Black Woman Joins Amazon Elite S-Group

Published On August 26, 2020 | By Tom Huskerson | News and Analysis

Few people get to hang around with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Those at the top of the world’s most powerful e-commerce company are known as the S-Group. And now that group has its first African-American woman. Enter Alicia Boler-Davis.

Boler-Davis, who came to Amazon in 2019, is the company’s vice president of global customer fulfillment. She becomes the fourth female and first African-American member to join the company’s senior team, aka the S-team.

From the beginning Bezos has worked closely with a small secretive team of executives to shape and execute big ideas. Though quiet and discreet what wasn’t a secret was the team’s make up, white men. Amazon is made up of more than 500,000 employees in its domestic workforce a quarter of them are Black. Not so at the top. This has not been lost on Bezos who has addressed the company’s lack of both racial and gender diversity in key roles, citing low turnover as the reason.

Alicia Boler-Davis is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in chemical engineering. She is a the first generation college graduate and, following her sister, Kimberly Boler, who studied at Harvard University and became an attorney. She also has a master’s degree in engineering science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She completed a master’s in business administration at Indiana University. In 2018 Boler-Davis became the sixth woman to be named Black Engineer of the Year. She has championed and mentored women in the automotive industry, and serves as the Executive Liaison for the GM Women leadership board.

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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. Tom attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has also written both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and Tom is not the chief editor for the OnTechStreet. com. A news and information blog that focuses on tech news for African-Americans. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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