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Thasunda Brown Duckett Named First Black Woman CEO Of TIAA Becoming The Second Black Woman Leading A Fortune 500 In 2021

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Thasunda Brown Duckett Named First Black Woman CEO Of TIAA Becoming The Second Black Woman Leading A Fortune 500 In 2021

She's on top of the business world! Thasunda Brown Duckett has been named president and CEO of TIAA, the leading retirement, and investment company. Duckett, who is currently CEO of Chase Consumer Banking, will succeed Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. on May 1st, making her the second Black woman leading a Fortune 500 company after Rosalind Brewer this year! "Thasunda is widely recognized as an exceptionally dynamic and inspirational leader," Ronald L. Thompson, Chairman of the TIAA Board of Trustees, said in a press release. "She brings invaluable experience leading and growing large, complex businesses, setting and executing strategy, improving client experience,...

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Local Washington State Park Changes Name Meaning To Honor Rosa Franklin, The States First Black Woman Senator

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Local Washington State Park Changes Name Meaning To Honor Rosa Franklin, The States First Black Woman Senator

They are honoring our hidden heroes! A local Washington State park recently changed the meaning of its name to honor the state's first Black woman senator, King 5 news reports. The board of commissioners for Metro Parks Tacoma voted unanimously to change Franklin Park's meaning in Tacoma, Washington. Initially, the local park was named after Benjamin Franklin, one of the country's founding fathers. Now, the commissioners have elected to rename the park in honor of Rosa Franklin, the first Black woman to serve as a Washington state senator.  The historic move makes Franklin park the first park in the city named after...

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Dr. Patricia Bath Set To Make History As First Black Woman Inducted Into National Inventors Hall of Fame

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Dr. Patricia Bath Set To Make History As First Black Woman Inducted Into National Inventors Hall of Fame

We need your help to nominate her now! Dr. Patricia Bath is set to make history as the first Black woman inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, PR Newswire reports. Bath got her start in the 1970s, completing an Ophthalmology residency at NYU before becoming the first Black woman appointed to UCLA’s surgical staff in 1975. That same year, she became the first woman to lead a post-graduate training program in Ophthalmology. Her work would lead her to many places as she blazed a trail in medicine, eventually inventing the Laserphaco Probe for cataract treatment in 1986 using the Excimer Laser....

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Chiquita Brooks-LaSure Set To Become First Black Woman To Run Medicare Services

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Chiquita Brooks-LaSure Set To Become First Black Woman To Run Medicare Services

This is a game-changer! Chiquita Brooks-LaSure is set to become the first Black woman to run Medicare Services, the Business Standard reports. The Biden administration has picked Brooks-LaSure to head up the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including Medicare, Medicaid, children's health insurance, and the Affordable Care Act. She has an extensive career in government, getting her start as a managing director at Manatt Health before working in health policy jobs at the White House, Congress, and CMS during the Obama administration. Brooks-LaSure was also a member of Biden's transition landing team for the Department of Health and Human Services.  As head...

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Brehanna Daniels Makes History As The First Black Woman Hired As A Member Of A NASCAR Pit Crew

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Brehanna Daniels Makes History As The First Black Woman Hired As A Member Of A NASCAR Pit Crew

She is changing the game, one tire at a time! Brehanna Daniels has made history as the first Black woman in NASCAR's pit crew as a tire changer., NBC 26 reports. 27-year-old Daniels never envisioned a career in NASCAR racing, much less as a pit crew member. During her senior year of college at Norfolk State University, a random chance allowed her to try out for the pit crew, and she’s been in love ever since. “I was sitting in the cafeteria, mid-bite of my Chick-fil-A sandwich, when my friend from the school’s athletic department, Tiffany, tapped me on the shoulder and...

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