Why She's One to Watch:
Ryce launched her Buffalo, New York–based full-service general construction company in 1996. Her client list includes the New York Power Authority, the Buffalo public school system, hospitals and churches. In 2013, she completed $10.4 million worth of work for the University of Buffalo alone. Ryce recently added a development division to SLR and is currently working on a multimillion-dollar housing development deal on the West Coast. She also has plans to help develop burgeoning cities like Toronto.
“My five command- ments of leadership success: Thou shalt trust the entrepreneur in you; Thou shalt eliminate procrastination; Thou shalt take responsibility for challenging situations; Thou shalt always add value; and Thou shalt cre-ate The Standard.”
This article was originally published in the November issue of ESSENCE magazine, on newsstands now.