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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Business Consulting Executive
Management Consulting Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Aruba
Favorite Quote:
Remember the quid pro quo.

Birthplace

Born:
5/28/1939
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Business Consulting Executive
Management Consulting Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Aruba
Favorite Quote:
Remember the quid pro quo.

Birthplace

Born:
5/28/1939
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Management consultant and entrepreneur James H. Lowry was born in 1939 to Chicago postal workers Camille and William Lowry. Lowry graduated from the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, and went on to earn his undergraduate degree from Grinnell College in Iowa. Lowry served in the Peace Corps in Tanzania and Puerto Rico before he returned to school to earn his master's degree in public international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1968, Lowry became McKinsey Consulting's first African American recruit.

At McKinsey, Lowry convinced corporate clients of the value of investing in minority communities and sought to increase the firm's number of African American consultants; he continued this work while attending Harvard Business School, where he served as class president in 1973. On assignment from former Commerce Secretary Juanita Morris Kreps, Lowry produced a report on the status of minorities in the twenty-first century that attracted the attention of numerous municipal and corporate clients, including PepsiCo and Ford. In 1975, Lowry used his knowledge and experience to found James H. Lowry & Associates. Lowry's strategic partnership with Ford led to the automotive giant sourcing more than $3 billion dollars of goods and services to more than 300 minority suppliers. In 1981, Lowry approached his former employer, McKinsey, about its disappointing number of African American consultants, which he helped increase to nearly one hundred by 1999.

In 2000 Lowry was recruited to join the prominent Boston Consulting Group; as a president of the group's Chicago operations, he was credited for his productive involvement in the North American Black Diversity Initiative, a program that fosters the development of African American management consultant professionals on college campuses and within the company. An adjunct faculty member of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, Lowry developed a lauded education program for minority business professionals in 2002. Lowry and his wife, Doris, raised a daughter: Aisha.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - James Lowry describes his father's interest in athletics
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - James Lowry discusses his father's career with the U.S. Post Office
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - James Lowry recalls his mother's important role during his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - James Lowry recalls his childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - James Lowry discusses A. O. Sexton Elementary School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - James Lowry recalls the life of his progressive aunt
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - James Lowry remembers attending Francis W. Parker School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - James Lowry talks about proving himself academically
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - James Lowry discusses his relationship with the Jewish community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - James Lowry discusses the strength of the Jewish community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - James Lowry gives an overview of his high school athletic career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - James Lowry shares some memories from high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - James Lowry explains how his high school experience positively affected his personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - James Lowry talks about his social life and interests during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - James Lowry explains his choice to attend Grinnell College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - James Lowry talks about racism in Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - James Lowry describes his experiences at Grinnell College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - James Lowry discusses an incident of racial harassment at Grinnell College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - James Lowry compares and contrasts liberal Midwestern colleges
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - James Lowry remembers his entrepreneurial successes during college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - James Lowry details studying abroad in Tanzania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - James Lowry explains how he earned extra money in Tanzania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - James Lowry talks about his experiences in the Peace Corps
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - James Lowry remembers being recruited by Robert F. Kennedy and moving to New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - James Lowry discusses living and working abroad
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - James Lowry recalls Bedford-Stuyvesant and its West Indian population
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - James Lowry describes his early involvement in the television industry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - James Lowry remembers the forward-thinking spirit and political scene of the mid-1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - James Lowry remembers Robert F. Kennedy and how exposure to cultural diversity broadened his perspective
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - James Lowry talks about his work at McKinsey & Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - James Lowry explains his daughter's name
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - James Lowry explains how he founded his own consulting firm
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - James Lowry details the growth of James H. Lowry & Associates
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - James Lowry explains his role in empowering minority entrepreneurs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - James Lowry talks about Chicago politicians' strides in helping minority businesses
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - James Lowry discusses the reasoning behind 'Minority Business Report' and its success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - James Lowry explains his passion for empowering minority-owned business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - James Lowry shares his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - James Lowry discusses the current state of black-owned businesses
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - James Lowry considers his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - James Lowry considers how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - James Lowry talks of his ambitions for his family