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HBCU Career Talks™

HBCU Career Talks™ unpacks what it takes to go from college intern to senior executive. Through HBCU student-led, Q&A forums, leading Black executives share their success journeys and lessons learned along the way.

Women of Transformation at Reynolds American Inc.

Black senior executives from Reynolds American Inc. — Shay Mustafa and Candice Brown — share how they've entered traditionally white, male-dominated environments and managed to lead innovation and create opportunity.
Hosted by the FAMU Career & Professional Development Center, Courtney Gray, founder of HBCU First, and Marilyne Njuraita, a sociology student at Howard University, moderate this second installment of HBCU Career Talks™.
Reynolds American, a leading U.S. tobacco company, is focused on transforming the industry and the communities that it serves. Most recently, Reynolds received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index or CEI for its diverse and inclusive culture.
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Meet our Guests from Reynolds American
Sharonda (Shay) Mustafa is Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing with Reynolds American, Inc. where she leads the Modern Oral business unit. Shay’s professional background ranges from senior roles with Fortune 100 companies to co-founder of a technology start up. Learn more and connect
Candice Wooten Brown is Vice President, HR Business Partner for the organization’s Corporate Functions as well as its Scientific Research & Development function. In this role, Mrs. Brown is responsible for leading the people agenda across functions, to include the design and implementation of programs and initiatives to address the talent needs of each unique function. Learn more and connect

Warner Music Group

WMG executives from Atlantic Records, Asylum Records, and ADA take us on the journey of college intern to senior executive in a virtual, student-led forum hosted by Howard University. Courtney Gray, founder of HBCU First, and Kennedy Reid, an honors economics student at North Carolina A&T State University, moderate this first installment of HBCU Career Talks™.
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Meet our Guest Speakers from Warner Music Group

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