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J. Veronica Biggins

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive
Presidential Appointee

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Blue
Favorite Food:
Popcorn, Peanuts
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
Be Clear.

Birthplace

Born:
10/19/1946
Birth Location:
Belmont, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive
Presidential Appointee

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Blue
Favorite Food:
Popcorn, Peanuts
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
Be Clear.

Birthplace

Born:
10/19/1946
Birth Location:
Belmont
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Biography

Corporate executive and presidential appointee J. Veronica Biggins was born on October 19, 1946 in Belmont, North Carolina to Jacqueline McDonald and university professor Andrew Williams. Her father, also a tennis professional, and a family friend funded several of the early tennis ventures of tennis legend, Arthur Ashe. Biggins and her two brothers attended Catholic schools during their formative years. They also spent two years of elementary school in Indonesia. Biggins went on to receive her B.S. degree from Spelman College and her M.A. degree from Georgia State University.

Biggins entered the business world as a management trainee at NationsBank, formerly The Citizens Southern Bank and now Bank of America. She received several promotions and was one of the highest-ranking females in banking in the country when she left the industry as Executive Vice President for Corporate Community Relations. In 1994, Biggins became Assistant to the President of the United States and Director of Presidential Personnel under William Jefferson Clinton. Her responsibilities included the placement of agency heads, ambassadors and members of the presidential boards and commissions. During the fourth world conference on women of the United Nations in 1995, Biggins served as Vice Chairman of the United States Delegation in Beijing, China. She later served as a Senior Partner at Heidrick & Struggles, an international executive consulting firm, and then as Managing Partner of Diversified Search in Atlanta, Georgia.

Biggins has served on the boards of AirTran Airways, Southwest Airlines, Avnet, NDC Health, the Georgia Research Alliance, the Woodruff Arts Center, the Atlanta Life Insurance Company, Downtown Atlanta Rotary and the International Aids Fund. She was also a fellow of Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative, and has served as Chairman of the Czech Slovak American Enterprise Fund and the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Global Board of Visitors. Biggins received a Points of Light award from President George Walker Bush and has been named to the Georgia State University Business Hall of Fame.

J. Veronica Biggins was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 14, 2006 and June 19, 2006.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of J. Veronica Biggins' interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - J. Veronica Biggins lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her father, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her father, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her father's passion for tennis
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her mother's family background, pt. 3
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her maternal family background, pt. 4
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her maternal great-grandfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her paternal grandparents, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her paternal grandparents, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - J. Veronica Biggins remembers the house her father built for his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her earliest childhood memories, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her earliest childhood memories, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - J. Veronica Biggins describes community gatherings in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - J. Veronica Biggins remembers her early educational experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - J. Veronica Biggins describes the segregated community of Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her growing consciousness of civil rights
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - J. Veronica Biggins talks about her older brother's law career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - J. Veronica Biggins describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - J. Veronica Biggins remembers Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - J. Veronica Biggins recalls what she learned from living in Indonesia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her time in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - J. Veronica Biggins talks about her transition to a public high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - J. Veronica Biggins recalls moving to Benbow Park in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - J. Veronica Biggins remembers Greensboro's James B. Dudley High School, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - J. Veronica Biggins remembers Greensboro's James B. Dudley High School, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - J. Veronica Biggins recalls her cotillion debut
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - J. Veronica Biggins recalls placing second in the Jabba Walk
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - J. Veronica Biggins remembers her piano lessons
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - J. Veronica Biggins remembers her decision to attend Spelman College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - J. Veronica Biggins remembers Spelman College, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - J. Veronica Biggins remembers Spelman College, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - J. Veronica Biggins talks about Dr. Michael Lomax
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - J. Veronic Biggins recalls her graduate studies at Atlanta's Georgia State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her time in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - J. Veronica Biggins recalls living in Washington, D.C. during the Watergate scandal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - J. Veronica Biggins recalls moving from Washington, D.C. to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her foray into banking in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of J. Veronica Biggins' interview, session 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - J. Veronica Biggins recalls beginning her career with The Citizens and Southern National Bank
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - J. Veronica Biggins recalls working as a branch manager at The Citizens and Southern National Bank of Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her experience of discrimination at The Citizens and Southern National Bank of Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - J. Veronica Biggins explains how studying psychology prepared her for banking
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her community in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her career at The Citizens and Southern National Bank of Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - J. Veronica Biggins recalls working in human resources for The Citizens and Southern Corporation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - J. Veronica Biggins talks about the banking industry in the late 20th century
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - J. Veronica Biggins recalls The Citizens and Southern National Bank of Georgia's commitment to fairness
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - J. Veronica Biggins recounts The Citizens and Southern National Bank of Georgia's real estate debacle
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - J. Veronica Biggins talks about change management
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - J. Veronica Biggins recalls instituting a non-smoking policy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - J. Veronica Biggins describes The Citizens and Southern National Bank of Georgia's maternity policy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - J. Veronica Biggins recalls programs that she implemented at The Citizens and Southern Corporation
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - J. Veronica Biggins recalls her organizational involvement in the banking industry
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - J. Veronica Biggins reflects upon her career as head of human resources
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her role as executive vice president of human resources
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - J. Veronica Biggins recalls the impact of the NationsBank Corporation merger
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - J. Veronica Biggins describes NationsBank Corporation's community involvement
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - J. Veronica Biggins talks about Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - J. Veronica Biggins recalls meeting the Clintons on Hilton Head Island
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - J. Veronica Biggins recalls her appointment to President Bill Clinton's administration
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her work as director of presidential personnel, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - J. Veronica Biggins reflects upon her time in Washington, D.C., pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her work as director of presidential personnel, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - J. Veronica Biggins reflects upon her time in Washington, D.C., pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - J. Veronica Biggins recalls meeting Nelson Mandela and her White House protocol training
  • Tape: 8 Story: 11 - J. Veronica Biggins recalls being recruited to Heidrick & Struggles International Inc., pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - J. Veronica Biggins recalls being recruited to Heidrick & Struggles International Inc., pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her early career at Heidrick & Struggles International Inc.
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - J. Veronica Biggins describes the executive search process, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - J. Veronica Biggins describes the executive search process, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her corporate board memberships
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - J. Veronica Biggins describes the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - J. Veronica Biggins talks about the recruitment of minorities to corporate boards
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - J. Veronica Biggins reflects upon her life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - J. Veronica Biggins reflects upon her life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her marriage and her daughters
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - J. Veronica Biggins reflects upon her life, pt. 3
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - J. Veronica Biggins describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - J. Veronica Biggins reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - J. Veronica Biggins narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - J. Veronica Biggins narrates her photographs, pt. 2