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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Burgundy
Favorite Food:
Peas, Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
One love.

Birthplace

Born:
2/4/1944
Birth Location:
Kingston,

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Burgundy
Favorite Food:
Peas, Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
One love.

Birthplace

Born:
2/4/1944
Birth Location:
Kingston
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Biography

Businessman and author, Glegg Watson was born on February 4, 1944 in Kingston, Jamaica, but moved to the U.S. at the age of fifteen. Finishing high school in Washington, D.C., Watson enrolled in Howard University majoring in political science and economics. While at Howard, Watson became interested in journalism and after graduation worked as a journalist for The Washington Post. As a reporter, he covered many stories on integration and the turbulent events of the 1960s including collaborating on the book Ten Blocks from the White House, about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Watson went on to obtain a M.A. degree in public administration through a joint program at Cornell University and the University of Syracuse. Watson also started to pursue his doctorate from Syracuse, but left after the administration told him that black doctoral students were not a priority at the university.

He joined the prestigious consulting firm, Booz Allen & Hamilton as a management consultant in 1972. As a consultant he was instrumental in the restructuring of private companies and public sector organizations. In 1976, Watson joined Xerox Corporation, as its human resources manager. For years, he has served as the vice president to of public and urban affairs for the U.S. customer operations where he is heavily involved with the Xerox's philanthropy endeavors.

His unfinished University of Syracuse dissertation eventually became the best seller, Black Life in Corporate America: Swimming in the Mainstream published in 1982. The book chronicled his research on gender and racial experiences in Fortune 500 companies. It was so widely read that Watson was considered an expert, making appearances on various television programs including ABC's Nightline and CNN's Larry King Live.

Watson sits on the Board of Trustees at Howard University, Lincoln University and North Carolina A&T and is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary doctorates. Watson is currently at work on his second book, Not One of the Boys: Reflections on Power in America.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Glegg Watson describes his mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Glegg Watson discusses his family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Glegg Watson shares memories from his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Glegg Watson recalls his school years in Jamaica
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Glegg Watson discusses his family life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Glegg Watson details his family's immigration to the United States
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Glegg Watson recounts his school life in the United States
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Glegg Watson recounts his experience at Howard University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Glegg Watson recalls historic moments from the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Glegg Watson considers influential figures from his young life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Glegg Watson remembers his time at the 'Washington Post'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Glegg Watson recalls his mother's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Glegg Watson recounts his graduate school experience
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Glegg Watson describes working for Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Glegg Watson talks about negative experiences at Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Glegg Watson explains how he was hired to work at Xerox Corporation in Rochester, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Glegg Watson comments on personal accomplishments at Xerox
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Glegg Watson explains the process in writing 'Black Life in Corporate America'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Glegg Watson illustrates Xerox's reaction to his book 'Black Life in Corporate America'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Glegg Watson discusses authors that have imitated 'Black Life in Corporate America'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Glegg Watson talks about his research gathering process
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Glegg Watson shares his thoughts on the lack of black corporate leaders
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Glegg Watson talks about the lack of current black leadership at Xerox
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Glegg Watson gives strategies on how blacks can gain equality in corporate America
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Glegg Watson comments on the current status of blacks in the business world
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Glegg Watson shares his thoughts on how black athletes use their wealth
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Glegg Watson names business leaders he admires
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Glegg Watson discusses his West Indian Heritage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Glegg Watson talks about his ethnic identity
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Glegg Watson talks about the future of historically black colleges and universities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Glegg Watson comments on admininstrative roles of historically black colleges and universities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Glegg Watson considers his legacy