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This hour-long, one-on-one interview program showcased the life and career of corporate giant, Richard Parsons. Taped live in Washington, D.C. on the campus of The George Washington University at the Jack Morton Auditorium on Saturday, November 15, 2008, this program was the fifteenth in The HistoryMakers’ An Evening With... series. CNN journalist Soledad O’Brien served as the program’s interviewer.

Born in New York, Parsons went on to become Chairman and CEO of Time Warner, before assuming the chairmanship of Citigroup. The interview covered Parsons’ childhood, the extensive impact his mentor, Nelson Rockefeller, had on him and his legal and business careers. The life of Richard Parsons is an example that businessmen and women look to for guidance and aspire to become.


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  • Aetna
  • BET
  • Darden Restaurants
  • Howard University
  • Carol Sutton Lewis & William M. Lewis, Jr.
  • Lili Lynton and Michael Ryan Fund
  • NCTA
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Richard Parsons
  • Vicki & Roger Sant
  • Time Warner
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • Beatrice & Anthony Welters
  • Xerox


  • American Express
  • Katherine & David Bradley
  • CompuCredit
  • Inner City Broadcasting
  • Royal Kennedy & Johnathan Rodgers
  • Kodak
  • Lazard, Freres & Co. LLC
  • Sharon Malone & Eric Holder
  • Katheryn Oberly & Haynes Johnson
  • Pfizer
  • Frank Raines
  • Barry Rand
  • Joesph E. Robert, Jr.
  • Ann Marie & David Wilkins

Other Contributors

  • Clarence Avant
  • Emily Bloomfield & Byron Auguste
  • Eric Broyles
  • William T. Coleman
  • Sophia Collier & Chula Reynolds
  • Jeanna Cullins
  • Roger W. Ferguson
  • Ernest Green
  • Mary Lou Hartman & Clifford Sloan
  • Dorothy Jackson/The AKA Sorority, Inc.
  • Ellen Jewett & Richard Kauffman
  • Marie Johns
  • DeDe & Dr. Dallas Lea
  • Ann Walker Marchant
  • Bruce Metge
  • NFL
  • The Honorable Colin L. Powell
  • The Andrew and Ann Tisch Foundation
  • Keith Ridley IV
  • Elizabeth Stevens
  • Ann Weir
  • Wesley Williams

Executive Producer

  • Julieanna Richardson



  • Curtis Simmons

Honorary Co-Chairs

  • Earl Graves, Sr.
  • Robert L. Johnson
  • Steven Knapp
  • Debra Lee
  • The Honorable Colin L. Powell
  • Joseph E. Robert, Jr.

Event Chair

  • Vernon E. Jordan


Event Co-Chairs

  • Antoinette Cook Bush & Dwight Bush
  • Carol Sutton Lewis & William M. Lewis, Jr.

Benefit Committee

  • Eric Broyles
  • Ann Jordan
  • Royal Kennedy & Johnathan Rodgers
  • Sharon Malone & Eric Holder
  • Stephanie Phillips & George Murray
  • Franklin Raines
  • Janice & Richard Roberts
  • Keva Sturdevant
  • Riley Temple
  • Beatrice & Anthony Welters
  • Ann Marie & David Wilkins

Date and Time

Saturday, November 15, 2008


The George Washington University
805 21st Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20052
United States