Vol. 21 No . 1 Win t er 2010 The Big Apple Beckons 2010 An n u a l R e cog n it io n Din n er in Ne w Yo r k Tak in g Sh a p e T he Coca-Cola Company is lead what promises to be a spectacular din- “It looks like we’re going to have a sponsor of the 2010 Annual ner at the Hilton New York on October great series of leadership events this Recognition Dinner. The com- 14, 2010. Returning to New York City year,” said Carl Brooks, president & pany, a 1995 Corporate Award recipient, for the second time since 2008, this CEO. “In the world’s greatest city, the will join The Executive Leadership year’s dinner will also serve as the kick- reigns of the organization will be Council and other sponsors in hosting off of our 25th Anniversary Celebration. passed to a new leader as we launch our celebration of twenty-five years of inclusive leadership. It’s going to be very exciting.” “This year’s dinner represents the first day of our year-long celebration of the legacy, leadership, and excellence ELC has come to represent: 25 years of build- ing networks and a corporate leadership pipeline for African Americans,” said Jessica Isaacs, ELC Board Chair and senior vice president at American Inter- national Group, Inc. “The legacy ELC continues to build is one that we all should be proud to celebrate and even more determined to maintain and build over the next 25 years and beyond.” Brooks announced his plan to retire December 31, 2010, making this year’s Au t u m n is a s p e cia l t im e in Ne w Yo r k Cit y w h en t h e t e m p e r a t u r e s a r e co m f o r t a b le , Annual Recognition Dinner a special t h e t r e es in Ce n t r a l P a r k a r e s p ect a cu la r a n d t h e cit y s h in es . M o r e t h a n 2,000 lea d e r s in b u s in e s s , g o v e r n m en t , s p o r t s , e n t e r t a in m en t a n d ed u ca t io n w ill g a t h er in Oct o b er event. “Corporate America is a t o h o n o r Ca r l B r o o k s a n d k ick o f f T h e Ex ecu t iv e L ea d e r s h ip Co u n cil’s 25t h A n n iv e r s a r y . Continued on page 3 Inside This Issue... ELC Presses Education Agenda 2 Me s s age f r om Co u n cil Ch air By: M.V. Greene 3 EL C M em ber s App oin t e d t o Na t io n al P TA Ad v is o r y B oar d Preparing new generations of African- ment with an often-underachieving edu- American executives has been a top- cational system, beginning with K-12. 6 Wh at Doe s EL C Do w it h It s $? level objective of The Executive 10 Me m b er s on t h e Mo v e Leadership Council since its founding “We need to make sure we are doing 17 B lack Wo m en ’s L e ade r s h ip nearly 25 years ago. But stocking the what we can do at the lowest levels of corporate executive pipeline with the education forum so that we have Su m m it R et u r n s t o DC minority group candidates can’t rely on the senior executives coming through 20 Me m b er s Co n v en e in Or la n do wishful thinking, ELC members will Continued on page 5 f or Win t er M ee t in g tell you. It demands hands on involve- Message from the Council Chair 2 The Future We M u s t C r e a t e Jessica Isaacs The future of The Executive Leadership Council must not be something that just happens to us, it must be a future we create through our hard work and commitment. Over the past year, the ELC and Executive Lead- ership Foundation Boards have committed considerable time, energy, and expertise, alongside our ELC lead- ership team and a dynamic group of facilitators and collaborators to design our 2010-2012 strategic plan. Our focus was to design a strategic plan that could stand the test of time as we move to enhance our brand and rededicate our resources and ourselves to the Council’s continuing evolution and legacy of excellence. The strategic plan will focus on achieving preeminence on these five key strategic goals: 1. Professional Development, Network and Forum 2. Visibility, Recognition and Achievement 3. Community Impact 4. Pipeline Development 5. Leading Edge Research It is our belief that we are or can become leading experts in each of these areas. We look forward to intro- ducing new initiatives and programs that will help us expand our reach and help us impact more of the African-American leadership pipeline. It will be important for each of us to rededicate ourselves and our corporations to ensure that we will meet these challenges and continue to heighten the legacy of excellence we have established. One of the most important architects of our legacy, our enhanced brand, and our international respect as a thought leader has been my brother, friend and our fearless leader over the past decade, our President & CEO Carl Brooks. Carl recently announced his plans to retire at the end of this year. Carl’s tireless commitment and passion for this organization has been instrumental in helping us transition from a time of deep difficul- ties to our present position which includes a strong financial foundation and a highly-valued position within corporate America and the halls of leadership as a trusted advisor. During times of leadership transition, as we all know within our corporations, there frequently is a concern about whether there can really be a truly smooth transition. It is my commitment along with our ELF Chair Roy Dunbar and Carl himself, to all of you, that we will do everything necessary to ensure we have a smooth transition and a transparent President & CEO selection process. We pledge to bring in a leader that is highly capable and qualified to take The Executive Leadership Council forward. Transparency, a rededication to member services, and enhancing member and corporation value will be my key priorities and our guiding principles for this year and my term as chair. I am blessed to have a board team that is equally committed to all of you, our member corporations, and our other constituencies in this effort. ELC represents the very best in corporate leadership and therefore, we must continue to make coop- erative support and commitment to our mission and ideals as paramount to continuing our legacy now and into the future. Jessica Isaacs T h e B i g A p p l e B e c k o n s Continued from Page 1 National PTA stronger, more inclusive workplace because of the legacy Carl Brooks tion of the many contributions African Americans continue to make to corpo- Announces leaves behind,” said Ingrid Saunders Jones, senior vice president of Global rate business in the face of daunting challenges. This year represents an First Advisory Community Connections for The Coca-Cola Company, and 2008 recipient opportunity for companies to demon- strate they have weathered the eco- Board of The Executive Leadership Council’s nomic storm as The Executive Achievement Award. “For more than Leadership Council embraces the ELC members Floyd W. Green III, two decades, The Coca-Cola Company theme of “A Legacy of Leadership.” Head of Community Relations, Aetna has strongly supported the ELC’s Inc.; James White, President & CEO 3 mission to build a diverse business Tables are moving at a faster pace this of Jamba Juice; and new member leadership pipeline. We’re proud to be year. Tables can be reserved by visiting Patrick Gaston, President, Verizon the lead sponsor of this year’s Annual www.elcinfo.com and clicking on the Foundation, have been selected to Recognition Dinner, and honored to banner at the top of the home page. This serve a two-year terms with the participate in the kickoff of the 25th year’s leadership events will take place National PTA Advisory Board. The anniversary celebration.” October, 14th and 15th at the Hilton New board is comprised of nine influential York located at 53rd Street and Avenue and well-known figures in their respec- In 2008, when ELC held its first dinner of the Americas (Sixth Avenue) in Man- tive industries. National PTA com- in New York City, corporate America hattan. We expect another record crowd. prises millions of families, students, had just begun to feel the sting of a You can reach them with your message teachers, administrators, and business recession that would force many com- in an ad in the dinner program book. and community leaders devoted to the panies into mergers, government To reserve your space, contact Damon educational success of children and the takeovers and out of business. Even Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or promotion of family engagement in then, ELC was able to create a celebra- (703) 706-5216. schools. Advisory Board members were selected based on their executive- level leadership; experience and quali- fications; valuable contributions to ELC Scholarship Winner education; and shared vision to trans- form tomorrow’s families today. Invited to Washington, D.C. O t h e r N a t i o n a l P TA A d v i s o r y Board Members 2009-2011 By William Roller, Yuma Sun Staff Writer • Tichina Arnold Arizona Western College Student Gov- Actress (best known for her role ernment Association (SGA) President as Pam on the sitcom Martin) Lemar Griffin, a winner in the ELC 2009 Award for Excellence in Business • Charlotte Frank Commentary National Essay Contest, Senior VP, McGraw Hill was invited to attend an international Companies peace conference in March by the American Israel Public Affairs Com- • Greg Schuman mittee (AIPAC) in Washington, D.C. VP and Group Publisher, Parenting Magazine Along with 175 other SGA presidents from across the U.S., Griffin had the • Guy Vickers opportunity to meet with U.S. senators President, Tommy Hilfiger as well as the Israeli leadership in a L e m a r G r i f f i n , AW C s t u d e n t g o v e r n m e n t Foundation seminar about achieving a lasting p r e s i d e n t a n d E L C E s s a y C o n t e s t w i n n e r, peace for the region. a t t e n d s a c o