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Spelman College Announces New Virtual Series: “Courageous Conversations: Black in the C-Suite” Share a Spelman College Press Release


Jazmyn Burton
Spelman College
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Spelman Courageous Conversations Virtual SeriesATLANTA (September 11, 2020) – In recognition of the sea change around equity in the corporate landscape, Spelman’s new speaker series “Courageous Conversations: Black in the C-Suite,” will feature in-depth discussions with Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., president of Spelman and distinguished guests.

The first in a series of virtual conversations that highlight the roles Black women are playing in today’s shifting corporate environment will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17.

Presented in partnership with UPS, the inaugural conversation will feature Robin Washington, formerly the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Gilead Sciences, Inc., a research-based biopharmaceutical company.

Washington will share her corporate and personal journey, experience working through crisis and her insight on the opportunities for Black women leaders as equity becomes more valuable across professions. Currently, Washington serves as a member of the boards of directors of Alphabet, Inc., Honeywell International, Inc., and

“We are excited for the opportunity to connect stellar Black women corporate leaders from across a variety of sectors with the community-at-large through these important conversations,” said Dr. Campbell. “We look forward to learning more about their experience and the ways in which they are issuing in change in the business environment.”

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Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Spelman is the country's leading producer of Black women who complete Ph.D.s in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The College’s status is confirmed by U.S. News and World Report, which ranked Spelman No. 57 among all liberal arts colleges, No. 22 for undergraduate teaching and No. 6 for both innovation and social mobility among liberal arts colleges, and No. 1 for the 13th year among historically Black colleges and universities. The Wall Street Journal ranked the College No. 3, nationally, in terms of student satisfaction. Recent initiatives include a designation by the Department of Defense as a Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM, a Gender and Sexuality Studies Institute, the first endowed queer studies chair at an HBCU, and a program to increase the number of Black women Ph.D.s in economics. New majors have been added, including documentary filmmaking and photography, and partnerships have been established with MIT’s Media Lab, the Broad Institute and the Army Research Lab for artificial intelligence and machine learning. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, Starbucks Group President and COO Rosalind Brewer, political leader Stacey Abrams, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna president Audrey Forbes Manley, actress and producer Latanya Richardson Jackson, global bioinformatics geneticist Janina Jeff and authors Pearl Cleage and Tayari Jones. For more information, visit


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