The Network Journal Celebrates “25 Influential Black Women in Business”

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25 women eventThe name says it all. The Network Journal has been celebrating
accomplished women of color for over 15 years. And this year’s 16th “25
Influential Black Women in Business” annual event, presented by Morgan
Stanley, is no different.

From nationally and internationally known, top companies like Wells Fargo, Prudential and General Electric, these dynamic women are from a variety of sectors, states, schools and schools of thought. They are professors; they are attorneys; they are economists, architects, entrepreneurs and everything in between. Some had an easy road to the top, and some did not.  

Regardless of how they got there, they represent the best. They have arrived.    

“The women we are honoring this year are at the forefront of American leadership and symbolize the diversity and advancement that has occurred across industry lines,” states TNJ Publisher and CEO Aziz Gueye Adetimirin.

At the photo shoot for our Spring 2014 magazine that showcases these influential women, I had the pleasure of meeting five of this year’s honorees. They are an inspiration – composed, poised and glamorous in their own right. They are role models whether they signed up for the job or not – though chances are, it’s a title they don’t mind holding.

Whatever the industry, one thing these ladies have in common is that they are running things – in boardrooms, in communities, in science labs, in newsrooms and courtrooms, and beyond.

Girls really do “Run the World.”

The Network Journal’s honorees for the 2014 class of 25 Influential Black Women in Business are:

Rhonda Spears Bell, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications, National Urban League
Traci Otey Blunt, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, The RLJ Companies
Denise Burgess, President and General Manager, Burgess Services, Inc.
Pamela Carter, President–Cummins Distribution Business, Cummins, Inc.
Margot James Copeland, Chair, KeyBank Foundation and Executive Vice President, Director, Corporate Diversity and Philanthropy, KeyBank
Michellene Davis, J.D., Executive Vice President, Barnabas Health
Karen DuBois-Walton, Ph.D., Executive Director, Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of the City of New Haven
Marta Effinger-Crichlow, Ph.D., Chair and Associate Professor, African American Studies Department, New York City College of Technology-CUNY
Linda D. Forte, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer, Comerica Bank
Lori Dickerson Fouché, Chief Executive Officer, Prudential Group Insurance
Kimberley Crews Goode, Vice President, Communications and Corporate Affairs, Northwestern Mutual
Laurie N. Robinson Haden, J.D., Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, CBS Corporation
Kimberley Hatchett, Executive Director, Private Wealth Advisor, Morgan Stanley
Tanya D. Holcomb, J.D., Chief Litigation Counsel and Assistant General Counsel, Honeywell International Inc.
Lynne Holden, M.D., President, Mentoring in Medicine, Inc.
Cheryl Kinnon, Field Sales Vice President – OTC, SoftSheen-Carson, L’Oreal
Lori E. Lightfoot, Esq., Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
Tamla D. Oates-Forney, Senior Executive – Human Resources, GE Africa
Ursula Dudley Oglesby, J.D., President, Dudley Beauty Corp., LLC
Denise L. Pease, Regional Administrator for the Northeast and Caribbean, US General Services Administration
Danielle M. Robinson, Ph.D., Director, Alcohol Policy and Reputation Management, Diageo North America
Brenda Ross-Dulan, Executive Vice President and Region President, Wells Fargo and Company, N.A.
Linda L. Singh, Managing Director, Accenture
Cheryl B.  Walker-Robertson, Chief Protocol Officer, Protocol International
Teresa L. White, Chief Operating Officer, Aflac and Executive Vice President of U.S. Operations, Aflac

*Our honorees’ compelling stories can be found in our magazine, currently on newsstands, or on our website. Digital subscriptions are also available. 

*The Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business event will take place on Thursday, March 27 at 11:00 a.m. at the Marriott New York Marquis. The program includes a cocktail networking reception, lunch and awards presentation with Mistress of Ceremonies Michelle Miller, correspondent and anchor for CBS News programs and recipient of the National Association of Black Journalists’ Award of Excellence. A signature TNJ event, it attracts a “Who’s Who” of business executives and decision makers from various industries. Tickets are $300.00 if purchased before March 27th and $350.00 thereafter. This year’s sponsors include: Morgan Stanley, L’Oreal USA, Entergy, Macy’s, AfricaStrictlyBusiness.com and WBLS-FM.

About The Network Journal
Founded in 1993, The Network Journal (TNJ) is an award-winning magazine published quarterly. It provides news and commentaries on issues that affect the growth of business and the advancement of professionals in the workplace for an audience of predominantly African-American professionals, corporate executives and small-business owners. Engaging more than 98,325 readers per issue, TNJ is distributed nationwide, with a focus on the New York tri-state area, while its sister daily publication at tnj.com reaches a global audience. For more information call (212) 962-3791, or visit the Web site at tnj.com.