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Most powerful women in business: these executives continue to shatter the glass ceiling as they transform business.

WHAT MAKES A POWERFUL BUSINESSWOMAN POWERFUL? What is the secret sauce: that innate quality that helps successful women start, manage, or transform some of the largest companies in the world? We decided to ask some power players across a range of backgrounds--a president of a major sports league, a marketing gum for one of the most influential globs brands ever created, and an executive that leads divisional operations for one of the most iconic fast food chains.

The relentless pursuit of excellence is nothing new to these women. According to a 2015 study on Black Women and Leadership by the Center for Taient Innovation, black women are 2.8 times as likelv as white women to aspiie to a powerful position with a prestigious title. The study also found that black women have been "leaning in" for generations. They are far more confident in their business roles (43% vs. 30% of white women ! that they oan succeed in a position of power, and they're clear on what they want to achieve outside the office: financial independence, personal growth, and social justice. They're also more likely to say they're able to empower others and be empowered (57% vs. 42%).

For example, let's take a look at our cover subjects. Lisa Borders, president of the WBN A, brings over 15 years of experience to the league after serving as chair of the Coca-Cola Foundation and president of the City Council/vice mayor of Atlanta. Bozoma Saint John brings massive influence to Apple as head of Global Consumer Marketing. iTunes & Feats Music. Debbie Roberts leads strategy, talent, and brand development to drive long-term growth for thousands of McDonald's throughout the Eastern United States.

These women represent our esteemed Most Powerful Women in Business--a listing that crosses industry, public and private companies, and roles. The impressive credentials of the women on this list place them among some of the most influential executives and entrepreneurs in the country . Despite consistent barriers to entry, these women continue to use their leadership prowess to manage the bottom line but also to shape the direction of future generations of business leaders.

How we selected our most powerful women:

To identify our Most Powerful Women in Business, our editorial and research teams conducted in-depth research: scoured our Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America. Leading Women in Marketing and Advertising, 75 Most Powerful Women in Business. The B.E. Corporate Directors Registry, and BE 100s listings; consulted associations: and reviewed a great number of bios and resumes. Our selections met the following criteria:


* Many executives are among the highest ranked in their companies: they hold C'-suite positions including CEO, CMO, COO, CAO, CHRO, and CIO.

* Other executives have president, executive vice president, managing director, general counsel or senior vice president roles but manage significant lines of business or serve as representatives on the executive leadership teams of their company They also contribute to the development of business operational and financial policies and strategies of their companies.

* Executives of major corporate foundations and large nonprofits were included. However, those holding the position of chief diversity officer, or executives who oversee corporate communications, investor relations, and external affairs were not.

* The BE 100s CEOs included those who manage businesses that are among the largest black-owned companies across industrial categories.

DEBBIE ROBERTS President, East Zone, McDonald's

Having climbed the ranks from an entry-level accountant to East Zone president at McDonald's, Debbie Roberts' career trajectory proves that in corporate America, nothing can replace hard work.

Roberts began her career with the fast food giant in 1990 and she steadily progressed to become vice president, general manager for the company in 2009. Roberts held this position for three years before taking on the role of senior vice president, restaurant support officer in 2012--the position she held prior to her current role. It was at this point in her career that she realized her potential for C-suite success.

"When I first became a senior vice president, I acknowledged that it was a sizable promotion at a Fortune 100 company," she states. "I continued to have conversations with my senior leadership team about people viewing me as someone who had more potential to do more things. I gained confidence that people thought I had more bandwidth and capacity to lead more initiatives and drive profitability for the brand."

From the time Roberts can remember, her plan was to always be in a leadership role. She quickly realized that McDonald's afforded her unbelievable opportunities to achieve her goals. Roberts nurtured her career in accounting for seven years before transitioning into marketing. From a regional marketing supervisor, she worked her way up to senior marketing director, overseeing the market activities of seven regions. Eventually, Roberts took the advice of a mentor who encouraged her to look into management and McDonald's executive fast track. This meant going into restaurant operations. The rest is history.

Now, leading talent and brand development strategy to drive long-term growth for nearly 3,000 McDonald's throughout the Northeast United States, Roberts' career has reached heights she hadn't foreseen. "This job that I'm in today is almost unimaginable. I won't pretend like it was part of my plan, and every day when I wake up I'm just completely thankful. I feel very blessed that I get the opportunity to do this."

