BE Exclusive Interview With Tapestry’s Jide Zeitlin, The CEO Who Controls Coach And Kate Spade

Jide Zeitlin controls some of the world’s most recognized luxury brands. As chairman and CEO of Tapestry Inc., Zeitlin helms the $ 5.9 billion luxury fashion holding company that designs, manufactures, and markets products from Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weitzman. … Read more…

Former BET Chairman Debra Lee: Keep Pressure on Corporations To Expand Black Board Representation

Some 20 years ago, Debra Lee, then chief operating officer of Black Entertainment Television, gained her first corporate board appointment when she was tapped to serve as a director for Kodak, the leading photographic film products manufacturer at the time. … Read more…

Tech Business Leader Linda Gooden: Diversity Improves Innovation and Competitiveness In Corporate America

When it comes to choosing corporate boards in which she will serve, Linda Gooden focuses on “the culture and core values of the organization, and the belief that I can make a meaningful contribution to the company’s mission, which in … Read more…

Gayle King, Marcus Samuelsson, and More Open Up About Workplace Diversity at Jopwell Talks Summit

Last week, over 300 professionals and entrepreneurs of color gathered in Brooklyn, New York, for the inaugural Jopwell Talks conference, hosted by Jopwell, the leading career advancement platform for black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals. Described as “a … Read more…

Young Afro-Latina Attorney Talks Leveraging Legal Skills on Capitol Hill

Lawyers of Color, a nonprofit devoted to promoting diversity in the legal profession and advancing democracy and equality in marginalized communities, recently released its list of the nation’s most influential lobbyists and Capitol Hill staffers. The selection committee recognizes distinguished … Read more…

There are Only 4 Black CEOs at Fortune 500 Companies. Here’s How the ELC is Changing That

Addressing more than 2,000 high-powered executives and business leaders—including about 150 CEOs of the nation’s largest corporations at its annual hot-ticket gala in Washington, D.C. — Otha T. “Skip” Spriggs, president and CEO of the Executive Leadership Council, offered the … Read more…

Five Business Lessons For Young Professionals From The Nation’s Wealthiest African American, Robert F. Smith

When I attended a session during the 25th Annual Executive Leadership Council’s Mid-level Managers’ Symposium last week, I gained the rare opportunity to hear Robert F. Smith, the billionaire CEO of private equity firm Vista Equity Partners (No. 1 on … Read more…

Howard University Alum Partners With School on Executive Certification in Diversity Coaching

The Howard University School of Business (HUSB) is launching an Executive Certification in Diversity Coaching (ECDC) program. The program is a partnership with the award-winning CoachDiversity Institute (CDI). The certification is geared toward executives and professionals who want to develop … Read more…

These Executive Coaches Will Help You Advance Your Leadership Skills at the Black Men XCEL Summit

What element transforms executives into best-of-class leaders? In a word: coaching. In every arena—from sports to business—peak performers achieve superior results because they’ve gained top-notch advisers to help them maximize skills and identify blind spots, among other areas. Having such guidance … Read more…

New NCAA ‘Rich Paul’ Rule Disempowers Black Athletes and Rigs Rules In Favor Of Elite Agencies

Black professional athletes have leveraged more control over their careers, staff, political activities, and personal brands this last decade than perhaps ever before. That is why the NCAA’s reformed agent criteria—dubbed the “Rich Paul Rule”—is an especially heinous attempt to disempower … Read more…

General Motors Gives the Iconic Chevy Blazer a Reboot with Help from This Young, Black Aerodynamics Engineer

What do you think of when you think of who typically drives a Chevy Blazer; a white dude—maybe in the Midwest or South? Someone who lives for off-roading their vehicle through dirt trails? Well, the Chevy Blazer has gotten a … Read more…

Lori Chennault, Georgia-Pacific Executive, Offers 5 Ways to Successfully Navigate a Corporate Career as a Black Woman

As the VP – IT, Consumer Products Group at Georgia-Pacific Group, Lori Chennault is an example of a black woman who found her way through the often-turbulent corporate career waters. At the 2019 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, Chennault … Read more…

Tapped to Sit on Fed Board, Herman Cain Straddles Fence Between Business Success and Political Controversy

Perhaps no other black business person stirs up more polarizing debate than Herman Cain. The former head of Godfather’s Pizza, stepped into the political limelight in 2011 when he announced his candidacy as the Republican presidential nominee. That effort was … Read more…

Gloria Boyland, One of The Most Powerful Women in Corporate America, Drives Innovation At FedEx

BLACK ENTERPRISE recently unveiled our roster of the Most Powerful Women in Corporate America, identifying the highest-ranking female executives of the nation’s largest corporations and honoring this business elite at our 14th annual Women of Power Summit. Included among the three executives … Read more…

Serena Williams Serves Up Another Directorship: She Joins Poshmark’s Board of Directors

Serena Williams is flexing her influential muscles by adding another directorship under her belt—she has joined the board of directors of online social retail and reselling platform, Poshmark. This is Williams’s second directorship. In 2017, she joined the board of … Read more…

Lil’ Wayne Co-Founded Sports Agency Brings on Powerful Black Female Sports Agent In Acquisition

Nicole Lynn is in a very unique position. She is the first black female sports agent to represent top NFL agency, PlayersRep. In 2017, PlayersRep was acquired by Young Money APAA Sports Agency owned by world-renowned rapper, Lil’ Wayne. In an industry very … Read more…

She Says Michelle Obama’s Right, ‘Lean In’ Doesn’t Work All The Time, Especially For Black Women

Recently, Michelle Obama criticized Sheryl Sandberg’s “lean in” approach for women to advance in the workplace, saying “that s–t doesn’t work all the time.” But the former first lady isn’t the only one who has challenged Sandberg’s commonly referenced business motto, which … Read more…

Millennial Moves: PR Professional Builds Cigars and Whiskey Experiential Event

Millennials are creating and establishing experiential event spaces to increase engagement, awareness, knowledge-building, and most importantly, including the “culture.”  At 27 years old, Kerry Smalls is a director at public relations firm The Chamber Group, and creator of lifestyle event … Read more…