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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Almost Everything
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York City
Favorite Quote:
It's Up To Me.

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Almost Everything
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York City
Favorite Quote:
It's Up To Me.
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Biography

Corporate executive Nancy Lane was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Gladys Lane and Samuel Lane. She received her B.S. degree in public relations and journalism from Boston University in 1962, and went on to earn her M.P.A. degree at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1975, Lane completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School in Boston.

Lane began her career at the Westinghouse Broadcasting Company. She then worked as a project manager for the National Urban League, where she developed the Black Executive Exchange Program. From 1972 to 1973, Lane was the second vice president and head of executive recruitment at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York. She became the vice president of personnel at New York Off-Track Betting Corporation in 1973, before joining the administration department at the Johnson & Johnson Products corporate headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1975. The following year, Lane was named vice president of human resources and administration, making her the first woman to assume the role. She also served on the board of directors of Ortho Diagnostic Systems, a division of Johnson & Johnson. She was the first female vice president, and first African American, to sit on Johnson & Johnson’s management board. Lane served as vice president of government affairs at Johnson & Johnson’s corporate headquarters until her retirement in 2000.

Lane held several board positions, including on the board of governors at Rutgers University, the National Board of Directors for the NAACP. She also served as the lead NGO representative at the United Nations. She also served on the board of Bloomfield College, the board of trustees for Freedom House, the board of directors for the SEED Foundation, and the board of Studio Museum in Harlem. She was as an advisor for The International Review of African American Art, as well as a co-chair of the Stieglitz Society at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In 1987, Lane received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University, which is the highest honor bestowed upon an alumnus.

Nancy Lane was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 28, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Nancy Lane's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Nancy Lane lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Nancy Lane describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Nancy Lane describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Nancy Lane talks about how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Nancy Lane describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Nancy Lane remembers her neighbors in Boston, Massachusetts, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Nancy Lane talks about her parents' careers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Nancy Lane describes her early personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Nancy Lane remembers her neighbors in Boston, Massachusetts, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Nancy Lane recalls working at the Boston Public Library
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Nancy Lane describes her undergraduate education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Nancy Lane talks about her early understanding of race
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Nancy Lane remembers studying abroad in Norway, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Nancy Lane remembers studying abroad in Norway, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Nancy Lane remembers her experiences in Austria
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Nancy Lane describes the start of her business career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Nancy Lane recalls working at an educational organization in the Netherlands
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Nancy Lane remembers joining the Westinghouse Broadcasting Company
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Nancy Lane talks about the changes in her personality and aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Nancy Lane remembers her master's degree program at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Nancy Lane remembers moving to Greenwich Village in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Nancy Lane remembers creating the National Urban League's Black Executive Exchange Program
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Nancy Lane describes the National Urban League's Black Executive Exchange Program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Nancy Lane describes her career at the National Urban League
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Nancy Lane recalls becoming an executive recruiter at Chase Manhattan Bank
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Nancy Lane describes her experiences in Chase Manhattan Bank's executive dining room
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Nancy Lane remembers joining the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Nancy Lane recalls the executive training program at Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Nancy Lane remembers joining the board of the Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Nancy Lane talks about the Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Nancy Lane talks about the founding of the Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Nancy Lane remembers the directors of the Studio Museum in Harlem, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Nancy Lane remembers the directors of the Studio Museum in Harlem, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Nancy Lane talks about the leadership of Thelma Golden at the Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Nancy Lane describes the Studio Museum in Harlem Gala
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Nancy Lane talks about her role at the Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Nancy Lane remembers joining Johnson and Johnson Products
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Nancy Lane recalls becoming the first female vice president at Johnson and Johnson Products
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Nancy Lane talks about her civic engagement in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Nancy Lane describes the highlights of her career at Johnson and Johnson Products
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Nancy Lane reflects upon her career at Johnson and Johnson Products
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Nancy Lane remembers the Chicago Tylenol murders
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Nancy Lane talks about her retirement from Johnson and Johnson Services, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Nancy Lane talks about African American businessman H. Naylor Fitzhugh
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Nancy Lane reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Nancy Lane shares her advice to African American youth
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Nancy Lane reflects upon her life and plans for the future
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Nancy Lane talks about her interest in art