life experience to the MCC Board of Trustees. As Vice President
of Communications, Diversity & Inclusion at Simmons College,
of Simmons who then earned an MBA and doctorate from Harvard
Business School, she also understands the challenges students of
color can face in pursuit of a college degree.
was true for many, many black families, my parents always said,
`The only thing they cannot take away from you is education.' "
African-American students to attend the prestigious Sidwell Friends
School. She graduated from the Quaker high school with honors.
to integrate. They recruited students of color and I entered as a
10th grader in the first high school class to admit black students.
I was one of five."
honors in 1971 with a degree in Business Administration. "I had a
fantastic professor who had attended Harvard Business School and
encouraged me to apply." Howard earned an MBA and, after she
married and started a family, a DBA from Harvard Business School.
at HBS at the time. "There were only nine women, and almost no
people of color, in my section of 100 students. This was typical of
all nine sections at HBS back then."
brand manager. "I was the oldest assistant brand manager they had.
married woman with two children."
assignment, she was Vice President for Personal Care, a
$450-million division. After she took early retirement from Gillette,
Howard became an active alumna at Simmons and joined the
professional staff 10 years ago.
or was older and competing with younger people. I was always
different, all along the way.
and to Simmons."
diversity and reducing student debt.
from another perspective, from the public side. I want to hear and
see and contribute more to improving diversity and opportunity for
today. What is the cost to attend college? How do students fund
that? And what are their career opportunities?
developing well-educated, productive citizens is right on. Today,
particularly for students of color, it's very important to prepare
yourself for a career and a job."