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Caretha Coleman

Executive consultant Caretha Coleman was born on February 21, 1950 in Yokohama, Japan to Chizuko Murata Watkins and Clifford Watkins. After graduating from St. Bernard’s High School in Fitchburg, Massachusetts in 1968, Coleman briefly attended Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, Massachusetts.

From 1969 to 1973, Coleman worked as a flight attendant for Trans World Airlines. She then joined the human resources department at Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, California. Coleman remained with Hewlett-Packard for six years as its workforce grew from 21,000 to 52,000 employees. In 1979, Coleman was hired as a staffing manager at Spectra-Physics in Mountain View, California. In 1982, she was recruited to work as director of human resources at Software Publishing Corporation, also in Mountain View, where she was a vice president for nine years and where she helped guide one of the earliest successful desktop computer software companies.

Following a brief appointment at Verifone in 1991, Coleman worked as a consultant for Interval Research in Palo Alto, eventually becoming their chief administration officer, and with Mayfield, a venture capital firm in Menlo Park. In 1997, she became a founding member of The Angels Forum, a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. In 1998, Coleman founded Coleman Consulting in Los Altos, which focuses on executive and CEO coaching, especially for minority entrepreneurs. In 2020, Coleman was elected a director of The RealReal, an online marketplace for resale luxury goods.

Coleman has served on numerous boards and committees. She chaired Dignity Health, the largest not-for-profit hospital provider in California, for three years. In 2015, she was appointed chair of The Leverage Network, which aims to increase the number of African Americans on healthcare boards and to eliminate health disparities in communities of color. Coleman has also served the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Peninsula Community Foundation, YMCA, Facing History and Ourselves, Accion Opportunity Fund, Black Economic Alliance, Ravenswood Health Clinic, LifeMap Communications, and Viridis Learning. She is an advisor to the Santa Clara University Black Corporate Board Readiness program, Culture Shift, Illuminate Ventures, and Launch with Goldman Sachs.

Coleman is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including being named one of the Bay Area’s Most Influential Women by the San Francisco Business Times, an Outstanding Director by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, a Visionary Leader by the SF Chronicle, and an American Leadership Forum Fellow. She received the YMCA’s Red Triangle award and the Black Enterprise Trailblazer award in 2016 and was nominated as a Visionary Leader in the Bay Area for her work towards creating a more diverse community inside and outside the workplace. In 2017, Coleman and her husband, Kenneth L. Coleman, were honored by the City of Palo Alto for their philanthropic contributions to the Silicon Valley community, including their fundraising efforts to build a YMCA in East Palo Alto.

Coleman and her husband, Kenneth L. Coleman, live in Los Altos Hills, California. Together they have six children and thirteen grandchildren.

Caretha Coleman was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 29, 2022.

Accession Number

A2022.070

Sex

Female

Interview Date

6/29/2022

Last Name

Coleman

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Schools

St. Bernard's High School

Mount Wachusett Community College

First Name

Caretha

Birth City, State, Country

Yokohama

HM ID

COL40

Favorite Season

Fall

Favorite Vacation Destination

Hawaii

Favorite Quote

There Is No Try, Just Do.

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Speakers Bureau Region State

California

Birth Date

2/21/1950

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

San Jose

Country

Japan

Favorite Food

Sushi

Short Description

Executive consultant Caretha Coleman (1950 - ) is the founder of Coleman Consulting and a co-founder of The Angels Forum. She has served in executive roles at Software Publishing and Interval Research and as chair of Dignity Health and The Leverage Network.

Employment

Trans World Airlines

Hewlett Packard Co.

Spectra-Physics

Software Publishing Corporation

Interval Research

Mayfield

Coleman Consulting

The RealReal

Favorite Color

White

William B. Gould IV

Law professor William B. Gould IV was born on July 16, 1936 in Boston, Massachusetts to Leah F. Gould and William B. Gould III. He received his A.B. degree in 1958 from the University of Rhode Island and his L.L.B. degree in 1961 from Cornell Law School. He also studied at the London School of Economics.

After graduating from law school, Gould was hired as assistant general counsel for the United Auto Workers in Detroit in 1961. He then served as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington, D.C. from 1963 to 1965 before going on to work as an associate at Battle, Fowler, Stokes & Kheel in New York City until 1968. He served as a consultant to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in 1966 and was selected as a member of the first Fact-Finding Board established under the New York Taylor Law in 1967. In 1968, Gould was hired as a professor of law at Wayne State Law School in Detroit. He then was hired as a professor of law at Stanford Law School in 1972, where he was named the Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law in 1984. In Gould’s litigation of Stamps v. Detroit Edison (1973), his clients received the largest per capita employment discrimination judgment at the time. Later, Gould was selected as a salary arbitrator for the 1992-1993 salary disputes between the Major League Baseball (MLB) Players Association and the MLB Player Relations Committee. He was appointed a member of the On the Future of Worker/Management Relations Commission of the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Commerce in 1993 and a member of the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States in 1994. From 1994 to 1998, Gould served as chair of the NLRB, where he helped to negotiate the end of the 1994-95 MLB strike. Gould retired from Stanford in 2002. In 2011, he was appointed a consultant and special advisor to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on project labor agreements. From 2014 to 2017, Gould served as chair of the California Agricultural Relations Board. Gould has arbitrated and mediated more than three hundred labor disputes.

