“We all need to be more impatient with the status quo. I believe we all need to shift the emphasis in our thinking—from why we can’t create more jobs to how we can create more jobs…from why we can’t compete to how we can compete…”- Ursula Burns
Ursula Burns is chairwoman and CEO of Xerox, the world’s leading enterprise for business process and document management. Burns began her career at Xerox in 1980 as a summer intern. In May 2010, she was appointed as the chairwoman of the company. Burns wears many corporate hats as she serves as a board director of both American Express and Exxon Mobil. Not only does she serve as an example of Vision 2020’s National Goal of women achieving shared leadership positions, she also serves her community. Burns is a founding board director of Change the Equation, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. which works to improve the U.S.’s education system in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Burns received her Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of NYU and Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University.