Successful Sistas: Ursula Burns

15 01 2010

Ursula Burns is the first black woman to be CEO of a Fortune 500 Company (Xerox). She took on the role in July 2009.

She joined the company in 1980 as a mechanical engineering summer intern and later worked in product development and planning. Burns led many business teams from 1992 through 2000; she was also named senior vice president, Corporate Strategic Services, in 2000.

In April 2007, Burns was named president of Xerox and was elected as a member of the company’s Board of Directors.

Burn also serves on professional and community boards, including American Express Corp., FIRST- (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the U.S. Olympic Committee. She was also named by President Obama to help lead the White House national program, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), in November 2009.

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17 01 2010

Now that’s an inspiration right there if I ever saw one. She’ll be on the cover of Black Enterprise Magazine’s February issue. I’m still SMH as to why Essence has not placed her on the cover, but has given reverence to celebrities time and time again. What she and the previous CEO, Anne Mulcahy did was memorable and one of the greatest examples of transitioning that I’ve ever seen. That’s how we all should foster teamwork and mentoring with one another.

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