Adtalem Global Education CEO, Lisa Wardell
As the chief executive of Adtalem Global Education, Lisa Wardell is the only black woman CEO in charge of one of America’s 1,000 largest publicly traded companies. Before chosen to be chief executive three years ago, Wardell was a director on the company’s corporate board. The 49-year-old married woman with six children and a financial background had, previously, held posts as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the RLJ Cos., the holding company owned by billionaire entrepreneur and BE 100s CEO Bob Johnson, and a principal at Catalyst Venture Partners. In 2018, she was appointed to be the board of Lowe’s Cos. Inc.