HEADQUARTERS: Battle Creek, Michigan
WEBSITE: www.kelloggcompany.com
BUSINESS: Food, snacks and beverage
REVENUES: $13.2 billion
TITLE: Vice President of Sales
EDUCATION: BBA, Wichita State University
WHAT I’M READING: It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership, by Colin Powell with Tony Koltz
INTERESTS: Family, sports activities, volunteering

How has the civil rights movement affected you personally?

My success has been built on the shoulders of many African Americans and women who sacrificed their lives before me. During the last presidential election, I was reminded that less than 100 years ago the nineteenth amendment extended the right to women to vote. Now, the first African American president in my lifetime is serving a second term. I am privileged to be in a position where I can lead and do my best to lift other women and African Americans to succeed and achieve their dreams.

Are there any words of wisdom you would like to pass along to our readers?

My entire life has been built around collaborating with people in a positive manner while having a strong competitive spirit. These values were developed while participating in multiple team sports and working in a retail environment at an early age. My advice is to always give your best in everything you do and be authentic to others because someone before you potentially gave their life to give you this opportunity.