Biographies of Fall 2007 Participants

  [Stephanie Capparell]
Stephanie Capparell
Author of The Real Pepsi Challenge
Senior special writer, The Wall Street Journal


Stephanie Capparell is a journalist, author, and filmmaker based in New York City. She is a senior special writer for The Wall Street Journal, where she edits the paper's Marketplace page columns. She has worked for the Journal for the past 17 years, having first joined the newspaper's Brussels office in August 1990 to edit the European edition.

Her most recent book, The Real Pepsi Challenge: The Inspirational Story of Breaking the Color Barrier in American Business, was published in January by Wall Street Journal Books / Free Press. A case study of Pepsi-Cola Co.'s groundbreaking all-black sales division (1940-1951), it tells the story of some of the first African-Americans to work in the corporate world. An important chapter in the history of marketing in America, the book also explores the social history of the country before Jackie Robinson, before Rosa Parks, before Brown vs. Board of Education.

Capparell's first book Shackleton's Way: Leadership Lessons from the Great Antarctic Explorer was published in 2001 by Viking, with co-author Margot Morrell. It made top-ten business bestseller lists in the U.S., U.K., and Canada and was translated into six languages. It is the story of Ernest Shackleton, stranded in the Antarctic with his ship's crew 1,200 miles from civilization, who fought hunger, desperation and mind-boggling cold for nearly two years to get all of his men to safety. The book is a thrilling survival story as well as a guide for effective leadership during crisis.

Capparell also works in film, and will soon release a feature-length documentary on the late Turkish dissident poet, Nazim Hikmet. She produced and co-directed and co-wrote Nazim Hikmet: Living Is No Laughing Matter with Turkish journalist Niyazi Dalyanci. The movie was filmed in the U.S., Turkey, France, and Russia, and features interviews with family and friends of the poet.

Capparell is a native of Ohio. She attended St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Ind., and received a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Boston University. She graduated with a Master's degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in 1986, and earned a certificate from its Middle East Institute.

  [Maurice Cox]
Maurice Cox
Vice President of Corporate Development & Diversity, Pepsi-Cola Company
Maurice Cox is Vice President, Corporate Development & Diversity at Pepsi-Cola Company, a division of PepsiCo, Inc., and is responsible for providing strategic guidance on a range of workplace and marketplace diversity issues that impact the company's employees and its market performance.

PepsiCo, a world leader in convenient foods and beverages, considers its performance in the area of diversity as a strategic imperative. The company is committed to having a workforce that reflects the markets it serves and to having an environment that is inclusive of all. Cox has developed and led many innovative initiatives that integrate diversity performance across business functions and helped to establish PepsiCo as a leader in the area of diversity and inclusion.

Prior to assuming this position, Cox was Director of Government Affairs for Pepsi-Cola, serving as the company's chief lobbyist and public policy strategist for all federal, state and local government affairs. He joined the company in 1981 as Manager of Communications.

Before joining Pepsi-Cola, he was Assistant Director of Communications for Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based business trade lobbying group. He began his career as a journalist for the Greensboro (NC) Daily News & Recors. He is also a former editor of Builder & Contractor Magazine.

He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Executive Leadership Foundation, the Associated Black Charities and Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers. In addition, he serves on the Corporate Advisory Board of the Howard University School of Business and is a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is also a former trustee of The Caramoor Center for Music & the Arts. He is also a former mentor with the White Plains (NY) Youth Bureau.

He has been listed in Ebony Magazine as among the top African-American corporate executives in the United States.

A native of Dover, NC, he earned an economics degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He resides in Armonk, NY with his wife, Earlene Hardie Cox, an attorney. He has two children, Michelle and Michael.

  [Julian Nicholas]
Julian Nicholas
Original member of the first black sales
team of Pepsi-Cola
Former president of Pace University Marketing Club
Julian Cardozo Nicholas enrolled in Pace College of Business Administration in Manhattan following his distinguished service in World War II in Italy, where he joined the Sherman's Raiders, the African-American volunteer reconnaissance unit. He had decided to leave his medical education at Howard University to learn business amid the post-war economic boom, following the path of his mother and father who were both successful Washington business leaders. The talented junior soon became president of the college's marketing club, where he was in charge of finding "captains of industry" for lectures to the group. It was in that capacity that he met Pepsi-Cola's vice president for operations Herbert Barnet, who introduced him to the company's experimental all-black marketing division.

