75 Most Powerful Women In Business

From technology to finance, these professionals are changing global business

02WilliamsC-LIVECarol H. Williams
President, CEO & Chief Creative Officer
Carol H. Williams Advertising

Williams oversees one of the nation’s largest black-owned advertising agencies (No. 2 on the BE Advertising Agencies list with $311 million in billings). Her firm provides consumer research, strategic marketing, advertising planning, and media placement for clients such as the U.S. Army, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, General Mills, and The Walt Disney Co.

Kathleen-Wilson-ThompsonKathleen Wilson-Thompson
SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

Wilson-Thompson, one of BE’s 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America, oversees the strategy and delivery of all human resources-related activities at the nation’s largest drugstore chain. She serves as a member of the executive management team.

OprahOprah Winfrey
Harpo Productions Inc.

This supervising producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show and head of Harpo Productions (No. 14 on the BE Industrial/Service Companies list with $340 million in revenues) runs a multimillion-dollar company that spans the media spectrum of television, print, radio, and film production. Winfrey will launch The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in 2011.

Mary-WinstonMary Winston
Giant Eagle Inc.

Winston serves as senior vice president and chief financial officer for Giant Eagle Inc., a supermarket chain with 158 corporate and 63 franchised stores and more than $8 billion in revenues. Prior to joining Giant Eagle, Winston served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Scholastic Corp., a $2 billion global publishing, education, and media company.

02WrightD-LIVEDeborah C. Wright
Chairman & CEO
Carver Bancorp Inc.

With 150 employees, Wright is the head of Carver Bancorp Inc., the holding company for Carver Federal Savings Bank (No. 1 on the BE Banks list with $789.9 million in assets). Previously, she was president and chief executive officer of Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corp.

This article originally appeared in the February 2010 issue of Black Enterprise magazine.

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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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