Roberts attributes her career climb to her commendable work ethic. "I may not always be the smartest person in the room and have the highest IQ," she states, "but no one's ever going to outwork me."

Sandra Phillips

Group VP, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel

Toyota Motor North America

Toyota Motor Corp.

Sandra Phillips' experience and expertise in class action lawsuits, product liability and securities, as well as government and regulatory investigations made her a great fit to oversee Toyota Legal One or "TL1," the legal services arm of Toyota North America. When she was promoted to the position in 2015, she made history as the first African American woman to run the legal office of the global car company's North American affiliate.

As group vice president, chief legal officer, and general counsel, she supports the company's legal needs, business operations, and business strategies including intellectual property, litigation, export law, regulatory law, and real estate. She is also responsible for managing representation of Toyota's affiliates in North America in addition to Toyota Mexico and Toyota Puerto Rico.

Phillips previously served as vice president and deputy general counsel at Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., where she is credited for playing a key role in overseeing complex legal matters and building an integrated North American legal services group.

Before joining Toyota in 2012, she was a managing partner of the Houston office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon law firm. Prior to that, as senior vice president, associate general counsel and chief litigation counsel at Pfizer, Phillips was responsible for setting and executing legal strategies for the company's global product litigation matters.

She is also a founding member of the University of Texas Center for Women in Law.

Channing Dungey

President, ABC Entertainment

Walt Disney Co.

When Channing Dungey was chosen last year to be the new president of ABC Entertainment, she made history as the first African American to head programming at a major broadcast network.

If you're not already familiar with her name, you're certainly familiar with her work--in her previous role as executive vice president of Drama Development, Movies & Miniseries, she is credited with developing many successful and highly regarded dramas, including Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Quantico, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, and American Crime. For the 201617 season, she ushered in a wide variety of programming including Designated Survivor and Speechless.

Ben Sherwood, president of Disney/ ABC Television, credited Dungey's record of developing compelling, breakthrough programming that resonates with viewers as one of the top reasons why she was given the spot, calling her a gifted leader.

In her current role, Dungey has oversight of all development, programming, marketing, and scheduling operations for ABC Primetime and Late Night.

Dungey has been with the network since 2009 and with ABC Studios since 2004. She began her career as a development assistant for Davis Entertainment at 20th Century Fox. She moved up to story editor at Steamroller Productions, where she worked on the development and production of films including Under Siege and On Deadly Ground. Her success at Steamroller led to a job offer at Warner Bros. There she served five years as a production executive, helping to develop films including Devil's Advocate, Space Jam, and The Matrix.

Beyonce Knowles Carter


Parkwood Entertainment

Beyonce Knowles Carter is on a mission to show everyone that girls do, in fact, run the world. Over the past few years, she has expertly managed to get into formation as a power woman entrepreneur, transferring her visionary talents to the business world.

In 2007 she founded Parkwood Entertainment. Headquartered in New York City, the entertainment and management company serves as the umbrella for her multiple brands in music, movies, videos, and fashion. The company houses departments in music and video production, management, marketing, digital, creative, philanthropy, publicity, and a record label.

The company released, Cadillac Records, in which Knowles starred and co-produced, and Obsessed, in which she starred and executive produced. It produced The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour and co-produced the On The Run Tour. Her two visual albums, Beyonce and Lemonade, were also released by Parkwood.

Beyond production, the pop icon has business extensions in fashion. In 2014, Beyonce, collaborated with Topshop to produce an athletic, streetwear brand. Two years later in 2016, she unveiled Ivy Park, a 200-piece clothing line considered "athleisure."

The multifaceted businesswoman also went from taking the stage to taking stakes in startups, investing capital in WTRMLN WTR, a sports beverage made from watermelon juice, the Sidestep app, which makes it easier to buy tour merchandise, vegan diet company 22 Days Nutrition, and her husband, Sean "Jay Z" Carter's TIDAL streaming music service.


Cindy Augustine

Global Chief Talent Officer


Kimberly A. Blackwell


PMM Agency

Tara DeVeaux

CMO, BBDO New York


Traci Dinkins

Senior Partner, Account Director, Team AT&T, MEC

WPP Cos.

