72 Black executives sign letter urging corporate America to stand against voter suppression
A group of 72 Black current and former business executives is taking a stand against a controversial new voting rights law in Georgia. Chenault and Burns are two of the 72 Black leaders who signed the letter. For 10 days, they and other executives exchanged "heavy email traffic and text traffic" over Georgia's recently passed voting law. Burns hopes the urgency of present-day voting rights and racial equality movements will compel businesses to act. "Because their employees — Black, White, Hispanic, women — literally are going to be affected by this type of suppression."cbsnews.com
'We're making this a movement' — former Xerox CEO Ursula Burns on corporate diversity
Ursula Burns is no stranger to corporate leadership. "If you have to call outside to get perspective on what's happening inside your company, that is a problem," Burns said. There's only one Black female chief executive leading a Fortune 500 company: Newly installed Walgreens Boots Alliance CEO Rosalind Brewer. Burns is finding, however, that companies around the world are pushing their businesses to align on matters of environmental protection. Ursula Burnscnbc.com
Walgreens' new CEO Roz Brewer on bias in the C-suite: 'When you’re a Black woman, you get mistaken a lot'
Prior to joining Starbucks in 2017, Brewer spent five years as the CEO of Sam's Club, which is owned by Walmart. As a longtime executive in corporate America, she's spoken openly about the bias and challenges she's faced as one of very few Black women in the C-suite. In this new role, she will be the only Black woman currently serving as a Fortune 500 CEO, and just the third Black woman to lead a Fortune 500 firm in history. "When you're a Black woman, you get mistaken a lot," she said during a 2018 speech at her alma mater Spelman College, which is an all-women HBCU. Sometimes people assume you're in the wrong place, and all I can think in the back of my head is, 'No, you're in the wrong place.'"cnbc.com
Walgreens taps Starbucks executive Roz Brewer as CEO
Walgreens said Tuesday it has tapped Starbucks executive Roz Brewer as its new CEO, which will make her the only Black woman leading a Fortune 500 company. There are only a handful of other Black CEOs in the Fortune 500, including Lowe's CEO Marvin Ellison. Brewer succeeds Stefano Pessina, who served as CEO for six years following the merger between Walgreens and Alliance Boots in 2014. At Starbucks, Brewer revamped stores, taking out clutter and cutting down on administrative work so employees could focus on customers and speed up service. Prior to joining Starbucks, Brewer served as president and CEO of Sam's Club, the members-only warehouse channel of Walmart Inc. She also grew membership and improved merchandise there.cbsnews.com
Walgreens taps Starbucks exec Brewer as its new CEO
FILE - Starbucks COO Roz Brewer talks about the proposed redesign of a Starbucks store in New Jersey as she speaks Wednesday, March 20, 2019, during the company's annual shareholders meeting in Seattle. Walgreens has tapped Roz Brewer as its new CEO, which will make her the only Black woman currently leading a Fortune 500 company. Brewer will take over as Walgreens CEO on March 15, 2021 after a little more than three years as Starbucks' chief operating officer. At Starbucks, Brewer revamped stores, taking out clutter and cutting down on administrative work so employees could focus on customers and speed up service. Prior to joining Starbucks, Brewer served as president and CEO of Sam’s Club, the members-only warehouse channel of Walmart Inc. She also grew membership and improved merchandise there.
Laila Ali salutes social activism of athletes with awards
NEW YORK – Laila Ali is applauding athletes who speak out about social issues. Ali was to host the virtual Women’s Sports Foundation awards on Wednesday night, recognizing athletes and leaders working toward social justice and racial equality. “I think all people should take a stand,” Ali told The Associated Press. What are your thoughts on athletes taking a stand on social justice issues? I think my dad would definitely have something positive to say about the athletes that are taking a stand.
The Latest: Ali to host Women's Sports Foundation awards
FILE - In this July 10, 2019, file photo, Laila Ali arrives at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles. Ali will host the Womens Sports Foundation awards show featuring Candace Parker, Tom Brady and Carli Lloyd. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – Laila Ali will host the Women’s Sports Foundation awards show featuring Candace Parker, Tom Brady and Carli Lloyd. In 1974, King created the Women’s Sports Foundation, which provides sports programming and grants for young athletes. The Czech team says 16 others have to be re-tested after the results of their tests were inconclusive.