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The Love Story of Ursula Burns

We’re continuing our Black Women in Excellence series with a look at the love story of Ursula Burns, the former CEO of Xerox and the first Black woman to be a CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Ursula’s success is largely due to the support of her husband, scientist Lloyd Bean. Their love story is so unique compared to what we are used to, but was beautiful nonetheless.


Where You Are Is Not Who You Are: A Memoir by Ursula Burns

“Should Ambitious Women Marry Older Men?  As Xerox CEO Ursula Burns Credits Her Success to a 20-Year Age Gap, One Writer on Why She Wholeheartedly Agrees” by Catherine Townsend 

“The First Black Woman CEO in the Fortune 500 on Work-Life Balance: You Don’t Have ‘to Go to All Your Kids’ Games’” by Jade Scipioni

Lloyd Bean (1938-2019)

“Xerox CEO Ursula Burns Has Advice for Ambitious Women” by Leslie Kwoh

“Ursula Burns To Women In Tech: ‘This Is A Time Of Power” by Judith Ohikuare

“In Her New Memoir, Ursula M. Burns Recounts Blazing a Trail to the Top of Xerox” by Dwight Garner

Ursula M. Burns

“Former Xerox CEO Ursula Burns: It’s a ‘time of Power’ for Women in Tech” by Julie Horowitz

“Ursula Burns, Aiming to Redefine the Xerox Culture” by Adam Bryant

“Hacked Emails Reveal 39 Names on Clinton’s ‘First Cut’ VP List” by Alex Seitz-Wald

“Ursula Burns: An Historic Succession at Xerox” by Nanette Byrnes

“CEO Ursula Burns to Step down as Xerox Breaks Up” by Jena McGregor

“Editorial: For Many, the Corporate Ladder Remains Broken” 

“In Photos: Ursula Burns’ Rise from Summer Intern to CEO at Xerox”