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Gabriella E. Morris

Foundation chief executive Gabriella E. Morris was born on March 26, 1956 in Houston, Texas to Elise LeNoir Morris and John E. Morris. After graduating from high school, Morris received her A.B. degree in architecture and urban planning, and a certificate in African American studies, from Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey in 1978. She later earned her J.D. degree from the University of Texas Law School in Austin, Texas. Morris has also received certifications from Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program in corporate social responsibility, and from Stanford University’s Center for Social Innovation.

Morris was hired as real estate council for The Southland Corporation in Dallas, Texas. She then became associate counsel of the Houston-based law firm of Baker and Botts in its securities, real estate and oil and gas practices. In 1985, she was hired by Prudential Financial as a regional counsel and associate general counsel for the company’s real estate operations. Morris then became president of the Prudential Foundation in 1994, and also served as vice president of community resources. In that position, Morris helped develop a number of community programs focused on education, including the Prudential Young Entrepreneurs Program, founded in 1999. She also helped form the New Jersey Statewide Education Summit, which aided the development of new education standards for the City of Newark and was influential in creating one of the first charter school lending programs in the nation. After over twenty years of service, Morris left Prudential in order to form her own consulting firm, Connective Advisors LLC. In 2014, she was named as the senior vice president of the UNICEF Bridge Fund.

In addition to her professional career, Morris has been involved in her community through membership in many organizations. She was a founding member of United States Artists, the Brick City Development Corporation, and the Newark Trust for Education. Morris also served as a board member for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Harlem School of the Arts, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center Women’s Association, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Gabriella E. Morris was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 27, 2017.

Accession Number

A2017.074

Sex

Female

Interview Date

03/27/2017

Last Name

Morris

Maker Category
Schools

Clinton Park Elementary School

Incarnate Word Academy

Fidelity Elementary School

Princeton University

University of Texas at Austin

First Name

Gabriella

Birth City, State, Country

Houston

HM ID

MOR18

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Texas

Favorite Vacation Destination

Hawaii

Favorite Quote

Fake It Till You Make It.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New Jersey

Interview Description
Birth Date

3/26/1956

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Newark

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Lamb Chops

Short Description

Foundation chief executive Gabriella E. Morris (1956 - ) worked for twenty-seven years in senior legal, philanthropic and community relations positions at Prudential Financial.

Employment

US Fund for UNICEF

Connective Advisors

Prudential Financial

The Southland Corporation

Baker & Botts

Favorite Color

Blue

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<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667067">Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Gabriella E. Morris' interview</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667068">Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Gabriella E. Morris lists her favorites</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667069">Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Gabriella E. Morris describes her mother's family background</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667070">Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about her mother's upbringing and education</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667071">Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Gabriella E. Morris describes her father's family background</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667072">Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about her father's aspirations</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667073">Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Gabriella E. Morris describes how her parents met and married</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667074">Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about her adoption</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667075">Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Gabriella E. Morris describes her siblings</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667076">Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Gabriella E. Morris describes the sights and smells of her childhood</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667077">Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about the Clinton Park neighborhood of Houston, Texas</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667078">Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers her early education</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667079">Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Gabriella E. Morris describes her early interests and personality</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667080">Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers her mother's role on 'Queen for A Day'</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667081">Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers her elementary school teachers</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667082">Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers being mistaken for Latina in Texas</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667083">Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about the Incarnate Word Academy in Houston, Texas</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667084">Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Gabriella E. Morris recalls her experiences of discrimination at the Incarnate Word Academy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667085">Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Gabriella E. Morris recalls her decision to attend Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667086">Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Gabriella E. Morris recalls her aspiration to become a lawyer</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667087">Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about her decision to study architecture</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667088">Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers her arrival at Princeton University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667089">Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Gabriella E. Morris recalls the senior awards ceremony at the Incarnate Word Academy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667090">Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Gabriella E. Morris describes her social life at Princeton University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667091">Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about her architectural education</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667092">Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers her professors at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667093">Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers national events fromn her time at Princeton University</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667094">Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667095">Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about her skin color privilege</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667096">Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Gabriella E. Morris recalls the notable alumni and faculty of the University of Texas Law School</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667097">Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers working at Baker Botts LLP</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667098">Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about her casework at Baker Botts LLP</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667099">Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers meeting her first husband</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667100">Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Gabriella E. Morris recalls her start at Prudential Financial, Inc.</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667101">Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers the birth of her first child</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667102">Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers the financial downturn of the late 1990s</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667103">Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Gabriella E. Morris recalls meeting President George W. Bush</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667104">Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Gabriella E. Morris remembers becoming president of the Prudential Foundation</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667105">Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Gabriella E. Morris describes the Prudential Foundation's philanthropic strategy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667106">Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Gabriella E. Morris describes the Prudential Foundation's impact in the community of Newark, New Jersey</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667107">Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Gabriella E. Morris reflects upon her career at the Prudential Foundation</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667108">Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Gabriella E. Morris describes the Prudential Foundation's volunteer programs</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667109">Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Gabriella E. Morris describes the Prudential Young Entrepreneur Program</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667110">Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Gabriella E. Morris describes the United States Artists initiative</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667111">Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about the Brick City Development Corporation</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667112">Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Gabriella E. Morris recalls marrying her second husband</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667113">Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Gabriella E. Morris describes her duties as president of the Prudential Foundation</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667114">Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about the Newark Trust for Education</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667115">Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Gabriella E. Morris recalls founding Connective Advisors LLC</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667116">Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about the Harlem School of the Arts in New York City</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667117">Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about the UNICEF Bridge Fund</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667118">Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Gabriella E. Morris describes her involvement in the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667119">Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667120">Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Gabriella E. Morris describes the Stanford University Center for Social Innovation</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667121">Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about her plans for the future</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667122">Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Gabriella E. Morris reflects upon her life</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667123">Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Gabriella E. Morris reflects upon her legacy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667124">Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Gabriella E. Morris describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667125">Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Gabriella E. Morris talks about her family</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667126">Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Gabriella E. Morris describes how she would like to be remembered</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/667127">Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Gabriella E. Morris narrates her photographs</a>

