TNJ@20 Special Anniversary Section
At 44, Orlando Ashford is in the vanguard of addressing one of the most nettlesome issues facing CEOs today: how to identify, recruit, develop and keep the right talent to drive business success in a globalized world.
Recent trends show that communities of color in the United States are engaged in charitable giving at increasing rates and levels. African-Americans, for example, give away 25 percent more of their income per year than whites.
Reading the bios of The Network Journal’s 2013 class of 40 Under Forty Achievers and listening to their life stories during interviews for their profiles it’s as if Ursula M. Burns, chairman and CEO of Xerox Corp. and the first Black woman to head a Fortune 500 company, had sat down all of these young men and women as they were leaving school and drummed into their heads the script she gave in her address to graduates at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s 145th commencement in 2011: “You’ve got to accentuate the positive / Eliminate the negative / And latch on to the affirmative / Don’t mess with Mister In-Between.”
Two events this fall bear witness to the growing importance of corporate social responsibility, or CSR, in business strategies. Studies show that formal CSR programs are on the rise, accompanied by the creation of lead CSR roles — as in the case of NBCUniversal, which last year created the position of senior vice president for corporate social responsibility.
From a Network Journal perspective, the country is awash in outstanding Black women leaders and influencers in every field, from public service, the corporate arena, industry and entrepreneurship to defense, academia and philanthropy.
This year’s “Attorneys at the Top” issue of TNJ profiles five Black lawyers who are partners at Black-owned law firms and at major corporate law firms.
At its annual roundtable with chief diversity officers, The Network Journal gets a close-up look at diversity efforts at leading public, for profit and non-profit organizations, and how the people who lead those efforts do their job.
Close friends describe Max L. Siegel as the type of leader who sees potential where others don’t. In his new role as CEO of USA Track & Field, a position he took three months before the London 2012 Olympics, Siegel faces an uphill task of turning around an organization that has suffered tremendous setbacks on and off the track, both at and since the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
In a recent interview with The Network Journal, Susan Taylor Batten, president and CEO of the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), discussed the importance of philanthropy in strengthening Black communities.