Raised: Richmond, VA
Occupation: President and Chief Operating Officer, Intellectual Ventures (IV)
Previous Roles: Senior VP, Honeywell International; President and CEO, Honeywell Transportation
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health from Old Dominion University and a Master’s degree in Management, as a Sloan Fellow, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Career Driven: She started her career working as a shift Supervisor for Corning. When she left to join Honeywell, she was a Vice President and general manager of Corning’s environmental products division.
Favorite Childhood Memory: Sitting on her dad’s lap to pilot the family’s Ford Country Squire station wagon down the driveway at their home in Richmond, Va.
Accolades: 2006 Women to Watch (Fortune), Most Influential Women In Automotive Industry (Forbes), 2009 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America (Black Enterprise)
Quotable: “If you treat people with dignity and respect, no matter what the situation, you can always walk away with your head held high. That advice has carried me to this day.”