Upcoming: 2018 BWOI Trailblazers

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 at 5:30 pm; Macy's Herald Square, 151 W. 34th St.; 9th fl - Home Dept.

Join us as we honor:

Abigail James

Group Vice President, Marketing Strategy, Macy's

Gloria Hartley

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

- The First African-American Buyer at Bloomingdales Department Store

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

- Retired Professor, Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) and the Parsons School of Design

Background: BWOI Trailblazers

BWOI 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:

Past Trailblazer Honorees

2017 Trailblazers

(Left to Right)

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

2017 Corporate Trailblazer

OppenheimerFunds, Inc.

Art Steinmetz

Chairman, CEO & President

2016 Trailblazers

(Left to Right)

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


Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour

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


Vanessa K. DeLuca


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