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James A. Bell

Corporate executive James A. Bell was born on June 4, 1948 in South Central Los Angeles, California to Mamie and Clyde Bell. He attended and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, where he served in student government and was student body president his senior year. In 1997, he graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with his B.S. degree in accounting.

Bell began working as an accountant at Rockwell International Corporation, Atomics International Accounting Organization in 1972 in Canoga Park, California. In 1984, he supervised the team responsible for combining the financial activities of the Atomics International and Rocketdyne Divisions of the Rockwell Corporation. Two years later, Bell was promoted to the director of accounting where he remained until 1992 when he became director of business management for Rockwell’s Space Station Electric Power System Program. He remained here until 1996 when Boeing Company acquired the aerospace and defense division of Rockwell International. Bell was then promoted to vice president of Boeing’s contracts and pricing; and, in 2000, to senior vice president of finance and corporate controller. In this position, he served as Boeing’s principal interface with the board’s audit committee. Then, in 2003, he was appointed acting chief financial officer, a role he held until 2004. That same year, he was named executive vice president and chief financial officer of Boeing. In May of 2005, Bell was made acting chief executive officer and president in addition to his duties as chief financial officer and executive vice president. In 2008, he became corporate president. Bell then retired from Boeing in April of 2012.

Bell also served on numerous boards, including those of The Chicago Urban League, The Dow Chemical Company, JPMorgan Chase & Co., CDW, Apple, Inc., the Chicago Infrastructure Trust, The Economic Club of Chicago, World Business Chicago, New Leaders for New Schools, and Rush University Medical Center.

In 2004, at the 32nd Alumni Awards Gala, Bell was the recipient of California State University, Los Angeles's Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Business and Economics.

Bell and his wife, Mary Howell, married in 1981. They have two adult children, Sean and Champagne.

James A. Bell was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 31, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.118

Sex

Male

Interview Date

10/31/2019

Last Name

Bell

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

A.

Occupation
Schools

California State University, Los Angeles

First Name

James

Birth City, State, Country

Los Angeles

HM ID

BEL09

Favorite Season

Summer

State

California

Favorite Vacation Destination

Jamaica

Favorite Quote

If It's Too Good To Be Real, It's Not

Birth Date

6/4/1948

Birth Place Term
Country

USA

Favorite Food

Pasta

Short Description

Corporate executive James A. Bell (1948- ) was chief financial officer and corporate president of The Boeing Company.

Employment

Rockwell International; Atomics International

Rockwell International

The Boeing Company

Favorite Color

Black

Linda Whitlock

Civic leader and corporate executive Linda Whitlock was born on December 3, 1947 in Richmond, Virginia to Kenneth Edward Whitlock and Sarah Johnson Whitlock. Whitlock attended Virginia Union University’s Lab Nursing School, Mary Scott Elementary School, Chimborazo Elementary School, Randolph Junior High School, and Maggie L. Walker High School. She received her B.A. degree in psychology from Mount Holyoke College in 1972. In 1981, Whitlock received her M.A. degree in psychology from the University of Michigan. 

In 1980, Whitlock served as an instructor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and as director of the Massachusetts Government Land Bank. Three years later, she was appointed director of the Massachusetts Office of Real Property. In 1984, Whitlock joined Tufts University as an instructor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy. She served as vice president of Harvard Real Estate, Inc. in 1989. In 1990, she was hired by Concord Academy as assistant head for marketing and associate director of admissions. Two years later, she joined Buckingham Browne & Nichols School and became assistant head for enrollment management. From 1999 to 2008, Whitlock served as the Nicholas president and chief executive officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. In 2008, she founded and was principal of The Whitlock Group, through which she served as senior advisor to Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, senior advisor to John Fish, CEO of Suffolk, and strategic advisory board member of AesRx LLC.