Fay Ferguson


Burrell Communications

Group L.L.C.

Allyson Hugley

President, Measurement and Analytics

Weber Shandwick

Linda Jefferson

SVP, Group Media Services

Burrell Communications

Group L.L.C.

Candace Matthews

Regional President The Americas


Monique Nelson

Chairman & CEO

UWG Inc.

Carol H. Williams

President, CEO & Chief Creative Officer

Carol H. Williams

Advertising Inc.

McGhee Williams Osse


Burrell Communications

Group L.L.C.

Leslie Wingo

President & CEO


Advertising Inc.


Alicia Boler Davis

EVP, Global Manufacturing

General Motors

Tonit M. Calaway


BorgWarner Inc.

Felicia J. Fields

Group VP, HR and Corporate Services

Ford Motor Co.

Gall Martin


Martin Management


Sandra Phillips

Group VP, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, Toyota Motor

North America

Toyota Motor Corp.


Aster Angagaw

CEO, Specialty & Canada

Healthcare, Sodexo

North America

Sodexo Inc.

Beverly K. Carmichael

SVP & Chief People Officer

Cracker Barrel Old

Country Store Inc.

Valerie Daniels-Carter


V&J Holding Cos. Inc.

Marion K. Gross

SVP, Supply Chain

Management, N.A. and U.S. Sustainability, McDonald's USA

McDonald's Corp.

Debbie Roberts

President, East Zone

McDonald's USA

McDonald's Corp.

Kathy N. Waller


The Coca-Cola Co.


Iman Abdulmajid

Founder & CEO

IMAN Cosmetics

Sheryl Adkins-Green


Mary Kay Inc.

Kerry D. Chandler


Under Armour Inc.

Linda Clement-Holmes


Procter & Gamble

Esi Eggleston Bracey

President, Coty

Consumer Beauty

Coty Inc.

Carla Kelly

General Manager, U.S. Multicultural Marketing


Adrienne R. Lofton

SVP, Global

Brand Marketing

Under Armour Inc.

Marie Perry

Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

Jamba Juice

Julia A. Simon

Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary

Mary Kay Inc.

Tracey T. Travis


The Estee Lauder Cos. Inc.


A. Verona Dorch

EVP, Chief Legal Officer,

Government Affairs

& Corporate Secretary

Peabody Energy Inc.

Myrtle L. Jones

SVP, Tax


Elizabeth D. Moore

SVP & General Counsel

Consolidated Edison Inc.

Kim W. Rucker

EVP, General

Counsel & Secretary

Tesoro Corp.


Katrina Adams

Chairman, CEO & President

U.S. Tennis Association

Lorrie Bartlett

Partner/Co-head of Talent

ICM Partners

Cheryl Boone Isaacs


Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Lisa Borders



Channing Dungey

President, ABC Entertainment

Walt Disney Co.

Michelle Ebanks


Essence Communications Inc. & People En Espanol

Time Inc.

Pam El



Cheryl Grace

SVP, U.S. Strategic Community Alliances & Consumer Engagement

Nielsen Holdings plc.

Kimberley D. Harris

EVP, General Counsel

Comcast NBCUniversal

Cathy L. Hughes

Founder and Chairperson

Radio One Inc.

Pearlena Igbokwe

President, Universal TV

Comcast NBCUniversal

Sheila C. Johnson

Founder and CEO, Salamander Hotels & Resorts; Vice Chairman

Monumental Sports & Entertainment

Beyonce Knowles Carter


Parkwood Entertainment

Debra L. Lee

Chairman & CEO, BET Networks

Viacom Inc.

Wonya Lucas

President & CEO

Public Broadcasting


Vanessa Morrison

President, Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios

20th Century Fox

Angelia E. Pelham


Cinemark Holdings Inc.

Shonda Rhimes

Founder & CEO


Michele Roberts

Executive Director

National Basketball

Players Association

Keisha Smith-Jeremie


News Corp.

Xiomara Wiley

EVP, Marketing & Sales, Universal Studios


Comcast NBCUniversal

Dalila Wilson-Scott

SVP, Community

Investment, Comcast

Corp; President, Comcast Foundation

Comcast NBCUniversal

Oprah Winfrey


Harpo Inc.


