Press Releases / October 13, 2021

Bell Biv Devoe, Doug E. Fresh And Senior Corporate Executives Celebrate Black Business Excellence At The 2021 Executive Leadership Council Annual Recognition Gala And 35th Anniversary

– Rosalind Brewer and Thasunda Brown Duckett Recognized with 2021 Achievement Award

– Bank of America Receives 2021 Corporate Award Accepted by Chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan

– Tyler Perry Recognized with 2021 Alvaro L. Martins Heritage Award

WHAT: The Executive Leadership Council (ELC), the preeminent membership organization of Black CEOs, C-Suite and senior executives and board directors at Fortune 1000 and Global 500 companies, and entrepreneurs at top-tier firms, celebrates Black business excellence and the next generation of Black leaders at the 2021 ELC Virtual Gala.

The ELC will honor 117 ELC scholars, the organization’s largest class of Black college scholarship recipients, and the companies that support their futures. The ELC awarded $1.3M in scholarships.

WHO: Hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s’ Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner and featuring special musical performances by Bell Biv DeVoe, Doug E. Fresh and Avery*Sunshine, the evening will honor corporations, leaders, and Black college scholars. Johnson & Johnson participates as Lead Corporate Sponsor.

  • 2021 Achievement Award: Ursula Burns, first Black woman CEO in the history of the F500, serving Xerox from 2007-2016, will present the 2021 Achievement Award to the recently appointed second and third permanent Black women F500 CEOs, Rosalind Brewer, CEO, Walgreens Boots Alliance and Thasunda Brown Duckett, President & CEO, TIAA, respectively
  • 2021 Corporate Award: Bank of America, accepted by Chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan
  • 2021 Game Changer Award: Honoree to be revealed during the event

WHEN: Thursday, October 14 at 7:30 PM ET

WHERE: Virtual – see media contact for information on how to register

SOCIAL: #ELCGALA on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter 

ABOUT THE ELC: The Executive Leadership Council opens channels of opportunity for the development of Black executives to positively impact business and our communities. An independent non-profit 501(c)(3) founded in 1986, The ELC is the pre-eminent membership organization committed to increasing the number of global Black executives in C-suites, on corporate boards and in global enterprises. Comprising more than 800 current and former Black CEOs, senior executives and board directors at Fortune 1000 and Global 500 companies and entrepreneurs at top-tier firms, its members work to build an inclusive business leadership pipeline that empowers global Black leaders to make impactful contributions to the marketplace and the global communities they serve. For more information, please visit