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Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

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2/5/1950
Birth Location:
Buffalo, New York

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2/5/1950
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Biography

Calvin Darden, senior vice-president of U.S. operations of the United Parcel Services, was born February 5, 1950, in Buffalo, New York. He was a scholarship recipient and graduate of Canisius College, where he began his career working part-time at the local UPS terminal. After graduating in 1972 with a B.S. degree in business management, he became a full-time employee with the company.

Darden's first responsibilities at UPS were to load and unload trailers at the Buffalo hub. In January of 1974, he was promoted to customer service supervisor. Soon after, he became the hub manager and later managed three packaging centers. After twelve management positions and six location moves, Darden had built a reputation for making distribution centers more efficient, improving service and boosting employee morale. In Nashville, Tennessee, he increased the center's efficiency from 65 percent to almost 100 percent. In 1993, he was promoted to vice-president and regional manager of a nine-state region based in California.

In 1995, Darden moved to the headquarters in Atlanta as the company's first quality coordinator. He developed and implemented the quality strategy, which focused on customer satisfaction, employee empowerment, process improvement and effective methods of measurement. He has been credited with the introduction of the company's trademark policies and innovations. Also, he has added the technology that allowed the company to begin delivering to central points. He has been working with UPS for over thirty years and ensures the pick-up and delivery of 13.5 million packages a day from eight million customers.

Darden has been committed to the community by starting a chapter of the Black Executive Exchange Program at UPS, which travels around the nation to colleges and universities talking to students. He serves on the board of directors for the National Urban League; Target Corporation; Coca-Cola Enterprises; and is on the board of trustees for the Atlanta Police Foundation. In July 2002, Darden was ranked eighth on Fortune Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in America list. He is also active in his church, serving as chairman of the deacons at the Deliverance Temple Church of God and Christ in Atlanta, Georgia.

Darden and his wife, Patricia Gail, have been married for more than thirty years. They have three children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Calvin Darden's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Calvin Darden talks about his extended family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Calvin Darden describes his parents' personalities and his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Calvin Darden remembers sights, sounds, and smells from his childhood in Buffalo, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Calvin Darden describes his personality as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Calvin Darden describes his childhood dreams and aspirations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Calvin Darden describes his hometown of Buffalo, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Calvin Darden remembers going to Greater Hope Baptist Church in Buffalo, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Calvin Darden describes how his parents have influenced his parenting
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Calvin Darden remembers his elementary and junior high school experiences at P.S. 16 and Woodlawn Junior High in Buffalo, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Calvin Darden talks about the absence of racial diversity in professional and academic spaces
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Calvin Darden describes how his parents have influenced his ethical compass
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Calvin Darden recalls how he entertained himself as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Calvin Darden talks about his experiences at Lafayette High School and Canisius College in Buffalo, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Calvin Darden talks about his first job unloading trailers at United Parcel Service (UPS)
  • Tape: 1 Story: 16 - Calvin Darden details his professional life at United Parcel Service (UPS) from 1972 to 1993
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Calvin Darden explains how he became senior vice president of U.S. operations at the United Parcel Service (UPS)
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Calvin Darden describes raising his three children
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Calvin Darden explains how he maintains work-life balance
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Calvin Darden talks about his proudest accomplishment at United Parcel Service (UPS)
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Calvin Darden describes his favorite part about working for United Parcel Service (UPS)
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Calvin Darden talks about dealing with frustration, disappointment, and unexpected issues at work
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Calvin Darden talks about being included on Fortune magazine's list of the fifty most powerful black executives in the United States
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Calvin Darden explains what his primary responsibilities are as an executive at United Parcel Service (UPS)
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Calvin Darden remembers having to take an unfavorable position with an employee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Calvin Darden talks about the Black Executive Exchange Program at United Parcel Service (UPS)
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Calvin Darden shares his advice for aspiring professionals, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Calvin Darden shares his advice for aspiring professionals, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Calvin Darden describes being offered his first managerial opportunity at United Parcel Service (UPS)
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Calvin Darden talks about mentoring students and employees
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Calvin Darden describes a typical workday and his management philosophy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Calvin Darden talks about being recognized by the National Urban League and HistoryMaker Marc H. Morial for his work at United Parcel Service (UPS)
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Calvin Darden remembers experiencing racial prejudice in Alabama and Florida in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Calvin Darden talks about his community service work in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Calvin Darden considers how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Calvin Darden considers the value of humility
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Calvin Darden describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Calvin Darden describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Calvin Darden describes his vision for United Parcel Service (UPS) after his tenure