One of the most rewarding rituals at BLACK ENTERPRISE is our cover shoots. For one, I love to see our Art department in action. Creative Director Terence K. Saulsby exercises almost military precision in mapping out the visual presentation. Associate Photography Director Lonnie C. Major demonstrates an uncanny skill for getting the most out of his subjects. Senior Designer Todd A. Chapman offers creative contributions that further enhance the shoot. Even our art intern Shayne Alexander displayed photographic dexterity. It's teamwork at its best.
These shoots also provide our editors the chance to chat with those who appear on the pages of the magazine in a less formal environment than the traditional pad-and-pencil interview. This month, Contributing Writer Carolyn M. Brown and I gained the opportunity to discuss the changing dynamics of corporate competiveness with cover subjects Patricia S. Harris, global chief diversity officer of McDonald's Corp.; Tara Amaral, chief diversity officer and vice president of talent acquisition at Automatic Data Processing Inc.; Pamela Culpepper, senior vice president of global diversity and inclusion officer for PepsiCo Inc.; and Emilio Egea, vice president of human resources and chief diversity officer of Prudential Financial Inc. This group represents but a few from our inaugural list of Top Executives in Diversity, business leaders who drive overall inclusion efforts at the nation's 1,000 largest publicly traded corporations and 100 leading global corporations. The editorial package was adroitly produced by Multimedia Special Projects Editor and list master Sonja D. Mack; Multimedia Editorial Director--and our resident diversity expert--Sonia Alleyne; and Brown, a veteran of such major editorial efforts.
In talking with those on the front lines, Brown and I discovered that...