The Most Powerful Women in the Business

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By Black Enterprise, Special for USABR


BLACK ENTERPRISE has released its listing of The Most Powerful Women in Business as featured in the publication’s January/February 2017 issue. The final roster was culled from thousands of potential candidates across numerous industries, including the finance, pharmaceutical, and retail sectors. These executives have authority over budgets totaling billions of dollars and control subsidiaries, divisions, or departments that affect the fiscal health and direction of their businesses.

The report spotlights prominent African American women, including Debbie Roberts, president, East Zone, McDonald’s USA; Channing Dungey, President, ABC Entertainment, Walt Disney Co.; Beyoncé Knowles Carter, CEO, Parkwood Entertainment; Lisa Borders, President, WNBA; Bozoma Saint John, Head of Global Marketing, Apple Music, Apple Inc., and many more.

“You could not find a better example of women of power than the female executives represented in this issue. Our editorial team developed this list to not only celebrate the black female business elite,” said BLACK ENTERPRISE President and CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. “But to demonstrate that it requires unparalleled expertise and resilience to break through barriers that female executives continue to face today.”

In compiling this year’s list, the BLACK ENTERPRISE research team conducted in-depth research; scoured our Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America, Leading Women in Marketing and Advertising, 75 Most Powerful Women in Business, The B.E. Corporate Directors registry, and the BE 100s listings; consulted associations; and reviewed a great number of bios and résumés.

The full list of the 2017 Black Enterprise Most Powerful Women in Business can be found on

The complete report, including methodology and selection criteria, is available in the January/February 2017 issue of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine. The Most Powerful Women in Business will be acknowledged during the 2017 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in Phoenix, Arizona.

BLACK ENTERPRISEyour ultimate source for wealth creation, is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, be has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. Every month, BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine provides 6 million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. As a multimedia company, BLACK ENTERPRISE produces television programming, business and lifestyle events, web content and digital media. BLACK ENTERPRISE is the definitive source of information for and about African American business markets and leaders, and the authority on black business news and trends.

SOURCE Black Enterprise

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