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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...

A. Barry Rand, First Black CEO of a Publicly Traded Company, Dies at 73

By: BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors

Addison Barry Rand, known fondly as “Barry,” passed away on Thursday. Rand was an influential business leader who held many high-profile corporate positions. Rand had a 31-year career at Xerox at one point heading Xerox’s then-$5-billion marketing group. During his tenure at Xerox, he went on to manage $18 billion in revenue...

Is Employee Advocacy at Odds with Building Your Personal Brand?

By: L Michelle Smith

Within the past several years, companies have adopted digital employee advocacy as a way to harness the power of their workforce for low-cost, high-impact marketing, sales, and recruiting. But if you are an employee, you may be questioning whether your quest to be loud and proud for your company conflicts...

How to Handle Difficult Conversations at Work

By: Kandia Johnson

Conflict in the workplace is inevitable. But contrary to popular belief, not all conflict is bad. Sometimes when we embrace difficult conversations at work, it’s an opportunity to grow, innovate, and even strengthen your relationships with your colleagues. One of the most important things on how to handle difficult conversations at...

Tackling the Lack of Diversity in the Public Relations Industry

By: Kandia Johnson

Tequilla White is the founder of Tequilla White PR; a New York City-based public relations company focused on amplifying the voices of social entrepreneurs and changemakers—people dedicated to making a change in their community. Most recently, she produced a successful PR campaign for Creative Collective NYC, a conference that featured some...

Millennial Moves: PR Professional Builds Cigars and Whiskey Experiential Event

By: Tyrus Townsend

Millennials are creating and establishing experiential event spaces to increase engagement, awareness, knowledge-building, and most importantly, including the “culture.”  At 27 years old, Kerry Smalls is a director at public relations firm The Chamber Group, and creator of lifestyle event Cigars & Whiskey. In an interview, he discusses his career...

Corporate Leader Lori George Billingsley Named Chief D&I Officer at Coca-Cola

By: Selena Hill

Lori George Billingsley has been climbing the corporate ladder within The Coca-Cola Co. for the last 16 years. Her latest promotion—being named chief diversity and inclusion officer at the soft-drinks giant—went into effect Oct. 1. With the new appointment, George Billingsley will be responsible for leading the company’s Global Diversity...

10 of the Most Successful Black Producers in Hollywood

By: Carolyn M. Brown

Just who are the most successful black producers in Hollywood?  Well, according to the Producers Guild of America they are engaged in decision-making functions, script revisions, and casting decisions, among other things. Other criteria: individuals had to have produced five or more films; at least three of those titles had...

Macy’s Inc. Names Retail Boss Shawn Outler as Chief Diversity Officer

By: Selena Hill

Retail veteran Shawn Outler has made another power move. Macy’s Inc. named the corporate leader as its new EVP, Chief Diversity Officer. In this role, she will serve as the retail giant’s primary diversity and inclusion rep and co-chair the Diversity & Inclusion Business Council, a group of cross-functional leaders...

Black Woman Pfizer Executive Outlines Solution to Fixing Racial Healthcare Disparities

By: Kandia Johnson

For over 10 years, Karen Boykin-Towns has been dedicated to solving the systemic issues plaguing African Americans healthcare. “Healthcare disparities exist for African Americans, and there are several systemic contributors, including racism, class-ism, the prevalence of chronic disease, poor health outcomes, and limited access to healthcare,” said Boykins-Towns. As one of the...

Behind the Scenes: What it Really Takes to Launch a Film Career

By: Kandia Johnson

Thanks to digital technology and social media, it’s easier than ever to start your filmmaking career. But starting a film career is one thing, growing and maintaining it is another. We asked award-winning filmmaker Adisa Septuri for some actionable tips and advice for creating your own path in the film...

4 Ways to Get Followers and Create a Lasting Relationship

By: williamsk

The internet is a crowded place—and it’s only becoming more crowded. There are currently around 3.03 billion social media users. The good news is, this means there are far more opportunities to connect with people and gain followers for your brand. But on the flip side, it also means there’s much...