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Loida Nicolas Lewis: “Why Should Guys Have All
the Fun?”
March 3, 2004

Wednesday, March 3, 12:45 p.m., Wang Center Theatre. Reception to follow.

Photo: Loisa LewisHow does Loida Nicolas Lewis, an Asian American woman, succeed in business? The prominent international businesswoman gives her answers in a free talk.

Lewis, in her own right the Chairman and CEO of TLC Beatrice, LLC, is best known as the widow of Reginald F. Lewis, who acquired Beatrice in a $985 million leveraged buyout and created the largest African American company in the United States. She has spoken to audiences around the country and the world to promote the biography of her late husband, Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun? How Reginald Lewis Created a Billion Dollar Business Empire.

Loida Nicolas Lewis is Chairman and CEO of TLC Beatrice, LLC, the Lewis Family investment firm, and is also Chairman and CEO of TLC Beatrice (China), Limited, a Cayman company which operates retail convenience stores in five major cities in China and TLC Beatrice Foods (Philippines) which operates a fresh meat processing plant.

An attorney by profession, admitted to practice in the Philippines and New York, Mrs. Lewis served as an informal adviser and confidant to her late husband, Reginald F. Lewis, TLC Beatrice’s first chairman and CEO. She assumed the leadership of the TLC Beatrice International Holdings, Inc. in February, 1994, a year after Mr. Lewis’ death. She moved quickly to cut costs, sell non-core and underperforming assets, reduce debt and strengthen her management team.

Mrs. Lewis has written books on U.S. immigration law. The latest is How to Get a Green Card, now a bestseller in that genre. She is a graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Law and a cum laude graduate of St. Theresa’s College, two of the Philippines’ premier educational institutions.

This event is co-sponsored with W. Averell Harriman School of Management and Policy, Black Faculty and Staff Association, Brookhaven National Laboratory Asian Pacific American Association, Africana Studies, and Women’s Studies Program.

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