n f e r e n c e i n Wa s h i n g t o n • Judy Werthauser D.C. focusing on strengthening U . S . / I s r a e l i r e l a t i o n s a n d i m p ro v i n g VP of Human Resources, Target “I feel excited. It’s an honor to repre- p ro s p e c t s f o r l a s t i n g M i d - E a s t p e a c e . sent AWC and be among such highly • Denise White respected people,” Griffin said. “I feel as us being Americans it’s impor- Executive VP, Viacom tant to maintain good relations among The purpose of the conference is to all countries so we can help preserve promote strong relationships between peace and keep stability in the world.” the U.S. and Israel, Griffin said. Continued on page 6 A Message from the President & CEO Staying True to Our Purpose 4 C a r l B ro o k s We are constantly reminded that when it comes to advancing through the senior leadership ranks of corporate America, we are in a marathon and not a sprint. Every day, we must fight to preserve the gains we have made, reaching out to one another and providing the mutual support that represents what our membership organization is all about. By not leveraging our progress we run the risk of losing ground in increasing African American representation in the C-Suites and boardrooms of America’s largest enterprises. The global economic crisis has shaken the confidence of many and lately we have witnessed a lack of civility among even our congressional representatives. In this challenging environment, there is a strong case for maintaining a professionally assertive posture while seeking personal and professional development. Coming out of this economic challenge, it will be important for us to be mentally and physically strong, spiritually centered, and able to demonstrate the resilience and determination that has carried us this far. Members of The Executive Leadership Council have always shown a desire to go beyond themselves to advance our community. Our Founding Members took on the cause of rescuing a financially strapped HBCU, Bishop College. Today, we are guided by our Strategic Initiatives that focus on Professional Development, Visibility and Community Impact. While it is clear that we have accomplished a great deal in our careers, some of our members have encountered difficulties in today’s economy. It is at times like these that we must remain vigilant, taking advantage of all that we have learned about surviving to help ourselves, our fellow members and our communities. We continue to work with our strategic partners to increase opportunities for members and to help each other. Our work with the Alliance for Board Diversity has helped us promote the selection of more minorities and women for corporate board seats. We are encouraged by some recent board appointments that indicate a positive trend and initiatives undertaken by the SEC to promote board diversity. Our alliance with The Marathon Club allows our members to learn more about emerging domestic and global business opportunities. Our programs and offerings through our Institute for Leadership Development & Research provide opportunities for you to gain and share knowledge about executive leadership and to support the next generation of African-American leaders. Over the past 24 years we have built an inclusive leadership organization. Our value comes from the full participation of our members and their support for one another. We have so much to offer. It is up to you, our members, to take advantage of it. You can be assured that we’re in this for the long haul and that we are here to help you reach your goals personally and professionally. EL C P r es s e s Ed u cat ion Age n da Continued from Page 1 that continuum later on. If there is any break in that continuum, it then has a negative impact on our success of want- ing to put more African Americans and people of color in the C-Suite and board- room,” said ELC member Jimmy Jones. ELC members recognize the role of ( l- r ) Ta m a r a Na ll, D o n n a B r o o k s - L u ca s , Ala n a Wa r d R o b in s o n a n d M ich a e l D u t t o n education in executive preparation, m et w it h R o b er t o R o d r igu e z ( c), Sp e cia l As s is t a n t t o P r e s id en t Ob a m a f o r Ed u ca t io n . 5 acknowledging it is what has help in guiding them to senior executive posi- ing Group that is offering guidance to To have impact, we are going to apply the tions in Fortune 500 companies during the Obama Administration and other business acumen of our members and their careers. To ensure African Amer- organizations such as the United Negro target specific areas where we can have icans will achieve those same opportu- College Fund on increasing African- some quick wins,” Brooks-Lucas said. nities, the ELC is embarking on a series American enrollment and graduation of initiatives focused on education. rates in colleges and graduate schools. To garner ideas, the working group has The group’s formation is an outgrowth surveyed ELC members to get their Jones, formerly Senior Vice President and of an August 2009 briefing conducted input and views, Brooks-Lucas said. Chief Human Resources & Administra- for ELC members by the White House. tive Officer for Reebok International Ltd., Additionally, the ELC/ELF Executive co-chairs one ELC initiative with member Robinson, managing principal of Robin- Committee established a Community Paula Sneed, Chairman & CEO, Phelps son Group Consulting Inc. whose career Impact Committee in 2010 that will Prescott Group & Interim President & executive experience includes IBM, lead an effort to ensure that the organi- CEO of INROADS. In August 2009, Sara Lee Hosiery and Coors Brewing, zation is making a measurable impact the ELC joined with the New America said she and Brooks-Lucas met in on the African American communities. Alliance to launch a national program December with Roberto J. Rodríguez, ELC members Lynton Scotland and aimed at addressing the achievement who serves on the White House Domes- Susan Chapman are chairing this effort gap of African-American and Latino tic Policy Council as Special Assistant with one area of focus to support and students in the nation’s high schools to President Obama for Education to encourage promising African-American where dropout rates in some U.S. cities outline the group’s objectives center- students interested in corporate careers. approach 50 percent. The NAA is a ing on K-12 education, higher educa- national organization comprised of tion and parenting and education. Scotland, former vice president of Latino business leaders seeking to operational excellence at NRG Energy address American Latino economic “He was delighted to know he could Inc., said the committee intends to cre- empowerment. partner with a resource of the caliber of ate mechanisms in partnership with the ELC as well as the portfolio of ELC other organizations to provide career As support and momentum have grown companies to engage and support the development support for students in quickly around the project, Jones said president’s agenda around education,” high school as they move to college, already the joint group is proposing to Robinson said, adding that Rodríguez joining other ELC efforts aimed at col- advance the initiative as a dedicated offered updates on administration ini- lege students and early- and mid-career venture with its own staffing, budgeting tiatives that increase educational fund- professionals. Central to enlightening and resources. Jones said the program ing to states and Historically Black African-American high school stu- would be governed by the ELC and Colleges and Universities. dents about corporate and executive NAA, but members believed they careers will be to offer them a vision of could be more effective in a standalone Because issues surrounding education possibilities, Scotland said. capacity. “We’re still in the embryonic are monumental, Brooks-Lucas CEO/ stages of trying to understand what Founder of DBL Strategic Business “A lot of times our kids don’t have that role we can significantly play in this Communications Group, and formerly vision to see what is possible. They enormous issue that faces our country a Senior Vice President at Burson- might see what is possible from a sports more than others. For the ELC, this is Marsteller, said the working group will standpoint or a music standpoint, but around the whole pipeline issue, which be strategic in how it goes about meet- not always from a career or corporate is our livelihood,” Jones said. ing its objectives – through engaging standpoint. They need to see those ELC members’ participation as advisers potential fields and what those career In another educational initiative launched to current educational initiatives and tracks would be like,” Scotland said. in 2009, members Alana Ward Robinson collaborating with proven and successful and Donna Brooks Lucas are co-chairing external organizations. “The problem Greene is a freelance journalist the ELC’s White House Education Work- is pervasive in schools around the nation. based in Baltimore. What Does ELC Do with Its $? By Robin McQueen We build an inclusive business leader- the programs for which they were 10,000 managers have participated in ship pipeline by developing African- acquired. our programs such as Strengthening American corporate leaders – one the Pipeline, Mid-Level Managers’ student and one executive at a time. Our The Executive Leadership Foundation Symposium and NextGen Network. Foundation provides financial support has more programs geared towards stu- for educational and leadership initiatives dents in undergraduate and graduate The money raised through our founda- 6 developed by members of The Council schools, as well as for young man- tion