By Ann Brown
Look at the CEOS at the top corporations in America, and you won’t see many Blacks, especially Black women. CEOs at Fortune 500 companies include just three African Americans– and not one is an African-American woman.
It’s not that there aren’t Black women who can handle the role. It’s been 50 years since the founding of African-American Student Union at Harvard Business School, and as part of the commemoration, the Harvard Business Review (HBR) has been studying the careers of the approximately 2,300 alumni of African descent who have graduated from HBS since its founding, in 1908.
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“From that group, we identified 532 African-American women who graduated from 1977 to 2015. We analyzed the career paths of the 67 of them who have attained the position of chair, CEO, or other C-level executive in a corporation or senior managing director or partner in a professional services firm, and we conducted in-depth interviews with 30 of those 67,” HBR reported.