She was a board member of numerous companies, including Cambridge Trust Company, and was the first Lead Director in 2011. She also was on the boards of the Red Sox Foundation, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, The Princeton Review, National Association of Corporate Directors New England, Museum of Afro American History, and Brandeis University.  Whitlock was co-chair of Women Corporate Directors Boston, and a member of The Boston Club’s Executive Advisory Council, the Boston Women Leaders Network, and the Boston Library Society. She was appointed to commissions by Democratic and Republican Governors and Mayors, and served as associate finance director for Dukakis for President in 1987, co-chaired Obama Victory Trustees in 2012, and was a leading national fundraiser for Hillary for America in 2016.

In 2009, Whitlock was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Bostonians by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. In 2003, she was named one of the Most Powerful Women in Boston by Boston Magazine, and was the Boston Municipal Research Bureau’s Shattuck City Champion. In 2008, she received the National Service to Youth Award from Boys & Girls Clubs of America as well as the Woman of Valor Award from the Anti-Defamation League New England. In 2011, she received the Advancing Women Award from the Boston Business Journal; and, in 2017, she received the Abigail Adams Award from the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus. Whitlock received honorary doctorates from Babson College, Suffolk University, and Pine Manor College.

Whitlock and her husband, Marc Cumsky, have two children, Jake and Leah, and seven grandchildren.

Linda Whitlock was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 23, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.090

Sex

Female

Interview Date

8/23/2019

Last Name

Whitlock

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

A.

Schools

Mary Scott Elementary School

Chimborazo Elementary School

Randolph Junior High School

Maggie L. Walker High School

Mount Holyoke College

University of Michigan

First Name

Linda

Birth City, State, Country

Richmond

HM ID

WHI27

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Virginia

Favorite Vacation Destination

Martha's Vineyard and Italy

Favorite Quote

One Foot In Front Of The Other

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Massachusetts

Birth Date

12/3/1947

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Newton

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Spinach

Short Description

Civic leader and corporate executive Linda Whitlock (1947- ) served as the Nicholas president and chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston from 1999 to 2008.

Employment

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts Government Land Bank

The Whitlock Group

Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston

Buckingham Browne and Nichols School

Concord Academy

Harvard Real Estate, Inc.

Dukakis For President Campaign

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Tufts University

University of Michigan

Favorite Color

Red

Lydia Mallett

Corporate executive Lydia G. Mallett was born on August 22, 1954 in Detroit, Michigan to Conrad Mallett Sr. and Claudia Mallett. In 1976, Mallett received her B.A. degree in psychology from Michigan State University. She went on to receive her M.A. degree in labor and industrial relations in 1979 and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in social psychology in 1981, all from Michigan State University.

After serving as an assistant professor at the University of Michigan-Flint School of Management, Mallett moved to Chicago, Illinois to join James H. Lowry Associates as a consultant. She later served as director of human resources advisory at Coopers & Lybrand. Mallett went on to serve as vice president/chief diversity officer at General Mills, where she designed and implemented a co-mentoring strategy for women and people of color. In 1999, she served as director of human resources for the Snacks Unlimited division of General Mills. In 2004, Mallett was hired by Tyco International as vice president of staffing and vice president of diversity and inclusion. Eight years later, she joined DuPont as director of global talent acquisition, chief diversity officer, and employee engagement leader. In 2018, she attended Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program, “Women on Boards: Succeeding as a Corporate Director.” The same year, Mallett served as managing director of Mallett Consulting & Associates in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Mallett is a board member of the Feminist Press and a member of the American Psychological Association. Mallett served as chair of the Executive Leadership Council’s governance committee and as chair of the Conference Board’s Council on Global Diversity. She was elected president of the Minnesota Women’s Campaign Fund and served as the White House appointment for the National Women’s Business Council. Mallett served as president of the Chicago chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women before being elected national president in 1997. In 2011 and 2018, she was listed as a Top Executive in Corporate Diversity by Black Enterprise.

Mallett lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her partner Stanley White. She has one daughter, Noel.

Lydia Mallett was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 13, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.069

Sex

Female

Interview Date

8/13/2019

Last Name

Mallett

Maker Category
Middle Name

Gwendolyn

Occupation
Schools

Michigan State University

Saint Gregory School

First Name

Lydia

Birth City, State, Country

Detroit

HM ID

MAL11

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Michigan

Favorite Vacation Destination

Martha's Vineyard

Favorite Quote

Do you want to be heard, or do you want to have your say?

