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Contreras Named as One of “25 Most Influential Black Women in Business”

By Staff


Sharon%20ContrerasMay%202014Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras has been named one of the year’s “25 Influential Black Women in Business,” SCSD officials stated. According to officials, the honorees, named by The Network Journal, have been chosen for their professional achievements in business.

In addition, officials said Contreras would be featured in the Spring 2015 issue of the magazine, and she had been invited to the magazine’s 17th Anniversary Luncheon in March. Other women named to the list included professionals representing the fields of law, finance, fine arts, officials stated.

The full list of honorees is below:

  • Katrina M. Adams, Chairman of the Board, president and CEO, United States Tennis Association
  • Beatrice Hamza Bassey Esq., partner, Hughes Hubbard and Reed LLP
  • Lori George Billingsley, vice president, Community Relations, Coca-Cola North America
  • Miko Branch, chief executive officer, Miss Jessie’s LLC
  • Sharon Contreras, superintendent, Syracuse City Schools
  • Rosalind Danner, CPA, EPMO, vice president, Finance and Business Management, McGraw Hill Financial Inc.
  • Leecia Eve, vice president, State Government Affairs – NJ, NY & CT, Verizon Communications Inc.
  • Allyson Hugley, president, Measurement, Analytics and Insights, Weber Shandwick
  • Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Melissa James, managing director and global head of Loan Products Group, Morgan Stanley
  • Gennell Jefferson, senior vice president, strategic business development, GE Asset Management Inc.
  • Danielle Moss Lee Ed.D., chief operating officer, YWCA of the City of New York
  • Necole Merritt, group vice president, corporate communications, Entergy Services Inc.
  • Alison Moore, managing director and associate general counsel, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Vivian Rogers Pickard, president, General Motors Foundation; director, corporate relations, General Motors Co.
  • JoAnn Rolle Ph.D., Dean of the School of Business, Medgar Evers College – CUNY
  • Helen Shelton, senior partner, director of multicultural marketing, Finn Partners Inc.
  • Donna Lynne Skerrett M.D., chief medical officer, Mesoblast
  • Faith Taylor, senior vice president, global corporate responsibility, Wyndham Worldwide
  • Josie Thomas, executive vice president, chief diversity officer, CBS Corp.
  • Yvonne Thornton M.D., FACOG, FACS, clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York Medical College
  • Diane Waller, senior vice president, global regulatory compensation, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Carol Williams, CEO and chief creative officer, Carol H. Williams Advertising Agency
  • Karen Mackey Witherspoon, vice president, the division of government, community and cultural affairs, The City College of New York – CUNY
  • Lana Woods, president, Lana Woods Gallery