Lori Anne Douglass, Esq.
Partner, Trusts and Estates; Matrimonial and Family Law
Moses & Singer LLP
New York, N.Y.
On the website of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, President and CEO Joseph K. West has this to say about the inevitability of change: “Even though the legal profession remains the least diverse of all white-collar professions, I remain optimistic that even our profession will come to realize the value of inclusiveness. It is, I believe, inevitable.”
“No matter who you are, no matter what you look like, no matter where you came from, no matter what your circumstances were, if you work hard, if you take responsibility, then America is a place where you can make something of your lives,” President Obama said. “In every community in America, there are young people with incredible drive and talent.”
This year’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards Luncheon coincides with the one-year anniversary of the landmark report “Black Women in the United States, 2014: Progress and Challenges,” developed and published by the Black Women’s Roundtable, an intergenerational network within the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.
Several economic indicators, including rising housing starts, improved employment, fewer filings for unemployment, and the general brakes being applied to what many expected to be another round of recession are harbingers of better times ahead.
When Arnold W. Donald weighed anchor as president and CEO of Carnival Corp. in July 2013, the company badly needed a captain with a plan.
Dynamic Black achievers in a profession low on color
Assessments of the U.S. economy confirm a growing trend of racial wealth disparity, which, economists say, bodes ill for overall economic health. The late Andrew Brimmer, Ph.D., the first African-American governor on the Federal Reserve Board, showed that discrimination reduces potential productivity throughout the economy, costing the country 3 percent to 4 percent of gross domestic product.
The Network Journal’s celebration of its 17th class of 40 Under Forty Achievers Award recipients coincides with new, inspiring data on young Black professionals, a welcome departure from the pervasive gloom, doom and blood-boiling reports so often in the news.
The 2014 class of The Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business comes at a time when women in general, and Black women in particular, are making significant advances in the workforce, business and education attainment. The class is the 16th link in an unbroken chain of women who committed to excellence and achieved it.