Natalie Madeira Cofield: Austin Woman Magazine

Natalie Madeira Cofield: Austin Woman Magazine Cover Story — February 2015.

The president and CEO of the greater Austin Black chamber of Commerce talks about taking calculated risks and thinking outside the box to lead and grow the organization.
In life, you have to take risks to achieve rewards, says Natalie Madeira Cofield. It’s a mantra that she has lived by, and the rewards she has attained are proof. Originally from Rochester, N.Y., Cofield was ambitious from a young age, graduating from high school and entering college at just 16 years old. After obtaining an honors degree in information systems from Howard University and graduating from the Baruch School of Public Affairs in New York, Cofield found inspiration at the nexus of business, community and politics.
“I became inspired by the role of minority businesses in under-served communities as a teen while working as a mail clerk, administrative assistant and printing aid for an industrial company listed as a Black Enterprise 100,” she says.

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