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Donna A. James

2016 Speaker

DONNA A. JAMES is a trusted resource and advisor to leaders in the public and private sector, ranging from entrepreneurs to C-suite executives of Fortune 500 companies. She serves on the board of directors for L Brands, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, Boston Scientific and FIS Group. She is a past board member of Time Warner Cable, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., Intimate Brands and CNO Financial Group. In her community, James is the co-founder and board chair of the Center for Healthy Families. She is also a board trustee for OhioHealth, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, co-executive director for the African American Leadership Academy and co-chair for the Columbus CelebrateOne initiative to reduce infant mortality. She was previously appointment by President Obama as chair of the National Women’s Business Council. James has been named to the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame and the National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Hall of Fame. She was named by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the top 75 in Corporate America, received the national Beta Gamma Sigma Business Achievement award and the YWCA Women of Achievement award. She is the recipient of three honorary doctorates from Otterbein University, Tiffin University and her alma mater, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.