Ursula M. Burns
2009 Burns is named CEO of Xerox Corp., anointing her as the first African American woman to head a major corporation. Burns is appointed chairman the following year, marking a 30-year career tenure that began as a summer internship at the $22 billion company.
Valerie Carter Daniels
2011 Daniels is the first African American woman to join an NFL board of directors with the Green Bay Packers. As president and CEO of V&J Holding Cos., started in 1982, she operates the largest black-owned restaurant franchise in the U.S., with 100 Burger King and Pizza Hut units. Her firm ranks No. 39 on the be industrial/service companies list with $90 million in revenues.
2011 The former chief marketing officer for the Girl Scouts changes the landscape of professional sports by becoming the first African American woman named president of a U.S. professional sports league, the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). BE