From Struggle To Success: Black Women Who Learned To Soar

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URSULA BURNS

Many people told Chairman & CEO of Xerox, Ursula Burns, that she had three strikes against her: she was Black, a woman and she grew up poor. Burns was raised by a single mother in a rough public housing project on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. On a modest single-parent salary, Burns was educated at Catholic schools and thought she would be a nun, nurse, or teacher until she followed her dream of becoming an engineer. From her humble beginnings to becoming the first Black woman to be named CEO of a Fortune 500 company, Burns has defied the odds and the stereotypes of her upbringing.

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