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Gabriella E. Morris recalls her experiences of discrimination at the Incarnate Word Academy
Gabriella E. Morris remembers working at Baker Botts LLP
Transcript
But I started my hapless career there with my mother [Elise LeNoir Morris] coming to our first open house, which was my first sh- first semester of freshman year [at Incarnate Word Academy, Houston, Texas]. And then when you walk in, it's the list of everyone on the honor roll, and she said, "Your name is not up there." And we went around and we collected all of my cards and of course I should've been on the honor roll, I had all A's. So she goes to the principal, "My daughter's name is not here, why?" "Oh yeah that's a mistake, we'll correct it," she said, "No, you'll correct it now. Today is the day when everyone sees who's on the honor roll. You will put her name there now." And of course I'm sort of semi-embarrassed, but I witnessed lot of this stuff from my mother with her own way of holding her righteous indignation through all kinds (laughter) of scenarios. That's what it takes to make that difference. And that was very, that was very important to me, because it was really about standing up for what even- everyone else is entitled to. You know that makes a diff- even that small little thing. So ah, that's how they got to know my mom (laughter), I'm sure they didn't forget it, she was a piece of work, so.$$Well, she did the right thing.$$Yeah so you know it was--you know as, as dedicated as the nuns were to teaching girls, they didn't have a vision for women. And it was you know funny tracks, you know almost like homemaker, secretary, they didn't have a vision that they're train- they're training girls for the world. I think even today I'm not sure how much, how equipped they are to say women can do anything they want. And I, I say that because you know counselors are supposed to say well you know you should go to school here. Or here's some good, they never did any of that for me. And when I got a notice from Princeton [Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey], I went there and I said aren't they supposed to tell you? Oh yeah they said you're a likely, as if (makes sound) why would you wanna do that? So that always bothered me you know that they did not, they sort of had in their mind limitations for girls, for black girls, brown girls.$$You think that, there's a difference in the limitations they had for, they had limitations for all girls. But then for black and brown girls--$$Absolutely.$$--special limitations.$$Absolutely my mother to this day said they, well not to this day but she would say they, they really cheated me out of the valedictory, I was salutatorian. Because my number had all zeroes behind it, no well you can't average out four years and get all zeroes, you know to the decimal point. And that it was important to them that I not be the valedictorian, so you know once again it's religious. It's you know it's, it's important to challenge, but it's just important to keep plowing ahead as well.$$Okay.$$Yeah.$So you're, you're interning with Baker and Botts [Baker Botts LLP, Houston, Texas] and do, do they offer you a job while you're in law school [University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Austin, Texas]?$$Yeah they offered me a job after my second summer with them, and it was interesting, they had more Princeton [Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey] alums there. They're very different field, more you know very eastern in their approach to things and I'd say Vinson and Elkins [Vinson and Elkins LLP, Houston, Texas] at the time was a little, little more homegrown. And they're both great firms but it was sort of like it was the last experience I had. I had both of those experiences, there were only, each firm had one black male attorney, who really was the groundbreaker. Sherman Stimley at, at Vinson Elkins unfortunately passed very, very young, but he was a terrific guy who was a mentor. He wanted, he was really responsible for gathering young people even those still in high school. Those interested in being lawyers, those in college, those in law school, just really trying to direct them to work in the big firms, he was a great guy. And then at Baker and Botts, [HistoryMaker] Rufus Cormier who recently retired was the only black attorney partner at, at Baker and Botts, he was a terrific guy as well, little different manner. But sort of austerely and calmly, confident great leader just a, a quiet man more of a quiet, quiet leader. So I worked there for three years and, and basically the system, these are basically guys that didn't wanna hire women, I gotta tell you in that day. And I only thing I think that really moved them was that they were having daughters who also wanted to be lawyers. You see they have these, these movements actually just really helped propel us forward. And they had to ask themselves why can't women work here, so there weren't that many women and they were very few, I think I was the second black person to work at the firm, so. But not a lot of mentorship overall in the firm, so I decided I should go to a corporate, a corporate law practice after that.

