La June Montgomery Tabron The amounts of black CEOs in America are extremely sparse. There are currently only six active African-American CEOS leading Fortune 500 companies. Well, one woman has finally earned her seat in the executive suite. Meet Ms. La June Montgomery Tabron.

Ms. Tabron has been named the president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation after joining the organization 26 years ago at the age of 24. Her first position was controller and then she wore several hats in internal operations through a series of promotions. Now, Ms. Tabron is the first African-American and woman to lead the organization’s $7 billion assets.

Ms. Tabron also comes from an extremely modest background, making her rise to the C-Suite even more laudable. As one of 10 children, she grew up in inner city Detroit with parents that had never attended college. Even though her father worked in the automotive industry and her mother worked for Detroit public schools, they stressed the importance of education as a path to success.

I clearly understand the obstacles and the issues that children face,” Ms. Tabron says. “As the foundation has gone deeper into communities, what I’ve learned is that I have the ability to connect on that level as well. It allows us to just do much more authentic work.”

Ms. Tabron has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan and earned her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

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