50 Most Powerful Black Women In Business

From the executive suite to the BE 100s, these dynamos are changing the direction of American business

and seeing relatively few people who look like them.” Furthermore, she maintains that women of color tend not to get connected with people who can champion their careers.

The fact that there still aren’t many African American women in the C-suite clearly shows that the playing field still requires leveling. And American business better take notice: The powerful women on our list clearly demonstrate that it needs their contributions to remain a vital, competitive force in the global economy.

ADRIAN E. BRACY VP of Finance St. Louis Rams, St. Louis, MO. Age: 45
Clout: In the male-dominated world of professional football, Bracy is making a name for herself in the front office. As vice president of finance for the St. Louis Rams, she prepares and implements the annual budget and monthly financial reporting. No stranger to the NFL, Bracy previously served as director of finance and administration for Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami and as controller for the Miami Dolphins. She also serves on the board of Girls Inc. of St. Louis and the advisory council of the St. Louis branch of the United Negro College Fund.

JANICE BRYANT HOWROYD CEO Act 1 Group Torrance, CA. Age: 53
Clout: Under Bryant Howroyd’s stewardship, ACT 1 Group (No. 4 on the BE INDUSTRIAL/ SERVICE 100 list with $622.7 million in revenues) has mushroomed into a multidivisional company. In addition to its core human resources operation, the company provides technical services, creative communications, business travel, and owns an online college that focuses on business administration and engineering. A major philanthropist, she chairs a $100 million capital campaign for North Carolina A&T University and has pledged $10 million for student scholarships.

URSULA M. BURNS President, Business Group Operations/Corporate Senior VP Xerox Corp. Stanford, CT Age: 47
Clout: Having been a top performer for two decades at Xerox, Burns currently heads a $12 billion division of the company that generates 75% of its $15.7 billion in revenues. With CEO Ann Mulcahy, this dynamo helped bring the office solutions giant back into the black and has been instrumental in revitalizing the brand by restructuring the financial plan and streamlining operations. Outside the company, she serves on the board of American Express and Boston Scientific Corp.

SUSAN CHAPMAN Global Head of Operations Citigroup Realty Services New York, NY. Age: 37
Clout: Chapman manages the day-to-day operations for Citigroup Realty in 96 countries. She holds the No. 2 spot in the business unit, which is responsible for all mergers and acquisitions and bringing new properties into the portfolio. When MetLife bought Citigroup’s Travelers Life & Annuity business earlier this year, Chapman’s team negotiated and executed the transaction. Chapman sits on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business.

EDITH W. COOPER Head of North American Hedge Fund Distribution, Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities Goldman Sachs New York, NY. Age: 44
Clout: Two years after joining Goldman Sachs in 1996, Cooper was promoted to managing director. She gained ample experience as co-head of the company’s commodity business for Europe and Asia, and in 2004,

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