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Profession

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Occupation(s):
Publishing Chief Executive

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Born:
3/22/1958
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

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Publishing Chief Executive

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Born:
3/22/1958
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Biography

President and CEO of Johnson Publishing Linda Johnson Rice was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 22, 1958. Her father, John H. Johnson is founder of Johnson Publishing Company, and her mother, Eunice Johnson, is producer and director of the Ebony Fashion Fair. Rice began her career with the family business, traveling with her mother to fashion shows in Paris starting at the age of six. While a student at the University of Southern California (USC), where she earned her degree in journalism in 1980, she spent her summers as an intern with Johnson Publishing.

In 1981, after graduating from USC, Rice made her first solo business trip to Europe to purchase clothing for the Ebony Fashion Fair. Her knack for predicting fashion trends led to her becoming the vice president and fashion coordinator for Ebony Magazine, and later vice president and assistant to the publisher. During this time, Rice enrolled in Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and earned her M.B.A. in 1987. Immediately following her graduation, Rice was promoted to president and chief operating officer of Johnson Publishing, a job she held until being promoted in 2002 to her current position as president and CEO. In this role, Rice has increased domestic and international sales, and launched Fashion Fair Cosmetics, the number one selling makeup and skin care product line for women of color in the world.

Rice has been recognized numerous times. She has also been the recipient of many awards, including the Women of Power Award from the National Urban League, the Tower of Power Award of the Trumpet Awards, Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40 Award, the From Whence We Came Award and the Alumni of the Year Award from Kellogg Graduate School at Northwestern. She has also been named one of Chicago’s 100 Most Powerful Women and one of the Top 10 Women in Media by the Chicago Sun-Times.

At the time of the interview, she served on the board of directors of several companies and organizations, including Bausch & Lomb, the Magazine Publishers Association, the University of Southern California, the advisory board of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and the women’s board of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Rice has one daughter, Alexa Christina Rice.

Linda Rice was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 11, 2004.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Linda Johnson Rice shares stories about her father's life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Linda Johnson Rice remembers her mother Eunice Walker Johnson
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Linda Johnson Rice describes her grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Linda Johnson Rice shares childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Linda Johnson Rice remembers her elementary school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Linda Johnson Rice recounts her first trip to Europe
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Linda Johnson Rice recalls her mother's contributions to African Americans in fashion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Linda Johnson Rice defines "couture"
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Linda Johnson Rice recounts helping her mother with fashion shows
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Linda Johnson Rice shares childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Linda Johnson Rice talks about her brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Linda Johnson Rice discusses her parents' role in the Chicago black community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Linda Johnson Rice reflects on being part of the upper echelon of black society
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Linda Johnson Rice remembers meeting famous people as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Linda Johnson Rice explains her early career aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Linda Johnson Rice recalls her undergraduate years at USC
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Linda Johnson Rice shares her career aspirations
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Linda Johnson Rice details her transition into her father's business
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Linda Johnson Rice recounts her work with Fashion Fair Cosmetics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Linda Johnson Rice explains why she got her MBA
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Linda Johnson Rice describes her relationship with her father
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Linda Johnson Rice shares her plans for the future
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Linda Johnson Rice discusses the Ebony/Jet Showcase
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Linda Johnson Rice discusses her family's legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Linda Johnson Rice recalls her father's radio stations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Linda Johnson Rice shares her views on the publishing industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Linda Johnson Rice expresses her hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Linda Johnson Rice discusses the role of the black elite in society
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Linda Johnson Rice talks about women in business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Linda Johnson Rice illustrates her family dynamics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Linda Johnson Rice reflects on her life and career