75 Most Powerful Women In Business

From technology to finance, these professionals are changing global business

D-simsDeloris Sims
President & CEO
Legacy Bank

Legacy Bank (No. 13 on the BE Banks list with $224.5 million in assets) is the only bank holding company in the U.S. organized by African American women. Deposits have grown at a rate of about 21% each year, including 2008. Sims is part of a select team of community bank CEOs tapped by President Barack Obama in his effort to reboot the economy and encourage small business lending.

Donna-Sims-WilsonDonna Sims Wilson
President
M.R. Beal & Co.

Sims Wilson oversees revenue growth with corporations, public pension plans, and institutional asset management firms for New York–based M.R. Beal & Co. (No. 10 in taxable securities with $18.8 million in co-lead issues and No. 3 in tax-exempt securities with $2.1 billion in lead issues on the BE Investment Banks list). She also collaborates with federal government agencies on mortgage-related issues.

GwenSmithIloaniGwendolyn Smith Iloani
President & CEO
Smith Whiley & Co.

At Smith Whiley (No. 10 on the  BE Private Equity Firms list with $300 million in capital under management), Smith Iloani oversees the firm’s investment and portfolio management activities. She is a member of the firm’s executive committee and is the chairman of the investment committee.

Colleen-Taylor--Capital-OneColleen Taylor
EVP, Treasury Management
& Merchant Services
Capital One

Taylor’s responsibilities involve overseeing teams throughout the country that are engaged in supporting business development, implementation, and servicing efforts within the bank’s real estate, middle market, small business, and private banking groups. She also leads the merchant services business to increase Capital One’s market share, revenues, and profitability.

ShericeTorres1Sherice Torres
SVP, Global Home Entertainment
& Adult-Brand Licensing,
MTV Networks
Viacom

Torres, one of BE’s 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America, manages the home entertainment portfolio for the entire MTV Networks portfolio of brands, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH-1, CMT, and Logo. She also oversees and sets the strategic vision for the execution of home entertainment plans worldwide: the U.S., Canada, Germany, UK, France, and Australia.

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  • Tammie Higgs

    Some of us have been leading the way for years and I want to thank BE for showcasing some of our best. Congrats to all listed and may you have continued success in your endeavors. This is my motivation to keep rising to the top!
    Thank you.

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  • David Anderson

    This magazine is stupid. Would a magazine for all whites be racist???

    • Patricia

      this magazine seems stupid for you because you are the target.

      • http://www.cityglobalevents.com cameka smith

        There is magazine called Entrepreneur and it’s graced with plenty of white people. Is that racist? You don’t like it don’t read it…America the land of the free.

    • Michael Littlejohn

      David – Is “Men’s Health” sexist as it caters to men? What about “Woman’s Day”? Does “Cat Fancy” discriminate against dog owners? The magazine industry is built on a foundation of catering to unique, and diverse, groups. You are free, my friend, to buy any magazine you wish…. or not.

    • Trevanian

      Almost all magazines in America are for the majority of the population (i.e., white people). Just look at who appears on the covers. Fortune, Forbes, Business Week, all cover business issues for their constituency. BUt maybe I should no use such big words – if you don’t understand the need for a trade journal or special interest magazine, a rational explanation would certainly be over your head.

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  • Patricia

    this magazine seems stupid for you because you are not the target.

  • http://blackenterprise.com Yvette Sledge

    I have always enjoyed reading about our Outstanding Leaders in your magazine through the last 30+ years. I am always very proud to see so many women in powerful positions. I remember when we weren’t even hired to be a secretary for some of those companies.
    Thank you, Black Enterprise, for continuing to provide a vehicle of hope for all our children.

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  • samantha samuels

    When we respond to people that are ignorant, we lower our standards. We need to educate them if they choose to be educated, if not then leave them to their own ignorants. This magazine is great because it give’s someone like myself hope and encouragement to continue getting my education and persue my dreams.

  • http://www.NextBigThings.ORG Jon

    Great list and great profiles.
    Keep up the fantastic work BE!

  • http://www.NextBigThings.ORG Jon

    Very well done Sonia Alleyne!

  • Solomon Robeson

    I have had the pleasure of hearing Julia Brown speak on several occasions, and found her to be one of the sharpest business minds I have encountered in my career.

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  • shields

    I met Ursula Burns in Rochester,ny and she is a pleaure to be around! She is amazing just what
    this world need is change.

  • Murtaza Kapaasi

    The following name is missed in the complete list (http://www.blackenterprise.com/top-75-women) : Ursula M. Burns, CEO, Xerox Corp (here displayed on page 4). (i.e. only 74 name listed there) and also several up-downs in presentation serial numbers.

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  • kala george

    im doing a report about Gwendolyn l. butler and i would love to someone like her some day and that will take hard work.

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