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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer
Corporate Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fish, Pasta, Gumbo, Boudin
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France; Barcelona, Spain
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/8/1956
Birth Location:
Abbeville, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Lawyer
Corporate Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fish, Pasta, Gumbo, Boudin
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France; Barcelona, Spain
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
11/8/1956
Birth Location:
Abbeville
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Biography

Lawyer and corporate executive Angela Vallot was born on November 8, 1956 in Abbeville, Louisiana, to Irene Porche, a homemaker, and Peter Vallot, a teacher and entrepreneur. Vallot attended Mills College in Oakland, California, earning her B.A. degree in government in 1977. She went on to study at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C., where she obtained her J.D. degree in 1980, after interning for E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, as well as for U.S. Representative Pete Stark, Jr.

In 1985, Vallot joined the law firm of Jones Day in Washington, D.C. as an associate attorney. She was hired as counsel to the law firm of Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn in 1990, where she served until 1997. During that time, Vallot also served on President Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential transition team, as acting director of the Office of White House Liaison. After serving as director of stakeholder relations, Vallot was hired in 1997 by Texaco, Inc. to serve as the company’s first chief diversity officer, following the settlement of a $176 million racial discrimination lawsuit. During her tenure, she created and managed Texaco’s Office of Corporate Diversity Initiatives, chaired its Corporate Diversity Council, and managed the work of six regional Diversity Councils. Vallot also worked closely with the 7 member court-appointed Task Force on Equality and Fairness, and developed the company’s partnerships with civil rights organizations such as the NAACP and National Urban League. From 2001 to 2003, Vallot served in the position of chief diversity officer at Colgate-Palmolive, before leaving to found her own management consulting company, Vallot Consultants. The firm was renamed VallotKarp Consulting with the addition of her business partner, Mitchell Karp. Vallot has toured frequently as a public speaker and panelist on topics related to diversity and inclusion, women’s issues and career development.

In 2010, Vallot joined the steering board of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, where she served as chair of the development committee and the annual National Equal Justice Award Dinner. She was a trustee of the Dance Theater of Harlem and served on the board of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. She also served on the board of trustees of the Sentinel Group Mutual Funds.

Vallot and her husband, James Basker, have two daughters, Anne and Katherine.

Angela Vallot was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 15, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Angela Vallot's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Angela Vallot lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Angela Vallot remembers her mother's death
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Angela Vallot talks about her mother's accomplishments
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Angela Vallot describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Angela Vallot talks about her Creole heritage, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Angela Vallot talks about her Creole heritage, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Angela Vallot describes her father's education and occupation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Angela Vallot describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Angela Vallot talks about her early experiences of discrimination within the African American community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Angela Vallot describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Angela Vallot describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Angela Vallot remembers integrating the Mount Carmel School in Abbeville, Louisiana, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Angela Vallot talks about her white stepmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Angela Vallot remembers integrating the Mount Carmel School in Abbeville, Louisiana, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Angela Vallot describes segregation in Abbeville, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Angela Vallot talks about her father's entrepreneurship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Angela Vallot recalls transferring to Abbeville High School in Abbeville, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Angela Vallot remembers the race riot at Abbeville High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Angela Vallot remembers Mills College in Oakland, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Angela Vallot recalls her decision to become a lawyer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Angela Vallot remembers her internship with U.S. Congressman Pete Stark
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Angela Vallot recalls helping her father lobby for minority businesses
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Angela Vallot remembers Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Angela Vallot recalls her classmates at the Georgetown University Law Center
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Angela Vallot talks about the African American community in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Angela Vallot recalls her internships during law school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Angela Vallot recalls her aspirations during law school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Angela Vallot remembers practicing real estate law
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Angela Vallot recalls her transition to government relations at Arent Fox LLP
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Angela Vallot recalls the racial tensions in the real estate industry of Washington, D.C., pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Angela Vallot recalls the racial tensions in the real estate industry of Washington, D.C., pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Angela Vallot describes her governmental relations practice at Arent Fox LLP
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Angela Vallot talks about her role in President Bill Clinton's campaign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Angela Vallot talks about her civic engagement in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Angela Vallot describes her position in President Bill Clinton's transition team
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Angela Vallot remembers the death of Ron Brown and Kathryn Hoffman
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Angela Vallot recalls the discrimination lawsuit against Texaco, Inc., pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Angela Vallot recalls her transition to Texaco, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Angela Vallot recalls the discrimination lawsuit against Texaco, Inc., pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Angela Vallot describes her role at Texaco, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Angela Vallot recalls her speaking engagements for Texaco, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Angela Vallot talks about her children
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Angela Vallot talks about her transition to the Colgate Palmolive Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Angela Vallot remembers her challenges at the Colgate Palmolive Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Angela Vallot describes her decision to leave the Colgate Palmolive Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Angela Vallot remembers founding VallotKarp Consulting LLC
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Angela Vallot reflects upon the changes in corporate diversity practices
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Angela Vallot talks about her board work for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Angela Vallot talks about her daughter, Katherine Vallot-Basker
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Angela Vallot talks about her daughter's racial identity, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Angela Vallot talks about her daughter's racial identity, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Angela Vallot talks about her husband, James G. Basker
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Angela Vallot describes her husband's role in the Oxbridge Academic Programs
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Angela Vallot describes her husband's work at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Angela Vallot reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Angela Vallot reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Angela Vallot shares her advice to future generations
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Angela Vallot shares her advice to mixed race families