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Pennsylvania

Birth Date

8/22/1954

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Philadelphia

Country

USA

Favorite Food

King Crab Legs

Short Description

Corporate executive Lydia G. Mallett (1954- ) served in executive positions at General Mills, Tyco International, and DuPont.

Employment

The University of Michigan-Flint

James H. Lowry Associates

Coopers & Lybrand

General Mills

General Mills, Snacks Unlimited Division

Tyco International, Inc.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

Mallett Consulting & Associates

Wayne County Government

Favorite Color

Red

Priscilla Hill-Ardoin

Corporate executive Priscilla Hill-Ardoin was born on June 21, 1951 in Houston, Texas to Newman and Inez Hill. She graduated from Evan E. Worthing Senior High School in Houston, Texas in 1969, received her B.A. degree from Drury College in Springfield, Missouri in 1972, and earned her M.A. degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in 1973. She later obtained her M.B.A. degree from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1988, and her J.D. degree from the St. Louis University School of Law in Missouri.

In 1973, Hill-Ardoin was hired as assistant to president Dr. Alvin I. Thomas at Prairie View A&M University in Houston, Texas, where she established the university’s communications department and degree program. Two years later, she accepted a position at Southwestern Bell in Houston as a part of its management training program. In 1981, Hill-Ardoin was promoted to district level manager at Southwestern Bell Missouri where she worked for the Southwestern Bell Yellow Pages. During this period, she held positions in marketing and strategic planning and later moved to Washington, D.C. on an external assignment where she worked for the Foreign Affairs committee. In 1996, Hill-Ardoin became the first director of diversity at Southwestern Bell headquarters in San Antonio. The following year, she was named president of Southwestern Bell Missouri. In 1999, she became senior vice president of regulatory affairs in Washington, D.C. She was then named the regulatory compliance officer at Southwestern Bell headquarters in San Antonio in 2002, and later became the company’s first chief privacy officer at the senior vice president level. She retired from her position at AT&T Inc. in 2007.

Hill-Ardoin served as president of the Houston Area Urban League in 1981, and was later elected to the board of directors for the Hawthorn Foundation in 1997. In 2003, she was appointed by Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell to the Chairman’s Advisory Commission on Diversity in Communications in the Digital Age. In 2005, after her son, Aaron, passed away from Sickle Cell Anemia, Hill-Ardoin and her husband established The Aaron Ardoin Foundation in Sickle Cell Research and Education. Hill-Ardoin was appointed to the board of trustees at Washington University in 2006, and served on the board of directors for Enterprise Holdings.

Hill-Ardoin is also the recipient of The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Tribute to Women Business Leaders Legacy Award, the United Negro College Fund Excellence in Education Award, the Voices for Children Super Hero Award, the Girls Inc. Strong Smart and Bold Award, the Congressional Black Women Opening the Pipeline Award, the Purdue Distinguished Alumni Award, the Washington University Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Drury College Distinguished Alumni Award.

Hill-Ardoin and her husband, James Ardoin, had two sons, Aaron and Evan, and two grandchildren.

Priscilla Hill-Ardoin was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 22, 2019.

Accession Number

A2019.017

Sex

Female

Interview Date

2/22/2019

Last Name

Hill-Ardoin

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Occupation
Schools

Evan E. Worthing Senior High School

Drury University

Purdue University

Olin School of Business at Washington University

St. Louis University School of Law

James R. Reynolds Elementary School

Crispus Attucks Middle

First Name

Priscilla

Birth City, State, Country

Houston

HM ID

HIL20

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Texas

Favorite Vacation Destination

Anywhere My Children Are

Favorite Quote

Believe

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Missouri

Birth Date

6/21/1951

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

St. Louis

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Gumbo

Short Description

Corporate executive Priscilla Hill-Ardoin (1951 - ) served in telecommunications for thirty-two years, including as senior vice president and the first chief privacy officer of AT&T, Inc.

