June 2016: 12 Bosses Shaping the Past, Present, and Future of Business

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June 2016: 12 Bosses Shaping the Past, Present, and Future of Business
Maggie Walker

A trained educator, Walker was a business woman, community leader, and advocate for Black women’s rights. She was the first woman in the United States to become a president of a local bank. Walker assumed control of the Order of St. Luke, an organization dedicated to the social, financial, and educational success of Black Americans. She went on to open the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank and became its president. In 1912, she helped found the Richmond Council of Colored Women and served as its president. Image: New Boston Post

June 2016: 12 Bosses Shaping the Past, Present, and Future of Business
Madam C. J. Walker

Born Sarah Breedlove, Madam CJ Walker invented a line of African-American hair care products after suffering from a scalp ailment that resulted in her own hair loss in 1905. As profits continued to grow, in 1908 Walker opened a factory and a beauty school in Pittsburgh, and by 1910, Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company had become wildly successful, making her the 1st Black woman millionaire. Her savvy business acumen, tenacity, entrepreneurial mindset make her one of the earliest examples of #BlackGirlMagic. Madam CJ Walker is the direct inspiration behind Walker’s Legacy. Image: Biography.com

June 2016: 12 Bosses Shaping the Past, Present, and Future of Business
Cathy Hughes

Hughes started the largest African-American owned and operated broadcast company in the U.S. and became the first African-American woman to head a publicly traded company. A single mother at 16, Hughes saw the birth of her son as “an impetus to achieve.” The Washington, DC-based Radio One owns and operates 56 stations, and has expanded into TV and online ventures making it one of the leading urban oriented multimedia companies. Image: RadioOne.com

June 2016: 12 Bosses Shaping the Past, Present, and Future of Business
Alejandra Castillo

Ms. Castillo is the first Hispanic-American woman to lead the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) since its creation as the National Director. In this capacity, Ms. Castillo directs the Agency’s strategic efforts to enhance the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises (MBEs). Under Ms. Castillo’s leadership, the Agency has expanded its effort to help MBEs grow and succeed through access to capital, access to contract and access to business opportunities both domestically and abroad. Image courtesy of MBDA.gov

June 2016: 12 Bosses Shaping the Past, Present, and Future of Business
Nina Vaca

Vaca is the Founder and CEO of the Pinnacle Group, America’s fastest growing woman-owned enterprise, and a leading technology, workforce solutions provider. As the third of five children born to Ecuadorian immigrants, Nina embraced my parents’ vision of the American dream: to create a better life through entrepreneurship and civic leadership. In 2015, Pinnacle Group generated over $1 billion in revenue, making it the largest Latina-owned business in the United States. Image: Pennacle.com

June 2016: 12 Bosses Shaping the Past, Present, and Future of Business
Janice Bryant Howroyd

Howroyd, CEO of Act•1 Group, is the first Black woman to own a billion-dollar company. One of 11 children growing up in segregated North Carolina, Howroyd launched her business in 1978 with the goal of helping others find employment, and the ideals she began with still resonate nearly 40 years later. Act1 is now the largest woman minority-owned employment agency in the country. In a 2015 interview with Today, Howroyd revealed her four core tenets: 1. Make sure you're prepared. 2. Understand what the goal is. 3. Understand that all of those around, particularly family, are part of that success. 4. Always find a moment of gratitude and be grateful along the journey. Image: Act1Group.com

June 2016: 12 Bosses Shaping the Past, Present, and Future of Business
Aisha Bowe

Aisha Bowe is now the co-founder and CEO of STEMboard, a global engineering solutions company that is committed to closing the achievement gap by empowering historically underrepresented youth to build transformational technologies. Bowe previously made history for her time as the youngest person of Bahamian heritage to work for NASA as an aerospace engineer at the NASA Ames Research Center. Image: AishaBowe.com

June 2016: 12 Bosses Shaping the Past, Present, and Future of Business
Mikaila Ulmer

Mikaila is an 11-year-old social entrepreneur, public speaker, philanthropist, and savvy 6th-grader from Austin, Texas. Her signature venture, "Me & The Bees" lemonade — developed from her great-grandmother's 1940 recipe — is now a thriving national business. After securing $60,000 on the hit TV show "Shark Tank," last year, Mikaila's lemonade will now be sold in 55 Whole Food stores with an $11 million contract. This is just the beginning for Mikaila and the business of bees. Image: MeAndTheBees.com

June 2016: 12 Bosses Shaping the Past, Present, and Future of Business
Morgan DeBaun

Founded in July of 2014 by Morgan DeBaun,Blavity is a thriving tech and multimedia company serving as the standout voice of black millennials. Offering a mix of humor, critical commentary and valuable thought-leadership – the platform covers the full spectrum of content, tech and culture. The media company has an increasing total of over 120,000 followers across social media, while generating over 700,000 monthly unique visitors to its flagship site. Blavity has become a commonly referenced source of news and information for notable influencers across industries. Image: Blavity.com

June 2016: 12 Bosses Shaping the Past, Present, and Future of Business
Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Girls Who Code is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. By the end of. Girls Who Code will reach 40,000 girls in every state. Image: WYNC.com

June 2016: 12 Bosses Shaping the Past, Present, and Future of Business
Kimberly Bryant

Founder and Executive Director of Black GIrls Code Kimberly Bryant, recalls feeling culturally isolated as she pursued her studies in electrical engineering. The mission of Black Girls Code is to introduce programming and technology to a new generation of coders among women and girls of color. The organization does so through series of workshops, hackathons and summer camps. The organization has nine chapters, including the up-and-coming branches in D.C. and Raleigh, N.C. Image: BlackGirlsCode.com

June 2016: 12 Bosses Shaping the Past, Present, and Future of Business
Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba is a Golden Globe-nominated actress whose career includes roles in films such as "Fantastic Four" and "Little Fockers," as well as the founder of the Honest Company. The five-year-old consumer-productcompany is a start-up in Santa Monica, California. It wowed the tech community with a $1.7 billion valuation in the summer of 2015. As a mother, Alba wanted not only effective, but unquestionably safe, eco-friendly, beautiful, convenient, and affordable products for her and her family. That inspiration led her to creating a company dedicated to providing that. Image: Honest.com

In honor of our participation in the first ever United State of Women Summit hosted by the White House, for June’s installment of The List, Walker’s Legacy recognizes women of color from the past, present, and future who have been an inspiration to our work. These women have laid, and are working to lay the foundation on which women of color in business stand! View our gallery of some of the self-made ladies making waves in the world of business and entrepreneurship.

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Walker’s Legacy is a digital platform for the professional and entrepreneurial multicultural woman and exists to inspire, equip, and engage through thought-provoking content, educational programming, and a global community.

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