With more than 25 years of experience in marketing, operations, and public service, Lisa Borders has built a reputation of being the go-to executive you hire when you want your company "fixed." She gained this reputation as an executive who assesses problems, aligns solutions, and then activates.

Now, as the fourth president of the WNBA, Borders looks to pull the 20-year-old league ahead financially and commercially--which has proved to be a stubborn battle in the past. Borders is eager to broaden the scope of the league and increase the visibility of its players so it isn't just about basketball, but it's about recognition and female empowerment.

"I want this league to be even more successful than it is today," says Borders. "I don't just want it to survive. I want it to thrive. I want to go on the path of sustainability where every team is making money, and every team is operationally stable."

Borders first knew she had the potential to be a powerful leader in 2004, when she was elected vice mayor of Atlanta and president of the city council. She understood, then, the magnitude of her potential: "I do know, when I was elected that there was recognition that I had a certain set of skills that might be valuable to the city," reveals Borders. "This was the first tangible evidence that I recognized that I could lead really big things someday. I'm not sure I really believed it until after that election."

Following that, Borders served for three years as chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation and vice president, Global Community Affairs at The Coca-Cola Co. Formerly, she was President of Henry W. Grady Health System Foundation where she completed a five-year, $325 million fundraising effort.

Her career calling is to help organizations reach their full potential and go from good to great. "There's no better place for me to be as a fixer, because that's what I am," states Borders.

Though Borders embraces the power and responsibility that comes with having the reins as WNBA president, she emphasizes that real power in leadership is in investing in those that follow you. "Being powerful means helping someone else find their voice," says Borders. "Often folks take power to mean personal privilege. I think it means just the opposite. It's a collective obligation to give back to make sure that the next person has a better opportunity than you have."

Cynthia Day

President & CEO

Citizens Bancshares Corp.

and Citizens Trust Bank

One of the few women running a BE 100s company, Cynthia Day has been at the head of Citizens Trust Bank (No. 6 on the BE BANKS list with $388.6 million in assets) since 2012.

Prior to becoming a banker, she trained in accounting and became a certified public accountant, with a previous stint as an audit manager at KMPG. But it was Day's continued demonstration of her understanding of the banking industry, including her insight into the day-to-day operations, that made her a prime candidate to helm the bank.

Day joined Citizens Trust Bank in 2003 as executive vice president of Management Services after the bank acquired Citizens Federal Savings Bank of Birmingham, where she had served as the executive vice president and chief operating officer and in other roles since 1993. Two years after the acquisition, she became the senior executive vice president and chief operations officer of the company and the bank.

Last year, Day and Citizens Bank made headlines for being at the center of the #BankBlack movement, as the bank worked to magnify the call of black celebrities for blacks to put their money in black-owned banks, resulting in more than 8,000 new applications to Citizens Bank in just one week. The bank's goal is to become the first black-owned billion-dollar bank.

Day has been recognized for her leadership and mentorship in various community and professional organizations, and was named one of "Atlanta's Top 100 Black Women of Influence" by the Atlanta Business League.

Carla Harris

Vice Chairman, Global Wealth

Management & Managing Director & Senior Client Advisor

Morgan Stanley

Carla Harris is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the multi-billion-dollar firm. From Wealth Management to Investment Banking and Sales & Trading businesses, her job is to help clients understand all of what Morgan Stanley can do for them and how the firm can deliver on their needs.

Harris has extensive industry experience in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. Prior to her current role, she served for more than 10 years as a senior member of the equity syndicate desk at Morgan Stanley. In that role, she executed the initial public offerings for big names like UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Ariba, and Redback, as well as the $3.2 billion common stock transaction for Immunex Corp., one of the largest biotechnology common stock transactions in U.S. history.

She began her career with Morgan Stanley in the Mergers & Acquisitions department in 1987 and since then she's paved her own path. Her work life is only part of the powerful personal brand she's built. A firm believer in sharing what she's learned, Harris sits on the boards of several community organizations and is a highly sought-after public speaker always eager to share her "pearls" of wisdom. She is also a gospel singer with three albums and the author of two books, Expect to Win and Strategize to Win.

In 2013, Harris was appointed by former President Barack Obama as chair of the National Women's Business Council.

