Friendship and respect, in a challenging academic setting, helped mold two women into history making captains of industries.
Before Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice became President and Dean of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA she studied chemical engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. That's where she met Wonya Lucas, another chem-E student.
Both were young, extremely bright African-American women who needed to escape unpleasant college roommates.
They roomed with each other, graduated from GaTech and went on to become life long friends who broke barriers in important arenas.
Wonya Lucas is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hallmark Media. It's a position that suits her perfectly because, in addition to earning an engineering degree, she holds an MBA from Wharton and has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the broadcast cable industry.
This podcast shows the path each of these two women took to achieve their C Suite careers.
This episode is unique, though, because most of the half hour is spent allowing Wonya and Dr. Rice to interview each other. There is laughter, moments of sadness and a whole lot of truth telling because these are friends who have stood by each other for decades. What they say about their lives and to each other has the potential to inspire everyone who hears this broadcast.