Fortune 500 Company Executive Lives Her Purpose Supporting HBCUs (4419 hits)
Cheryl Harris knows the value of an HBCU education: after graduating from Florida A&M University, Harris started a successful career in corporate America that led her to an executive position with a Fortune 500 company. As a Senior Vice President at Allstate Insurance, Harris works with customers, celebrities, and education advocates to make HBCUs affordable for all students.
Harris moved to FAMU when she was only 16-years-old. With the support of her friends, professors, and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority sisters, Harris excelled in school and began her career as a procurement specialist.
“I actually became an adult under the supervision of the administration and the faculty and my sorority sisters and the companies I interned with while I was at FAMU. I became who I am as an adult person there.”
When Harris became an Allstate executive, she continued to contribute to FAMU and the larger HBCU community. Harris has served on the FAMU Foundation Board and worked tirelessly to provide HBCU students with educational and employment opportunities.
The Start of Quotes For Education
In 2009, Allstate partnered with the Tom Joyner Foundation to provide scholarships to HBCU students. Each August through November their program, Quotes For Education, transforms part of Allstate’s insurance business into a fundraising effort to help underprivileged students attend college. As a Senior VP, Harris has been instrumental in turning the program into a successful scholarship fund.