Teri McClure

Corporate executive Teri McClure was born in 1963, in Kansas City, Kansas. She received her B.A. degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in marketing and economics and went on to earn her J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. McClure began practicing employment and labor law in Atlanta in 1988, and then began working for the United Parcel Service in 1995, as employment counsel to the Corporate Legal Department.

McClure became vice president of operations for UPS in 1999, the year UPS became a public corporation, and then was vice president of operations for the Central Florida district in 2003. During this time, McClure managed over four thousand employees and was responsible for all aspects of package pickup and delivery in that area. She also held an assignment with UPS Supply Chain Solutions during this time, which was the period that UPS was first expanding its supply chain capacities. From 2004 to 2005 McClure served as Compliance Department Manager for UPS, in which capacity she worked to ensure that the company followed ethical and legal business practices. After that, she was quickly promoted to compliance department manager and then was promoted again to corporate legal department manager. In 2006, McClure became the first African American senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at UPS. This was at a time when only 15.7% of top corporate executives were women and only 1.6% of them were African American.

McClure has served on the board of the UPS Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the UPS Corporation. She has also served on the board of The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Junior Achievement Worldwide, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Equal Justice Works, and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. McClure served as co-chair of the Georgia Supreme Courts Committee on Civil Justice and was involved with other civic, religious, and professional organizations.

Accession Number

A2010.077

Sex

Female

Interview Date

7/12/2010

Last Name

McClure

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

P.

Occupation
Schools

Loretto Academy

West Middle School

Sumner Academy of Arts and Science

Washington University in St Louis

Emory University School of Law

John F. Kennedy Elementary School

First Name

Teri

Birth City, State, Country

Kansas City

HM ID

MCC12

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Kansas

Favorite Vacation Destination

Caribbean

Favorite Quote

I Can Do All things Through Christ, Who Strengthens Me.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Georgia

Interview Description
Birth Date

12/31/1963

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Atlanta

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Steak, Pasta

Short Description

Corporate executive Teri McClure (1963 - ) served as an officer of UPS from 1999, and as a board member of several charitable and professional organizations.

