Tristan Walker, founder and CEO of Walker & Company Brands, which makes personal-care products for Black people, reflects on the lessons he’s learned from his mentor Roz Brewer, who is now the COO of Starbucks. –As told to Tom Foster
I got to know Roz Brewer four or five years ago. She was the CEO of Sam’s Club at the time–one of the very few large-company CEOs of color–and right away I knew she was a force to be reckoned with. I remember when I invited her to come speak at Walker & Company. One of my colleagues asked her, “Is it possible to have it all?” Roz’s response was, “Yes. Just not at the same time.” Which makes you think, right?
The National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) was incorporated as The National Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc., in 1993. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization dedicated to the economic empowerment of African American communities. Additionally, the organization indicates that it represents the views of its members regarding economic and political policy issues; domestically and internationally. It is organized as a 501(c) corporation and has at least 190 chapters within the United States. The NBCC also has international chapters in the Bahamas, Brazil, Colombia, Ghana and Jamaica. As with all Chambers of Commerce, affiliate branches are committed to carrying out the goals of the main Chamber within their areas.
However, the organization is largely funded by non-African American businesses on behalf of whose interests it often lobbies, such as the fossil fuel, telecommunications, and tobacco industries, and has sometimes been accused of being a front group.
The National Black Chamber of Commerce is based in Washington, D.C.
Source – National Black Chamber of Commerce (Updated: 20 June 2020) Wikipedia. Available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Black_Chamber_of_Commerce, (Accessed: 23 October 2020)