not only helps our pipeline of which include preparing students for agers, mid-level managers and senior African American talent, it also helps corporate life, training managers to level executives. senior level executives in the C-suite. become executives and grooming sen- Contributions help us to deliver pro- ior executives for the C-suite. Our higher education programs focus grams such as our new Executive Out- on helping students get the necessary looks program that coaches senior The Executive Leadership Foundation education, financial assistance, men- level black women executives. Our is a 501 C (3) organization that imple- toring, and leadership skills needed to Corporate Board Development pro- ments the programs envisioned by The succeed in corporate America. Men- gram helps prepare executives for Executive Leadership Council. The toring, internships and job placement placement on corporate boards. only source of revenue for the Council are major elements of all of our higher is through Member Dues and Member education programs. Since its incep- In addition to our programs, our Insti- Meetings Fees. All other revenue is tion ELC has helped hundreds of stu- tute for Leadership Development and received by the Foundation, either dents get jobs and become successful Research also conducts research and through sponsorship, grants dinner corporate Executives. Some have produces publications on blacks in cor- table sales and fees. become ELC members over the years. porate America partially funded by the Donations to the Foundation have Foundation. The ELF business model is such that made this possible. the money raised by the Foundation Without your support or the support of through the Annual Recognition Din- Pipeline and Leadership Development the member companies, the ELC ner is used to cover General & Admin- programs have engaged over thousands would not be able to help so many stu- istrative expenses, subsidizes the of new, middle and upcoming man- dents and managers navigate through Institute for Leadership development agers. Five programs are dedicated to and excel in the corporate world. This and Research, and the TTP Program. It providing leadership, training, support, is how we develop the pipeline of also funds the Foundation’s Endow- mentoring, and coaching to this next African American talent to produce ment and Strategic Reserves. Member level of corporate executives. Dollars leaders of tomorrow. corporation sponsorships and member raised help us deliver these programs contributions go directly into funding throughout the country. To date nearly McQueen is Director of Development for ELC. E L C S c h o l a r s h i p W i n n e r I n v i t e d t o Wa s h i n g t o n , D . C . Continued from Page 3 Along with the SGA presidents, there Camilla McGhee, director of ELC’s to ensure these outstanding scholars was a delegation of the foremost Corporate Council Services & Founda- take advantage of the many amazing Mideast policy experts, including tion Programs, directs the National opportunities before them. ELC mem- Robert Satloff, executive director of the Essay Contest and is proud of all of her bers provide mentoring and network- Washington Institute of Near East Pol- students. “I am particularly pleased to ing opportunities to the students, icy, and Robert Kagan, senior associate see that Lemar is engaged in this kind testament to their commitment to con- at the Carnegie Endowment for Interna- of leadership activity,” said McGhee. I tinue the pipeline development of tional Peace, as well as other politically take mentoring the next generation future African-American corporate engaged Americans, Griffin said. very seriously and spend endless hours leaders. with our students before and after the “I feel I'll gain a lot of experience by competition.” The 2010 National Essay Contest has meeting with U.S. senators and Israeli begun and details are available on officials. It's a real diverse setting and McGhee works closely with the stu- www.elcinfo.com. Contact Camilla that is always a plus for keeping cor- dents, providing support and facilitat- McGhee at email@example.com or dial relations throughout the world.” ing engagement with ELC members 703-706-5217. New Board Diversity Findings Due in June By M.V. Greene The Alliance for Board Diversity (ABD), a strategic collaboration of The Executive Leadership Council and several strategic partners, plans to 7 release findings from its third joint report on boardroom diversity in June. This year’s report, “Women and tions, they should be more open to fur- gest that if we were to broaden our cri- Minorities on Fortune 100 Boards,” on ther embracing diversity. “We believe teria somewhat you can get different the state of progress toward bringing forward thinking organizations will kinds of quality people and a broader diversity to the boardrooms of Amer- look at the changes in the business array of thinking to help organizations ica’s leading corporations will arrive environment and will recognize that navigate in changing circumstances.” as the country struggles to emerge diverse boards will better prepare their from a prolonged financial crisis punc- organizations to successfully compete In a September 2009 speech before a tuated by falling corporate income and in a more complex and diverse market- forum on boardroom diversity at the job losses. place,” Livers said. Stanford University Law School, SEC Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar voiced ABD’s January 2008 report, covering Uncertain times may render corpora- his amazement that in 2009 there September 30, 2004, to April 30, 2006 tions fearful of the future, thus aban- remains a need to highlight the impor- – well before the global recession doning emerging initiatives like tance of boardroom diversity. “In an began to accelerate – documented sub- boardroom diversity, but that offers lit- increasingly global environment, the stantially little progress in the tradi- tle solace for progress, Livers said. ability to draw on a wide range of tional makeup of corporate boards. “Fear makes you default to old fault viewpoints, backgrounds, skills and According to that report, white men lines but does little to prepare you for experience is critical to a company's still held a disproportionate share of new realities.” success,” Aguilar said. board director seats despite rapidly changing national population demo- In fact, corporations need to be more A January 2010 Wall Street Journal graphics. rather than less proactive in seeking article headlined “Why Diversity Can diversity as a way to continue to com- Backfire On Company Boards” ques- The ELC and alliance members Cata- pete in the future, according to Livers. tioned that while board diversity may lyst, the Hispanic Association on Corpo- For instance, while many qualified be good in theory it too often leads to rate Responsibility (HACR), Leadership minority and woman board candidates some boards operating ineffectually Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) are experts in financial matters, many when boards do not take steps to wel- and The Prout Group contributed others are able to bring value to a come different points of view. research to the study to provide a picture director’s seat beyond expertise in of the state of progress. The alliance finance, Livers said, noting the oppor- But Livers said boards can do more was formed in 2004. tunity for “diversity in background” is than just add a minority or woman here an important one. or there. “If you are going to bring peo- Dr. Ancella B. Livers, executive direc- ple who are different on your board, tor of the Institute for Leadership “It behooves organizations to be able then you have to allow them to be dif- Development & Research at the ELC, to expand their view. If you say people ferent. There’s nothing worse than said the nation’s taxing financial envi- who are qualified are only financial bringing somebody on the board who ronment ought not to derail robust people, then you are cutting out a lot of is different and then saying now you efforts at board diversity. Livers said strong potential candidates,” Livers have to think the way I do,” she said. that at times like this when corpora- said. “This is not an argument for less- tions already have to dramatically shift ening the quality of people you have on Greene is a freelance journalist their financial and business assump- boards. It is an argument that may sug- based in Baltimore. 