About the #BEENBOSS Series: In honor of Black History Month, Walker’s Legacy is proud to launch its #BEENBOSS video and profile series designed to an in-depth look into the contributions of Black women in fields of education, politics, health, and business. Each featured profile draws a present-day connection to historical trailblazers such as Mary Jane McLeod Bethune, Shirley Chisholm, Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner, Dr. Joyce Ladner, and Madam C.J. Walker and explores strategies for success for aspiring and established women.
#BEENBOSS | Brittany Packnett: Activist and Social Justice Movemaker
Meet Brittany Packnett, Vice President of National Community Alliances, Teach For America & Co-Founder, Campaign Zero
Brittany leads a team engaging in partnerships with communities and children of color. Brittany discusses the legacy of women such as politician Shirley Chisholm and activist Dr. Joyce Ladner and how they helped shape the socio-political landscape for underrepresented communities. Dr. Joyce Ladner is an American civil rights activist, sociologist, author, and scholar-activist and was a Field Secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during 1960’s Mississippi.
#BEENBOSS | Dr. N. Joyce Payne: Building the Largest Network of Black Institutions of Higher Education
Meet Dr. N. Joyce Payne, Founder of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Dr. N. Joyce Payne founded the nationally recognized Thurgood Marshall College Fund in 1987. The TMCF is designed exclusively for exceptional students at the nation’s 47 publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Dr. Payne discusses the legacy of Mary Jane McLeod Bethune and how education is a critical tool for the advancement of the multicultural community. Mary McLeod Bethune was an educator and activist. She is most known for founding Bethune Cookman College and founding the National Council of Negro Women.
#BEENBOSS | Alencia Johnson: Advancing Economic Mobility Through Reproductive Agency
Meet Alencia Johnson, Director, Constituency Communications, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Alencia Johnson is a strategic communications and media professional with corporate, political and non-profit experience. Alencia discusses the legacy of Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner. Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner was an African-American inventor most noted for her development of the sanitary belt. The sanitary napkin wasn't patented until 1956, thirty years after she first invented it due to racial discrimination.
#BEENBOSS | Glynda Carr: Mobilizing Black Female Political Power
Meet Glynda Carr, Co-Founder, Higher Heights
Higher Heights is building a national infrastructure to harness Black women’s political power and leadership potential. Glynda discusses the legacy of Shirley Chisholm and how she paved the path for women in elected office and politics. Chisholm was the first African American woman in Congress and the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president of the United States when she ran for office in the 1972 presidential election.
#BEENBOSS | Rahama Wright: Driving Profits Through Passion
Meet Rahama Wright, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Shea Yeleen Health and Beauty, LLC
Shea Yeleen markets and distributes high-quality skincare products while providing living wages to cooperative members in Northern Ghana. Rahama discusses the legacy of Madam C.J. Walker and how she used her savvy business acumen led her to be one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire. Madam C.J. Walker was born of humble beginnings and after suffering from a scalp ailment that resulted in her own hair loss, she invented a line of African-American hair care products in 1905 that led to the employment of thousands and to the benefit of her community.
#BEENBOSS | Linda Goler Blount: Championing the Imperative for Black Women’s Health
Meet Linda Goler Blount, President and Chief Executive Officer, Black Women’s Health Imperative
Ms. Goler Blount is responsible for moving the organization forward in its mission to achieve health equity, reproductive and social justice for Black women across the lifespan. Linda discusses the legacy of women like Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner and Mamie Phipps Clark and how they made strides for women in health equity. Mamie Phipps Clark is a noted woman psychologist, best known for her research on race, self-esteem and child development. Her work was critical in the 1954 Brown vs Board of Education case and she was the first black woman to earn a degree from Columbia University.