Gould is the author of over eleven books, including A Primer on American Labor Law (1982); Labored Relations: Law, Politics and the NLRB–A Memoir (2000); and Diary of a Contraband: The Civil War Passage of a Black Sailor (2002).

Gould was appointed secretary of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association in 1980. Gould is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators.

Gould has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, and five honorary doctorates.

Gould and his wife, Hilda, live in Palo Alto, California. They have three sons, William B. Gould V, Timothy Gould, and Edward Gould.

William B. Gould IV was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 28, 2022.

Accession Number

A2022.069

Sex

Male

Interview Date

6/28/2022

Last Name

Gould

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

Benjamin

Occupation
Schools

Long Branch High School

University of Rhode Island

Cornell Law School

London School of Economics

First Name

William

Birth City, State, Country

Boston

HM ID

GOU02

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Massachusetts

Favorite Vacation Destination

Portugal

Favorite Quote

None

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Speakers Bureau Region State

California

Birth Date

7/16/1936

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Palo Alto

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Indian

Short Description

Law professor William B. Gould IV (1936 - ) served as chair of the National Labor Relations Board from 1994 to 1998, where he helped to negotiate the end of the 1994-95 Major League Baseball strike, and chair of the California Agricultural Relations Board from 2014 to 2017. He has taught at Stanford Law School since 1972.

Employment

United Auto Workers

National Labor Relations Board

Battle, Fowler, Stokes & Kheel

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Fact-Finding Board

Wayne State Law School

Stanford Law School

California State Bar Ad Hoc Committee on Wrongful Dismissal

Mayor of San Francisco's Task Force on Collective Bargaining

On the Future of Worker/Management Relations Commission of the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Commerce

Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States

Major League Baseball

California Agricultural Relations Board

Favorite Color

Blue

V. P. Franklin

Historian V. P. Franklin was born on October 19, 1947 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Cecilia Smith and Vincent Franklin. He received his B.A. degree in history in 1969 from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania, his M.A. degree in teaching in 1970 from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and his Ph.D. degree in the history of education in 1975 from the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.

Franklin taught in several Boston, Cambridge, and Philadelphia public schools and colleges before receiving his Ph.D. degree. He then joined the faculty of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign before being hired as a professor of the history of education at Yale University in 1977. In 1985, Franklin served as a scholar-in-residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library before accepting a position as a professor at Arizona State University in Tempe. In 1990, Franklin joined the faculty of Drexel University in Philadelphia. He held subsequent faculty positions at Teachers College, Columbia University; Xavier University of Louisiana; Uppsala University; Dillard University; and the University of California, Riverside, from which he retired in 2015 as Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History and Education. Franklin directed African American Studies programs at Yale, Arizona State, and Drexel universities. From 2001 to 2018, Franklin served as the editor of The Journal of African American History.

Franklin is the author of five books: The Education of Black Philadelphia (1979), Black Self-Determination (1984), Living Our Stories, Telling Our Truths (1996), Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Biography (1998), and The Young Crusaders (2021). He has co-edited six books.

Franklin has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Carter G. Woodson Medallion for Outstanding Achievement in African American History from the Association for the Study of African American History in 2002, the Cheikh A. Diop-Ida B. Wells Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Africana Studies from the National Council of Black Studies in 2011, and the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Penn State University in 2020.

Franklin and his wife, Helen Mitchell, live in Riverside, California.

V. P. Franklin was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 16, 2022.

Accession Number

A2022.066

Sex

Male

Interview Date

6/16/2022

Last Name

Franklin

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

Paul

Occupation
Schools

Most Precious Blood Roman Catholic Church, Rectory and Parochial School

Saint John Neumann High School

Central High School

Pennsylvania State University

Harvard Graduate School of Education

University of Chicago

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First Name

Vincent

Birth City, State, Country

Philadelphia

HM ID

FRA20

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Pennsylvania

Favorite Vacation Destination

Paris, France

Favorite Quote

Power to the People.

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Speakers Bureau Region State

Louisiana

Birth Date

10/19/1947

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

New Orleans

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Fried Chicken

Short Description

Historian V. P. Franklin (1947 - ) served as the editor of The Journal of African American History from 2001 to 2018 and as Distinguished Professor of History and Education at the University of California, Riverside. Franklin directed African American Studies programs at Yale, Arizona State, and Drexel universities and is the author of five books.

Employment

Various Schools and Colleges

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Yale University

Schomburg Center

Arizona State University

Drexel University

Teachers College, Columbia University

Xavier University of Louisiana

The Journal of African American History

Uppsala University

Dillard University

University of California, Riverside

Favorite Color

Red

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