Friday, 21 October 2016

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH - "THEY KILLING IT TODAY, NOT BACK IN THE DAY


Black History Month seems to have become a jaded subject in recently years, so I wanted to do a unique uplifting summary of current black leaders not receiving as much limelight as the music moguls of today. I could have done 27 or 47 or 87, that's how many successful people of colour really killing the game and ensuring equality will be something that is achieved in the future, however I chose to do just 7. 

Yep! Your not the only one, I sometimes wonder if these people are even real or are they staged personas or perhaps a holograph like the Tupac one from a few years ago at Coachella, implanted onto company websites and Forbes lists to create a view of equality - let's assess.

I often think deeply about the subject and no more so than the other night on my way home from the cinema when a cab driver expressed his fear of a world where his two daughters were growing up into, a world of seemingly nonexistent role models or tangible sources of familiarity of success for a ethnic minority outside sports or entertainment. As  I also shared his fears I resonated well but as a researcher I can't help but dig into the vast reserves of wealth (as known as the Internet) to seek out possible people going against the grain and making an impact in corporate business.

My focus was to locate people outside of sports and entertainment as they are the individuals people can quickly identify, here is what I found:

 NAME- ROBERT F SMITH

AGE - 53

RUNS - VISTA EQUITY PARTNERS 

FIELD - INVESTMENT FIRM


This big fish in our little pond of 7 business leaders is no joke. With a net worth of 2.5Billion it's pretty straight forward to see this mogul has managed to carve out success, the most interesting part is he did it in 16 years and is self made. Starting off in the corporate world as an executive at Kraft Foods, he excelled and transitioned to investment banking with Goldman Sachs. In 2000, RFS founded Vista Equity Partners and the rest was history - well to date (according to Forbes) $50Billion worth of history.  (AMERICA)

NAME - IJE NWOKORIE 

AGE - UNKNOWN

RUNS - WOLFF OLINS

FIELD - BRAND CONSULTANCY

He may not be self made in same context as Robert F Smith but without a shadow of a doubt Ije Nwokorie is certainly breaking down barriers in a notoriously difficult sector for ethnic minorities. Global CEO of Wolff Olins one of the biggest brand consultancies in the world, Ije is the captain of a very big ship, a ship famous for its iconic campaigns for Orange and London 2012.  Ije navigated through the Wolff Olins ranks to become CEO right here in London. (BRITAIN)

 NAME - KAREN BLACKETT

AGE - 44

RUNS - MEDIACOM

FIELD - MEDIA PLANNING/BUYING

Put simple, Karen Blackett is a colossal boss.  To help you understand, last year she oversaw 1.2Billion worth of business through MediaCom, if that's not a boss I don't know what is. We haven't even mentioned she has succeeded in a largely male dominated sector or the fact that she is black. Karen first became CEO and then Chairwoman - not bad for a girl that started life in the working class here in the U.K. (BRITAIN)

NAME - URSULA BURNS

AGE - 58

RUNS - XEROX

FIELD - DOCUMENT TECHNOLOGY 

Being a CEO is one thing, being a CEO and a Chairwoman is a whole other subject - especially when it's at a 18Billion business such as Xerox. Ursula Burns isn't your average CEO no, she is black and a working class product of immigrants from Panama to America. Not that any of that would stop Ursula who started life at Xerox as a intern in 1980. Ursula navigated through the Xerox ranks, where she has been CEO since 2009 on a reported whopping 18Million a year salary.  Children of immigrants can prove productive after all. (AMERICA)

NAME - KENNETH CHENAULT

AGE - 65

RUNS - AMERICAN EXPRESS

FIELD - BANKING/FINANCIAL SERVICES

I bet you didn't know that the CEO and Chairman of American Express was black, furthermore I bet you didn't know he has been the top man for 15 years. Kenneth Chenault, although having a middle class upbringing that didn't mean it was a easy process - the Harvard graduate had a similar route to entry as Ursula by having to climb the corporate ladder to the top after joining American Express in 1981. The Chief oversees a reported 161Billion business and according to Forbes Mr Chenault is worth 125Million. Balling outta control. (AMERICA)


 NAME - VIVIAN HUNT

AGE - 49 

RUNS - MCKINSEY & COMPANY 

FIELD - CONSULTANCY

Vivian Hunt has many accolades, so let's start with her role as a trailblazing woman of colour in the world of consultancy. Having done her studies at Harvard, she arrived at McKinsey by way of the Boston office in America, excelling there and gradually moving up the chain to where she currently acts as the Managing Partner for the UK business where she leads a team of 1,100 people. In 2007 Vivian was listed as the most powerful black woman in the U.K and in 2016 as one of the most powerful people in The city (Financial Times). (BRITAIN)

NAME - CARLA WALKER-MILLER

AGE - 59 

RUNS - WALKER-MILLER ENERGY SERVICES

FIELD - ENERGY CONSULTANCY 

To close, I wanted to round up with a self made woman that has managed to establish a business worthy of mention - that woman is Carla Walker-Miller (no we ain't related us Millers just kill shit okay). An alumni of Goldman Sachs (Like Robert F Smith), Carla developed her energy efficiency consultancy and employs 43 people on a turnover of 7 Million. Like many cases Carla had worked in the corporate world for years and was hit by a glass ceiling due to her gender and race. To prove she had what it takes she stepped out on her own and the results. This is a excellence example of how a small business can provide employment for a community. (AMERICA)

If I was being totally honest, most of these people still seem like a holograph and until I meet them in person this will remain the case, but for now let's admire the brilliance and success of these business leaders who provide hope for the leaders of tomorrow. 


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