Successful Black Women: Lena Waithe

The actress, producer, and screenwriter made history last year as the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing for her work on Master of None, for an episode based on her own experience coming out as a lesbian. She’s already changing the television landscape, with her Showtime series The Chi and her... Continue Reading →


Successful Black Women: La June Montgomery Tabron

The president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation—the first woman and first African American to hold the position—oversees one of the nation’s largest foundations, with $8.2 billion in assets. The organization’s mission to improve the well-being of children has led to recent investments in schools in Battle Creek and Detroit, Michigan. The foundation also... Continue Reading →

Successful Black Women: Kimberly Bryant

If technology is the future, this former engineer is making sure black girls don’t get trapped on the wrong side of the digital divide. She founded Black Girls Code in 2011 to expose girls of color ages 7 to 17 to STEM disciplines and give them opportunities to learn technology and coding skills at workshops... Continue Reading →

Successful Black Women: Kamala Harris

Now in her second year as a U.S. senator, she’s fighting for the people of California as she did during her history-making tenure as the first African American and the first woman to be the state attorney general. With her focus on criminal justice reform, protecting immigrant rights, and expanding access to healthcare and education,... Continue Reading →

Successful Black Women: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The award-winning Nigerian author is changing the conversation about feminism, especially as it relates to African women. Her 2012 TED talk “We Should All Be Feminists,” was later turned into a book (and some Beyoncé lyrics), and her most recent book, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, continues her exploration of the subject. She’s... Continue Reading →

Successful Black Women: Janet Mock

This transgender advocate uses her platform and the skills she’s cultivated as a journalist to bring marginalized stories to the forefront. She has written two memoirs about her own experience; her first, a best-seller, was the first biography from the perspective of a young trans person. And she started the hashtag #GirlsLikeUs to foster a... Continue Reading →

Successful Black Women: Ayanna Howard

She’s pushing innovation in the fields of artificial intelligence, computer vision, and robotics, for applications that span from melting ice in Antarctica to missions to Mars. After spending 12 years at NASA as a senior robotics researcher, she’s now the chair of the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. She also founded Zyrobotics L.L.C.,... Continue Reading →

Successful Black Women: Ava Duvernay

Working to reshape Hollywood from behind the camera, this director founded a film collective dedicated to independent women and minority filmmakers and just partnered with Los Angeles on a $500,000 diversity initiative. She’s making history with her film as well, as the first black woman to win the directing award at Sundance, the first to... Continue Reading →

Successful Black Women: Kristina Jones

Kristina Jones just became the 14th ever African American female founder to raise $1 million or more for her startup. She is the co-founder of Court Buddy, a legal tech startup that instantly matches consumers with vetted solo attorneys based on the client’s budget. It makes it easier for the millions of Americans to connect with single... Continue Reading →

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