2010 New Members – Winter Membership Meeting Inductees Danté Anderson Shacara N. Delgado Steven M. Hilton Jeffery Perry VP, International Marketing SVP, Employment & Benefits Law Vice President, Government Relations America's Transaction Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Realogy Corporation McDonald's USA Integration Practice Leader Ernst & Young Aster Angagaw Sonya Dukes Darline Jean SVP, Market Development SVP, Director of CFO & SVP, Emerging Businesses Kenneth Robinson Sodexo Corporate Supplies Diversity About.com/ Vice President-Finance 8 Wells Fargo Div of New York Times Co The Procter & Gamble Company Nicole Black Vice President Ingrid Clark Durfy Netha N. Johnson, Jr. Agnes Bundy Scanlan Marketing & Business Solutions President President & General Manager Chief Regulatory Officer Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Strategic Account Management 3M Company TD Bank Systems Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Systems Gregory Jones Harold Singleton, III Pamela Blow-Mitchell Director, Diversity & Inclusion Managing Director VP & CIO Lawrence Duncan, III Northwestern Mutual Pinebridge Investments-AIG Lockheed Martin Vice-President, Federal & State Government Relations & PAC Affairs Victoria Jones Lauren States Marilyn F. Booker Lockheed Martin Vice President, Government Vice President, Cloud Computing Managing Director Affairs & Community Relations IBM Corp Morgan Stanley Robert Ellis The Clorox Company Global Chief Inclusion & Michael K. Stewart David P. Bozeman Diversity Officer Freda C. Lewis-Hall Vice President & Controller Vice President ITT Corporation Chief Medical Officer & Senior Vice Marathon Oil Corporation Core Components Division President Caterpillar, Inc. Laurena L. Emhoff Pfizer Sylvia F. Taylor Vice President & Treasurer Vice President, Human Resources Esi Eggleston Bracey The New York Times Company Cindy R. Kent AutoTrader.Com Vice President, Vice President, Marketing Global Cosmetics Robert E. Estill Medtronic, Inc. Angela Thomas Procter & Gamble Vice President Strategy & Portfolio VP, Supply Chain Solutions Marathon Oil Corporation Michael A. Lewis Cardinal Health Julia M. Brown SVP, Energy Delivery Florida SVP- Global Procurement Darryl Fraser Progress Energy Florida Gregg Walker Kraft Foods, Inc. Corporate Vice President, SVP- Corporate Development Communications Jon Love SONY Corporation Payne Brown Northrop Grumman Corporation President, Pitney Bowes VP, Strategic Initiatives Government Solutions Loretta Young Walker Comcast Corporation Donald Frieson Pitney Bowes SVP/Chief Human President Central Div., Resources Officer Theodore Bunting, Jr. VP Store Operations Leonard E. McLauglin Turner Broadcasting System SVP & Chief Accounting Officer Wal-Mart Stores, Inc President (Time Warner Subsidiary) Entergy Corporation Cornerstone Innovative Solutions Patrick Gaston AON Lewis Warren, Jr. Lawyer L. Burks President President, NE Commercial Banking VP, Marketing & Product Management Verizon Foundation Michael H. Millegan Bank of America / Merrill Lynch Cardinal Health President- Wholesale Markets Angela E. Guy Verizon William Whitman, Jr. Matthew Carter, Jr. SVP, General Manager Vice President, Communication President SoftSheen-Carson Patricia Howell Miller McDonald's USA Boost Mobile Consumer Products Division Vice President, Human Resources L'Oreal USA Southern California Edison Steven Andrew White Frank Clyburn Regional Senior Vice President, SVP, Global Pharmaceutical Franchise Paula McCann Harris Kevin Newell Comcast California Merck & Co, Inc. Community Affairs Director US. SVP, Restaurant Support Officer Comcast Schlumberger McDonald's USA Yolanda Conyers Dontá L. Wilson VP, Global Integration & Diversity, President-BB&T Bank of America Chief of Staff-HR BB& T Bank Lenovo National Black Business Information Clearinghouse (Black BIC) Helps Black Entrepreneurs Start and Grow A Business Black BIC website joins Hispanic BIC website in Strengthening Minority Entrepreneurs The National Black Business Informa- “The Black BIC website is a compre- “Minority owned businesses are the tion Clearinghouse (www.BlackBic.org) hensive toolbox of resources, informa- fastest growing business segments in joined the BIC family of entrepreneurial tion, videos and articles designed to the U.S. and their success is critical to 9 websites that are dedicated to ensuring ensure the success of black business their communities as they not only pro- the success of small business owners. owners,” said Dr. Eric Lee, President duce jobs, they also create innovation The Black BIC website, which is free of the Black Chamber of Commerce of and our future leaders” stated Michael to use, provides Black Entrepreneurs Colorado. “This is a valuable resource Barrera, President of the Black BIC. national and local resources on access- we will use to further assist and edu- “By providing this free business ing Money, Managing and Marketing a cate our membership and the Black resource we empower minority busi- small business, Procurement, tips on business community.” nesses and communities across the Technology, Demographic informa- country.” tion and local information on permits, “The Minority Business RoundTable licensing, economic development etc. strongly believes in the value of partner- The Black BIC is a free resource center Additionally, the website contains ships like the one we have established and website that provides critical research on small business and training with the Black BIC and the Hispanic business information on MONEY, videos on financing, networking and BIC (www.hispanicbic.org) ” stated MARKETS, MANAGEMENT and business development. Roger A. Campos, President and CEO of TECHNOLOGY to support the startup the Minority Business RoundTable. “It and growth of Black-owned busi- “The Black BIC website has been in broadens our collective resources to help nesses. The Black BIC offers a collec- planning for a couple of years and we and assist more minority— African tion of business-related articles, are excited to make it available to American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native videos, local city resources, demo- aspiring and existing Black entrepre- American business owners.” graphics, a small business search neurs who want to start and grow a engine and other business tools that successful business,” stated Sal The Black BIC will be reaching out to help aspiring entrepreneurs start and Gomez, Founder of the Black BIC. more local and national grassroots run a successful and profitable business. organizations to further assist aspiring The Black BIC website has received Black Entrepreneurs in owning their The BIC websites have been funded by accolades from local, immigrant and own business and leading the eco- Our World, Our Family, Western national organizations. The website nomic development of their communi- Union’s $50 million, five-year initiative has been demonstrated to Black Cham- ties. The Black BIC joins the Hispanic to empower communities around the ber Commerce of Colorado, the Minor- BIC website which now boasts 10,000 world, the U.S. Department of Labor, ity Business RoundTable and was part unique users per month from the U.S. Microsoft, U.S. Army, The Coca-Cola of the sub-Saharan African Diaspora and Latin America and the BIC family Company and Comerica Bank. Trade show and Marketplace in Wash- of business websites that include ington D.C. sponsored by U.S. AID regional sites in Florida, New York and and Western Union. North Carolina. Is there something missing? If you have news to share or would like us to cover a particular subject, send us your news and story ideas. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 706-5200. Contact is published four times a year, generally in March, June, September and December. WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU. Members on the Move Velma Monteiro-Tribble, COO and Stephanie Bell-Rose recently joined Assistant Treasurer for the Alcoa TIAA-CREF as Managing Director 10 Foundation recently retired after seven and head of the TIAA-CREF Institute years with the company and over 30 after a decade as serving as the found- years of leadership in philanthropic ing President of the Goldman Sachs leadership. Foundation. On January 4th, 2010, Keith Wyche, President – U.S. Operations for Pitney Bowes Management Services became President of Cub Foods, a Minnesota- based grocery chain with stores throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illi- nois, and Iowa. Paula Sneed, current Chairman & CEO of the Phelps Prescott Group was named in January Interim President & On January 13th, 2010, Don Thompson CEO of INROADS, a corporate intern- was promoted from President of US ship and leadership development organ- Operations to President & COO at ization for minority college students. McDonald’s Corporation. Bridgette Heller, Global President – Joyce Hayes-Giles, Senior VP – Cus- Baby GBU was recently transitioned tomer Service for DTE Energy was into the position of Worldwide Presi- recently appointed February 19th to dent for McNeil Nutritionals, which the Board of Directors for Covenant was held by fellow ELC member and House Michigan of Detroit. new Mars Chief Consumer Officer at Mars Chocolate North America Debra Sandler. On March 1, Heller became Executive VP & President – Consumer Health Care for Merck and a member of its Executive Committee. Adriane Brown recently left her posi- tion as SVP – Energy Strategy at Darden Restaurants Chairman & CEO Honeywell International to become Clarence Otis was recently elected to President & COO at Intellectual a 3 year term on the Board of Directors Ventures on January 11th, a Bellevue, of The Federal Reserve Bank of WA based leader in the creation and Atlanta. patenting of new inventions. Diane Ashley, Chief Diversity Officer Randy Melville, Senior VP – Sales for Rosalind Brewer, former President of for the Federal Reserve Bank of New Frito-Lay North America was recently the Southeast Division for Walmart York, was recently named the Blanton- named to the Board of Interline was promoted on January 28th to EVP Peale Institute and Counseling Center’s Brands, Inc., is a leading international and President of Walmart South, as Norman Vincent Peale Award for Posi- distributor and direct marketer of part of a major restructuring at the tive Thinking for 2010 recipient and maintenance, repair, and operations company. will receive the award Tuesday, May products. 