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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Poet
Business Consultant

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Pie (Sweet Potato)
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Pass It On.

Birthplace

Born:
5/23/1953
Birth Location:
Oxford, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Poet
Business Consultant

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Pie (Sweet Potato)
Favorite Time of Year:
Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Pass It On.

Birthplace

Born:
5/23/1953
Birth Location:
Oxford
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Biography

Executive leadership professor, speaker, author, and poet, Gloria Jean Burgess was born on May 23, 1953 in Oxford, Mississippi. Her father, Earnest McEwen, Jr. received a college education thanks to funding from Nobel laureate author William Faulkner, on the condition that his gift be passed on to others, which McEwen did for Gloria and his other four daughters. Burgess grew up in Detroit, where she attended Ralph Bunche Elementary School, and Ann Arbor, where she attended Northside Elementary School, Forsythe Junior High School and graduated from Huron High School. Burgess attended the University of Michigan, studying poetry with Robert Hayden and drama. She earned her B.G.S. degree in education, anthropology, English and speech communication in 1975.

Burgess obtained her M.A. degree in speech communication and theater from the University of Michigan in 1977, earning notoriety as a Distinguished Fellow and Scholar in Direction and Performance. She attended the University of Southern California (USC) in the late 1970s, obtaining her Ph.D. in performance studies. Burgess continued studying, earning her M.B.A. degree from USC in 1986 in organizational behavior and design and information systems.

In 1988, Burgess was appointed assistant professor at the University of Washington College of Engineering, teaching leadership, management, cross cultural studies, and creativity to engineering students. In 1991, Burgess became director of multimedia development for Aldus Corporation, the organization responsible for PageMaker software. In 1994, Burgess founded Jazz, Inc., an executive coaching and consulting organization. She also founded The Lift Every Voice Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to leadership development for underserved, underrepresented youth. Burgess continued studying during this time, and in 1995 earned her M.A. degree in applied behavioral science from Bastyr University. Upon graduating, she became graduate faculty and program lead for their graduate program in leadership and applied behavioral science.

Burgess continued studying poetry as well, becoming a Fellow in the new Cave Canem organization for African American poets and writers in 1996. She became a consultant for Bastyr University's Leadership Institute the following year, consulting for faculty, undergraduate and graduate programs. Burgess spent 1997 through 1999 as a consultant for Boeing Corporation, and in 1998 was appointed to Leadership Tomorrow's Core Faculty. That same year, she published her first book of poetry, entitled Journey of the Rose. Despite all this activity, Burgess managed to remain involved in "Keepers of the Dream" with the Group Theatre Company, a celebration of African American women.

In 2000, Burgess expanded her coaching and consulting practice and became executive coach to the Dean of Libraries at the University of Washington. She also published her second book of poetry in 2001, entitled The Open Door, and wrote her first book for children entitled Hold Fast to Dreams: Pass It On!, about her father's relationship with William Faulkner.

Burgess lives with her husband, John, and daughter, Quinn in Edmonds, Washington.

Burgess was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 26, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Gloria Burgess lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Gloria Burgess describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Gloria Burgess talks about her maternal great-great-grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Gloria Burgess talks about her maternal family's sharecropping
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Gloria Burgess talks about her mother's childhood in Abbeville, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Gloria Burgess describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Gloria Burgess describes Oxford, Mississippi and her father's educational background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Gloria Burgess talks about her father's employment at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Gloria Burgess describes how her parents met and developed a relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Gloria Burgess talks about her father's close friendship with author William Faulkner
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Gloria Burgess talks about her father's participation in a walkout at Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College in Lorman, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Gloria Burgess explains why her father was expelled from Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College in Lorman, Mississippi, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Gloria Burgess explains why her father was expelled from Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College in Lorman, Mississippi, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Gloria Burgess talks about her father's studies at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Gloria Burgess talks about her family's move north and her father's inability to find work
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Gloria Burgess considers her likeness to her parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Gloria Burgess describes her childhood in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Gloria Burgess describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Gloria Burgess describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Gloria Burgess recalls spending time with her extended family in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Gloria Burgess lists the elementary schools she attended in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Gloria Burgess describes her father's jobs in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Gloria Burgess describes difficulties she experienced transitioning from Detroit to Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Gloria Burgess explains her father's decision to relocate to Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Gloria Burgess lists the schools she attended in Ann Arbor, Michigan and her favorite teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Gloria Burgess recalls being introduced to Langston Hughes' work in the sixth grade
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Gloria Burgess talks about her family's private relationship with William Faulkner
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Gloria Burgess describes her academic interests and personality as an elementary and high school student
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Gloria Burgess remembers Gwendolyn Brooks' visit to Huron High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Gloria Burgess talks about her decision to attend University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Gloria Burgess talks about studying under Robert Hayden and Eva Jessye at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Gloria Burgess remembers when she started to wear her hair natural
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Gloria Burgess talks about her family's discussions of the Civil Rights Movement and racism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Gloria Burgess recalls the assassinations of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert Kennedy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Gloria Burgess talks about her undergraduate majors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Gloria Burgess talks about her experience with poet Robert Hayden
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Gloria Burgess remembers choral director Eva Jessye, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Gloria Burgess remembers choral director Eva Jessye, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Gloria Burgess remembers professors that were both positive and negative influences
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Gloria Burgess talks about earning her M.A. degree in Performance Studies from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Gloria Burgess talks about earning her Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California and describes her dissertation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Gloria Burgess talks about transitioning from academia into technology and business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Gloria Burgess explains why she wanted to earn an M.B.A. degree
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Gloria Burgess talks about her appointment as assistant professor at the College of Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Gloria Burgess describes meeting and marrying her husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Gloria Burgess describes her experience as an assistant professor in the University of Washington's College of Engineering in Seattle, Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Gloria Burgess describes joining the Aldus Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Gloria Burgess describes her experience at the Aldus Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Gloria Burgess talks about earning a third M.A. degree from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Gloria Burgess talks about her consulting company, Jazz, Incorporated
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Gloria Burgess describes the most common problems she addresses as a consultant
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Gloria Burgess talks about publishing her poetry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Gloria Burgess describes her managerial style and philosophy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Gloria Burgess talks about the significance of the Middle Passage to her poetry and the work of other poets
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Gloria Burgess talks about the Cave Canem fellowship
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Gloria Burgess considers what she might have done differently
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Gloria Burgess describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Gloria Burgess describes her plans for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Gloria Burgess considers her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Gloria Burgess talks about her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Gloria Burgess talks briefly about her mother's legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Gloria Burgess describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Gloria Burgess narrates her photographs
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Gloria Burgess narrates her photographs