Employment

Prairie View A & M University

Southwestern Bell

Southwestern Bell Missouri

Southwestern Bell San Antonio

State F.C.C. Department

Favorite Color

Orange

John M. Hairston, Jr.

Educator John M. Hairston, Jr. was born on January 16, 1943 in Johnson City, Tennessee. His family later settled in Gary, West Virginia, where Hairston attended Wilcoe Grade School. Hairston graduated from Gary District High School, and went on to receive his B.A. degree in English at Bluefield State College in 1964. He then earned his M.A. degree in education administration from Cleveland State University in 1971.

Hairston began his teaching career in 1964 at Kennard Junior High school in Cleveland, Ohio. He also taught at East High School. During his twenty-seven year career with the Cleveland Public School District, Hairston held various positions such as project manager in the compensatory education department, staff development director, and chief of community relations. In 1991, he was hired as the director of external programs at the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. In this role, he worked closely with U.S. Congressman Louis Stokes and Director Julian Manly Earls to facilitate a relationship between the center and the Cleveland community. Hairston promoted scientific literacy and developed outreach programs to support the community and local businesses. He continued to serve in the school district as an appointee on the Cleveland School Board, receiving the appointment from the state schools superintendent, John M. Goff. He later joined the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in 1998. In 2006, Hairston acted as the interim assistant administrator for the Office of Education at NASA John H. Glenn Research Center before returning to the external programs department later that same year. He retired from the center in 2008. From 2008 to 2011, Hairston acted as the chief of communications for Cleveland Public Schools, after being recruited by then chief executive officer Dr. Eugene T.W. Sanders.

Hairston joined the board of trustees at the Cleveland Public Library; and, in 2012, he became the district director for the 11th District Congressional Office in Warrensville Heights, Ohio under U.S. Congresswoman Marcia Fudge. He also served as co-chair of the city of Cleveland's 177m Empowerment Zone initiative, and was president of the Cuyahoga Board of Elections for four years.

Hairston lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and has three children: James Colvin, John Hairston, III, and Tracy Hairston Brown.

John M. Hairston, Jr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 28, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.196

Sex

Male

Interview Date

9/28/2018

Last Name

Hairston

Maker Category
Middle Name

M.

Occupation
Organizations
First Name

John

HM ID

HAI05

Favorite Season

Fall

Favorite Vacation Destination

Oak Island, North Carolina

Favorite Quote

In All Thy Ways Acknowledge Him, And He Will Direct Your Path, But Trust In The Lord With All Thy Heart, And Lean Not On Your Own Understanding.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Ohio

Birth Date

1/16/1943

Speakers Bureau Region City

Cleveland

Favorite Food

Pork Chops, Greens, Mashed Potatoes, And Mother's Famous Hot Rolls

Short Description

Educator John M. Hairston, Jr. (1943 - ) taught in Cleveland Public Schools for twenty-seven years and was director of external programs at the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center for seventeen years.

Favorite Color

Blue And Gold

Brian E. Hall

Entrepreneur Brian Hall was born on May 5, 1958 in Cleveland, Ohio to Virginia and William Hall. He attended John F. Kennedy High School, graduating from there in 1976. Hall went on to obtain his B.B.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1980. He then earned his M.B.A. degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio in 1987, and later attended the executive management program at the Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.

Hall began working part-time for his family’s company, Industrial Transport, Inc. in 1977, where he eventually became president and CEO in 1984. In 1987, Hall founded the Tremont Elementary School Advisory group. He then purchased Industrial Transport Inc. in 1999. In 2001, Hall led a joint venture between Industrial Transport Inc. and Applied Industrial Technologies Inc. to form iSource Performance Materials. Four years later, Industrial Transport, Inc. restructured under the name Innogistics, LLC. The same year, Hall created JIT Services, LLC. Hall also served as the interim executive director of the Commission on Economic Inclusion in 2012, where he served multiple subsequent terms as co-chair. In 2014, Hall joined the senior leadership team at the Greater Cleveland Partnership as the senior vice president. The same year, he opened an All About People recruiting franchise. Hall went on to form 2NorthStar Capital, LLC in 2016.