11th at the New York Marriott Marquis. Keith Pigues, Chief Marketing Officer Solomon Watson IV was appointed Herman Bulls, Chairman – Public for Ply Gem Industries, Inc. was November 20th as General Counsel for Institutions for Jones Lang LaSalle recently appointed an Adjunct Profes- the Department of the Army by Presi- was named March 15th to the Board of sor of Leadership at the University of dent Obama. Directors of Rasmussen, Inc., a post- North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Busi- secondary educational services organi- ness School. zation delivering Master's, Bachelor's, Derica Rice was recently promoted Associate's, and Doctoral degree pro- from Senior VP and CFO to Executive grams through its network of 18 Ras- Wayne Hewett was recently promoted Vice President – Global Services and mussen College campuses and on January 7th from COO to President CFO for Eli Lilly. partnerships with leading universities. & CEO of Arysta LifeScience Corpo- ration. Hewett just joined the company 11 in October 2009 after two decades of leadership at GE. Members in the News The Executive Leadership Council was recently highlighted as part of a special In the September/October 2009 issue section on how executive diversity can help companies during the economic recov- of The Network Journal, the Eighth ery in the December 2009 Issue of Black Enterprise. It was also featured on the Annual Black Women on Wall Street BE website as Black Enterprise did several stories and live web streaming of their was spotlighted as part of the maga- Conversation on Energy which featured several ELC members engaged in this zine’s Industry Focus section. The high level discussion with White House officials. headline article featured quotes from ELC members Geri P. Thomas, Sen- ior VP- Human Resources & Corporate The Alliance for Board Diversity (ABD), of which ELC is a founding partner, had Diversity Executive for Bank of Amer- its 2008 research report on Women and Minorities on Corporate Boards featured as ica; Westina Matthews-Shatteen, part of a February 3rd DiversityInc. story about the SEC's recent announcement of Retired Managing Director – Commu- new diversity disclosure rules for corporate board seats at US publicly traded com- nity Business Development for Merrill panies. ELC and the other ABD member organizations (Catalyst, Hispanic Associa- Lynch; Carla Harris, Managing tion for Corporate Responsibility (HACR), Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics Director – Strategic Client Group, (LEAP), and the Prout Group) sent letters in support of these new rules. ABD was Morgan Stanley; Amy Ellis-Simon, also featured in a recent editorial in the March/April 2010 issue of The Corporate Managing Director – Head of Middle Governance Advisor by John Chiang, California State Controller, and on the Markets and Multi-Product Sales at Blogsite Acquire, Build and Fulfill about women on boards, which can be found Bank of America/Merrill Lynch; and at www.acquirebuildandfulfill.blogspot.com/2010/03/women-power-in-todays- Nicole Lewis, Vice President – Global corporate-world Marketing, Kelly Services. In addi- tion, several NextGen Members were featured in the issue. Former NextGen Debra Nelson, VP – Corporate Diver- Network President Joy Booker and fel- sity and Community Affairs at MGM low member André Branch were inter- Mirage, was recently named “One of viewed for an article on the importance the Top 25 People to Watch” by Global of international assignments. In addi- Gaming Business magazine. tion, Booker, Sheila Marmon, Shari Slate along with ELC Member Windy Lawrence, Vice President & Counsel Don Thompson’s recent promotion to for AXA Equitable were shown at the President & COO of McDonald’s Cor- 2009 Network Journal Top 40 Under poration was featured in the January 40 event. 25, 2010 issue of Bloomberg Busi- nessWeek magazine. D e b r a Nel s o n Me m b er s in t h e New s Continued from Page 11 Julie Washington, Vice President – In the October 26th 2009 edition of Laverne Council, Corporate VP & Marketing for Luxottica Retail was Fortune magazine, Ken Chenault, Chief Information Officer for Johnson named one of the Most Influential Chairman & CEO of American & Johnson recently received two pres- Women in the Optical industry for Express was profiled and interviewed tigious honors. ComputerWorld mag- 2009 by Vision Monday magazine, the for a special C-Suite Strategies section. azine named her one of the 100 premier optical industry publication. Premier IT Leaders in the world along with an extensive interview on its web- In the December 29th edition of the site. She was then named one of the Orlando Sentinel named Darden best CIOs in the country by Business 12 Restaurants Chairman & CEO Trends Quarterly and was part of a spe- Clarence Otis as the 10th Most Pow- cial one-day public forum on the future erful Person in Central Florida. He of global IT where she was honored on was also a recipient of a 2010 Trumpet January 27th. Award at the 18th Annual ceremonies held in late January 2010. Recently, TheGrio.com, an African-American Rodney Adkins recent promotion to news, politics, culture, and entertain- SVP - Systems and Technology Group ment web portal recently announced for IBM was featured in the January that he, along with Carla Harris, 2010 issue of Black Enterprise maga- Managing Director – Strategic Client zine. In addition, 2008 Strengthening Group for Morgan Stanley and Ursula the Pipeline Institute graduate Cindy Burns, Xerox CEO were named to its Kent was featured for her recent pro- Lesia Bates Moss, President & CEO TheGrio100 list of Historymakers in motion to VP – Global Marketing, of Seedco Financial Services, Inc. was the Making. He will also receive the Gastro/Urology and Deep Brain Stim- featured in the February 15th 2010 2010 Kupfer Distinguished Executive ulation Therapies at Medtronic. issue of Bloomberg BusinessWeek Award from Texas A&M’s Mays Busi- magazine in a story on how non-profit ness School on March 3rd. Community Development Financial Bob Billingslea, VP – Corporate Urban Institutions (CDFIs) such as hers are Affairs and Development for The Walt helping large banks support small and On February 8th Reginald Van Lee, Disney Company has recently received minority businesses. Senior VP for Booz | Allen | Hamilton a host of awards and recognitions for was honored at the Grace in Winter Sil- his corporate and community service ver Ball, which was held to honor the including serving as commencement 25th Anniversary of the Evidence speaker at Kent State University’s win- Dance Company. The event was held ter commencement ceremonies on at The Plaza Hotel and honors Van Lee December 19th and receiving the Diver- for his service as Chairman of the sityFIRST Award from the National Board for the Evidence Dance Com- Diversity Council at the Inaugural pany. Several other ELC members Florida Diversity and Leadership Con- serve on the event’s Silver Anniversary ference January 15th. Mr. Billingslea Committee and the Dance Company’s also received the Bernard and Shirley Board including Rhonda Mims, Sen- Kinsey Award from the Southern Cali- ior VP – ING Americas and President – fornia Chapter of the Florida A&M ING Foundation, Leslie Mays (Board University National Alumni Associa- Secretary) and Monica Azare, Senior tion and received on March 25th of this VP – Corporate Employee Communi- year the 2010 Torch Award from cations for Verizon. Legacy Ladies Inc., a California based John D. Harris, Raytheon VP- Con- philanthropic organization. tracts and Supply Chain was recently named the 2010 Black Engineer of the Stacey Mobley, Senior Counsel for Year Award recipient. Dickstein Shapiro, LLP will be among Billy Dexter, Managing Director & the featured speakers at the 9th Annual Partner for Heidrick & Struggles was CLE Expo to be held March 18th-19th interviewed in the January/February in Chicago. 2010 issue of Diversity Executive magazine on the topic of how compa- nies maintained their long-term diver- sity plans even during the toughest times of the recent recession. Johnson & Johnson’s VP of Global In the Winter 2009/2010 edition of In the March 9th online edition of The Diversity and Inclusion and CDO Black Radio Exclusive magazine, Black Collegian, the magazine did a Anthony Carter was interviewed for Kevin Liles, Founder & CEO of KWL profile of African American Fortune DiversityInc.’s website to discuss how Enterprises was featured being hon- 500 CEOs. Dr. Ancella Livers of the J&J’s strong values and commitment ored at the Living Legends Foundation ELC Institute was interviewed con- to corporate responsibility has helped Awards Gala, which raises funds for cerning the significance of this barrier guide its success and its position as #1 music industry veterans. He was also being broken in corporate America and on the magazine’s 2009 Top 50 compa- the keynote speaker at the National the potential ramifications for the nies for Diversity. The interview is avail- Black MBA Atlanta Chapter’s 25th future. CEOs profiled in the article able at www.diversityinc.com by going Annual Scholarship luncheon. included: to http://www.diversityinc.com/content/ 1757/article/6969/?. He was also part • Ursula Burns – CEO, Xerox 13 of a Chief Diversity Officer Round- Chris Simmons, Market Managing Corporation table in DiversityInc.’s November/ Partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers • Kenneth Chenault – Chairman & December 2009 magazine along with was shown in attendance at the Wash- CEO, American Express Company fellow ELC members Margot ington Business Journal’s Book of Lists • A. Barry Rand – CEO, AARP Copeland, EVP and Director - Corpo- annual event in the February 5th-11th • Clarence Otis, Jr. – Chairman & rate Diversity & Philanthropy for Key- 2010 issue of Washington Business CEO, Darden Restaurants Inc. Bank and Chair of the KeyBank Journal. The event features the top • Don Thompson – President & Foundation, and Ron Glover, VP – business, non-profit, and entrepreneur- COO, McDonald’s Diversity and Workforce Programs for ial leaders in the DC Metropolitan area. • John W. Thompson – Chairman, IBM. In addition, the magazine