Rhonda R. Mims, Managing Director, Corporate Social Responsibility
at Paul Hastings, LLP, was named Chair of The Executive Leadership
Council. She succeeds Carla Harris, vice chair at Morgan Stanley, who served as ELC Board Chair 2014 and 2015.
Kristen Fears, an engineer at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, planned on being an engineer since the age of 9. Now, the Detroit native was
recently honored by U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology
magazine. Here, we caught up with Fears to talk about her engineering role at the company and young African American women's entrance into the STEM field.
When it comes to leadership and standing at the forefront of growth,
development and change, Lt. General Russel Honore stands above most
people. A decorated military man, with the U.S. Government for more than 30
years, Honore emerged as a national hero with his Herculean leadership
and command of recovery efforts in New Orleans in 2005 during Hurricane
Katrina. This month, he was feted at a Black History Month celebration.
Malene Barnett, founder and design director of Malene B, a company
specializing in handcrafted custom carpets, inspired wall coverings and
artisan tiles, has been selected to serve as a mentor to underserved
women entrepreneurs in New York City through the WE Connect Mentors program.
Erwin Raphael has been named the new General Manager for the Genesis
brand in the United States. In this role, he is responsible for the
strategic direction and management of Genesis operations in the United
States, including sales and marketing.
The California African American Museum named Naima J. Keith as
its new deputy director for exhibitions and programs. Keith joins the
Museum after having served for nearly five years at The Studio Museum in