“Black women are beginning to emerge as leaders across all industries, academia, government and non-profit organizations,” says Forbes. “They have used adversity to fuel their determination, hone their talent and build their resilience.”
In ten years, Black and Hispanic women-fueled businesses have grown five times faster, per an American Express business report. The success of this trend is not only evident in Black women-owned businesses, but also the ‘exceptionally high quality’ events in which they curate to gather and educate others.
The publication acknowledges the ‘well-documented adversities’ Black women face daily, like discrimination, unconscious bias, and socio-economic ceilings.
Furthermore, despite the numerous barriers society has set in place, these courageous women have converted their strife into success to build their visibility and leadership endeavors.
Forbes has put together a growing list of 28 awesome Black women for readers to admire and get to know; encouraging them to suggest additional names for curation. See the below list and click the link to follow to suggest an outstanding woman you know.
- Cally Waite, Associate Professor of History and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University (@ProfWaite)
- Camille Hearst, Cofounder and CEO, Kit
- Chana Ginelle Ewing, Founder/CEO, GeenieBox (@chanaewing)
- Colleen Taylor, Executive Vice President, Mastercard
- Crystal McCrary, Author, Filmmaker (@crystalmccrary)
- Demma Rosa Rodriguez, Systems Integration Analyst, Google (@DemmaRosa)
- Dorinda Walker, Vice President of Consumer Strategy, Prudential (@DorindaWalker)
- Elisa Leary, VP of Human Resources, Macy’s (@eleary)
- Elise James DeCruise, Vice President of Global Learning & Development, MediaMath (@AthletesWork)
- Gina Athena Ulysse, Professor of Anthropology, Wesleyan University (@ginaathena)
- Jamilah Lemieux, VP, News & Mens Programming, InteractiveOne (@jamilahlemieux)
- Janice Johnson Dias, President, GrassROOTS Community Foundation (@GrassRootsFound)
- Jennifer Lambert, Cofounder, Swivel Beauty
- Kelcey Gosserand, Brand Ambassador, Galvanize (@kelgoss)
- Latraviette Smith-Wilson, Senior Vice President of Communications, Sundial Brands
- Lauren Maillian, Entrepreneur, Marketer, Investor (@laurenmaillian)
- Leslie Short, Owner/CEO, K.I.M. Media LLC (@KIMMediaLLC)
- Lola Banjo, Strategic Innovation Executive, Salesforce (@lolajbanjo)
- Marcia Cole, CEO/Chief Creative Officer, Ivy Digital (@marciaacole)
- Regina Dixon-Reeves, Assistant Vice Provost for D&I, University of Chicago (@dr_rdr)
- Renae Bluitt, Founder, Crush Media/In Her Shoes Blog (@inhershoesblog)
- Rhonesha Byng, Founder, HerAgenda (@neshasagenda)
- Scherri Roberts, SVP of Human Resources, Hearst Magazines
- Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche, Financial Educator (@TheBudgetnista)
- Tiffany Warren, Chief Diversity Officer, Omnicom Group (@DiverStar)
- Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Head of Black Community Engagement, Google (@valeisha)
- Veronica Webb, Supermodel, Entrepreneur, Fashion/Beauty Writer (@veronicawebb)
- Wanda Jackson, SVP of Human Resources, National Urban League (@WandaPHJackson)
For additional suggestions, Forbes welcomes emails sent to the following address with the recommendee’s LinkedIn URL and Twitter handle: firstname.lastname@example.org
Featured Photo: Speakers: Marcia Cole, Rhonesha Byng, Renae Bluitt, Valeisha Butterfield-Jones, Chana Ginelle Ewing, Crystal McCrary, Jamilah Lemieux, Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche, and Veronica Webb (not pictured, Lauren Maillian and Demma Rosa Rodriguez) at “Black, Woman, and Genius: The Power of Identity” held at Google NYC on 4.24.17 (Credit: Terrence Jennings / terrencejennings.com).