: Hosted by journalist Gwen Ifill, An Evening With Ursula Burns, provides a rare inside look into the life and career of the amazing business icon Ursula Burns, the first African American woman to head a Fortune 500 company. This engaging and informative interview provides important background on Burns' meteoric rise through the ranks of corporate America as she talks candidly about her poor upbringing on Manhattan's Lower East Side, her mother's, Olga's, heroic efforts to raise three children as a single mother, her start at Xerox as a young engineering intern and how intellect, mentorship by others, hard work and business savvy led to her unprecedented success. The rapport between Ms. Burns and PBS TV journalist Gwen Ifill is engaging. The telling of Ms. Burns' story is aided by video vignettes of family members, mentors and others that were either admired her or were inspired by her journey. Also, sharing the stage to provide their own personal insights are two former Xerox CEOs: Paul Allaire who was Ursula Burns' mentor and Ann Mulcahy who was Xerox's first female CEO. Also sharing the stage is the her iconic mentor, business and civic leader Vernon Jordan. This is a must see program for anyone interested in leadership and mentorship. An Evening With Ursula Burns is a quintessentially American story.
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