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Keith H. Williamson

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive
Corporate Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Popcorn
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Life Is A Process Of Change.

Birthplace

Born:
5/16/1952
Birth Location:
St. Louis, Missouri

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive
Corporate Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Popcorn
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Life Is A Process Of Change.

Birthplace

Born:
5/16/1952
Birth Location:
St. Louis
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Biography

Keith Harvey Williamson, president of Pitney Bowes Capital Services Division, was born May 16, 1952, in St. Louis, Missouri. Williamson’s father, Irving A. Williamson, was a journalist and photographer for St. Louis based newspapers, such as the Argus, the Mirror, and the Sentinel. Attending Harrison Elementary School and Walnut Park Gifted School, Williamson graduated in 1970 from Thomas Jefferson High School in St. Louis, Missouri, after spending the summer after his junior year in Europe. Williamson earned his B.A. degree in economics and sociology from Brown University in 1974, and a combined M.B.A. and J.D. degree from Harvard University in 1978. Later Williamson would obtain his LL.M. degree in taxation from New York University.

In 1978, Williamson worked as a tax lawyer with the Washington, D.C., based firm Covington & Burling, and in 1981, he joined Revis & McGrath (later named Fulbright Jaworski). Pitney Bowes hired Williamson as director of tax in 1988; he later worked for the company as assistant general counsel for financial services, and deputy general counsel for mergers. In 1999 Williamson became president of the capital services division of Pitney Bowes; in 2002, he was chosen by Fortune magazine as one of the fifty most powerful African American executives. Williamson became the senior vice president, general counsel, and company secretary of Centene Corporation in 2006.

A member of the Executive Leadership Council and the Urban League’s Black Executive Exchange Program, Williamson, his wife Addie, and their daughter reside in suburban Connecticut.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Keith H. Williamson describes his mother, Elizabeth Giddings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Keith H. Williamson describes his maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Keith H. Williamson describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Keith H. Williamson talks about his father's matriculation at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Keith H. Williamson describes his father's work in journalism and photography
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Keith H. Williamson describes his childhood neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Keith H. Williamson describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Keith H. Williamson shares memories from his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Keith H. Williamson talks about his father's political interests and civic involvement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Keith H. Williamson describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Keith H. Williamson describes his elementary school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Keith H. Williamson describes his family life growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Keith H. Williamson describes his experience at Thomas Jefferson School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Keith H. Williamson recalls his challenges at Thomas Jefferson School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Keith H. Williamson remembers his experiences as the only African American in his high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Keith H. Williamson explains how he adapted to Thomas Jefferson School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Keith H. Williamson recalls his aspirations as a high school senior
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Keith H. Williamson describes his studies at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Keith H. Williamson recalls his motivations for pursuing a joint law and business degree
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Keith H. Williamson describes his joint J.D./M.B.A. program at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Keith H. Williamson remembers notable professors from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Keith H. Williamson remembers notable figures from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Keith H. Williamson remembers joining Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C. as a tax lawyer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Keith H. Williamson remembers his projects with Covington & Burling LLP and Reavis & McGrath
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Keith H. Williamson reflects on challenges he faced at Reavis & McGrath in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Keith H. Williamson talks about his transition to working at Pitney Bowes Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Keith H. Williamson describes his trajectory at Pitney Bowes Inc. between 1988 and 2002
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Keith H. Williamson explains the toughest aspect of his job at Pitney Bowes Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Keith H. Williamson talks about sales strategies at Pitney Bowes Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Keith H. Williamson talks about his mentorship efforts within the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Keith H. Williamson talks about his upcoming projects and ambitions
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Keith H. Williamson describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Keith H. Williamson offers advice for aspiring young professionals
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Keith H. Williamson explains his disinclination to start his own business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Keith H. Williamson reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Keith H. Williamson reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Keith H. Williamson talks about his wife and daughter
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Keith H. Williamson describes his vision of the ideal school curriculum
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Keith H. Williamson talks about his parents witnessing their children's success
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Keith H. Williamson describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Keith H. Williamson narrates his photographs