Hall has served on various boards throughout his career, including with University Hospitals Health System Inc., the Cleveland Cuyahoga Port Authority, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, the University of Cincinnati Foundation, the Cleveland Water Alliance, the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Board. In 2011, Hall was named to the Cuyahoga County Economic Development Commission, and served as secretary of the Cleveland Rock and Roll Inc. board in 2013. He later also founded the President’s Council, LLC.

In 1990, Hall was featured on Crain’s Forty under 40 list. He was first named as a part of the Power Pack list in 2003 and was featured intermittently through 2012. In 2007, Hall was awarded the Bridge Builder Award by the American Jewish Committee and the Pacesetter Award by the Christian Business League. He also received the Volunteer of the Year by Leadership Cleveland and the Supplier of the Year Award for Community Service by Ford Motor Company.

Brian Hall has three children and resides in Cleveland, Ohio.

Brian Hall was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 26, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.192

Sex

Male

Interview Date

9/26/2018

Last Name

Hall

Maker Category
Middle Name

E.

Organizations
First Name

Brian

Birth City, State, Country

Cleveland

HM ID

HAL17

Favorite Season

Summer

State

Ohio

Favorite Vacation Destination

Zihuatanejo, Mexico

Favorite Quote

Work Hard And Play Harder.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Ohio

Birth Date

5/5/1958

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Cleveland

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Spaghetti, Pizza

Short Description

Entrepreneur Brian Hall (1958 - ) was president and CEO of Innogistics, LLC/ JIT Services, LLC before becoming senior vice president of the Greater Cleveland Partnership in 2014.

Favorite Color

Gray

Richard C. Walker, III

Bank executive Richard C. Walker III was born on October 4, 1949 in Boston, Massachusetts to Helen Hammond Walker and Richard C. Walker, Jr. Walker graduated from Dover High School in Dover, Delaware in 1967, and received his B.A. degree in sociology from Villanova University in 1971. He also completed the Greater Boston executive program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management.

Walker moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1977 to work for the Greater Roxbury Development Corporation as director of development. He also worked as the director of administration before being selected as the corporation’s executive director. Walker oversaw the corporation’s reorganization from a federally funded entity to a privately funded entity. In 1983, he left the Greater Roxbury Development Corporation to join the Lincoln Filene Center for Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tufts University. Working as the associate director, he coordinated conferences, special projects and training seminars. Walker then served as a regional director for the Massachusetts Housing Partnership from 1988 to 1989 before moving to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston as the associate director of community affairs. In 1999, Walker was appointed vice president and community affairs officer for the Boston Federal Reserve. In 2011, he was promoted to senior vice president and special advisor to the president on community affairs and community development. During his time at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Walker contributed to the development of the Boston Business Collaborative, a project designed to link major corporations with existing minority businesses; and the Working Cities Challenge, an initiative supporting collaborative leadership in smaller, postindustrial cities. Walker stepped down as senior vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston in 2016.

Walker has served on numerous non-profit boards, including the Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association, the Boston Children’s Museum, and Boston Harbor Now. In 2000, Governor Paul Cellucci appointed Walker to the board of directors of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Walker served as a trustee of Bunker Hill Community College from 2010 to 2018. He has been recognized by the International Television Association for co-producing an educational video on women owned businesses and by the American Jewish Committee for his community outreach work. In 2018, Walker was awarded an advanced leadership fellowship with Harvard University.

Richard C. Walker III was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 21, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.163

Sex

Male

Interview Date

8/21/2018

Last Name

Walker

Maker Category
Middle Name

C.

Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Richard

Birth City, State, Country

Boston

HM ID

WAL27

Favorite Season

Autumn

State

Massachusetts

Favorite Vacation Destination

Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Favorite Quote

Keep It Simple Stupid.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Massachusetts

Birth Date

10/4/1949

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Boston

Country

USA

Favorite Food

King Salmon

Short Description

Bank executive Richard C. Walker III (1949 - ) led several community affairs and community development initiatives during his twenty-seven year career with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Favorite Color

Purple

Genelle Trader

Corporate executive Genelle Trader was born on February 21, 1952 in Wilmington, Delaware to Marion Bishop Trader and Purnell Trader. She graduated from Tower Hill School, where she was the first African American student to attend the school. Trader went on to receive her B.S. degree in mathematics, cum laude, from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts and her M.S. degree in management with an emphasis in management information systems and finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management in 1980.

