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Dr. LaDonna Boyd is the fifth-generation president/CEO of R.H. Boyd Family of Companies in Nashville, Tennessee. She has a passion for creating economic opportunities for underserved communities, providing educational resources for women and girls, and helping with environmental efforts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College, where she studied economics and French, and a master’s in business administration with a concentration in finance from Tennessee State University. She completed her Doctor of Education degree in organizational leadership at Pepperdine University.
She is committed to continued professional development, including earning a certificate in Digital Marketing Strategy from Harvard University’s Extension School. Additionally, she serves on numerous boards, including Citizens Savings Bank and Trust, National Museum of African American Music, Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, and the Nashville Ballet. She is a former member of the Metro Davidson County Historic Zoning Commission. Lastly, she has received numerous awards, acknowledgements, and professional achievements including certificates in French perfumery from the Grasse Institute of Perfumery in France, Top 30 Under 30, Nashville Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40, Leadership Nashville, Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, the Madame C. J. Walker Award from Mother AME Zion Church in Harlem, New York, and two resolutions from Davidson County, Tennessee for her commitment to community service and acknowledgment of R.H. Boyd’s 125th anniversary.
In addition to professional accomplishments, Dr. Boyd’s passions include hiking, yoga, fashion, luxury travel experiences, and creating fine fragrances.
Quotes from Dr. Boyd:
“I stand before you as the proud leader of an organization that has lent its voice to positively uplifting the narrative of Black people. There is no greater time than the present to become a storyteller and shape the narrative of this experience. Through R.H. Boyd, we have a multitude of resources that showcase the beauty and diversity of the Black voice. Since its founding by my great-great-grandfather in 1896, we have been an active supporter and participant in the liberation of our people for five generations, and now is not the time to rest on our laurels.”
“As a publishing company, we are storytellers. We have the ability to shape the minds and experiences of the masses. As a Christian company, we have the significant responsibility and opportunity to draw people into the Kingdom through the written word.”