South Africa: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Lecture and Discussion, April 21, 5:00 pm

South Africa: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow provides a personal glimpse into South Africa based on The City University of New York Board of Trustees’ Vice Chairperson Philip Berry’s experiences with South Africa over the years. The talk highlights some of the pivotal economic, political, historical, global and social occurrences that inform the role of South Africa on the continent and in the world as an emerging market.

April 21, 2015
Campbell Dome, Queens College

Leonard Thompson’s book, A History of South Africa, 4th edition, 2014 (updated by Lynn Berat) provides excellent background for this lecture.

South Africa- Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Philip A. Berry, Vice Chairperson, City University of New York Board of TrusteesPhilip Alfonso Berry received a BA in Sociology from Queens College, an Associate’s Degree in Marketing from Borough of Manhattan Community College, an MBA from Xavier University of Cincinnati, and an MSW from Columbia University in New York.

In June 2006, he was appointed by Governor George Pataki to the Board of The City University of New York. In June 2007, he was appointed Vice Chairperson of the Board by Governor Eliot Spitzer. In 2010, he was reappointed for a seven-year term by Governor David Paterson.

Currently, Mr. Berry is President of Philip Berry Associates LLC, which provides executive coaching, leadership training, diversity consulting and organizational development services.

Until recently he was Vice President, Global Workplace Initiatives and Corporate Officer for Colgate-Palmolive, a Fortune 500 global consumer products company, since 2004. He lead the company’s efforts to attract, develop and retain a diverse workforce and is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating diversity and inclusion strategies on a global basis, along with government compliance.

From 2001 to 2003 he was Vice President, Global Employee Relations & Best Place to Work, in charge of employee relations strategy and policies worldwide, and developing the company as an employer of choice.

Mr. Berry, who joined Colgate-Palmolive in 1990, served as Vice President of Human Resources for its European Division from 1998 to 2001 providing strategic and operational leadership throughout the Continent; subsequent to that, from 1990 to 1998, he handled Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Central Europe and Asia. Mr. Berry was Vice President of Human Resources for the Triboro Bridge and Tunnel Authority prior to joining Colgate-Palmolive, and also worked for Procter & Gamble and the Urban League.

He is a member of CUNY’s Business Leadership Council and the Acting Chair of the CUNY Construction Fund. In 2004 he received the Governor’s Award for Community Distinction, and in 2003 he was selected by Crain’s New York Business as one of New York’s 100 most influential Black business executives.

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