Arkansas Business' 25 Minority Trailblazers (25th Anniversary)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Mar. 23, 2009 12:00 am  

Charles Stewart, executive vice president at Regions Bank

4. C.J. Duvall
Before Verizon gobbled up Alltel, C.J. Duvall worked as executive vice president of human resources for Alltel.

Duvall, who joined the company in 1986, climbed through the ranks at Alltel, holding the positions of senior vice president of human resources, vice president of employee relations, international human resources manager, compensation consultant and director of employee relations.

Duvall, who has master's degrees in scriptural studies and industrial and organization psychology, reaped a hefty sum when private equity firms TPG Capital and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners bought Alltel's stock. Duvall, who had a base salary of $325,177 in 2007, cleared $9.5 million in 2007, largely from the sale of Alltel to the private equity firms.

5. Joycelyn Elders
In 1987, Gov. Bill Clinton appointed Joycelyn Elders director of the Arkansas Department of Health. The outspoken Elders generated controversy for her views on abortion rights, sex education and school-based health clinics, but President Clinton stayed loyal, appointing her surgeon general in 1993.

Elders studied medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences at Little Rock.

Despite her bright and busy career as a multiple award-winning physician, Elders still finds time to serve the community. She works with the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, the Northside YMCA and Youth Home Inc.

Elders is now retired, but stays busy giving lectures throughout the country and publishing medical articles.

6. Sybil Hampton
Although she was born in Springfield, Mo., Sybil Jordan Hampton grew up in Little Rock, where in 1959 she became a member of the second class of black students to attend Central High School. Although she felt racism's sting, her parents always urged her to pursue excellence, Hampton said, and she did.

She went on to earn master's degrees and a doctorate in education.

In 1996, Hampton became the third president of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. She retired from that position in 2006. She now serves on the board of trustees at Earlham College and at the Japanese American National Museum and on the executive advisory board at Purdue University Center of Regional Development.

Throughout her distinguished career, Hampton has received the Earlham College Outstanding Alumni Award, a Woman of Achievement award from Iona College and the National Conference for Community & Justice Humanitarian Award. She has also been named to Arkansas Business ' Top 100 Women in Arkansas list several times.

7. E. Lynn Harris
Although he is a native of Flint, Mich., E. Lynn Harris was raised in Little Rock and attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where he became the first black yearbook editor and the first black male cheerleader. He graduated with a degree in journalism. After selling computers for 13 years after college, Harris started pursuing a career as a novelist.



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