Yesha Callahan

Ursula M. Burns- A Black Woman Making History In The Corporate World

Can you imagine walking into a major corporation at the age of 19 during the first day of your internship? Imagine sweaty palms, nervousness, coupled with excitement. Now imagine, 30 years later, you’re still with that corporation, but now you’re the first African-American female Chief Executive Officer of one of the nations largest publicly traded corporations.

Welcome to Ursula M. Burns’ life, this week’s spotlight in Women’s History Month.

In 1980, Ursula was that young college student, walking into Xerox for a summer internship, and in July 2009, she became their CEO.  Not only is she the CEO of Xerox, this past November, Ms. Burns’ was  named by President Barack Obama to help lead the White House national program on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).  Sonia Alleyne, Editorial Director of Black Enterprise recently sat down with Ursula, to discuss her power playing moves.

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  1. March 5, 2010 - Reply

    This is proof that hard work really pays.

  2. March 8, 2010 - Reply

    This lady rocks!

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  4. March 31, 2010 - Reply

    I love reading up on woman such as Ms. Burns. It oozes inspiration and motivation.

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