Nicole Jones

EVP & General Counsel


As EVP and general counsel, Nicole Jones reports directly to Cigna's CEO, David Cordani. In this role, she is responsible for Cigna's legal, compliance, and regulatory matters domestically and abroad, as well as public policy and government affairs for the company.

No stranger to corporate law, Jones held increasing roles prior to Cigna in the corporate law departments of Johnson & Johnson, International Paper Co., and MCI Inc.

Jones originally served as Cigna's deputy general counsel, corporate secretary and chief counsel of Domestic Health Service, Securities and Investment Law from 2006 to 2010. During that time she played a vital role in developing Cigna's legal team, earning the respect of her team members and business partners.

She had a brief stint at Lincoln Financial as senior vice president and general counsel before returning to Cigna in 2011. Cordani said it was her proven expertise matched with her experience that made him confident she would seamlessly step into the general counsel role.

"I've been fortunate throughout my career to have opportunities to interact directly with senior leaders and decision-makers. I haven't been afraid to speak up, share my views, be myself, and stay true to my values," she says. "I've found that people at all levels within a company respect that authenticity, and it has helped me be a better influencer and contributor."


Michelle A. Avan

Director, Division


Manager, Global Wealth Investment Management, Merrill Lynch

Bank of America

Marelle Bayard Cusack

SVP & General Counsel

Ariel Investments L.L.C.

Audrey Boone Tillman

EVP, General Counsel

Aflac Inc.

Leilani Brown


Starr Cos.

Thasunda Brown Duckett

CEO, Consumer Banking

JPMorgan Chase

Deborah Cole

President & CEO

Citizens Savings

Bank and Trust

Edith W. Cooper

EVP & Global Head of Human Capital Management

Goldman Sachs

Kern Danner

SVP & Head of HR

State Street Global Advisors

Cynthia Day

President & CEO

Citizens Trust Bank

Lori Dickerson Fouche

President, Annuities

Prudential Financial Inc.

Amy Ellis-Simon

Managing Director, Senior Relationship Management Group

Morgan Stanley

Deirdre Guice Minor

Managing Director, Client Advisor

UBS Asset Management

Carla Harris

Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management & Managing Director & Senior Client Advisor

Morgan Stanley

Mellody Hobson


Ariel Investments L.L.C.

Yvette Hollingsworth Clark

Chief Compliance Officer

Wells Fargo & Co.

Rosilyn Houston

Chief Talent & Culture Executive

BBVA Compass

Arlene Isaacs-Lowe

Head of Relationship Management, Commercial Group, EMEA

Moody's Investor Services

Melissa E. James

Vice Chairman

Global Capital Markets

Morgan Stanley

Lara Jordan James

VP, Brand Strategy


Financial Group

Karin Kimbrough

Managing Director & Head of Macro and Economic Policy, Merrill Lynch

Wealth Management

Bank of America

Gale V. King

EVP & Chief

Administrative Officer

Nationwide Insurance Co.

Georgette Kiser

Managing Director & Chief Information Officer

The Carlyle Group

Michelle Y. Lee

President, Community Banking, Eastern Region

Wells Fargo & Co.

Glenda G. McNeal

EVP & GM, Global

Client Group

American Express Co.

Brenda J. Mullins

VP, HR & Chief People Officer

Aflac Inc.

Lisa Opoku

Global COO, Technology Division and Strategists

Goldman Sachs

JoAnn H. Price

Co-founder & Managing Partner

Fairview Capital

Partners Inc.

Carla Harris

Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management & Managing Director & Senior Client Advisor

Morgan Stanley

Mary Pugh

CEO & Chief

Investment Officer

Pugh Capital Management

Valerie Rainford

Head of Advancing Black Leaders & Diversity Advancement Strategies

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Kourtney Ratliff Gibson

President, Loop Capital Markets L.L.C. & Partner

Loop Capital

Brenda Ross-Dulan

EVP & Regional President, Southern New Jersey

Wells Fargo & Co.

Coretha M. Rushing


Equifax Inc.

Suzanne Shank

Chairwoman & CEO

Siebert Cisneros

Shank & Co. L.L.C.

Susan Somersille Johnson


SunTrust Banks Inc.