From 1980 to 1982, Trader worked as a marketing representative at the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM). In 1982, she became a senior product manager at Wang Laboratories, where she managed the company’s line of minicomputers and one of the industry’s first voice mail servers. After a brief stint as the product area manager at Computer Sciences Corporation in 1985, Trader was hired as the director of portable systems at AST Research Inc. in Irvine, California, where she led the launch of the company’s first notebook computer in 1989. Then, in 1992, Trader became the vice president of marketing at Everex Systems, where she led the restructuring of the company’s marketing organization. In 1993, Trader was recruited by SunExpress President Dorothy Terrell to become the senior director of marketing for SunExpress. During her ten years at Sun Microsystems, Trader also led the company’s Workstation Products Marketing Group, and a key Internet corporate initiative. In 2002, Trader left Sun Microsystems and subsequently found her own consultant and executive coaching firm, Strategic Business Coaching Group, based in Wilmington, Delaware. Trader coaches executives at Fortune 500 corporations and nonprofits. Since 2010, Trader also works with First Cap Advisors, as a consultant.

Trader has served on the board of trustees of the National Park Foundation’s African American Experience Fund; on the board of directors at The HistoryMakers; and as the strategic planning co-chair of both the Potomac, Virginia Chapter and Wilmington, Delaware chapters of The Links, Incorporated. She also served on the board of directors of the Serviam Girls Academy in New Castle, Delaware.

Genelle Trader was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 13, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.153

Sex

Female

Interview Date

8/13/2018

Last Name

Trader

Maker Category
Marital Status

Divorced

Middle Name

Scotia

Occupation
Schools

Tufts University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

First Name

Genelle

Birth City, State, Country

Wilmington

HM ID

TRA04

Favorite Season

Fall

State

Delaware

Favorite Vacation Destination

Paris/Morocco

Favorite Quote

Okay Genelle, We Can Do This.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Delaware

Birth Date

2/21/1952

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Wilmington

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Collard Greens

Short Description

Corporate executive Genelle Trader (1952 - ) served as the senior director of marketing at Sun Microsystems, Inc. for ten years, and founded Strategic Business Coaching Group, a consultant firm based in Wilmington, Delaware.

Employment

Strategic Business Coaching Group

First Cap Advisors

Sun Microsystems

Everex Systems

AST Computers

Computer Sciences Corporation

Wang Laboratories

IBM

Favorite Color

Purple

Al Green

Corporate executive Al Green was born on July 11, 1958 in Fort Riley, Kansas to Dallas Green and Jessie Garris. He attended the Lawrence Institute of Technology in Southfield, Michigan and later received his B.B.A. degree in accounting in 1986 from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and his M.B.A. degree in finance and marketing in 1993 from Indiana University Kelley School of Business in Bloomington, Indiana.

Green worked for the Trans Alaska Pipeline as warehouse personnel and truck driver from 1975 to 1978. He then worked as a plumber for Lemeta Plumbing before joining the General Motors Corporation in Detroit, Michigan. During his undergraduate studies, Green took part in the General Motors Dealer Development Scholar program and worked at the Art Moran dealership in Pontiac, Michigan. He continued to work for General Motors as a distribution manager from 1986 to 1991. After graduate school, Green accepted a position with Sara Lee and worked for Bali Intimates as a brand assistant and marketing assistant where he moved to Winston Salem, North Carolina. In 1996, Green returned to General Motors and relocated to Detroit as a research analyst and remained there until he was hired in 1977 by Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET), in Deerfield Beach, Florida in business management. He was named vice president of marketing and served from 2006 to 2009 when he was promoted to vice president of market representation and dealer development, and led the business management department to improve Southeast Toyota’s capabilities and performance from 2009 to 2013. Green served as vice president of vehicle processing for Southeast Toyota’s Jacksonville, Florida facilities from 2013 to 2018. Green was named vice president of fixed operations at Southeast Toyota Distributors of JM&A Group, Deerfield Beach, Florida in 2018.

