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Evern D. Cooper Epps

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Turkey Burgers
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anguilla
Favorite Quote:
Make it happen.

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Turkey Burgers
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anguilla
Favorite Quote:
Make it happen.
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Biography

Corporate executive Evern D. Cooper was born in Clarendon, Arkansas. Cooper earned a B.A. degree in English and journalism from Michigan State University. Initially, she worked as a high school teacher. She returned to MSU to earn her master's degree, and in 1974, she took a part-time job at United Parcel Service to help pay the bills. She later continued her education at Emory and Harvard Universities.

As a young trainee at UPS, Cooper drove a UPS delivery truck. Through hard work, she climbed the corporate ladder assuming positions in strategic planning, delivery information, training, and business development. She also continued her graduate studies at the Harvard University School of Business. Since 1992, Cooper has worked with the UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of the multi-billion dollar corporation. She was appointed president of the Foundation in 1998, and today she also serves as vice president of UPS Corporate Relations.

At UPS, Cooper has successfully implemented the global philanthropic programs of the UPS Foundation and directs the many corporate relations and community service initiatives of UPS. Under her leadership, the Foundation, one of the largest contributors to the United Way, has increased its support of programs in the critical areas of literacy, hunger relief, and nationwide volunteerism. Additionally, UPS donates tens of millions to charitable organizations around the world.

Cooper is on the "List of Georgia's 100 Most Powerful and Influential Women in Corporate America." She is vice chair of the board of directors of the Northwest Georgia Girl Scouts Council, a member of the boards of the Close Up Foundation and the Points of Light Foundation and a member of Links-Dogwood Chapter.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Evern Cooper interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Evern Cooper's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Evern Cooper discusses her mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Evern Cooper discusses her father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Evern Cooper describes her parents' social standing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Evern Cooper remembers her ancestors
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Evern Cooper describes her parents' work ethic and employment
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Evern Cooper describes her family life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Evern Cooper discusses her three siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Evern Cooper remembers her childhood in southwest Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Evern Cooper discusses the values her parents instilled in her
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Evern Cooper discusses the role of religion in her early life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Evern Cooper describes her involvement with the church as a young person
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Evern Cooper describes her early interest in sports
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Evern Cooper briefly discusses the schools she attended
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Evern Cooper remembers influential teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Evern Cooper discusses her track career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Evern Cooper discusses Detroit, Michigan's progress since the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Evern Cooper recalls the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Evern Cooper describes her love of reading and writing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Evern Cooper recalls her experiences at Michigan State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Evern Cooper remembers her childhood friend, Dr. Benjamin Carson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Evern Cooper describes her experience as an exchange student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Evern Cooper discusses her experience as a schoolteacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Evern Cooper discusses her relationship with UPS
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Evern Cooper describes the various positions she held at UPS
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Evern Cooper discusses her role as President of the UPS Foundation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Evern Cooper discusses the impact of service
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Evern Cooper recalls a momentous trip to Israel
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Evern Cooper shares her perspective on her life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Evern Cooper considers her legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Evern Cooper discusses the UPS Foundation's international perspective
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Evern Cooper shares advice about the corporate world
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Evern Cooper discusses the importance of recording black histories
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Photo - Evern Cooper's father, Alfred Gibson, at age seventeen
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Photo - Evern Cooper's mother, Vivian Gibson, at age seventeen, ca. 1949
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Photo - Evern Cooper with her parents in New York, New York, ca. 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Photo - Evern Cooper attends an event with First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton, ca. 1993-2001
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Photo - Evern Cooper with Reverend Jesse Jackson at a church event, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Photo - Evern Cooper with Colin Powell at an event at Hillside College, Hillside, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Photo - Evern Cooper with others at an event for the National Council of Negro Women, Atlanta, Georgia, ca. 2002-2004
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Photo - Evern Cooper as a child, dressed for Easter Sunday
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Photo - Evern Cooper with her sister, Joanne Gibson, on Easter Sunday
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Photo - Evern Cooper at age fourteen with her grandfather, Granddaddy Roberts, Roe, Arkansas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Photo - Evern Cooper with her fiance Elze Epps and former Atlanta mayor, Maynard Jackson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 15 - Photo - Evern Cooper's parents, Alfred and Vivian Laverne Gibson, at their fiftieth anniversary, 2001
  • Tape: 4 Story: 16 - Photo - Evern Cooper with her three siblings, Harold, Patrick Henry and Joanne Gibson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 17 - Photo - Evern Cooper with U.S. President Bill Clinton and Billye Aaron at Hank Aaron's sixty-fifth birthday celebration, 1999
  • Tape: 4 Story: 18 - Photo - Evern Cooper, UPS executive 'Oz' Nelson and Archbishop Desmond Tutu at a Golden Apple Awards function
  • Tape: 4 Story: 19 - Photo - Evern Cooper with U.S. President Bill Clinton at an education summit at the White House, Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 20 - Photo - Evern Cooper with former U.S. President George H. W. Bush at an event in Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 21 - Photo - Evern Cooper with other women leaders on a visit to Israel, 2000
  • Tape: 4 Story: 22 - Photo - Evern Cooper with her fiance, Elze Epps, and former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 2003
  • Tape: 4 Story: 23 - Photo - Evern Cooper lights a candle for peace at a church in Israel, 2000