Three Simple Steps To The Top

A superachiever's guideposts to success

Call her Pamela Thomas-Graham the First. She was the first graduate of Detroit's Lutheran High School West to go to Harvard University, where she earned undergraduate, law, and MBA degrees. She became the first African-American woman--at age 32 in 1995--to make partner at McKinsey & Co., the prestigious management consulting firm. And now, as an executive vice-president of NBC, and president and CEO of CNBC.com, she is the highest-ranking woman executive running a division at NBC.

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