also Symantec Corporation showcased these members and high- • Rodney O’Neal – President & lights from its November Awards cere- In the February 2010 issue of Diversi- CEO, Delphi Corporation mony and CDO Summit which tyInc, Ronald Williams, Chairman & • Ronald Williams – Chairman & featured Ronald Williams, Chairman CEO of Aetna and Johnson & John- CEO, Aetna & CEO of Aetna accepting an award son’s VP of Global Diversity and for Top Company for Community Inclusion and CDO Anthony Carter Development. Summit participants were quoted in a special report on how also included Mae Douglas, SVP & corporate leadership should express its Chief People Officer for Cox Commu- commitment to diversity. Mr. Williams nications; Jimmie Paschall, SVP – was also quoted, along with Essie Cal- External Affairs and Global Diversity houn, Chief Diversity & Community Officer for Marriott International; and Affairs Officer & VP for Eastman Essie Calhoun, Chief Diversity & Kodak Company in a special report on Community Affairs Officer & VP for the importance of Black History Eastman Kodak Company. Month and what it means today. In addition, James Taylor, President – Senior Services, Sodexho North Amer- In addition to the 25 ELC women exec- ica talked about the relationships he utives featured in the February 2010 built as a mentor in Sodexho’s Spirit of issue of Black Enterprise, Council Mentoring IMPACT Program as part Board Member Keith Wyche and his of a cover story on mentoring. Derica Rhonda Mims, President of the ING recent hire as President of Cub Foods, Rice, Executive Vice President – Foundation and Senior Vice President SUPERVALU was featured in the Global Services and CFO for Eli Lilly of ING’s Office of Corporate Respon- magazine’s On the Move section and was featured in Eli Lilly’s latest ad sibility and Multicultural Affairs is Council Board Vice Chair Bernard campaign for the magazine. Rhonda profiled with her company in the Part- Tyson, EVP – Health Plan & Hospital Mims, President – ING Foundation and ner Profile section of UNICEF’s maga- Operations was featured in a special SVP – Corporate Responsibility and zine, Every Child. Health & Wellness Special Report on Multicultural Affairs, ING Americas heart disease and his personal near was also featured as part of the maga- death story and his subsequent rededi- zine’s Profiles in Leadership section. cation to healthful living. ELC Front and Center in Savoy 100 Most Influential Spring Issue Savoy magazine’s Spring 2010 issue featured a host of ELC coverage around our members, events, and research. Chief among the stories was the magazine’s 2010 14 listing of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America. Fifty percent of the selections for the list were ELC members, including Xerox CEO Ursula Burns who was profiled in the story that preceded the final list. We want to recognize and con- gratulate all of our members who were featured: ■ Or lan d o As h f or d ■ L in d a Goo den SVP and Chief HR Officer, Marsh and EVP – Information Systems & Global Services McLennan Companies (MMC) (IS&GS), Lockheed Martin Corporation ■ R o ber t L. “ B o b” B illin gs lea ■ William H. “ B ill” Ha r pe r III VP – Corporate Urban Affairs and Development, VP, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PGE) The Walt Disney Company ■ J en n if e r Hu n t e r ■ Ur s u la B u r n s VP – Corporate Affairs for Altria Client Services, CEO, Xerox Corporation Altria Group ■ K e n n et h Ch en au lt ■ Mich ae l “ Mik e” G. J oh n s o n Chairman & CEO, American Express Company VP – Human Resources for US Operations, UPS ■ R alph Clev e lan d ■ Gale V. K in g EVP – Engineering and Operations, AGL Resources EVP and Chief HR Officer, Nationwide ■ Ta m m ar a Com bs ■ An t o in et t e “ To n ie ” L eat h er ber r y VP – Lowes.com, Lowes Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP ■ Ma r go t J . Co pela n d ■ Nicole M. L ew is EVP, KeyCorp VP – Global Marketing, Kelly Services, Inc. ■ To dd Cor ley ■ Va ler ie D. L ew is SVP, Abercrombie & Fitch Assistant VP, Assistant Secretary and Senior Corporate Counsel, Safeway Inc. ■ Cr aig Cu f f ie VP – Global Supply Chain Operations, Intuit Inc. ■ L aw r en ce “ L ar r y ” Milan SVP – HR, ING Americas ■ H. J a m e s Da llas SVP – Quality and Operations, Medtronic, Inc. ■ R h on da Mim s President – ING Foundation and SVP – ■ R ich ar d Den t III Corporate Responsibility and Multicultural Affairs, SVP – COO for Victoria Secret PINK, Limited Brands ING Americas ■ Son y a Du k es ■ R acqu e l Od en SVP – Corporate Supplier Diversity, Wells Fargo Managing Director – Banking Products, UBS Financial Services, Inc. ■ Ma r v in Ellis on EVP – U.S. Stores, The Home Depot ■ C l a r e n c e O t i s , J r. ■ B e r n a r d J . Ty s o n Chairman & CEO, Darden Restaurants Inc. EVP – Health Plan and Hospital Operations, Kaiser Permanente ■ J i m m i e Wa l t o n P a s c h a l l SVP – External Affairs and Global Diversity Officer, ■ J u l i e S . Wa s h i n g t o n Marriott International, Inc. VP – Marketing, Luxottica Retail ■ A . B a r ry R a n d ■ R o b i n L . Wa s h i n g t o n CEO, AARP SVP and CFO, Gilead Sciences, Inc. ■ Al B. Reid ■ J e f f e r y We a v e r Divisional VP – President of Corporate Development, EVP & Group Head of Credit Portfolio Management, 15 Abbott Laboratories KeyCorp ■ Derica Rice ■ M a r y B e t h We s t EVP – Global Services and CFO, Eli Lilly and EVP and Chief Marketing Officer, Kraft Foods Inc. Company ■ R a y f o r d “ R a y ” W i l k i n s J r. ■ M a rv a S m a l l s CEO – AT&T Diversified Businesses, AT&T EVP of Public Affairs and Chief of Staff, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids & Family Group ■ Anré Williams President – Global Commercial Card, ■ D e r r i c k W. S m i t h American Express Company VP – Finance, CSX Transportation ■ Ronald Williams ■ R o b e r t “ B o b ” N . S t a r g e l J r. Chairman & CEO, Aetna VP – Global Nonwovens, Kimberly-Clark Corporation ■ David Windley ■ S h e l l y S t e w a r t J r. EVP & Chief HR Officer, Yahoo! SVP – Operational Excellence and Chief Procurement Officer, Tyco International ■ J a m e s H . Wo o t e n J r. SVP, General Counsel & Secretary, ■ J a m e s Ta y l o r Illinois Tool Works Inc. President – Senior Services, Sodexho North America ■ M i c h a e l A . Wr i g h t ■ S h a ro n C . Ta y l o r SVP and Chief HR Officer, SVP – HR, Prudential Financial Covanta Holding Corporation ■ Geri Thomas ■ Keith R. Wyche SVP and Georgia Market President, Bank of America President – CUB Foods, SUPERVALU ■ Don Thompson ■ Te ro s s Yo u n g President & COO, McDonald’s VP – Government Relations, Food Lion LLC In addition, the issue also featured an and Enterprise Development (CED) Fitch were shown at last year’s Ohio article on our Census of African Amer- Group which he founded to help Diversity & Leadership Conference. icans on Boards of Directors with minorities build and grow their small Billy Dexter, Partner at Heidrick and quotes from ELC President & CEO businesses. ELC was named as a key Struggles was also featured in a spe- Carl Brooks and Institute for Leader- leader in the efforts to diversify corpo- cial commentary section offering his ship Development & Research Execu- rate boards by Edie Fraser, Senior tips on how to be selected for board tive Director Dr. Ancella B. Livers. Consultant at Diversified Search service. The magazine also profiled Photos and highlights from our 2009 Odgers Berndtson and former CEO of Don Thompson (McDonald’s), John Annual Recognition Dinner also are Diversity Best Practices in a special D. Harris II (Raytheon), and Derica displayed. Ralph Cleveland, EVP – commentary about corporate diversity Rice (Eli Lilly) for their recent promo- Engineering and Operations, AGL in 2010. In addition, Gale King, EVP tions and recognitions (See Members Resources was profiled for his social and Chief HR Officer, Nationwide and on the Move, Members in the News, entrepreneurship venture, the Capital Todd Corley, SVP, Abercrombie & pgs 10-13). Message from the Foundation Positioning Ourselves for Chair Sustained Growth Over the years, we have enjoyed generous support from member corporations, foundations, and friends, as well as the in-kind contributions and donation of 16 services. This sustains our mission and ensures the success of The Executive Leadership Council. The Foundation’s current program initiatives are strongly aligned with our strate- gic objectives and represent a core portfolio for developing our long term brand as a premier leadership development organization. I want to share with you a few of the ways the dollars that you, your member companies, and our other constituents invest in us are used. W. R o y D u n b a r Our Professional Leadership Development & Network strategy includes our events such as the CEO Diversity Summit and the upcoming Black Women’s Leadership Summit. We continue to make progress in corporate board development and training as well. A Community Impact committee, launched at the request of the ELC/ELF Executive Committee, has taken on education as an issue. This committee will use a vetting process to select 2-3 institutions or organizations that can create tangible, measura- ble results for education initiatives. In addition, our White House Working Group on Education, partnership alliance with New America Alliance on K-12 education advo- cacy and scholarship programs (Essay Competition, Business Case Competition, Ann Fudge Scholars and Al Martins Scholars) are all having a positive impact. ELC has acted independently and through strategic partnerships to focus on other key issues facing our community. ELC provided a $25K initial donation to Doctors Without Borders for relief