Ursula Burns by Sonia Kang | August 14 2017, 0 Comments

By:Karishma Bhakta

Meet the 1st African American woman CEO to lead a S&P 500 company.

Ursula Burns was the CEO of Xerox from 2010 to 2016. Xerox manufacturers and sells printers, photocopiers and multi functional office printers to small and large businesses. Ursula Burns grew up in the Lower side of Manhattan in a rough neighborhood. Her mother knew education was the only way out of the projects. So she went to a Catholic School to either be a nun, teacher or nurse. She chose to be a mechanical engineer. She lacked many skills and knowledge before she went to college but she never gave up. She kept going and earned a Bachelor of Science at Polytech Institute. Later, she earned a Masters of Science at Columbia University. She worked her way up from a Xerox Intern to Engineer to CEO of Xerox.

Burns provides leadership council to many non-profit organizations like First, For Inspirations and Recognition of Science and Technology, National Academy Foundation, MIT and more. She is an advocate who encourages young woman and minorities to pursue careers in STEM. She also lead the STEM initiative from the White House and was appointed by President Obama. She has encouraged us that it does not matter what color or ethnicity you are. It is how you perform that can take you to your goals.