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Erika James, First Black Woman to Lead a Top Business School, on the Corporate Diversity Problem

Erika James
Erika JamesCourtesy University of Virginia

When Erika James takes over as dean of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School next month, it will mark the first time a black woman has led a top-25 business school.

James arrives from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, where she taught leadership courses and led the school’s executive education programs as senior associate dean. Her time at Darden also included a stint as the school’s first associate dean of diversity, a role in which she fostered conversations about diversity in the classroom setting.