2014 Top Influential Women in Corporate America List Announced by Savoy Magazine

by LP Green, II

Savoy Magazine released their 2014 Top Influential Women in Corporate America (Savoy Top Women) listing in their latest Fall issue. The Savoy Top Influential Women in Corporate America feature is the definitive listing of African American Women achievers impacting corporate America. With expertise in a range of industries, the Savoy Top Influential Women in Corporate America embody talent, leadership and grace while executing critical roles for some of the largest Corporations in the world.

“The Savoy 2014 Top Influential Women in Corporate America issue is one of the most comprehensive and accomplished lists of African American Women executives,” said L.P. Green, II publisher of Savoy Magazine. ” The success and achievement of African American Women executives across industries isn’t covered enough by the media. Savoy is proud to celebrate the excellence and success of African American Women executives, leading global corporations impacting our communities and the world.”

Savoy’s fall issue features a cover story on Kerry Washington, Forging Her Own Path to Hollywood. This issue spotlights African American Women influencing our community and culture. Including an exclusive interview with Rachel Robinson celebrating 42 years of scholarship awards and the continued success of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Savoy also examines Women at the top including; Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox Corporation, Janelle Monae, Sevyn Streeter, Mo’ne Davis, Serena Williams and profiles of the Top Influential Women in Corporate America.

Selection of the Top Influential Women in Corporate America begins by examining the landscape of spheres of influence impacting Savoy’s readership including: corporate sector influence, scholastic achievement, career growth, community outreach and recognition. The information received from over 500 prospective candidates in diverse fields was pre-screened by the selection committee. The selection committee includes the Savoy editorial board and community leaders with representatives from the academic and business arenas. The committee reviewed information on executives in human resources, information, real estate, finance, investment banking, diversity, foundations, procurement, business development, marketing, sales, health care, manufacturing and legal. After reviewing all of the profiles, the field of candidates was narrowed to the 2014 Top Influential Women listing based upon their exemplary record of accomplishments and influence while working to better their community and inspire others.

2014 Top Influential Women in Corporate America


Gina F. Adams, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, FedEx Corporation

Aster Angagaw, Senior Vice President, Market Development, Sodexo Corporate Services Division

Deborah P. Ashton, Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, Novant Health

Letty Ashworth, Director, Global Diversity, Delta Air Lines

Cynthia “Cindy” Augustine, Global Chief Talent Officer, FCB

Debbie Pollock-Berry, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, XO Communications

VeLois Bowers, Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, CHRISTUS Health

Lajuana Bradford, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Regions Financial Corporation

Rosalind G. Brewer, President and CEO, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Julia Brown, Chief Procurement Officer & Senior Vice President of Global Procurement, Mondelēz International

Terri Bryant-Harrell, Vice President, Corporate HR & Diversity, Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPSG)

Janice Robinson Burns, Chief Learning Officer, MasterCard Worldwide

Ursula M. Burns, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Xerox

Tonit M. Calaway, Vice President, Human Resources & President, The Harley-Davidson, Foundation, Harley-Davidson, Inc.

Lisa Jeffries Caldwell, Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Reynolds American Inc.

Susan E. Chapman, Senior Vice President, Global Real Estate and Workplace Enablement, American Express Company

Chrysa Chin, Vice President, Player Development, National Basketball Association (NBA)

Lois Cooper, Vice President, Corporate Development and Inclusion, Adecco Group North America

Margot James Copeland, Executive Vice President & Chair of the KeyBank Foundation, KeyCorp

Janie Douglas, Senior Vice President, National Services Group Lead, Aon Hewitt

Wendy L. Douglas, Vice President, Production at TLC, Discovery Communications

Rosanna M. Durruthy, Chief Diversity Officer, Cigna Corporation

Amy Ellis-Simon, Head of Global Corporate Access, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Denise Evans, Vice President, Market Development, IBM Corporation

Charisse Ford, Senior Vice President, Global Marketing, Estee Lauder, The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.

Stephanie Gaillard White, Vice President, Human Resources, MWV

Lauren Gardner, General Manager, Microsoft North American Human Resources, Microsoft

Jacqueline Glenn, Vice President, Global Chief Diversity Officer, EMC Corporation

Kimberley Crews Goode, Vice President of Communications and Corporate Affairs, Northwestern Mutual

Allison Green, Senior Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion and Employee Engagement, Lincoln Financial Group

Antoinette Green, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, CHE Trinity Health

Felicia C. Guity, General Manager of Worldwide Channel Programs & Incentives, Microsoft’s OEM division, Microsoft

Angela E. Guy, Senior Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, L’Oreal USA

Freda Lewis-Hall, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Pfizer Inc.

Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Global Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley

Cheryl A. Harris, Senior Vice President, Sourcing & Procurement Solutions, Allstate Insurance Company

Judith Harrison, Senior Vice President, Staffing and Diversity & Inclusion, Weber Shandwick

Wanda Hill, Head of Investment Services Learning & Development for BNY Mellon University, BNY Mellon

Terri Hines, Vice President, Global PR & Communications for Converse, NIKE Inc.

Gwen Houston, General Manager-Global Diversity and Inclusion, Microsoft

Monique Hunt McWilliams, Chief Diversity Officer, Eli Lilly and Company

Phyllis A. James, Executive Vice President, Special Counsel for Litigation and Chief Diversity Officer, MGM Resorts International

Cheryl Janey, Vice President of Communications, Northrop Grumman Information Systems, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Donna Alligood Johnson, Chief Diversity Officer, MasterCard Worldwide

Jennifer L. Jones, Vice President, Diversity Markets, AT&T Mobility, AT&T

Marsha Jones, Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

Nicole Jones, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Cigna

Victoria Jones, Vice President of Global Government Affairs and Community Relations, The Clorox Company

Denise Kaigler, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Communications, Boston Scientific Corporation

Cindy Kent, President & General Manager, 3M Drug Delivery Systems Division, 3M

Gale V. King, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Nationwide

Rose Stuckey Kirk, President of Verizon Foundation, Verizon

Antoinette (Tonie) Leatherberry, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Debra Lee, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BET Networks

Wendy Lewis, Senior Vice President, Diversity and Strategic Alliances, Major League Baseball

Adrienne Lofton, Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Dockers Global Brand, Levi Strauss & Co.

Arlene Isaacs-Lowe, Senior Vice President, Commercial Group, Moody’s

Lydia G. Mallett, Director, Organizational Vibrancy, DuPont

Candace Matthews, Chief Marketing Officer, Amway

Leslie Mays, Vice President and Chief Inclusion Officer, Avon Products Inc.

Teri Plummer McClure, Chief Legal, Communications and Compliance Officer, UPS

Gwen McDonald, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, NetApp

Michelle Miller, Vice-President, Chief Counsel, Employment Law, Medtronic, Inc.

Rhonda Mims, Managing Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Paul Hastings, LLP

Karen Jefferson Morrison, President, OhioHealth Foundation and Senior Vice President, OhioHealth

Tracie Morris, Vice President, Human Resources, ComEd, Exelon Corporation

Latondra Newton, Group Vice President & Chief Social Innovation Officer, Toyota Motor North America, Inc., Toyota Motor Corporation

Racquel Oden, Managing Director, Head of Advisor Strategy & Development, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Karla L. Packer, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, NBTY, Inc.

Richelle Parham, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, eBay North America, eBay

Vivian R. Pickard, President, General Motors Foundation & Director, Corporate Relations, General Motors Company

Emily Pitts, Principal, Inclusion/Diversity, Edward Jones

Kimberly Foster Price, Vice President, 3Mgives, 3M

Leslie Patterson, Partner and Southeast Region Talent Leader, EY

Yvette Radford, Vice President, External and Community Affairs, Northern California, Kaiser Permanente

Sylvia Rhone, President of Epic Records, Sony Music Entertainment

Brandi Robinson, Vice President & Head of North America Communications, Sanofi US, Sanofi

Danielle M. Robinson, Director, Alcohol Policy and Reputation Management, Diageo

Stephanie Bell-Rose, Managing Director and Head of the TIAA-CREF Institute, TIAA-CREF

Debra A. Sandler, Chief Health and Wellbeing Officer, Mars Incorporated

Candi Castleberry Singleton Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer, UPMC

Shari Slate Chief Inclusion & Collaboration Officer, Cisco

Keisha Smith, Chief Human Resources Officer, News Corp.

Sydney Stinson Ferguson, Marketing Director, Brand Management and International, Chico’s

Kim Strong, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Target Corporation

Delena Sunday, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Diversity Affairs, Nordstrom, Inc.

Angela L. Talton, Senior Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Nielsen

Sharon C. Taylor, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Prudential Financial, Inc.

Alicia Tidwell, Diversity and Inclusion Leader, Luxottica

Tracey Gray-Walker, Head of the Association Business, AXA

Kathy N. Waller, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, The Coca-Cola Company

Laysha L. Ward, President, Community Relations, Target

Julie Washington, President of Talbott Teas & Chief Brand Officer, Jamba Juice

Robin L. Washington, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Charlene A. Wheeless, Principal Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs, Bechtel Corporation

Cynthia Williams, E.V.P., Corporate Branding, Product Marketing and Advertising; Chief Communications Officer, BB&T

Michelle Gadsden-Williams, Managing Director and Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Credit Suisse AG

Telisa Yancy, Vice President of Marketing, American Family Insurance

Eloise Young, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Philadelphia Gas Works

Savoy congratulates the Women recognized in the 2014 Top Influential Women in Corporate America listing. We are all inspired by your leadership and and the contributions you are making in your respective fields.

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