In 1993, Green received the Patricia W. Mulholland Diversity Leadership Award from the Indiana University, Kelley School of Business.

Green and his wife, Whitney have two adult children, Albert II and Quincy.

Al Green was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 12, 2018.

Accession Number

A2018.150

Sex

Male

Interview Date

8/12/2018

Last Name

Green

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Occupation
Schools

Howard University

Indiana University

First Name

Al

Birth City, State, Country

Fort Riley

HM ID

GRE17

Favorite Season

Christmas

State

Kansas

Favorite Vacation Destination

Park City, Utah

Favorite Quote

The True Measure Of A man Is Not Where He Stands In Times Of Comfort And Convenience But Where He Stands During Conflict And Controversy.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Florida

Birth Date

7/11/1958

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Boca Raton

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Collard Greens

Short Description

Corporate executive Al Green (1958- ) became vice president of fixed operations for the Southeast Toyota Distributors of JM&A Group in 2018.

Employment

Southeast Toyota

BALI Intimates

General Motors

Trans Alaska Pipeline

Favorite Color

Gray

Brenda Lauderback

Corporate executive Brenda Lauderback was born on April 25, 1950 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She earned her B.S. degree in marketing from Robert Morris University and then entered a retail training program at Pittsburgh’s Gimbels department store. Where she quickly rose to a buyers in the children’s division.

In 1975, she moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where she became a buyer for the Dayton Hudson Department Store Company’s women’s apparel division. After five years, Lauderback was promoted to divisional merchandise manager of the intimate apparel division for Dayton’s department stores. Lauderback was quickly promoted to vice president and general manager of the shoes, cosmetics, accessories, intimate apparel and children’s divisions in 1982. She was the first African American and youngest woman to assume this role in the company. Lauderback remained with the Dayton Hudson Corporation until 1993 when the United States Shoe Corporation hired her as the president of its footwear wholesale division. In this role, Lauderback managed sales, design and distribution of the US Shoe brands as well as oversaw the company’s offices in China, Italy, Spain and the manufacturing plants in the United States. When US Shoe sold its footwear division to Nine West Group, Inc in 1995, Lauderback became the president of the wholesale and retail group of Nine West where she was responsible for ten brands including Easy Spirit, Evan-Picone and Almalfi. Lauderback retired from Nine West in 1998.

Lauderback has served on numerous corporate boards including Irwin Financial Corporation, Big Lots Corporation, Jostens, Louisiana Pacific Corporation, Sleep Number Corporation, Wolverine World Wide, Inc and Denny’s Corporation. In 2016, she was named as the board chair of Denny’s, Inc. Lauderback has also served on the board of nonprofit organizations like Susan G Komen for the Cure, the South Carolina Aquarium and as a member of the Committee of 200; and in 2017 she was named to the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Directorship 100 list. Lauderback has been recognized in Ebony, Jet, Essence, Black Enterprise, Forbes and Savoy magazines.

Lauderback and her husband, Dr. Boyd Wright, have two children Phallon Wright and Adam Wright.

Accession Number

A2018.148

Sex

Female

Interview Date

8/11/2018

Last Name

Lauderback

Maker Category
Middle Name

J.

Occupation
Organizations
First Name

Brenda

Birth City, State, Country

Pittsburgh

HM ID

LAU01

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Pennsylvania

Favorite Vacation Destination

Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Favorite Quote

To Whom Much Is Given Much Is Expected.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

South Carolina

Birth Date

4/25/1950

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Hilton Head

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Vegetables

Short Description

Corporate executive Brenda Lauderback (1950 - ) served as the president of the wholesale and retail group of Nine West Group, Inc. from 1995 to 1998. She was later named as the chairperson of the Denny’s Corporation board in 2016.

Favorite Color

Black