Ervin Johnson Investment Fund

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Over the past 20 years, however, Johnson has proven he has the acumen for more than hoops.

Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Magic Johnson Enterprises now owns or operates gyms, Starbucks coffee shops, Burger Kings, movie theaters and other businesses in 85 cities across 21 states. His Canyon-Johnson Investment Fund has been behind nearly $4 billion in urban revitalization projects that resulted in the creation of 4.5 million square feet of retail and commercial space.

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John Thompson Chairman of Microsoft

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John W. Thompson joined the Microsoft Board in February 2012 and became independent chairman of Microsoft Corporation on Feb. 4, 2014.

Thompson is the chief executive officer of privately held Virtual Instruments, whose products are designed to ensure the performance and availability of applications deployed in virtualized and private cloud computing environments. Thompson is also the former chairman and CEO of Symantec Corp.

Since 2009, Thompson has been an active investor in early-stage technology companies in Silicon Valley.
During his 10-year tenure as CEO of Symantec.

David Drummond Chairman Google Capital

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David Drummond currently serves as senior vice president of corporate development for Alphabet. He previously served as senior vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer of Google. He joined Google in 2002 and led global teams for legal, public policy, communications, corporate development/mergers and acquisitions, and product quality operations.

He also serves as chairman of Google’s investment arms, Google Ventures and Google Capital. David was first introduced to Google in 1998 as a partner in the corporate transactions group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, one of the nation’s leading law firms representing technology businesses. He served as Google’s first outside counsel and worked with Larry Page and Sergey Brin to incorporate the company and secure its initial rounds of financing. David earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Santa Clara University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. He serves on the board of directors of Uber Technologies, Inc., KKR & Co. L.P., and Rocket Lawyer Inc.

Kenneth Chenault: CEO American Express

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Kenneth Irvine Chenault (born June 2, 1951) is an American business executive. He has been the CEO and Chairman of American Express since 2001.[1][2] He is the third African-American CEO of a Fortune 500 company.While CEO of American Express in 2007, Chenault earned a total compensation of $50,126,585.

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Kase Lawal: Not your average oil baron

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(CNN) — Nigerian-born entrepreneur Kase Lawal is the epitome of the American dream. Arriving to the US a young, idealistic student, Lawal has carved a name for himself in one of the most competitive industries in the world: Oil.

Now head of a multi-billion dollar empire, his Houston-based company, CAMAC, is one of the largest black-owned businesses in the U.S., generating over $2 billion dollars a year.

Founded nearly 25 years ago, Lawal built CAMAC (which stands for Cameroon-American) from a small agriculture business into a global oil company. But it’s taken a lot of hard work, determination and guts to get him to the top.

Born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria in 1954, Lawal became interested in America and its civil rights movement during his teens. After finally persuading his father, a local politician, to send him to university in America, Lawal headed to Georgia and then Houston, where he attended the Texas Southern University.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering in 1976, Lawal, like many of his classmates, started out as a graduate in the energy industry. First as a chemist for Dresser Industries (now Halliburton) and then as a chemical engineer with Shell Oil Refining Co.

During this time he met his wife, Eileen through a mutual friend and had his three children.

Now married and settled, it wasn’t long before the innovative young Nigerian started to implement his business ideas.

In 1986 he established CAMAC, a company trading agricultural commodities such as sugar, tobacco and rice. In the early 90s he made the leap into the energy sector after the Nigerian government started to develop its energy market.

With his knowledge of Nigeria and his Houston address, Lawal was ideally positioned to attract major oil companies. In 1991 CAMAC made a deal with the oil giant Conoco, agreeing to jointly operate and share production from any Nigerian discoveries.

This turned out to be Lawal’s big break.

With his political contacts, local market knowledge and now with the backing of a major oil firm, Lawal’s Houston-based company became an instant player in the energy industry.

