second home last year, he…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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A Heart Attack Saves Lives

A community’s kindness inspires a daughter’s grateful response

In 2006, Nana Eyeson-Akiwowo received an urgent phone call from one of her uncles in…

By Brittany Hutson

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The Tea Spot

A holistic instructor creates a sexy new environment for an age-old beverage

Sunyatta Amen, founder and owner of SiTea
After water, it’s the No. 1 drink all over…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Capital Appreciation

McKenzie M. Slaughter views investing from an alternative perspective but she still has a feel…

By Frank McCoy

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Step Up Your 401(k) Investing

Latonda Henderson has been contributing to her 401(k) ever since she finished college and began…

By Donald Jay Korn

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Backtalk with Cedric the Entertainer

Cedric the Entertainer is bringing soul to TV Land. Since earning critical acclaim as a…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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We Are All Trayvon Martin

One tragic day in February, Trayvon Martin bought a bag of Skittles and a bottle…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Driving Force

B.E.’s 2012 nominees have the passion, vision, and momentum to take their companies far

There is no one given industry or type of business that will render any entrepreneur…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Moving Up, But Not Away

Tech CEO takes social talent search to a new level

The 2011 Employee Engagement Report conducted by BlessingWhite, a workforce development consulting firm, revealed that…

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small-business credit quality continues to improve as credit balances rise and delinquency rates fall

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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Getting Clear

How ambivalence in the office hinders opportunities for success

According to a recent report by Catalyst, there are four specific and implicit behaviors necessary…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Building Healthy Relationships

After nearly a decade of managing supplier contracts and procurement in finance, Knightner transferred her…

By Brittany Hutson

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

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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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 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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Dawn Brown, Senior Financial Adviser, Altfest Personal Wealth Management

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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Christopher Harvell and his wife, Lezli Levene Harvell, owners of Dental Kidz (Photo by Rayon Richards)

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

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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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.

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

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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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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Marc Ellis, co-owner of Thanks Again L.L.C. (Photo by Quantrell D. Colbert)

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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Matthews (L) and Strother co-founded Poggled, which offers nightlife deals (Photo by Brett Kramer)

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

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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Bernadette Clay (Photo by Kevin Allen)

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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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…

By Black Enterprise

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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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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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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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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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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

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

By Sonia Alleyne

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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 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 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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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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Women of Power

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Alfre Woodard Named Women of Power Legacy Award Recipient

Alfre Woodard will be honored with a Legacy Award at the 2016 Black Enterprise Women…

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Crack-Up with Comedian Capone at BE Women of Power Summit

Comedian Capone joins R&B sensation Johnny Gill as live entertainment for this highly-anticipated 2016 Women…

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