in 1973, and E.G. Bowman became the first and largest minority-owned insurance brokerage firm.
Today, some 22 women chief executives rank on the BE 100S. Five are on the industrial/service list, four are on the asset managers list, three head private equity firms, two own auto dealerships, three are on the advertising agencies list, four are on the banks list, and one is an investment banker.
Without question, African American female-owned businesses have become major American corporations. But it will be a clear sign of success when the nation’s 500 largest companies finally include a company that is founded or headed by a black woman. — Sheiresa McRae