Joyce M. Roché, Author and Former President & CEO, Girls Incorporated
Ms. Roché is the author of The Empress Has No Clothes: Conquering self-doubt to embrace Success and was President and CEO of Girls Inc., a national nonprofit research, education and advocacy organization in New York until her retirement in 2010.
Before joining Girls Inc., Ms. Roché served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Carson Products Company, and Vice President of Global Marketing at Avon Products, Inc. While at Avon, Ms. Roché broke new ground, becoming Avon’s first African American female vice president, the first African American vice president of marketing, and the company’s first vice president of global marketing.
Ms. Roché has received widespread acclaim for her achievements in the business world: In 2015 she was featured in Business Week’s “How Did I Get Here” Profile and in 1998, Business Week selected her as one of the “Top Managers to Watch”. 1997 she was featured on the cover of Fortune and in 1991 and 1994 respectively, Black Enterprise named Roché one of the “21 Women of Power and Influence in Corporate America” and one of the “40 Most Powerful Black Executives.”
In 2014 The Financial Times selected her as an Outstanding Corporate Director and in 2015 she received the Presidential Medal of Honor from her alma mater, Dillard University.
In 2006, Ms. Roché received the Legacy Award during Black Enterprise magazine’s “Women of Power Summit,” and in 2007, she received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Columbia University Women in Business.
In 2013, Ms. Roché authored the book, The Empress Has No Clothes: Conquering self-doubt to embrace Success (Berrett-Koehler, 2013), a deeply personal memoir in which Ms. Roché shares her lifelong struggle with the imposter syndrome and offers advice and coping strategies based on her own experiences and those of other high-achieving leaders who have suffered from it.
Ms. Roché is a graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans and holds an MBA from Columbia University. She has successfully completed Stanford University’s Senior Executive Program and holds honorary doctorate degrees from Dillard University, Bryant University and three other colleges and universities.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of AT&T Inc., Macy’s Inc., Tupperware Brands Corporation and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc. She also serves on the board of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges and Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter and formerly served as Chair of the Board of Trustees for Dillard University, where she is now Trustee Emerita. Ms. Roche’ previously served on the boards of Anheuser-Busch Companies, May Department Stores, Girls Inc., and The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.