Ursula M. Burns is Chairman and CEO of Xerox, the world’s leading enterprise for business process and document management. Under Ursula’s leadership, the company’s presence dramatically increased in the $500 billion business services market. Moreover, the company’s reach extended into diverse areas of business process and IT outsourcing. In addition to the Xerox board, Ursula is a board director of the American Express Corporation and Exxon Mobil Corporation. Ursula also provides leadership counsel to community, educational, and non-profit organizations including FIRST - (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), National Academy Foundation, MIT, and the U.S. Olympic Committee, among others. She is a founding board director of Change the Equation, which focuses on improving the U.S.’s education system in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
In celebrating her 50th season as a solo artist and one of the most recognized names and voices, the Reigning Queen of Gospel, Pastor Shirley Caesar stands tall, committed to her journey as a humanitarian, entrepreneur and gospel singer. Armed with an arsenal of over 40 recorded albums, 11 GRAMMY® Awards, 14 Stellar Awards, 18 Dove Awards, an induction into the Gospel Hall of Fame and Hollywood Walk of Fame honoree for the class of 2016, Pastor Shirley is, “in my lane and enjoying the results of the labor.” With her latest Light Records/Entertainment One release FILL THIS HOUSE, Pastor Shirley remains “grateful for the music, the songwriters, the songs, and to be a gospel singer. I am thankful to sing for the Lord.” Executive produced by Caesar, Stanley Brown and Phil Thornton, Caesar’s rich powerhouse voice fills the album’s 11 tracks, inspiring spiritual rejuvenation and strength to persevere through tough times.
Marcia Ann Gillespie
A trailblazer in the magazine industry and a leader in the women’s movement, Marcia Ann Gillespie is a respected and award-winning activist, editor, educator and writer.
She is a former editor-in-chief of two groundbreaking magazines, Essence (1971-1980) and Ms. (1993-2001), and was also the President of Liberty Media for Women, the company she co-founded with Gloria Steinem that took ownership of Ms. in 1998. Gillespie is a visiting professor at SUNY Old Westbury College. She joined the faculty in the American Studies department in 2010 and currently teaches writing for media and a special course on African Americans and the Mass Media.
Whether she is bringing laughter to millions of television viewers around the world, moving theatre-goers to tears, thrilling movie fans, offering new insights to students by teaching Master Classes at renowned learning institutions that include Howard University, Julliard, and Carnegie Mellon, serving on Boards of prestigious organizations, or breaking new ground as a director, Phylicia Rashad is one of the entertainment world's most extraordinary performing artists.
A native of Houston, Texas, Rashad graduated Magna Cum Laude from Howard University.