As Lawal told CNN: “That partnership I believe was the cornerstone of the CAMAC that you know today. Subsequently with that credibility and the advantage of partnering with Conoco, we were also able to partner with BP and also with Statoil of Norway and currently we have made a partnership with Eni, the largest Italian company, which is one of the top five oil companies in the world.”

Now CAMAC has offices in London, Johannesburg, Lagos and Port Harcourt, Nigeria and is involved in oil exploration, refining and trading.

He was awarded the USAfrica Business Person of the Year in 1997 and in 2002 CAMAC was named the largest African-American owned company on the Black Enterprise 100s list.

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Denise Scott: Executive Vice President programs Local Initiatives Support Corporation

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Denise Scott is Executive Vice President in charge of programs for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest nonprofit focused on revitalizing distressed communities.

With three decades of experience in community development, Ms. Scott leads LISC’s neighborhood investment efforts in 30 cities and rural areas in 39 states.

Prior to joining LISC, Ms. Scott spearheaded a range of public and nonprofit initiatives with the U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, the New York City Urban Coalition, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Housing Coordination and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

James A. Bell former Chief Financial Officer for The Boeing Company

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James A. Bell recently retired from The Boeing Company, where he had served as chief financial officer, executive vice president and corporate president.

As CFO, Bell had responsibility for two key Boeing businesses, Boeing Capital Corporation and Boeing Shared Services. Prior to being named CFO in 2003, Bell held the position of senior vice president of finance, corporate controller, vice president of contracts and pricing for Boeing Space and Communications, and director of business management of the Space Station Electric Power System at the Boeing Rocketdyne unit.

Bell began his career with Rockwell and attended California State University at Los Angeles where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

Ted Colbert is Chief Information Officer of The Boeing Company

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Ted Colbert is Chief Information Officer of The Boeing Company and vice president of Information Technology. Colbert, who was named to this role in November 2013, is responsible for the IT strategy, operations, processes and more than 8,000 IT people of the world’s largest aerospace company. He has responsibility for supporting the growth of Boeing’s business by partnering with the company’s business units on IT-related revenue generating programs and for overseeing all aspects of information security across the global reach of the company.

In his previous role as vice president of Information Technology Infrastructure, Colbert was responsible for developing and maintaining IT solutions inclusive of network, computing, server, storage, collaboration and infrastructure across the entire Boeing enterprise. He was named to this position in December 2011.

Previously, Colbert was vice president of IT Business Systems, where he was responsible for developing and maintaining the computing application systems that support Boeing Finance, Human Resources, Corporate, Commercial Capital Business Units as well as the company’s internal systems. He was named to this position in September 2010.

Colbert joined Boeing in 2009 as director of Enterprise Network Services, which provides the connectivity infrastructure enabling all internal Boeing applications and Line of Service delivery systems to integrate, communicate, and pass data from point to point throughout the company and beyond.

Colbert spent 2.5 years at Citigroup as a senior vice president of Enterprise Architecture based in the New York metro area. At Citigroup, he held positions focused on Enterprise Architecture and Strategy & Planning in the Global Architecture & Engineering organization. His major contributions at Citi were focused on driving IT programs to improve technology strategy, workslate management & prioritization, and delivery lifecycle processes across IT engineering and operations. He led major Enterprise efforts to drive common architecture across the Global Consumer organization.

Before joining Citigroup, Colbert spent 11 years with Ford Motor Company’s Information Technology organization. During his tenure with Ford, he held several positions including manager of Global Deskside Services, where he was responsible for global engineering and operations for client (UNIX and Windows), infrastructure, hardware/software, mobile, global end-user support (helpdesk), site management, and executive liaison to several major technology suppliers. Prior to this role, Colbert held leadership positions in the areas of Program Management, Infrastructure Engineering & Operations, Application Development / Portfolio Management, and Process Reengineering. In addition, he championed and led several campus recruiting, career development, and community service projects.

Colbert completed the Dual Degree Engineering Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia with degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Interdisciplinary Science.

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