20 Facts About Alexis Herman


Alexis Herman's then joined the administration of Jimmy Carter, working as director of the Labor Department's Women's Bureau.

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Alexis Herman's became active in the Democratic party, working in the campaigns of Jesse Jackson and then serving as chief of staff for the Democratic National Committee under Ronald H Brown.

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Alexis Herman's later recounted how members of the white supremacist group, the Ku Klux Klan, assaulted her father when she was five years old.

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Alexis Herman's transferred to Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, where she became an active member of the Gamma Alpha Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1969.

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Alexis Herman's was then a social worker with Catholic charities in Pascagoula, Mississippi, where she advocated for they city's shipyard to offer training to unskilled black laborers.

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Later, working at New York based consulting firm RTP, Alexis Herman led programs designed to provide apprenticeships for women in nontraditional jobs.

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Alexis Herman's worked to encourage corporations to hire more minority women, with companies like Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, and General Motors making increased diversity a priority in their hiring process.

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Alexis Herman's managed the convention team for Jesse Jackson in his 1984 and 1988 bids for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

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In that role, Alexis Herman repeatedly organized informal dinners to advance White House initiatives or assuage key groups.

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Alexis Herman's earned the support of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Congressional Black Caucus as part of her outreach efforts.

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Alexis Herman's became the first African-American, and the fifth woman, to serve in the position.

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Alexis Herman's earned praise from her peers for her handling of the 1997 United Parcel Service workers strike, the largest strike in the United States in two decades.

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Alexis Herman's was an instrumental mediator in the talks, and the strike was settled after 15 days.

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Alexis Herman's later opposed a 1999 Republican supported plan to raise the minimum wage over three years, instead supporting a two-year time-table for an increase.

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Alexis Herman's defended the United States' support of a provision to allow for voluntary military service of those under 18 years old, a practice allowed in the United States, Great Britain, Germany, and the Netherlands.

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Opponents, including other nations, trade unions, and Amnesty International urged tougher provisions; however, Alexis Herman contended the focus of the treaty should be on forced labor, not voluntary military service.

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Alexis Herman's was the fifth Clinton cabinet officer to be investigated by independent counsel, and the fourth cleared of all wrongdoing.

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From 2001 to 2006, Alexis Herman was chairwoman of The Coca-Cola Company's Human Resources Task Force.

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In 2010, Herman was appointed to the board of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, a charitable organization founded by Bill Clinton and George W Bush to aid Haiti following a magnitude 7.

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Alexis Herman's has been awarded more than 20 honorary doctorate degrees from academic institutions.

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