Employment

United Parcel Service

Ford Harrison

Smith, Currie, and Hancock

Troutman Sanders

Hallmark Cards

Favorite Color

Red

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DAStories

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608459">Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Teri McClure's interview</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608460">Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Teri McClure lists her favorites</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608461">Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Teri McClure describes her mother's upbringing</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608462">Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Teri McClure describes her mother's personality</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608463">Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Teri McClure remembers her maternal grandparents</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608464">Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Teri McClure describes her father's family background</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608465">Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Teri McClure talks about her father's ancestry</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608466">Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Teri McClure describes her parents' relationship</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608467">Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Teri McClure describes her earliest childhood memory</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608468">Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Teri McClure recalls her early aspiration to become an attorney</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608469">Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Teri McClure recalls moving to the suburbs of Kansas City, Kansas</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608470">Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Teri McClure describes her early education</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608471">Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Teri McClure recalls her early religious experiences</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608472">Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Teri McClure describes her early extracurricular activities</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608473">Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Teri McClure reflects upon her upbringing in a predominantly white community</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608474">Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Teri McClure describes her early interest in learning</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608475">Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Teri McClure talks about her transition to public schooling</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608476">Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Teri McClure recalls her activities at the Sumner Academy of Arts and Science in Kansas City, Kansas</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608477">Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Teri McClure remembers her influential teachers</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608478">Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Teri McClure describes her experiences of school desegregation</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608479">Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Teri McClure talks about her senior year at the Sumner Academy of Arts and Science</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608480">Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Teri McClure describes her internship at the district attorney's office</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608481">Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Teri McClure talks about her emphasis on education</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608482">Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Teri McClure remembers her decision to attend Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608483">Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Teri McClure talks about her summer work experiences</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608484">Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Teri McClure remembers her family vacations</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608485">Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Teri McClure describes her family's holiday traditions</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608486">Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Teri McClure describes her experiences in the INROADS program</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608487">Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Teri McClure remembers her high school prom and graduation party</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608488">Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Teri McClure describes her experiences at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608489">Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Teri McClure talks about the black community at Washington University in St. Louis</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608490">Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Teri McClure remembers her parents' disinterest in politics</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608491">Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Teri McClure recalls her decision to attend the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608492">Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Teri McClure talks about moving to Atlanta, Georgia</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608493">Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Teri McClure describes the African American community at the Emory University School of Law</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608494">Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Teri McClure talks about her involvement in the Moot Court Society</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608495">Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Teri McClure recalls meeting her husband</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608496">Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Teri McClure talks about her study techniques at the Emory University School of Law</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608497">Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Teri McClure talks about her law internships</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608498">Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Teri McClure recalls her early experiences with labor law</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608499">Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Teri McClure talks about her experiences of gender discrimination</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608500">Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Teri McClure remembers her first trial</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608501">Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Teri McClure talks about her experiences at Troutman Sanders LLP</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608502">Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Teri McClure describes her decision to work for the United Parcel Service</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608503">Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Teri McClure describes the history of the United Parcel Service</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608504">Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Teri McClure recalls expanding the legal department of the United Parcel Service</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608505">Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Teri McClure recalls learning about the operations of the United Parcel Service</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608506">Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Teri McClure talks about her promotion to general counsel of the United Parcel Service</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608507">Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Teri McClure talks about the management training process at the United Parcel Service</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608508">Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Teri McClure remembers the United Parcel Service's initial public offering</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608509">Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Teri McClure describes her challenges as the head of the legal department at the United Parcel Service</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608510">Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Teri McClure recalls becoming a senior officer of the United Parcel Service</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608511">Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Teri McClure talks about her career goals</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608512">Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Teri McClure describes her role as a mentor</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608513">Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Teri McClure talks about her organizational affiliations</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608514">Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Teri McClure describes her daughters</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608515">Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Teri McClure shares a message to future generations</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608516">Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Teri McClure reflects upon her legacy</a>

<a href="https://da.thehistorymakers.org/story/608517">Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Teri McClure describes her plans for the future</a>

