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Courageous Conversations

Courageous Conversations with Dr. Campbell

President Mary Schmidt Campbell

The recordings listed below feature in-depth conversations with former Spelman President Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., and distinguished guests. They were candid discussions about their corporate and personal journeys, working through crisis and the opportunities for Black women leaders as equity becomes more valuable across professions. Please see the 2023 schedule of talks with Spelman's 11th President, Helene D. Gayle, M.D., MPH.

The goal of Courageous Conversations is to inform and inspire.

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Courageous Conversations: Black in the C-Suite with Rosalind Brewer, C'84

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 | 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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Incoming CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.
Chair, Spelman College Board of Trustees

Walgreen Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) has named Rosalind (Roz) Gates Brewer, C'84, as CEO effective March 15, 2021 - she will also join the company's board of directors at that time. This is an historic appointment as Brewer will be the first African American female executive to head a Fortune 500 company. WBA, a merger of an American company that operates as the second-largest pharmacy store chain in the United States and Switzerland-based Alliance Boots, a multinational pharmacy-led health and beauty group.

Start of Quote Brewer brings to WBA a proven track record of leadership and operational expertise at multi-national corporations, with deep experience in strategic development, marketing, digital transformation and loyalty, innovation and technology, supply chain and store development.The Board conducted an extensive search to identify an exceptional leader who will build on WBA’s track-record of success and take advantage of the many growth opportunities in many markets across the company," the announcement of her appointment as CEO states.End of Quote

As the current chief operating officer and group president for Starbucks, Brewer leads the company’s operating businesses across the Americas (Canada, U.S. and Latin America), and Starbucks license stores as well as the global functions of marketing, technology, supply chain, product innovation, and store development organizations.

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