Ursula Burns succeeded Anne Mulcahy to become CEO of Xerox in 1999, making her the first African-American woman to head a U.S. Fortune 500 company. This is both a cause for celebration and an indictment of the fact that the boardrooms of most major corporations are still unrepresentative of the communities they serve.
When Burns began her career at Xerox in the late 1970s, she stood out from the corporate crowd. To the great credit of Xerox, there was no pressure for her to change her appearance or her style. ‘I had ...