BWOI Trailblazers

BWOI Trailblazer Honorees

Each year, BWOI honors trailblazing women of color who exemplify our mission of helping women and their communities win. 


BWOI Trailblazers are individuals who come from all industries and backgrounds.  They are committed to diversity and equality.  Their life and work exemplifies a commitment to helping the underrepresented and underserved. They have a clear track record of commitment to the community.


BWOI Corporate Trailblazers provide organizational support and resources for these causes as well.  BWOI was honored to bestow its inaugural Corporate Trailblazer award in celebration of its 10th anniversary to OppenheimerFunds. 


OppenheimerFunds has supported BWOI and its work for seven consecutive years.


We are proud of all of our Trailblazers.  Meet our Trailblazer honorees below:

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Past Trailblazer Honorees

2018 Trailblazers

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Abigail James

Group Vice President - Marketing Strategy; Macys


Gloria Hartley

Retired Professor; Fashion Institute of Technology & Parsons School of Design

One of the First African-American Buyers in the Retail Industry

Founder & Former President, Black Retail Action Group (BRAG)

2017 Trailblazers

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Adrienne D. Gonzalez

Lead, BOLD; Bristol Myers-Squibb


Rhonda Joy McLean

Deputy General Counsel; Time, Inc.


Vera A. Moore

President & CEO; Vera Moore Cosmetics


Thasunda Brown Duckett

CEO, Chase Consumer Bank

2016 Trailblazers

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Kaylin Whittingham

Founder & Managing Partner, Whittingham Law

President, Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA)


The Honorable Alice Dear

President A.M. Dear & Associates

Former Executive Director, African Development Bank

2015 Trailblazer

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Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour

America's 1st Female African-American Fighter Pilot, U.S. Marines

2014 Trailblazer

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Vanessa K. DeLuca

Editor-in-Chief

Essence Magazine