Colleen Taylor

EVP & Head of Treasury Management and Enterprise Payments Services

Capital One

Sharon C. Taylor

SVP, HR & Chair, The Prudential



Monica L. Walker

CEO & Chief Investment Officer

Holland Capital Management

Teresa L. White

President, Aflac U.S.

Aflac Inc.

Teri Williams

President & COO

OneUnited Bank

Kamilah Williams-Kemp

VP, Northwestern Mutual, President & CEO, Northwestern Mutual Long-Term Care

Insurance Co.

Northwestern Mutual

Theresa Wilson

EVP, Group CIO

Wells Fargo

Telisa Yancy


American Family Insurance


Phyllis Anderson


Express Scripts Inc.

Erika T. Davis

SVP, Chief of Staff

Owens & Minor Inc.

Mirian M. Graddick-Weir


Merck & Co. Inc.

Nicole Jones

EVP & General Counsel

Cigna Corp.

Cindy R. Kent

President & General Manager, 3M Drug Delivery Systems


Freda C. Lewis-Hall


Pfizer Inc.

Patricia A. Maryland

President, Healthcare Operations & COO, Ascension Healthcare


Corlis D. Murray

SVP, Quality Assurance, Regulatory and Engineering Services


Pamela Puryear

SVP, Chief Talent Officer

Pfizer Inc.

Dawn Rock

Chief Compliance Officer


Robin L. Washington


Gilead Sciences Inc.


Toni Cooley


Systems Automotive Interiors

L.L.C. and Systems

Electro Coating L.L.C.


Helene D. Gayle


McKinsey Social Initiative

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

President & CEO

Robert Wood

Johnson Foundation

La June Montgomery


President & CEO

W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Dara Richardson-Heron



Helen Smith Price


The Coca-Cola


BOZOMA SAINT JOHN Head of Global Marketing, Apple Music, Apple

Bozoma Saint John, or "Boz" as she's known by many, is the epitome of a marketing powerhouse. The former head of music and entertainment marketing at PepsiCo, where she inked its $50 million sponsorship deal with Beyonce, explains her current job with one simple sentence: "I create magic."

Saint John leads the marketing efforts of Apple Music as Head of Global Marketing at the technology juggernaut. She joined the company in 2014 under the Beats brand. As secret weapon turned face of Apple Music, she explains, "I take the business priorities that we have for all the entertainment platforms whether it's music by an artist, a movie, a book, or a piece of news, and basically let the world hear it." Saint John and her team use vehicles such as advertising and media, combined with live events, commercials, billboards, emails--all of the marketing channels in their arsenal--to let the world know about that particular piece of entertainment.

With a vibrant personality and heels to boot, self-described "execumommy" Saint John is the first black woman to present at an Apple event--the Worldwide Developers Conference last June. There, she presented the all-new Apple Music interface and rocked the crowd by playing "Rapper's Delight" while navigating the app.

Her magic, combined with the technical ease of the app, apparently works. Revenue from Apple services, which includes Apple Music, grew by 24% in the third quarter, to an all-time quarterly record of $6.3 billion. Apple CEO Tim Cook cited Apple Music as a driver; in January 2016, 10 million users subscribed to Apple Music, and that number grew to around 20 million by the end of year.

Saint John frequently finds that the most fascinating part of her job is meeting with the creators behind the work, from musicians to actors, producers, and writers. "It just keeps you so fresh and connected to the world." She also finds that engaging with creatives helps keep her own creative juices flowing, especially when it comes to delving into the analytical part of her job and problem solving.

Throughout her career trajectory and the subsequent success she encounters, Saint John trusts her gut and it proves to be a constant factor that works In both career pursuits and In life. "I trust my intuition implicitly. I don't talk myself Into anything and I don't cut myself out of anything," she says. "My first reaction is the truest one."

Jo Ann Jenkins



At its helm since 2014, Jo Ann Jenkins is responsible for transforming AARP into a leader in social change.

Jenkins is the organization's first permanent female CEO, and under her leadership AARP's vision was reimagined by challenging outdated beliefs about aging and shifting the negative view of getting older. Her direction has helped spark new insights and relevant solutions to issues such as healthcare costs, financial security, digital and social connectivity, and career continuation.

She also established a new strategic direction and operating structure for AARP Foundation, focusing on change in four critical areas: hunger, income, housing, and isolation. She created "Drive to End Hunger," a multi-year, nationwide campaign which has donated more than 36 million meals and provides support to over 100 anti-hunger organizations.

