February 23, 2011

Celebrating Black History Month with Ursula Burns

Ursula Burns is the first black woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company. She is also the first woman to succeed another woman as head of a Fortune 500 company. On July 1, 2009 she was named the CEO of Xerox. Accomplishing this all while sporting her TWA :o)

Ursula Burns is a graduate of Polytechnic Institute of NYU, and holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University.

Ursula Burns started with Xerox as a summer intern in 1980 and after receiving her Master’s degree she joined the company as a full-time employee, and worked her way up to the CEO position. She has also been a member of the board of directors since 2007.

She serves as Director of the F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Foundation, National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, and the National Academy Foundation

Ursula Burns also serves on several professional and community boards, including American Express, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, MIT, the U.S. Olympic Committee and the University of Rochester.

She was named by President Barack Obama to help lead the White House national program on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in November 2009 and was appointed Vice Chair of the President’s Export Council in March 2010.

Check out this video of Ursula Burns speaking to the YWCA via XeroxCorp YouTube Channel - I wish it was her entire presentation, but although short it's very inspirational.

The Daily Voice
News - Xerox.com
XeroxCorp YouTube Channel


Sunny Side-Up said...

YES!!!! To all the women, especially black women CEO's. God willing I will be on the list sooon!!!!!

Whoop Whoop. Amen to the Lord.

God bless!

Laquita said...

@Sunny Side-Up - I'm aiming for the list also :o)