efforts in Haiti, where ELC companies have provided over $35 million dollars in direct aid and another $25-$35 million in products and services. With support from the Foundation, the Institute for Leadership Development & Research continues to grow its Strengthening the Pipeline program, serving dozens of promising executives each year. The annual Mid-level Managers’ Symposium has had 11,000 mid-level managers participate in development, training and net- working. For 2010 the Institute has introduced new offerings to reach out to senior African-American women executives, mid-level African-American women executives, and first-time executives. The Institute’s research on Black Women Executives and Corporate Board Census has become something to talk about around the country in the media and within corporations. The Foundation will continue to grow its endowment through fiscal prudence and expanding resources. We are working to secure more funds through institutional giving (corporate & non-corporate), government sources and private foundations. We still need your help. Please be strong advocates for the Foundation with your companies, your networks, and your communities to help generate the resources we need to take us to new heights and continue our work to fill the African-American leadership pipeline from the classroom to the boardroom. W. Roy Dunbar Black Women’s Leadership Summit Returns to DC April 19 – 20, 2010 Econ o m ic R eco v er y : A P u blic P o licy Br ie f in g – Apr il 19t h Bla ck Wom en On Ch a n g e – Apr il 20t h include: Evern Cooper Epps, retired UPS Executive; Susan Chapman, Citi 17 Realty; and Racquel Oden. “Black Women on Wall Street has been a marquee event for ELC women,” said Nicole Lewis, a member of this year’s summit planning committee and vice president of Global Marketing for Kelly Services. “Without losing the brand we built over the years, we are introducing a new “Black Women On . . .” series that will allow us to change subjects and locations, bringing new issues to more T h e U n it e d St a t es Ca p it o l is a s y m b o l o f t h e Am er ica n p e o p le a n d o u r go v e r n m e n t , black women in more cities.” a n d t h e m e e t in g p la ce o f t h e n a t io n 's le g is la t iv e b o d ie s . The expansion of the “Black Women on Wall Street” series allows ELC to The Executive Leadership Council Black Women’s leverage the success of this signature event and allow a broader range of Leadership Summit takes place in Washington, DC, member participation, discussion cate- gories, and industries. April 19 – 20, 2010, with 80 ELC members in All proceeds from registration fees and attendance. It has been nearly seven years since the corporate contributions go to the Ann Fudge Scholars Program to support event has been held in the Nation’s Capital. exemplary graduate and undergraduate black college women majoring in busi- In October 2003, ELC convened its include Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke ness with an interest in international first women’s summit in Washington, as the featured speaker, and remarks by business. Last summer ELC women D.C., for a public policy briefing Ambassador Ronald Kirk, U.S. Trade escorted a group of Ann Fudge schol- where fifty Council women members Representative, and Kim Wallace, U.S. ars to South Africa to learn more about heard a candid analysis of the eco- Department of the Treasury Assistant international operations of U.S. com- nomic and political events that shaped Secretary for Legislative Affairs. An panies and the culture of an important their businesses and lives. Since that early evening reception will be held on African nation. Ann Fudge is sched- time, the event has been held in New Capitol Hill, followed by a closing din- uled to attend the Summit. York City as “Black Women on Wall ner hosted by Bank of America/Merrill Street,” focused primarily on financial Lynch. Registration for the Summit will be services. conducted online at www.elcinfo.com An open breakfast event will take place until April 2. This year’s summit includes a welcom- at the National Press Club where ELC ing reception hosted by JPMorgan women members will address more Members of this year’s Planning Com- Chase and a morning session hosted by than 250 mid- to senior management mittee include Council members Diane Skadden Arps where Strobe Talbott, women. The 2010 offering is entitled Ashley, Avis Braggs, Leilani Brown, President, Brookings Institution on “Black Women on Change” and will Susan Chapman, Kimberly Davis, Jes- World Events, and representatives offer perspectives on personal and sica Isaacs, Nicole Lewis, Valerie from the World Bank and neighboring individual change management within Lewis, Paula Madison, Lesia Bates universities will discuss women’s the context of career development and Moss, Westina Matthews Shatteen, health issues. Lunch and afternoon advancement. Council members Lucia Riddles, Marva Smalls, Geri discussions at The Federal Reserve invited as moderators and panelists Thomas, and Tina Walls. University of Michigan Team Takes First Place In ELC Business Case Competition A team of five students from the This year’s competition challenged and mathematics, the “STEM” disci- Stephen M. Ross School of Business at students to examine Reasoning Mind, plines. the University of Michigan won The Inc, an innovative, interactive, web- Executive Leadership Council’s 2010 based math curriculum that is achiev- “We were just so excited about the Business Case Competition “Growing ing outstanding results with opportunity to compete, present to the Reasoning Minds – 1M by 2015” held economically disadvantaged, special judges and meet representatives of 18 March 12 at the Fairfax, VA offices of needs, and limited English proficiency ExxonMobil and The Executive Lead- Exxon Mobil Corporation, the event’s students in grades 2-6. The program is ership Council,” said Vasco Bridges sponsor. The winning teams were designed to increase significantly III, president of the Ross School Black awarded first, second, and third place Algebra readiness, helping to establish Business Student Association and a awards of $35,000, $20,000 and a sound foundation for future success 2010 MBA candidate. “Winning was $15,000, respectively. in science, technology, engineering, sort of the cherry on top,” he added. A b o v e : ELC president and CEO Carl B ro o k s i s j o i n e d b y E x x o n M o b i l executives, Business Case Competition j u d g e s a n d s t u d e n t s f ro m t h e U n i v e r s i t y of Michigan, winners of the 2010 c o m p e t i t i o n . J u d g e s w e r e C a r l B ro o k s ; J i m S h e p a r d , G e n N x 3 6 0 C a p i t a l P a rt - ners; Gena Ashe, PBS; Paula Sneed, P h i l l i p s P r e s c o t t G ro u p & I n t e r i m P r e s i d e n t & C E O , I N R O A D S ; D r. J a m e s Calvin, Carey Business School - John H o p k i n s U n i v e r s i t y ; a n d , D r. C a r r o l Thomas, Superintendent, Beaumont Independent School District (TX). Right: Paula Sneed makes a point to D r. C a r r o l l T h o m a s a s J i m S h e p a r d looks on during the judging of the competition. 19 C a r l B ro o k s g e t s a s t a n d i n g o v a t i o n a s h e s t e p s f o r w a r d t o r e c e i v e r e c o g n i t i o n f ro m E x x o n M o b i l e x e c u t i v e s d u r i n g t h e 2 0 1 0 B u s i n e s s C a s e C o m p e t i t i o n a w a r d s l u n c h e o n a t E x x o n M o b i l i n F a i rf a x , V i r g i n i a . “We were just so excited about the opportunity to “The Executive Leadership Council is delighted to have ExxonMobil sponsor compete, present to the judges and meet representatives this wonderful educational opportunity to analyze this organization and an of ExxonMobil and The Executive Leadership Council. issue of national importance such as STEM education for African American Winning was sort of the cherry on top.” and minority students,” said Brooks. “The competition supports the coun- — Vasco Bridges III, president of the Ross School Black Business cil’s mission of preparing the next gen- Student Association and a 2010 MBA candidate eration of African-American corporate executives as well as our advocacy mission to highlight the potential Individuals from Texas Southern Uni- the opportunity to obtain a first rate achievements generated by harnessing versity’s Jesse H. Jones School of Busi- math education to all students.” the power of inclusive leadership. We ness and Dartmouth College’s Tuck salute the team from the University of School of Business walked away with Since 2002, the Business Case Compe- Michigan Ross School on their second and third prizes, respectively. tition has invited African-American achievement.” MBA students and predominantly "This case has brought the Executive black multi-racial MBA teams from Executive Leadership Council member Leadership Council into the national select business schools to analyze Jesse Tyson, Exxon Mobil’s Fuels math and science crisis front and cen- timely business issues that challenge Marketing Global Aviation Director ter, an issue that cannot be ignored,” critical thinking, analytical, financial based in Brussels, Belgium, co-hosted said Gerald McElvy, council member and communication skills. the event with McElvy. ExxonMobil and president of ExxonMobil Founda- Foundation is the primary philan- tion. “The Business Case Competition Individual African American students thropic arm of Exxon Mobil Corpora- traditionally has focused on business or teams of up to five students, the tion in the United States, supporting operational problems. This year we majority of whom must be African- initiatives to improve math and science wanted to bring the innovation and cre- American, from 50 selected schools education at the K-12 and higher educa- ativity of the teams to bear on dramat- nationwide were invited to compete tion levels. Additional information on ically growing the exposure of this year. Finalists made presentations ExxonMobil’s community partnerships disadvantaged public school students to a group of distinguished judges and contribution programs is available to Reasoning Mind. The contributions including Executive Leadership Coun- at www.exxonmobil.com/community. of these teams will help Reasoning cil President & CEO Carl Brooks, and Mind achieve its vision of providing a corporate audience. Members Convene in Orlando for Winter Meeting M ore than 160 ELC members gathered at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando to meet, network, learn and relax. Nearly 40 attendees were new members who were introduced and inducted during the opening night dinner. 