Mr. Nicholas became the 12th and final member of the so-called Negro Market team when it was at its peak in 1951. Although the division was soon dispersed, Mr. Nicholas stayed on, and rose to the post of national director of public relations for special markets. His interest in international affairs eventually led him to leave the private sector in 1963, and he became a Protocol Officer in the Johnson administration, in charge of orchestrating high-level state visits to Washington. In a 14-year career in the federal government, Mr. Nicholas then became a Foreign Service officer, serving in Nigeria, where he helped evacuate thousands of U.S. citizens during a civil war, in Togo and in Senegal. His final post was head of protocol for Jimmy Carter's presidential inauguration.

His third remarkable career began in the 1970s when he was appointed deputy for the office of business and economic development by Walter Washington, Washington D.C.'s first elected mayor (and first black mayor of a major U.S. city). He worked for 20 years in city government.

Mr. Nicholas retired in 2000 at the age of 79 to his home in Highland Beach, Maryland.

  [Al Roker]
Al Roker
NBC Universal, Today Show
Al Roker has been the weather and feature reporter on NBC News' Today since January 1996. Until January of 2000, Roker also served as the weekday weather forecaster for News Channel 4's early evening newscast Live at 5 on WNBC-TV, NBC's flagship owned and operated station in New York City.

New York magazine has twice named Roker Best Weatherman. He came to WNBC-TV as a weekend weathercaster in December 1983 from WKYC-TV, the NBC Television Station in Cleveland. Roker began his broadcasting career while still in college by landing a job as a weekend weatherman WTVH-TV in Syracuse, NY in 1974. After graduation he moved on to weathercasting jobs in Washington, D.C. (1976-1978) and Cleveland, Ohio (1978-1983). He is a recipient of the American Meteorological Society's prestigious Seal of Approval and has been a pioneer in the use of computer graphics for weathercasting.

Among his interview highlights, Roker conducted an exclusive interview with Peanuts creator Charles Shultz shortly before his death from colon cancer. Since 1985, he has served each holiday season in midtown Manhattan as co-host for the annual Christmas at Rockefeller Center. The seven time Emmy Award winner also co-hosts The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Rose Bowl Parade and appears on various specials for NBC.

  [Richard F. Zannino]
Richard F. Zannino, MBA '84
Former Chief Executive Officer
Dow Jones & Company
Richard Zannino was most recently chief executive officer of Dow Jones & Company and a member of the Company's board of directors since Feb. 1, 2006. Reporting to the board, Mr. Zannino directly or indirectly managed all the Company's business units and staff departments.

From July 2002 until his current appointment, Mr. Zannino was executive vice president and chief operating officer of Dow Jones and a member of the Company's executive committee. All operating units of the Company reported to him, as did technology, and corporate marketing. The finance, strategy and human resources operations reported jointly to Mr. Zannino and Peter R. Kann, chairman of Dow Jones. During this period, Mr. Zannino sat on the boards of the Company's Smart Money and Factiva joint ventures.

Mr. Zannino joined Dow Jones as chief financial officer in February 2001. He led the Company's finance, strategic planning, investor relations and technology activities, and had oversight of Barron's.

Before joining Dow Jones, Mr. Zannino held senior executive positions at Liz Claiborne, Inc., from 1998 to 2001, ultimately becoming executive vice president in charge of finance, administration and its retail, fragrance and licensing divisions. He worked briefly as chief financial officer of General Signal Corporation in 1998 prior to its sale. Before that, he'd been at Saks Holdings Inc. from 1993 until early 1998, most recently as its executive vice president and chief financial officer.

In 1981, Mr. Zannino began his career at Continental Group, Inc., in Stamford, CT, From 1984 through 1986, he held financial positions at Emery Worldwide, and then at Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc., from 1986 to 1991 and JWP during 1992. He serves as a Vice Chairman of the Advertising Education Foundation, is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council at Villanova University's College of Commerce and Finance, a member of the Columbia Business School Media Forum, and is actively involved with The Institute for Collaborative Education, a New York City public school.

Mr. Zannino earned a bachelor's degree in finance and economics from Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts, and an MBA from Pace University.