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Take a Lesson

Black Achievers on How They Made It and What They Learned Along the Way

Clarke, Caroline V.


2. Auflage April 2022
272 Seiten, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-119-84107-4
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A fascinating set of Black perspectives on what it takes to succeed today

In this updated and revised edition of Take a Lesson: Today's Black Achievers on How They Made It and What They Learned Along the Way, award-winning journalist and author Caroline Clarke once again compels a dynamic list of Black business heroes and role models to openly share their own goals, hits, and misses, exploring what they overcame and what they're still working to overcome, not just for themselves, but for their peers and would be peers, who the equity odds are still against.

In this book, you'll find:
* Updated interviews with Black corporate titans containing critically important lessons about business success
* Deeply personal accounts of the journeys of Black superachievers from a diverse set of backgrounds and industries who are still rising in their industries
* Insights into the ways the world has changed--and the ways it hasn't--since the release of the first edition in 2001

Perfect for Black students and early-career professionals looking for proven ways to navigate the unique challenges they'll face, Take a Lesson is also a great resource for allies seeking to gain perspective on a critically important set of experiences.While these stories are specifically of Black success, their ability to inform, inspire, and reaffirm the value of ambition and perseverance, no matter the odds or era, transcends race.


Chapter 1 Peggy Alford, Executive Vice President, Global Sales, PayPal
"There is not one successful personality type. Try to become a better you, not someone else or someone that you're not."

Chapter 2 Keisha Lance Bottoms, 60th Mayor of Atlanta
"Follow your instincts--the first time."

Chapter 3 Samuel Bright, Chief Product Officer, Upwork
"You and I have a voice, we have real influence, right now."

Chapter 4 Laphonza Butler, President, EMILY's List
"Choose to understand before seeking to be understood."

Chapter 5 Veronica Chambers, Author and Editor, Narrative Projects, The New York Times
"Keep going, and make the journey as joyful as possible."

Chapter 6 Kenneth Chenault, Chairman and Managing Director, General Catalyst; Former Chairman and CEO, American Express
"In business and in life, surrounding yourself with a few trusted people just makes all the difference in the world."

Chapter 7 Arnold Donald, CEO, Carnival Corporation
"Anger distorts your reaction. Anger distracts you from your purpose."

Chapter 8 Thasunda Brown Duckett, President and CEO, Teacher's Insurance Annuity Association (TIAA)
"You rent your title, you own your character."

Chapter 9 Charles Harbison, Founder/Creative Director, HARBISON
"In life, as in fashion, it's not the predictable straight lines that make things interesting; it's the unexpected stitching that makes up the fabric of who we are."

Chapter 10 Carole Hopson, First Officer, United Airlines
"Dream every day. Then set a goal and get to work."

Chapter 11 Charles "Chaz" Howard, Vice President for Social Equity and Community and Chaplain, University of Pennsylvania
"We can journey with love through the crap and beautiful things can emerge from rocky soil."

Chapter 12 Tom Jones, Senior Partner, TWJ Capital LLC.
"Repeated success can be very heady, but it doesn't necessarily make you wise."

Chapter 13 Debra Lee, Corporate Board Director and Retired CEO, BET
"Do you. But also be open to evolution."

Chapter 14 Malcolm Lee, Writer, Director/Filmmaker
"Power is a good thing. But it means more work, and more expectations."

Chapter 15 Alprentice McCutchen, History Teacher, New Rochelle High School
"Just take one step at a time, do one thing at a time, don't stop. And you'll eventually rock it with distinction."

Chapter 16 Janai Nelson, President and Director-Counsel, Legal Defense Fund
"There may not be a blueprint for the time and space that you are about to enter. You will likely have to create one."

Chapter 17 Richard Parsons, Co-Founder and Partner, Imagination Capital
"The unanswered question is, are we gonna get it right this time, or are we just going to dance on the surface again?"

Chapter 18 Kahina Van Dyke, Global Head, Digital Channels & Client Data Analytics, Standard Chartered Bank
"Don't do things because they look good on paper. Do things because they inspire you to work when everybody else might be sleeping."

Chapter 19 Jason White, Chief Marketing Officer, MTV
"It's a defining truth: You can be anything you want."


CAROLINE CLARKE is an award-winning journalist and sought-after speaker. She spent most of her career at the media company Black Enterprise where she served in a number of pivotal roles, including founder and Chief Brand Officer for Women of Power, a pioneering brand created to nurture, support, and celebrate Black female leadership. A graduate of Smith College and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, this is her third published book.

C. V. Clarke, Black Enterprise magazine, New Rochelle, NY