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Alumnae Profiles: Moriama "Mo" Ivory C'91

Moriama “Mo” Ivory’s brand of leadership is defined by her ability to excel in several fields, from law and politics to music and media. “Take responsibility for creating your own path, make the decision to empower yourself about the future and at every step of life,” she says. “I’m definitely in a leadership position on V-103 in that I speak very much to the working mom, the single mother, the woman in her 40s who’s trying to make all the right decisions and at the same time struggling with the things we all struggle with. I’m in the same leadership position as any other woman trying to keep her own house in order, trying to keep it together and raise children in a very difficult climate.”

Looking to the future, she shares her wish that, “leaders could be a little more realistic about the climate that we’re living in and the challenges we’re facing so we won’t be in antiquated cycles of racism and sexism, and can really find solutions to the things that will make all of our lives better.”

Career Highlights: J.D., Temple University School of Law; attorney, Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads law firm; attorney, King & Spalding law firm; assistant general counsel, Scientific-Atlanta, which is now Cisco Systems; political campaign staffer, Obama for America 2008, Jim Martin for Senate, and Kasim Reed for mayor of Atlanta; president and general counsel, Ivory Properties, her real estate construction and development firm; chief of staff to executive vice president, Warner Music Group; frequent guest, CNN,
HLN and Fox 5; blogger, “Mo Knows.”

                       *This article can be found in the Spring 2014 edition of the Spelman Messenger*