Dr. Reatha Clark King
Born in south Georgia more than 70 years ago, Dr. Reatha Clark King has overcome many obstacles in compiling stunning achievements in the fields of science, education, philanthropy and corporate governance. In this interview with NACD Directorship’s Jeffrey M. Cunningham, King describes how she got started toward long tenures on five public company boards. Prior to her retirement last year, she served on the ExxonMobil board for 13 years. She also served for many years on the boards of Wells Fargo, HB Fuller, Minnesota Life and Lenox Group. She earned master’s and doctoral degrees in chemistry from the University of Chicago before securing an MBA at Columbia in 1977, and has since been awarded 14 honorary degrees. She ran the General Mills Foundation for 14 years. She is a life trustee at the University of Chicago, and a member of the Allina Health System and NACD boards of directors.
How did your background contribute to your career and achievements?
I grew up in rural south Georgia and was taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Moultrie. Like everyone in my family, I picked cotton and worked on tobacco farms for a living until age 17—and I am proud to say I was good at it, too. That upbringing taught me that to keep your sanity, you must be a student of change. The second thing was that helping to improve circumstances for people and organizations is what really motivates me.
Did you ever imagine you would become a college president and then a renowned corporate board director? Not even in my dreams.
What was the turning point?
It was 1954, the same year as the Brown v. Topeka Supreme Court decision, which desegregated schools. Although my father was illiterate and my mother had only finished third grade, they both believed strongly in education. So when I finished high school, I entered Clark College in Atlanta, a Methodist institution that was started to help children descended from black slaves. I graduated in 1958 with degrees in chemistry and math.
How did you pay for college?
My scholarship plus a summer job as a live-in maid in upstate New York each summer allowed me to earn the money to pay the tuition. Unlike the movie The Help, I worked for a wonderful and truly enlightened woman, Mrs. Dann, who led me to see myself with dignity and introduced me to the public library, Rockefeller Center, Yankee Stadium, the opera house and Riverside Church.
Fourth Law of Thermodynamics: expensive lab equipment always breaks first.
An alternate universe where Bruce Wayne died instead of his parents. Causing his father Thomas Wayne to become Batman and his mother Martha to go insane and become the Joker.
THIS IS SO CRAZY
Sad that the movie never showed that
the great bear rainforest in british columbia is one of the largest coastal temperate rain forests in the world, with twenty five thousand square miles of mist shrouded fjords and densely forested islands that are home to black bears with white fur.
neither albino nor polar bear, these rare black bears (there are fewer than five hundred) are known as kermode bears, or what the gitga’at first nation call mooksgm’ol, the spirit bear — a word no first nations person spoke of to european fur traders lest they be discovered and hunted. to this day, it remains taboo to hunt a spirit bear, or to mention them to outsiders.
the white fur in these bears is triggered by a recessive mutation of the same gene associated with red hair and fair skin in humans. though it remains unclear as to how the trait arose (or disappeared), it is especially pronounced on certain islands, and is known to confer a day time fishing advantage over the black furred bears (consider the first photo).
I can’t fucking breathe. Holy shit. This is basically my entire personality and interests in a video. I will never recover from this.
I can’t even pretend for a second this isn’t something I would do lol
what if the pokemon center just sends your pokemon’s medical bills home to your mom and your mom just doesn’t tell you about them because she doesn’t want to burden her 10-15 year old child with the harsh realities of the world of westernized medical care
If you don’t think space is the tightest shit then you’re wrong
Michael Faraday (1791-1867)
I’m on a binge of Faraday quotes. Dude knew how to say stuff.(via jtotheizzoe)
"road to nowhere - supermoon"
Grand Prismatic Spring
Located in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, the Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest natural hot spring found in the US. The spring has a scalding temperature of 160 °F (70 °C), a total depth of 160 feet and a diameter of 300 feet. The vivid, rainbow colors in the spring are the result of pigmented bacteria in the microbial mats that grow around the edges of the mineral-rich water.
Camping Under The Stars
It’s a simple thing that people have been doing since the beginning of mankind, An open camp fire miles away from anywhere with just you and the stars above. It’s something I try to do as often as I can, even if there’s no camp fire involved.
In this world where technology usually keeps us company, I think everyone should experience this at some point in time. For me it certainly puts life in perspective - so look up and enjoy, it’s free for everyone. - Mark Gee
One of the things on my “bucket list” is to go somewhere with little light pollution that the arm of the milkyway in our night sky can become visible.
I want to be blindfolded when the sun sets, then take it off once the sun absolutely gone from the horizon and see that beautiful cluster of stars and gas… good lord I want that.