20 The theme of the 2010 Winter General Membership Meeting was “On the Road to Economic Recovery: Achiev- ing and Sustaining Preeminence” and members were more than ready to talk about how to move beyond the eco- nomic recession and take full advan- tage of the recovery. National Director of the Minority New m em b er Da v id B ozem a n a n d h is w if e Da w n w it h K e y n o t e Sp ea k er Dr. St ev e P er r y Business Development Agency of the (c.), Fo u n d er a n d P rin cip a l of Ca p it a l P r ep a r a t o r y Ma gn et Sch oo l in H a r t f o rd , Con n . Department of Commerce David Hin- son attended and participated in the business meeting where our White House initiative was discussed and served as keynote speaker during Fri- day’s dinner. He also took the time to speak with members individually about what steps they can take to increase the numbers and success of minority businesses on a scale to com- pete for government contracts and serve as suppliers to the world’s lead- ing corporations. Opening night speaker Dr. Steve Perry, founder and principal of Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hart- ford, Conn., and a CNN contributor on Co u n cil B o a r d Secr e t a r y L a w r en ce M . D r a k e II d r iv e s h o m e a p o in t w it h m em b e r s Education, dazzled members with his d u r in g a r e ce p t io n a t t h e Win t e r M e m b e r s M e e t in g in Or la n d o . remarks about the crisis in the achieve- ment gap of minorities in American public schools. ELC member Alana rior education in America and that it is Ward Robinson, co-chair of the ELC best to invest in developing productive White House Working Group on Edu- citizens than paying for failing schools cation introduced Perry. (see Education and the troubled adults they will pro- story on page 1) duce. He challenged the inflexibility of teacher unions that allow teachers “As business leaders, you should be to spend less time with students each concerned about what is happening in day and fewer days serving students America’s schools,” said Dr. Perry. “If each year. we’re in a 100 yard dash, our children are starting 200 yards behind. No mat- Throughout the week, ELC President ter how hard they try, how hard they & CEO Carl Brooks participated in or run, they will never catch up. That’s a officiated a wide range of activities and recipe for disaster,” he added. events including the Pipeline Class of 2010 Meeting and graduation, meet- M e m b e r s e n g a g ed in l iv e ly e x ch a n ge s Dr. Perry told members that one way ings of 2010 Annual Recognition Din- d u r in g o u r b u s in e s s a n d p er s o n a l or the other, society will pay for infe- Continued on page 23 d e v e lo p m en t m e e t in g s . 21 N e w m e m b e r N i c o l e B l a c k ( c e n t e r ) , Vi c e P r e s i d e n t o f M a r k e t i n g N e w m e m b e r A s t e r A n g a g a w, s e n i o r v i c e p r e s i d e n t o f M a r k e t & Business Solutions for Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Systems, Developm en t at Sod exo, c hats with Dennis Ma ple, pr esident o f meets with other new members at the Winter Meeting. Aramark Educat ion. Dennis Dowdell greets new member Jon Love, president of Pitney E s t h e r S i l v e r P a r k e r o f Wa l - M a r t w i t h D r. P r i c e C o b b s a t t h e W i n - Bowes Government Solutions. ter Meeting. Keynote speaker David H in so n, nationa l directo r of the Mino rity Members were able to get their eyes examined at the B u s i n e s s D e v e l o p m e n t A g e n c y o f t h e U . S . D e p a rt m e n t o f C o m m e r c e , Winter Meetin g, co mpliments of Lu xo ttic a. w i t h F o u n d a t i o n Tr e a s u r e r M i l t o n I r v i n o f U B S I n v e s t m e n t B a n k . ELC Dominates Black Enterprise Energy Forum Nearly every panelist participating in a Inc.; Carolyn Green, managing part- new economic model around energy. Black Enterprise forum on energy ner, EnerGreen Capital Management, The government expects to invest $150 sponsored by Shell was a member of LLC; Christopher C. Womack, EVP billion in new technologies over the The Executive Leadership Council. and President of External Affairs, next 10 years. The Green Economy is The forum entitled “A Conversation on Georgia Power; and, Lloyd Yates, now touted as one of the strongest Energy” sought to address the opportu- president and CEO, Progress Energy areas for expected job growth. nities and risks associated with the Carolinas. emergence of a “green” economy. Panelists urged caution as many entre- 22 According to Black Enterprise maga- preneurs try to take advantage of this Invited guests included the following zine The American Recovery and new business opportunity. The article ELC members; Gaurdie E. Banister Reinvestment Act, commonly referred on the forum featuring comments from Jr., president and CEO, Aera Energy to as the Stimulus Bill, commits more ELC members is available online at LLC; Lynton Scotland, former vice than $80 billion to clean energy invest- http://www.blackenterprise.com/business/ president - Operational Excellence, ments and serves as a strong indicator 2010/01/12/energy-experts-to-blacks- NRG Energy; Roderick West, presi- that President Obama has placed a high you-must-think-green/. dent & CEO, Entergy New Orleans, priority on the importance of creating a E L C m e m b e r C a ro l y n G r e e n w a s a p a n - E L C m e m b e r L l o y d Ya t e s , p r e s i d e n t a n d C E O o f P ro g r e s s E n e r g y C a ro l i n a s s p e a k s d u r i n g e l i s t d u r i n g t h e B l a c k E n t e r p r i s e E n e rg y t h e B l a c k E n t e r p r i s e E n e rg y F o r u m i n J a n u a ry. F o r u m i n J a n u a ry. ELC members Gaurdie Bannister ( 2 n d f ro m l e f t ) , Lynton Scotland a n d R o d We s t p a rt i c i p a t e d i n t h e Black Enterprise E n e rg y F o r u m i n J a n u a ry. Me m b er s Co n v en e in Or lan d o f or Win t er Mee t in g Continued from Page 20 ner and CEO Diversity Summit plan- ning committees, and meetings of the Council and Foundation Boards. “We had a full and eventful week that demonstrated the value of membership 2010 AP R IL TBD Price Cobbs Coaching Center | Webinar Web/Teleconference Calendar Dates in The Executive Leadership Council,” MAY said Brooks. “Our members enthusias- 24 – 28 2010 Strengthening the Pipeline (Application Deadline—March 12) tically engaged members, new mem- 5-day program helping participants gain an understanding of more 23 bers and our guests in spirited advanced concepts in leadership—Program 1 discussions about improving the Mandarin Oriental •Miami, FL pipeline and opportunities for African- American executives in a recovering J UNE economy. With all of the set-backs of 9 – 10 Board Meetings the last 18 months, our members are Westin Hilton Head •Hilton Head, SC helping one another position them- 10 Member Orientation selves to benefit from the global eco- Westin Hilton Head •Hilton Head, SC nomic recovery,” added Brooks. 10 – 12 Spring Membership Meetings Westin Hilton Head •Hilton Head, SC In addition to the meetings, receptions and dinners, members participated in TBD Price Cobbs Coaching Center | Webinar health screenings, career coaching and Web/Teleconference recreation. AUGUST 2–6 2010 Strengthening the Pipeline (Application Deadline—May 14) The Spring General Membership 5-day program which helps participants gain an understanding of more Meeting is scheduled to take place advanced concepts in leadership— Program 2 June 9 – 13, 2010, at the Weston Hilton TBD •Las Vegas, NV Head in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Board meetings will take place June 25 – 27 Bright Futures (Application Deadline—June 14) 9th and 10th with New Member Orien- 3-day program designed for new managers, new project leaders, and/or tation and a Welcoming Reception and individual contributors who have had little formal leadership training Dinner on June 10th. Business meet- TBD •Chicago, IL ings and additional receptions and din- SEP TEM B ER ners will take place June 11th and 12th. TBD Price Cobbs Coaching Center | Webinar Web/Teleconference OCTOB ER 13 Board Meetings Hilton New York •New York, NY 14 CEO Diversity Summit Hilton New York •New York, NY 14 Annual Recognition Dinner Hilton New York •New York, NY 15 Mid-Level Managers’ Symposium (Registration opens in April) Hilton New York •New York, NY 15 Strengthening the Pipeline Alumni Session (Invite Only) Hilton New York •New York, NY NOV EMB ER TBD Price Cobbs Coaching Center | Webinar Web/Teleconference DECEM B ER EL C M em b er He rm a n B u lls h a s h is b lo od p r es s u r e ch eck ed w h ile R ev. J o n a t h a n 2 Board Meetings M a x ey loo k s o n . 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