Header Media

Several people stand talking before a resource table
Two adults at a podium in front of a blue curtain smile and make triumphant gestures.
A student and an adult pose smiling in front of A Better Chance Northwest logos
Several adults smile, posing in front of an A Better Chance step and repeat.

Discussion with Ursula Burns

On Wednesday March 6, 2019, A Better Chance Alumni met for a Discussion with Ursula Burns, celebrated CEO and former Obama STEM appointee, hosted by the Moody's Diversity Council and Women's History Month Committee. Attendees also had a chance to network with Moody's employees ahead of an upcoming internship opportunity.

Moody's is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools, and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. This is a fantastic chance to hear from Ursula Burns, who Forbes rated as the 22nd most powerful woman in the world in 2014. During the discussion Ursula discussed how she went from being an intern at Xerox to becoming the first African American woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company. 

Ursula Burns is the chairman and CEO of VEON. Ursula has extensive international experience with large companies confronting technology change in their industries. She was Chairman of the Board of the Xerox Corporation from 2010 to 2017 and Chief Executive Officer from 2009 to 2016. President Barack Obama appointed her to help lead the White House national program on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and she served as chair of the President's Export Council. She is a director of the boards of Exxon Mobil, Nestlé and Uber.

Opening remarks were made by A Better Chance Alumni Greg Robinson of Moody's Analytics, Enterprise Risk Solutions - Sales Manager. The discussion was led by Sandra Altiné of Moody’s Corporation, Managing Director – Global Head Diversity and Inclusion.