Anatomy of a Decision

Decisions in the Boardroom

Pamela Thomas-Graham

Pamela Thomas-Graham discusses her diverse career and roles at Credit Suisse, CNBC, and McKinsey & Co., where she was the first African-American woman to be named partner. Thomas-Graham also explores the impact of diversity on decision-making and the importance of creating career opportunities for others.

Interviewed by Richard Socarides, GLG’s Head of Public Affairs


“I was lucky enough to have someone open a door for me, so I’m going to now open a door to you. I think that’s an obligation we all have.”


About Pamela Thomas-Graham

Pamela Thomas-Graham most recently served as Chief Marketing and Talent Officer at Credit Suisse in addition to being an executive board member at the company. Prior to this, Thomas-Graham was the first African-American female partner at global consultancy McKinsey & Co. She also previously served as the CEO of CNBC Television and CNBC.com as well as Group President at Liz Claiborne, Inc. Thomas-Graham has been on the board of directors of Clorox for more than 10 years and is currently the lead independent director there. In addition, Thomas-Graham sits on the boards of the New York Philharmonic, the Parsons School of Design, and is a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy. She is the founder and CEO of Dandelion Chandelier, a website dedicated to modern luxury. Thomas-Graham graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard, earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She also served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review.


Read more:

Credit Suisse Research’s The CS Gender 2000: The Reward for Change
This Is The State Of Gender Diversity On Boards Around The World, Fast Company
The Business Impact of LGBT-Supportive Workplace Policies, Williams Institute