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Ballerific Woman: Ursula Burns, The Multi-Millionaire, Business Mogul & CEO

Blogged By @Climb_This_Hill

In a perfect world, men and women would receive equal pay. African American women would be presented the same opportunities as their white counterparts. Rejection would be based on qualifications rather than race.

Unfortunately, this world is far from perfect, however, there are people, more specifically women, who have dedicated their time, money and education to make a positive change. They’ve used their experiences and their encounters with injustices to fight and/or create more opportunities for their children and their children’s children, in an effort to make the world a better place. They’ve put our pain and problems on their backs and created space for change, new opportunities for our brothers and sisters to excel and succeed in a world that is designed against us. This is #BlackExcellence. These are #BallerificWomen.

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One of those special individuals is Ms. Ursula M. Burns.

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Ursula Burns is among some of the top business executives in America. She is currently the CEO of Xerox, chairwoman of the mobile network, VEON, and a senior advisor of a major investment banking company called, Teneo.

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Not to mention, she is also on the board of American Express, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Uber, and Nestlé.

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Born into the projects of New York City, and raised by her single mother, Ursula Burns, beat the odds of becoming an inner-city statistic by facing and overcoming many challenges growing up.

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Ultimately, she earned her college degree in mechanical engineering and then, shortly after, she started to focus on more business-oriented careers.

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Before becoming the CEO of Xerox, she worked for the growing company as in intern at age, 22. She continued to stay with the company throughout its planning and was a major key player in the company’s product development.

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She eventually became the first African-American woman CEO to lead a Fortune 500 company and landed herself in the top 25 most powerful women in the world by Forbes Magazine.

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Besides being a multi-business owner and philanthropist, Ursula has also led major programs in the White House under the legislation of president, Barack Obama.

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With multiple accomplishments under her belt, Ursula Burns has shown black women everywhere that we are more powerful then what we give ourselves credit for.

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Ms. Ursula Burns will be joining the board of the worlds second largest distiller, Diageo, this upcoming April.

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Jen is a Writer and Content Curator for Baller Alert, who writes under the alias “MsJennyb.” In this role, Jen develops and contributes relevant special-themed content to attract readers. Before joining the Entertainment Industry via Baller Alert, Jen spent one year as a Freelance Writer and two years as a Human Resources assistant in a corporate office. Jen has a degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University with a concentration in Africana Studies. To contact Jen please email [email protected]

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