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Reginald Van Lee

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Management Consultant

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
The Two Most Important Days In Your Life Are The Day You Were Born And The Day You Understand Why.

Birthplace

Born:
5/8/1957
Birth Location:
Houston, Texas

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Management Consultant

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
The Two Most Important Days In Your Life Are The Day You Were Born And The Day You Understand Why.

Birthplace

Born:
5/8/1957
Birth Location:
Houston
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Biography

Management consultant Reginald Van Lee was born on May 8, 1957 in Houston, Texas to Tommie Lee and Eva Elnora Jefferson Lee. Van Lee received his B.S. degree in engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1979; and, in 1980, he earned his M.S. degree in civil engineering from MIT. Upon graduation, Van Lee was hired by Exxon Production Research Company as a research engineer. In 1982, he entered the M.B.A. program at Harvard Business School, and he interned at Booz Allen Hamilton during the summer of 1983. In 1984, after graduating with his M.B.A. degree in business administration, Van Lee was hired at Booz Allen Hamilton.

In 1993, Van Lee was promoted to partner at the Booz Allen Hamilton; and in 2003, he was promoted to senior partner. Van Lee leads Booz Allen Hamilton’s health and not-for-profit businesses, where he has helped numerous private and public health organizations and not-for-profit organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity and the American Cancer Society. As an industry expert on strategy implementation, Van Lee has contributed a number of articles on the topic. His articles have appeared in The Journal of Business Strategy and Business Horizons. Van Lee also co-authored the book, Megacommunities: How Leaders of Government, Business, and Non-Profits Can Tackle Today’s Global Challenges Together. He has appeared on ABC-TV’s “World News This Morning” and CNBC, and co-led the Urban Enterprise Initiative with the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, where he focused on driving enhanced competitiveness for small businesses in Harlem. Van Lee is also a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Van Lee’s many recognitions include the 2008 Black Engineer of the Year Award and New York University’s C. Walter Nichols Award for community service. He was also chosen as one of the 2009 Washington Minority Business Leaders by the Washington Business Journal. Van Lee served as chairman emeritus of the board of the Evidence Dance Company, trustee of the Studio Museum in Harlem, and chairman of the Washington Performing Arts Society. In 2008, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Reginald Van Lee was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 14, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reginald Van Lee lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reginald Van Lee describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reginald Van Lee describes his mother's childhood in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reginald Van Lee describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reginald Van Lee describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reginald Van Lee describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reginald Van Lee lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reginald Van Lee describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reginald Van Lee describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Reginald Van Lee remembers James R. Reynolds Elementary School in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reginald Van Lee describes his childhood activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reginald Van Lee remembers his mother's parenting style
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reginald Van Lee recalls his junior high school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reginald Van Lee talks about his family's influence
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reginald Van Lee remembers the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reginald Van Lee describes his early academic success
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reginald Van Lee talks about his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reginald Van Lee remembers Evan E. Worthing High School in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reginald Van Lee remembers developing an interest in engineering
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Reginald Van Lee remembers entering the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reginald Van Lee describes his experiences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reginald Van Lee describes the racial makeup of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reginald Van Lee remembers his influential professors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reginald Van Lee describes the racial tensions in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reginald Van Lee remembers the black community at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reginald Van Lee recalls his mentors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reginald Van Lee recalls earning a master's degree from at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reginald Van Lee recalls the start of his career at the Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Reginald Van Lee recalls his decision to attend the Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reginald Van Lee remembers enrolling at the Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reginald Van Lee describes the black student community at Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reginald Van Lee remembers his coursework at the Harvard Business School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reginald Van Lee recalls his start at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reginald Van Lee talks about his mother's role in his success
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reginald Van Lee describes his early career at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reginald Van Lee remembers his projects at Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reginald Van Lee describes the highlights of his career at Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Reginald Van Lee describes the Harlem Small Business Initiative, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reginald Van Lee describes the Harlem Small Business Initiative, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reginald Van Lee describes the formation of the Urban Enterprise Initiative
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reginald Van Lee talks about his awards and recognitions
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reginald Van Lee remembers coauthoring 'Megacommunities'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reginald Van Lee describes his involvement in the arts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reginald Van Lee talks about his career plans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reginald Van Lee reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Reginald Van Lee reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Reginald Van Lee describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Reginald Van Lee describes how he met his husband, Corey McCathern
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Reginald Van Lee describes his wedding
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Reginald Van Lee talks about his racial and sexual identity
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Reginald Van Lee describes his parents' views on his sexuality
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Reginald Van Lee describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Reginald Van Lee narrates his photographs