25 black women who have made a difference in business.

Author:Reynolds, Rhonda
Position:Brief profiles - Cover Story

TERRIAN BARNES-BRYANT For 35 years, the International Franchising Association tried opening doors to minorities. Then it found Terrian Barnes-Bryant.

A 13-year IFA veteran, Barnes-Bryant fud the formation of the Women's Franchise Network and the Alliance for Minority Opportunities in Franchising to gain entry for blacks in this $813 billion industry. At 38, this VP of minority and women's affairs helps members start minority vendor supplier programs and network with minority firms.

What's next? Getting franchisors to create in-house formal recruitment programs. "There's no one-stop shop to increase our involvement," says Barnes-Bryant. Unless, of course, it's Terrian.

JEWELL LaFONTANT-MANKARIOUS is a woman of many firsts. But you won't hear it from her. The ambassador-at-large and U.S. coordinator for refugee affairs says it's not "important to be the first if you don't open doors so other blacks and women can enter."

She's the first woman to argue a case before the Supreme Court, a founding member of the Congress for Racial Equality and the first black woman to be elected to a major corporate board, Jewel Foods, in 1968. Since then, she has been named to 16 other boards, including Revlon and Equitable Life.

At 72, she still possesses a need to make a difference. And if it bears the burden of being the first-she says, "So be it."

SYBIL C. MOBLEY Move over, Yale and Harvard. Sybil Mobley, dean of Florida A&M's School of Business & Industry, is on a mission, and she's had 20 years to prepare for it. Since Mobley, 68, became dean in 1974, the historically black university's B school has been hailed as one of the nation's top five business schools.

Its professional development program models corporate America with 23 in-house "companies," such as an investment firm, insurance company and television station.

Their reputation is helping the school leap onto Wall Street. Any minute, the school expects the Securities and Exchange Commission to grant Mobley's SBI mutual fund the go-ahead to start taking investors.

ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON has more clout as a nonvoting delegate in the House of Representatives than many of her ballot-toting peers. During her four years as head of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Norton cut in half the backlog of 130,000 affirmative action and discrimination cases. Under her charge, the Carter administration enforced workplace laws such as the Equal Pay and the Age Discrimination Acts.

When Republican rule set...

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