01 Nov 2013

Harvard Business School African-American Alumni Association Profiles Black Women Graduates

New Web site features array of accomplished leaders in many fields of endeavor

BOSTON—The Harvard Business School African-American Alumni Association (HBSAAA) has launched a Web site (hbsaaa.net) featuring weekly profiles of accomplished black female graduates who represent the broad mosaic of the HBS community. The site was launched to complement the School’s celebration in 2012-13 of 50 years of women in the full-time MBA program.

The new site focuses on black women who are leaders in their fields and communities, and/or in their volunteer and philanthropic activities, showcasing the diverse ways that women of color exemplify Harvard Business School’s mission of developing leaders who make a difference in the world.

According to Kenneth Powell (MBA 1974), president of the HBSAAA, “A number of our African-American alumnae participated in the School’s celebration, but we wanted to spotlight more of our female members – exemplary leaders who have chosen a variety of career paths and all of whom are giving back to their communities.”

Alumnae who have appeared on the site so far include:

  • Lillian Lincoln Lambert (MBA 1969), the first African-American woman to receive a Harvard MBA, founded a building maintenance company in her garage with a few thousand dollars and grew it into an operation with $20 million in sales and more than 1,200 employees.
  • Selena Cuffe (MBA 2003) is the cofounder and CEO of Heritage Link Brands, the largest importer in North America of wines produced by indigenous Africans.
  • Linda Oubre (MBA 1984) was appointed dean of the College of Business at San Francisco State University in 2012 and was recently named one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most influential women in business by the San Francisco Business Times.
  • Bonita Stewart (MBA 1983) brings more than 20 years of marketing, technology, and industry expertise to Google, where she oversees the company’s Partner Business Solutions for North and South America.
  • Sheila Marmon (MBA 1999) is the founder and CEO of Mirror Digital, an interactive media and advertising company that connects Fortune 500 brands to the multicultural market in the United States.
  • Catherine LeBlanc (MBA 1980) is a business and education consultant who works with businesses, universities, and other organizations in the areas of leadership development, diversity, and ethics.
  • Ann Fudge (MBA 1977) is the former chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands, a global network of marketing communications companies. Before that, she worked at Kraft Foods as president of the $5 billion Beverages, Desserts, and Post Division.

The Harvard Business School African-American Alumni Association serves more than 2,100 African-American, African, and other black graduates of HBS. It is dedicated to building and sustaining a beneficial network that connects alumni, current students, and applicants with HBS to increase their influence at the School and in the broader African-American community.


Jim Aisner

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Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 250 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and PhD degrees, as well as more than 175 Executive Education programs, and Harvard Business School Online, the School’s digital learning platform. For more than a century, faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching, to educate leaders who make a difference in the world. The School and its curriculum attract the boldest thinkers and the most collaborative learners who will go on to shape the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.