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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Technology Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Vail, Colorado
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/12/1952
Birth Location:
Cleveland, Ohio

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Technology Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Vegetables
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Vail, Colorado
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/12/1952
Birth Location:
Cleveland
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Biography

Technology executive and entrepreneur Sheila G. Talton was born on October 12, 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio. As a teenager, she became involved in the civil rights movement in Rockford, Illinois. Talton went on to graduate from Northern Illinois University with her B.S. degree in business administration and speech communications in 1980

Upon graduation, Talton was hired as a sales trainee at NCR Corporation. She became head of Midwest sales for Data Group Systems in Chicago in 1982, moving on to a position as team leader in the sales department of Applied Data Research (ADR) in 1984. Taking advantage of a void left by the breakup of AT&T, Talton founded Unisource Network Services, a provider of voice, data and video networking consultation and support services, in 1987. In 1996, while still leading Unisource, she helped establish the Information Technology Senior Management Forum, a mentoring group that cultivates executive talent among African American IT professionals. Talton sold her stake in Unisource in 2000, and was hired as the vice president of Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young’s Midwest technology consulting practice. In 2002, she was named president of global business innovation services for Electronic Data Systems (EDS). Talton was hired by the computer networking company Cisco Systems Inc. in 2004 where she became vice president of advisory services in the Customer Advocacy Group. She was promoted to a role as vice president of Cisco’s Office of Globalization in 2008 and helped the company identify growth opportunities in emerging markets around the world. She left Cisco in 2012 to found the consulting firm SGT, Ltd. In 2013, Talton established Gray Matter Analytics, Inc., a business providing consulting services and cloud hosting service for analytics.

Talton has served as a member of the board of directors of the ACCO Brands Corporation, the Wintrust Financial Corporation, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Lighthouse for the Blind, and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her honors include selection as a Congressional appointee on the US White House Women’s Business Council, as one of the “Top 10 Women in Technology” by Enterprising Women, and as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the National Federation of Black Women Business Owners. She is also a recipient of the “Entrepreneurial Excellence Award” from Working Woman magazine and a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award. She was named a 2007 “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal, received a 2008 Egretha Award from the African American Women’s Business and Career Conference, and was named a 2009 Business Leader of Color by Chicago United. In 2010 she was honored as a Woman of Achievement by the Anti-Defamation League, and as the Outstanding College Alumni of the Year by the Business School of Northern Illinois University. In 2011 she was named one of “25 Influential Black Women in Business” by The Network Journal and received the “Diamond Leadership Award” from the Information Technology Senior Management Forum.

Sheila G. Talton was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 23, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sheila Talton describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sheila Talton describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sheila Talton describes her mother's personality and education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sheila Talton talks about her father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sheila Talton lists her father's siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sheila Talton remembers her parents' divorce
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Sheila Talton describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Sheila Talton recalls living in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Sheila Talton remembers Perry Elementary School in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Sheila Talton describes her home life in Louisville, Kentucky, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Sheila Talton describes her home life in Louisville, Kentucky, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Sheila Talton remembers the holidays
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sheila Talton describes her family life in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sheila Talton describes the Hough neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sheila Talton recalls visits from her father after her parents' divorce
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sheila Talton remembers moving to Rockford, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sheila Talton remembers the Franklin School in Rockford, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sheila Talton remembers her parents' relationship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sheila Talton talks about the African American community in Rockford, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sheila Talton remembers reconnecting with her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Sheila Talton recalls her involvement in the Black Power movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sheila Talton remembers her teenage years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sheila Talton describes her experiences at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sheila Talton talks about the Black Panther Party in Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sheila Talton recalls her decision to attend Northern Illinois University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sheila Talton remembers leaving Northern Illinois University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sheila Talton remembers entering the secretarial workforce
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sheila Talton recalls her return to Northern Illinois University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Sheila Talton remembers studying business administration at Northern Illinois University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Sheila Talton describes her motivation for completing her college education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sheila Talton remembers joining the NCR Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sheila Talton recalls her decision to leave the NCR Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sheila Talton talks about her technological aptitude and training
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sheila Talton describes her salesmanship skills
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sheila Talton remembers her role at Data Group Systems
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sheila Talton remembers working for Applied Data Research
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sheila Talton remembers her prejudiced manager at Applied Data Research
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Sheila Talton remembers founding Unisource Network Services
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sheila Talton describes what she learned at Applied Data Research
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sheila Talton remembers her divorce
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sheila Talton talks about her daughter
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sheila Talton remembers running Unisource Network Services
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sheila Talton remembers leaving Unisource Network Services
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sheila Talton describes her role at Ernst and Young
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Sheila Talton remembers working at Ernst and Young
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Sheila Talton describes her civic involvement in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Sheila Talton recalls her transition from Capgemini SE to Electronic Data Systems
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Sheila Talton talks about the importance of community service
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Sheila Talton talks about her role as a mentor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Sheila Talton remembers her second marriage
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Sheila Talton remembers being hired at Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Sheila Talton recalls working for Cisco Systems, Inc. in China
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Sheila Talton talks about challenges for African Americans in Silicon Valley
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Sheila Talton remembers working for Cisco Systems, Inc. in Mexico
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Sheila Talton remembers working for Cisco Systems, Inc. in Brazil and Chile
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Sheila Talton talks about her interest in big data
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Sheila Talton remembers founding Gray Matter Analytics
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Sheila Talton describes the workplace culture at Sterling Partners
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Sheila Talton describes her business plan for Gray Matter Analytics
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Sheila Talton describes her hopes for Gray Matter Analytics
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Sheila Talton reflects upon her values
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Sheila Talton shares her advice to young people
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Sheila Talton reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Sheila Talton reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Sheila Talton talks about her plans for the future
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Sheila Talton reflects upon her parents' lessons
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Sheila Talton narrates her photographs