Thursday, April 9, 2015

Meet Doris Carson Williams of AACCWP (Bridges to Business, April 16)

Doris Carson Williams will facilitate a panel of women business owners at E-Magnify's Bridges to Business event on April 16 at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh. 

With more than 500 members, the Chamber is the second largest minority Chamber in the United States.

Doris Carson Williams, CCE, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania. Since opening the office in 1998, the Chamber has grown from 28 to over 500 paid members and corporate sponsors, and is ranked the 10th largest in the Pittsburgh Region.

In July 2013, Doris received the National Certification of Chamber of Commerce Executives by the Board of Directors and Certification Commission of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. Doris serves on the Board of Directors the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland-Pittsburgh Branch, Highmark, Inc., is the Vice Chairman of Highmark’s Foundation, and is Vice Chair of the Housing Authority City of Pittsburgh. She is a member of the International Women's Forum, and a 2008 Ford Foundation Fellow on Sustainability.

In 2009, Doris served as the Co-Chair of the G-20 Summit held in Pittsburgh. She is the recipient of the 2010 Pittsburgh Business Times Top 50 Women in Business, a Woman of Excellence from the New Pittsburgh Courier, Junior Achievement’s Woman in Business, a Carlow University Woman of Spirit, and is listed the publication Voices: African American and Latino Women.

She earned a BS degree in Business from the University of Hartford, is a graduate of Fairfield University’s School of Banking and Financial Management, and is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Business’s Management Program for Executives. Doris and her husband James have one son, James III.

During the April 16 Bridges to Business luncheon, Doris will moderate a panel of women business owners as they discuss how they have built "bridges" to their business success. Full event details and registration are available here.

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