ONE MANAGES A FAST-BREAKING PROFESSIONAL sports league, reaching millions through attendance at arenas, television viewership, and social media. Another pushes the long-term growth of more than 3,000 oudets in the Northeast Corridor for one of the nation's biggest restaurant chains. Yet another drives the entertainment-infused marketing message for the world's largest tech company, plugging into the tastes of millions across the globe.
You will not soon forget the names of the dynamic trio who grace this issue's cover--WNBA President Lisa Borders; McDonald's Northeast Zone President Debbie Roberts; and, as she refers to herself, Apple Music's "Head Diva of Global Marketing" Bozoma Saint John--as well as the 146 others whose impeccable credentials, management prowess, and bottom-line responsibilities have earned them membership into a most exclusive club: the black enterprise "Most Powerful Women in Business" list.
This collective have reached the pinnacle of their industries, which to date has largely been the preserves of white men. To illustrate, I offer a few more names of those on our list who adroitly navigated the business terrain and, in doing so, helped tear down the "male only" sign in just about every sector of society. Whether it's Channing Dungey, who programs what our nation watches as the first African American woman to operate ABC Entertainment Group; former plant manager Alicia Boler Davis, who oversees auto production as executive vice president of General Motors Global Manufacturing; or Michele Roberts, who is such a skillful negotiator that she was voted in as the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, the first woman to run a major North American sports union.
This list comes at a pivotal moment in global business as Ursula Burns, the first African American woman to head a Fortune 500 corporation, has stepped down as chief executive of Xerox Corp. and Rosalind Brewer has retired as CEO of Sam's Club, the nearly...