Education

Meet Nike’s New Diversity and Inclusion Executive

By: BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors

Nike has appointed Tamika Curry Smith as its new VP of Diversity and Inclusion. Here is an excerpt from the official announcement sent via email: Tamika Curry Smith [has joined] the Diversity & Inclusion team as Nike’s VP, Global Diversity & Inclusion. She [is] responsible for leading a global team across...

American Airlines Appoints Black Executive to Prominent Technology Role

By: BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors

American Airlines recently announced the appointment of Steven Graves as vice president of Enterprise Technology Services. According to a press release on the matter, Graves will be responsible for IT operations, network, end-user computing, telecommunications, and vendor management. Also from the announcement: Since he joined American earlier this year, Steven...

Why TEDx Delthorne Women Proudly Featured Speakers of Color

By: Jeff Shuford

Traditionally, there has always been a lack of diversity regarding speaking conferences throughout the country, which has effectively suffocated the voices of people of color nationwide. However, TEDx Delthorne Women, held on Friday, Nov. 30 at the Torrance Redondo Marriott, was on a mission to give a voice to the...

Top Black Woman Executive at the NBA, Pamela El, to Retire This Year

By: Samara Lynn

Pamela El, the executive vice president and chief marketing officer at the National Basketball Association, will retire from her position at the end of this year, according to a press release. “It has been an amazing privilege to have worked at the NBA, and I’m grateful to Adam [Adam Silver,...

#MeToo One Year Later: Has Your Workplace Culture Changed?

By: Kandia Johnson

About 10 years ago, Tarana Burke launched the Me Too movement—an anti-sexual assault initiative launched to support survivors of sexual abuse, assault, and harassment. For a while, the movement quietly persisted  But in 2017, multiple sexual assault and harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein reignited the #MeToo movement and...

There is Room for Men of Color to Thrive in Communications

By: Lydia Blanco

Being a man in the communications field can be liberating as you seek to uncover stories and make decisions about how and what narratives will be told. And with a small percentage of men of color in the industry, an organization that understands the professional value of those men is...

An Unexpected Lesson in Dealing With Microaggressions

By: L Michelle Smith

Microaggressions can creep up on you at the most unexpected times. It happened to me recently as my daughter and I were enjoying lunch at the local deli. I was filling her cup up at the soda fountain when a woman asked me a question that caught me off guard....

Setting The Record Straight On Gina Rodriquez’s Pay Inequity Comments

By: Selena Hill

In an attempt to highlight the plight of Latina women in Hollywood, Gina Rodriquez recently claimed that black actresses earn more than Asian and Latina women. “I get so petrified in this space talking about equal pay especially when you look at the intersectional aspect of it, right?” said the...

New Study Proves Black Women Executives Can’t Catch a Break at Work

By: Alisa Gumbs

Progress for women in corporate America isn’t just slow—it’s stalled, according to new research from LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Co. For women of color, and for black women executives especially, it’s even worse. The stats laid out in Women in the Workplace 2018 are appalling: Only one in 25 C-suite...

Dignity Health CEO: How Homelessness and Racism Affect Healthcare

By: Kandia Johnson

Lloyd Dean is at the helm of Dignity Health, the largest hospital provider in California, and the fifth largest health system in the nation. As one of the few CEOs of color in the U.S., Dean’s commitment to healthcare isn’t just business—it’s also personal. “I have eight siblings and we...

Tonya Berry Named VP of Operations Performance at Consumers Energy

By: Selena Hill

Consumers Energy, a public utility that provides natural gas and electricity to 6.7 million people in Michigan, named Tonya Berry as its new vice president of operations performance. Starting on Nov. 16, 2018, Berry will be responsible for improving work management processes within the gas and electric groups. Berry has...

How to Hustle with Your Heart

By: Lydia Blanco

So much gets lost in the everyday hustle of getting things done as a professional or business owner. You know, the important things like compassion for yourself and others; taking the time to take deep breaths when you’re feeling anxious, upset, or overwhelmed; and being mindful about the energy that...

13 Black Veterans Who Now Sit on Corporate Boards

By: Derek T. Dingle

Before they were placed into board service to protect assets of shareholders at some of the largest publicly traded corporations on the S&P 500, a phalanx of BLACK ENTERPRISE Registry of Corporate Directors members chose military service to secure our nation. After their tours of duty, many of these black...

Millennial Moves: How to Build a Digital Marketing Career

By: Dev T. Smith

There are few people disciplined enough to teach themselves the inner workings of internet tools and turn their learning into a career. Interpersonal communication has become somewhat of an anomaly. As interactions become more digitized, there are even fewer people capable of creating relationships online that translate into practical connections....

Here’s Why Effective Leadership Is Built on the Principle of Trust

By: Karima Mariama-Arthur, Esq.

Mel Parker is internationally recognized and known for his business leadership as well as his ability to turn around, transform, and upgrade businesses while generating optimum value for shareholders, customers, and employees. A distinguished Army combat veteran, Parker transitioned from the military and spent 25 years in corporate America with...