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For its 18th annual “Most Powerful Women” list, Fortune Magazine showcased a few women of color among the 51 selected. Two Georgians, however, stood out among the list and continue to emerge as powerful executives for their respective companies.

Rosalind Brewer (pictured, left) ranked 15th, is the CEO and President of Sam’s Club, a division of Walmart. Brewer is Sam’s Club first woman to be named CEO, along with the first African-American to take the post. Brewer studied chemistry and earned her undergraduate degree from Spelman University. She attended The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, obtaining her MBA.

Ann-Marie Campbell (right) ranked 37th,  is the President of Home Depot’s Southern Division, earned both her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Georgia State University. In a true tale of working one’s way to the top, Campbell began her two-decade career with the home improvement and construction company in 1985 as a cashier.

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