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An Evening With Ursula Burns, was a one-on-one interview of Ursula Burns, the former CEO of Xerox. Taped in front of a live audience at The New York Times Center and hosted by veteran PBS-TV news journalist Gwen Ifill, the program explored the life and career of Burns, the first African American woman to head a Fortune 500 company. A lifelong New Yorker, Burns told of her poor upbringing on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, her mother’s efforts to raise three children on her own, her start at the Xerox Corporation as a young engineer and intern, and her meteoric rise through the corporate ranks.

Intermixed throughout the program are live appearances of Ursula Burns' mentors. Former Xerox CEO, Paul Allaire, told of how Burns initially spurned his offer to become his executive assistant. Former Xerox CEO, Anne Mulcahy told of how she and Ursula spearheaded a turnaround of Xerox during a financially precarious period for the company. They worked as true partners and made history when Ursula became the first female to succeed another female CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Then, business and civic leader Vernon Jordan spoke of the importance of Burns’ journey and of how she overcame class, race and gender in order to reach the highest rank of Corporate America. Others provided their perspectives on her trailblazing career and her family life. They included: American Express CEO, Executive Leadership Council's Executive Director and Viacom Senior Vice President, Marva Smalls, as well as Burns' husband, daughter, son and sister, Lloyd Bean, Malcolm Bean, Melllisa Bean and Deborah Eastman.

HistoryMaker

Xerox CorporationTarget Corporation

StarMaker

American Express CompanyTime Warner CableCravath Swain & Moore LLPThe Boeing CompanyWNET-TVAmerican Airlines

DreamMaker

  • ABBOTT LABORATORIES
  • GWEN & GERALD ADOLPH
  • BEECHER CARLSON
  • CBS
  • TIMOTHY COLLINS
  • EXXONMOBIL
  • GE
  • HBO
  • LAZARD
  • MORGAN STANLEY
  • PFIZER INC.
  • SAFEWAY INC.
  • SPENCER STUART
  • UPS
  • REGINALD VAN LEE
  • VIACOM

WishMaker

  • AETNA
  • ALSTON & BIRD
  • ARIEL INVESTMENTS, LLC
  • FRANCISCO L. BORGES
  • TONI COOK BUSH & DWIGHT BUSH
  • EDITH COOPER & ROBERT TAYLOR
  • CREDIT SUISSE
  • ENTERPRISE HOLDINGS FOUNDATION
  • IBM
  • MACY'S
  • PAUL, WEISS, RIFKIND, WHARTON & GARRISON LLP
  • SPRINT
  • RAYMOND WHITEMAN
  • WILLIAMS CAPITAL GROUP

Honorary Co-Chair

  • Michael R. Bloomberg

 

Event Chair

  • Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.

 

Event Co-Chairs

  • Glenn A. Britt 
  • Kenneth Chenault
  • Jessica Isaacs
  • W. James McNerney
  • C. Allen Parker
  • Marva Smalls
  • Laysha Ward

Benefit Committee

  • Gwen Adolph 
  • Marilyn F. Booker
  • Antoinette Cook Bush
  • Mercer Cook  
  • Valerie D. Lewis
  • Robert Raben
  • Al B. Reid
  • Angela Vallot
  • Reggie Van Lee

Date and Time

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Location

The New York Times Center
242 West 41st Street
New York, NY 10036
United States