75 Most Powerful Women In Business

Carol 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-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.

Oprah 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 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.

Deborah 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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