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man­ag­ing through mis­con­cep­tions

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Gina Adams knows first­hand that some peo­ple are sur­prised to see an AfricanAme­r­i­can woman as the top lob­by­ist for one of the world’s lead­ing multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tions.

For ex­am­ple, Adams once trav­eled in­ter­na­tion­ally with a us del­e­ga­tion to ne­go­ti­ate a bi­lat­eral avi­a­tion agree­ment. en­ter­ing the meet­ing room, the group’s host pointed to her and said to one of the male del­e­gates, “Your as­sis­tant can sit in that cor­ner.” “i felt the weight of what W.e.B. duBois once de­scribed as a ‘dual con­scious­ness’ for peo­ple of color, the pres­sure of hav­ing to be aware of how we’re per­ceived (by the main­stream cul­ture) and how we see our­selves,” she says, “and it can equally ap­ply to gen­der. so some­times, we won­der about—but don’t dwell on—the mo­ti­va­tions for how we’re treated”. With a J.d. from Howard univer­sity, and an LL.m. from ge­orge­town, she be­gan her ca­reer at the de­part­ment of trans­porta­tion. she joined Fedex in 1992, and be­came svP of the gov­ern­ment and reg­u­la­tory Af­fairs team in 2001, lead­ing one of the largest cor­po­rate PACs in the united states. Her work has en­abled her to cross paths with five US pres­i­dents, nu­mer­ous world lead­ers and other power play­ers. she’s com­mit­ted to ser­vice, fo­cus­ing on com­mu­nity, arts and ed­u­ca­tion, with board mem­ber­ships in­clud­ing the Alvin Ai­ley Amer­i­can dance the­ater, na­tional mu­seum of Women in the Arts, eco­nomic Club of Wash­ing­ton and her alma maters, Amer­i­can univer­sity and Howard univer­sity. the re­cip­i­ent of nu­mer­ous na­tional hon­ors, she was in­cluded in elle mag­a­zine’s 10 most Com­pelling Women in Wash­ing­ton (2016), as well as Savoy Mag­a­zine’s 2019 Most In­flu­en­tial Women in Cor­po­rate Amer­ica. she doesn’t let peo­ple’s mis­con­cep­tions and mi­cro-ag­gres­sions faze her. “i have great in­stincts, a will­ing­ness to trust them, pa­tience and the abil­ity to out­work any­one.”

 ??  ?? GINA ADAMs svP of gov­ern­ment and reg­u­la­tory Af­fairs, Fedex
GINA ADAMs svP of gov­ern­ment and reg­u­la­tory Af­fairs, Fedex

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