Changing the Scenery in the C-suite


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There was once a time when blacks were not allowed to read, write, go to school or even drink out of certain water fountains. Thankfully, that was a lot of yesterdays ago and today there is nothing but ample opportunity knocking at our doors.


In recognition of this resplendent month of February, I want to bring your attention to a few of the men and women who are making some great noise in their work place.



Don Thompson

As the CEO of McDonalds since July 2012, Mr. Thompson has always been recognized for his great leadership in business, the community and an excellent role model to those around him. In 2008, he received the Corporate Executive award from the Trumpet foundation. In 2009, he received the presidential inspiration award from Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity incorporated.

Kenneth I. Chenault

After holding a variety of positions in this $24 billion financial services company, Mr. Chenault has finally reached his CEO and Chairman status over at American Express. He was the third African-American to become CEO of a Fortune 500 company

Ursula Burns

From intern to the CEO and Chairwoman of Xerox, Ms. Burns is the true example of girl power! In a male dominating world, she has managed to hold some very impressive positions for over 20 years including a role on the Board of Directors. She was also ranked 27th on FORTUNE magazine’s ninth annual list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.

He received his bachelor’s degree from General Motors Institute and holds a master’s from Stanford University. Beginning his automotive career in 1971 at General Motors Mr. O’Neal has always had a passion for engineering. Over the next two and a half decades, he held several management positions gearing up for his role as CEO at Delphi.

Devoted to human health, Mr. Frazier serves as President, CEO and a member of the board of directors of Merck & Co., Inc. With all of these responsibilities he still finds time to serve on numerous boards and councils involving law and education.


Be on the look out!

On her way to the top, Ms. Brewer is currently the President and CEO of its Sam’s Club warehouse retail chain.  She is the first woman and first African-American to lead a business unit of Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer. With very impressive statistics in her past positions, you just may be looking at the future CEO of Wal-Mart!

Hats off to these six and a round of applause for those to come.


I don’t know about you, but these individuals, along with the others out there are nothing less than a true inspiration to me. I have all intentions of making my community proud of whom I am to become!


After all we’ve been through as a people we owe them that much, wouldn’t you say?

Ariana WhiteAriana White is a recent graduate of Sacred Heart University. There she earned a Master of Arts Degree in Corporate Communication and Public Relations. She received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Communication from Eastern Connecticut State University. With a strong interest in the entertainment industry, she’s participated in internships with Clear Channel Radio, Sony Music/RCA Records, and Susan Blond Inc., where she worked in both the publicity and promotions department. Throughout her fieldwork experience she’s worked on campaigns for several artists, which include Mario, Fantasia, Petula Clark, and Hot Chelle Rae to name a few. She’s had plenty of exposure to pitching, event planning and coordination, social media services and media relations. As a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Ariana has been trained for any leadership role and specializes in socialization.  As a new member of BPRSNY, she looks forward to getting involved with the communication committee but most of all meeting tons of new people. 

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