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Teri McClure describes her experiences of school desegregation
Teri McClure describes her challenges as the head of the legal department at the United Parcel Service
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So you get ready to go to high school. And tell me about that.$$Well, at that point in time, as I mentioned before, Kansas was going through a desegregation plan. They were under a desegregation order. And at that time there was only, there was one predominantly, well, solely black high school. And then there were only four other, three other--four other high schools in the city. And so in order to integrate, they decided to make the predominantly black school a magnet school and take the top kids from all the other schools and bus them into the inner city to this predominantly black school and try to integrate it, reverse integration, that way, instead of bussing the black kids out. And then if you weren't in the top of your class, you got bussed out to one of the other high schools. And so, you had to maintain a B average to stay in the Sumner magnet school. It was called the Sumner Academy of Arts and Science [Kansas City, Kansas]. So it was designed to be a college preparatory school, and it was starting, it was going to start in the ninth grade. And although I went there in the tenth grade, I was in the first class to enter into the school at that stage. So, we voted on the school colors. We established all the school traditions. That was for the first cheerleaders for the school, you know, the first everything for the school. And we really kind of created the foundation for this new school. And again, my parents [Donna Mitchell Plummer and Louis Plummer, Jr.] had gone to the same building, but it was Sumner High School back then, and I went back to the same building as Sumner Academy of Arts and Science.$$Okay. Now since the building was there and it was an all-black school--$$Uh-huh.$$--and now they're bringing in white kids. Do you know if there was a change in what went on in the school?$$Oh, yeah, substantially. It was interesting because--kind of in both ways. From one perspective, there was a lot of history in Sumner High School, the black school. I mean, like I said, my grandfather went there and my parents went there. All of the blacks in the community went to that high school. A lot of very successful people who have gone on to do great things went to that high school. They had a very, a very good sports program. So Sumner High School had won state championships, and regional, and district championships in sports for many, many years. So, there were just trophy cases just full of trophies from over the years. A lot of the players there had gone on to Kansas University [sic. University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas] and other universities to do well in college, and some eventually made it to the pros, as I understand. There's a lot of history in that school, a lot of strong relationships and bonds. And even to this day, they continue to have Sumner High School class reunions. The group was just very, very tight knit. They all grew up in the same community and went to the same high school. So there was a, there was a lot of, I guess disappointment that a lot of those traditions and history was kind of pushed aside in an effort to desegregate and create these new traditions. So there was a little bit of a, I guess not tension, but I guess there was a little bit of tension. It wasn't negative in any sense, but you could just tell there was this tension between the past and the future, that existed as a result of the change. In terms of the education level, it's funny. My mom just told me to this day, and we didn't realize this, but Sumner High School probably had some of the best teachers in the country, largely because--as a result of a grant or either some sort of litigation, there was a decision made many, many years back, I think this was like maybe the '50s [1950s], that paid the teachers at Sumner High School the same as white teachers in the rest of the school district. And as a result of that, they were getting some of the best teachers from all across the country who were coming to Kansas to work at Sumner High School. So I think they had a very good program there, and they, you know, graduated a number of people who did very well and went on to college. When I say there was a change, the change was they just changed the whole format of the school. It became intentionally a college preparatory school. They determined all the kids would take a foreign language for so many years. We had to study Latin in the first two years of school. We did internships our senior year in school. So it became, it was a very planned college preparatory program as opposed to the more traditional educational program that existed in the past, although the quality of education I would say was probably very good at the old Sumner High School. Again, during the time my parents were there, the time just prior to when I arrived, I'm not sure what the quality of the education was. But, you know, this college prep curriculum that they established has been very, very successful for the school, and has gotten a great deal of recognition over the years.$$Well, they had really good teachers. As you said, they paid them like they paid the white teachers?$$Uh-huh.$$This is before you came there?$$Right, right. That was like--$$Did your parents, did your mother or father ever talk about having secondhand books? Because that was a lot that was going on during that time--$$Right.$$--where they would get the books from the white schools.$$From the white schools?$$Yeah.$$You know, I've never heard them talk about that. I can't say that that was an issue one way or the other. But I never heard them talk about that, yeah.$$Okay.$Back in Atlanta [Georgia], and the person who--you take over his position. And because you had the previous experience, did it make the job a little easier, or not?$$Well, it was easier in the sense that I was working with people I already knew, very familiar with, that I'd worked with prior to going out into the district. And so, it was very much home again. It had been where I had started out with the company. It was challenging in that, again, I was now responsible for areas of law that I hadn't practiced in previously. While a large part of our legal budget was spent on labor and employment matters, we also have litigation and other areas; real estate and compliance, and all sorts of areas. And so, I was learning as well as managing other areas of the company. So it was challenging and rewarding in that respect, in that I was doing things new, and being exposed to other areas of the company.$$Okay. Were you were involved with the UPS Foundation [United Parcel Service Foundation], any part of that?$$At some point. Actually, I didn't become a trustee in the UPS Foundation until I came to the management committee, until I was promoted to the management committee. I did at that time become involved with the Annie E. Casey Foundation [Baltimore, Maryland], which is a foundation that was started by our founder, Jim Casey. Jim Casey didn't have any children when he died, so he left all of his money to a foundation which was named after his mother, Annie E. Casey. And the Annie E. Casey Foundation is a substantial foundation now, focusing on children's issues and foster care, and advancing the issues. So when I was head of the legal department I became--some members of UPS [United Parcel Service] serve on the board of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, although it's an independently run organization. And so, I was elected to the board of the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a UPS representative to the board.$$So, okay, so what year do you become manager, department manager?$$It was, would be two thousand and--$$Five [2005]?$$Two thousand five [2005] and 2006 timeframe, yeah.$$Okay. And just tell me more about what you do, or what you did, or what you hoped to accomplish in that position?$$In that position, I felt when I came into the position there were a number of really structural employee relations issues and communication issues, just as a result of a number of changes that had been made prior to me taking on the role. And so, my first responsibility was to really build a team to understand the dynamics that were in place, some of the issues that had presented problems in the past, and to sort of bring the team together and create a sense of I guess clarity as such, as to the decision making that was being done that impacted the team members, and just help them feel a greater part of the business process, and not isolate lawyers that worked for the company. So I spent a great deal of time serving in more of a management role, helping bring the legal department into the fold as part of the business, and helping them view their jobs as advocates on behalf of the business, and educating them in that regard. So, that was a large part of it at that time.