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Ursula Burns on Being the CEO of Xerox, Black Women in STEM, and Inspiring the Next Generation of Black Kids

Bakari speaks with the trailblazing businesswoman about her path to success, the importance of paying it forward, and more

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Bakari is joined by Ursula Burns, the former CEO of Xerox and the first Black woman to head a Fortune 500 company, to talk about her path to becoming the CEO (2:43), why she wants to encourage more Black women to study STEM (20:07), the mentors she’s had along the way, and why it’s so important to pay it forward (28:34).

Host: Bakari Sellers
Guest: Ursula Burns
Producer: Kaya McMullen
Engineer: Kyle Crichton

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