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Barbara L. Thomas

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Executive
Broadcast Executive
Broadcast Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Donuts (Krispy Kreme)
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
I'm Blessed.

Birthplace

Born:
12/5/1947
Birth Location:
Dublin, Georgia

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Executive
Broadcast Executive
Broadcast Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Donuts (Krispy Kreme)
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
I'm Blessed.

Birthplace

Born:
12/5/1947
Birth Location:
Dublin
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Biography

Barbara Louise Thomas was the president and CEO of the Chicago based National Black Master of Business Administration Association (NBMBAA). Thomas was born on December 5, 1947, in Dublin, Georgia, one of Jerrie Lee Tart and Horace Sanders’s thirteen children. Thomas was raised by foster parents Georgia and George Monroe in Dublin, where she attended segregated public schools and graduated from Oconee High School. In 1965, Thomas moved to New York City with her birth mother and took a job at Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited - Associated Community Teams (HARYOU-ACT) where she met her husband. Thomas went on to receive her B.A. degree from New York's Bernard Baruch College in 1970 and her M.B.A. degree from Columbia University in 1973.

While a university student, Thomas clerked at CBS’s Radio Division. After completing her education, Thomas moved into the CBS television division and managed network cut-ins, a position she credits with opening the door to her twenty-five year career at CBS. Eventually Thomas was the first African American woman to attend CBS’s School of Management. Thomas later became director of finance and administration for CBS, and left the network in 1989 after serving as the first African American woman to act as a senior vice-president.

Moving on from CBS to function as chief financial officer for various health care organizations and other non-profit groups, Thomas moved to Chicago in 2001 and spent two years as the chief financial officer for the NBMBAA. The board of directors of the NBMBAA appointed Thomas as president in 2003.

Citing her faith as a major sustaining force in her life, Thomas remained active in her church. Thomas raised two daughters and had five grandchildren.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Barbara L. Thomas' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Barbara L. Thomas lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Barbara L. Thomas describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Barbara L. Thomas describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Barbara L. Thomas describes her parents' occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Barbara L. Thomas describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Barbara L. Thomas describes her father and how she resembles him
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Barbara L. Thomas describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Barbara L. Thomas recalls Susie Dasher Elementary School and Oconee High School, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Barbara L. Thomas recalls Susie Dasher Elementary School and Oconee High School, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Barbara L. Thomas recalls her experiences at Oconee High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Barbara L. Thomas describes her extracurricular activities in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Barbara L. Thomas recounts her civil rights activity in Dublin, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Barbara L. Thomas recalls her favorite television shows growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Barbara L. Thomas talks about attending college and moving to New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Barbara L. Thomas recalls working for HARYOU-ACT
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Barbara L. Thomas recalls meeting her husband and their marriage in 1967
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Barbara L. Thomas recalls studying finance and obtaining her M.B.A. degree from Columbia University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Barbara L. Thomas recalls her various promotions at CBS
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Barbara L. Thomas recounts her experiences at the CBS School of Management
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Barbara L. Thomas describes her retirement from CBS and subsequent roles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Barbara L. Thomas recounts the history of the National Black MBA Association
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Barbara L. Thomas describes the activities of the National Black MBA Association
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Barbara L. Thomas describes the current climate for young black people with M.B.A.s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Barbara L. Thomas details the National Black MBA Association's future plans
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Barbara L. Thomas describes her involvement with her church
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Barbara L. Thomas describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Barbara L. Thomas reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Barbara L. Thomas reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Barbara L. Thomas reflects upon her family
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Barbara L. Thomas describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Barbara L. Thomas describes how she would like to be remembered