Jenkins is no stranger to innovation and impact. She's held leadership roles in various government agencies including the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Department of Transportation, and Department of Agriculture, and is a former chief of staff and chief operating officer for the Library of Congress. Prior to this, she served as president of AARP Foundation from 2010 to 2013, where she led programs for low-income older adults.

It was this ability to create business opportunity and record breakthrough results that landed her at the top of the world's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization, overseeing almost 2,000 staff members, 60,000 volunteers, and numerous strategic partners.

She is also author of Disrupt Aging, which guides readers on how to live their best life at any age.

Debbie Dyson

Corporate VP, Client Experience

and Continuous Improvement


Debbie Dyson's almost 20-year career at ADP has been one of constant upward movement. Her passion for people engagement and development has been crucial to her ability to retain clients, maintain high levels of engagement, and accelerate revenue growth, making her critical to the company's continued success.

In her current role, Dyson leads ADP's enterprise-wide client experience, business process innovation, global shoring, learning and performance, and change communication and management while providing governance, tools, and best practices to help leverage Innovation across the company. She also serves as an executive sponsor of several resource groups, including Women in Leadership (WIL) and Cultivate, which focuses on African American associates.

Dyson got her start at the payroll and HR software company as an account manager in 1998, serving clients with more than 1,000 employees. Since then she has held roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as vice president, Client Experience and Continuous Improvement, and prior to that, providing operational support and general management as Division Vice President and General Manager of the mid-market Service Center for the South region.

"Through my ups and downs in my life, personal and professional, I realize I am my best when I can truly just be--meaning I enjoy me and I enjoy sharing my curious spirit fully with others," she says. "I laugh often, I share that joy with others, and I want to make a difference that is remembered."


Janice Bryant Howroyd


ACT-1 Group

Jo Ann Jenkins



Edna Kane-Williams

SVP, Multicultural Leadership


Tonie Leatherberry

Principal, Deloitte Consulting

L.L.P. & President,

Deloitte Foundation



Claire Babineaux-Fontenot

EVP & Treasurer

Walmart Stores Inc.

Tracey Brown

SVP & Chief

Experience Officer, Sam's Club

Walmart Stores Inc.

Ann-Marie Campbell

EVP, U.S. Stores

The Home Depot Inc.

Bernice Clark

SVP, Media Strategy & Planning

Macy's Inc.

Laysha Ward

EVP & Chief External Engagement Officer

Target Corp.

Mary Beth West

EVP & Chief Customer & Marketing Officer

J. C. Penney Co. Inc.

Kathleen Wilson-Thompson

EVP & Global CHRO

Walgreens Boots

Alliance Inc.

Teresa Wynn Roseborough

EVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

The Home Depot Inc.


Shellye Archambeau


MetricStream Inc.

Stacy Brown-Philpot



Glynis Bryan


Insight Enterprises Inc.

Debbie Dyson

Corporate VP, Client

Experience and Continuous Improvement


Felicia C. Guity

Channel Officer Worldwide Public Sector-Education

Microsoft Corp.

Rosalind L. Hudnell

VP, HR; Director, Corporate Affairs; President, Intel Foundation


Cynthia G. Marshall



Michelle A. Robinson

President, Southeast Region

Verizon Communications Inc.

Bozoma Saint John

Head of Global Consumer Marketing, Tunes & Apple Music

Apple Inc.

Jacqueline Woods

Global VP & CMO, IBM Global Financing

IBM Corp.

Denise Young Smith

VP, Worldwide HR

Apple Inc.

Bonita Stewart

VP, Global




Lisa Jeffries Caldwell


Reynolds American Inc.


Julia M. Brown

Chief Procurement Officer

Carnival Corp. & plc

Teri Plummer McClure

CHRO & SVP, Labor


Joan Robinson-Berry

VP & General Manager, Boeing South Carolina

Boeing Co.

Kellye Walker

EVP & General Counsel

Huntington Ingalls Industries
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Title Annotation:SPECIAL REPORT
Author:Floyd, Safon; Wilder, Kali; Fraser, Lisa
Publication:Black Enterprise
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Date:Jan 1, 2017
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