Crisis Leadership Thought Leader, Erika Hayes James, Recognized as a ROOT 100.

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Erika Hayes James, PhD, an expert on two critical issues facing today's corporate and political environments: crisis leadership and workplace diversity, recently named a Root online magazine’s ROOT 100.

Erika Hayes James, PhD

These individuals are impactful, creative, iconoclastic, innovative, committed to community and, in many instances, defiant of any restrictive definitions of what it means to be black in America in 2010.

Erika Hayes James, PhD, an expert on two critical issues facing today's corporate and political environments: crisis leadership and workplace diversity, was recently named as one of Root online magazine's 2010 ROOT 100. The ROOT 100 celebrates the achievements of African Americans in very difficult times. According to the magazine, “These individuals are impactful, creative, iconoclastic, innovative, committed to community and, in many instances, defiant of any restrictive definitions of what it means to be black in America in 2010.”

This type of recognition is not new to James. She has also been a recipient of Diversity MBA magazine's Top 100 Under 50 in 2009, and was the cover feature for MBA Women magazine.

Erika’s work in crisis leadership explores the competencies necessary to lead organizations throughout the life cycle of a business crisis. And her diversity research addresses gender and racial inequities in the workplace, primarily at the executive level, as well as firm responses to allegations of discrimination. She speaks passionately on these challenges to future and current business leaders.

She has earned accolades from MBA students she has impacted at two of the top-ranked business schools in the world: The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, and Harvard Business School at Harvard University. In addition, in the early part of the decade, she pioneered a new position at Darden--Associate Dean of Diversity, in order to create a more diverse and inclusive environment for faculty and students.

Her new book, “Leading Under Pressure: From surviving to thriving before, during, and after a crisis” was released by Taylor-Francis Publishers to critical acclaim in August 2010. Its timely and relevant subject matter can serve as a valuable tool for any business leader facing today's economic and global pressures.

You may view her ROOT 100 profile at: http://www.theroot.com/root-100/2010/erika-hayes-james.

"It is an exciting time for businesses right now, with domestic and global challenges to confront. The rising stars in the leadership arena will be the women and men who tackle those challenges with grace and integrity, and are able to manifest opportunities from those challenges for themselves and their organizations." Erika Hayes James, PhD

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