A’Lelia Bundles

A’Lelia Bundles

Author • Journalist • Nonprofit Board Chair • Madam Walker descendant. Blends current events, entrepreneurship & history into entertaining, informative mix.

  • A’Lelia Bundles         

    A’Lelia Bundles is at work on her fourth book, The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance, a biography of her great-grandmother, whose parties and arts patronage helped define the Harlem Renaissance. On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walkerwas named a New York Times Notable Book.

    She is chairman of the board of the National Archives Foundation and a vice chair of Columbia University’s board of trustees.

    Ms. Bundles enjoyed a 30-year career as an Emmy-award winning producer with NBC News, then as a producer and executive with ABC News, where she was Washington, DC deputy bureau chief.

    An engaging public speaker and skilled MC, she brings warmth, intelligence, humor and a strong grasp of current events and history to her presentations about women entrepreneurs, philanthropy, media, journalism, politics, race, social issues and the stories of her pioneering great-great-grandmother, Madam Walker, America’s first self-made millionaire businesswoman.

    Ms. Bundles has appeared as a keynote speaker or master of ceremonies at conferences, libraries and educational institutions including Harvard University, the National Archives, London City Hall, Spelman College, the U. S. Postal Service, Princeton University, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress and several book festivals. She has appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” NBC’s “Today,” CBS’s “Sunday Morning,” NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “Fresh Air,” C-Span Book TV’s “Public Lives,” the Biography Channel and in other documentaries and national programs. Her articles have been published in the New York Times Book Review, O (The Oprah Magazine), Parade, Al Jazeera Magazine, Essence, Fortune Small Business, Black Issues Book Review, the Radcliffe Quarterly, several other magazines and on her blog at www.aleliabundles.com.

    In addition to her work as a Columbia trustee, she is vice chair of the Columbia Alumni Association, a member of the Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library Advisory Council at Harvard, the Woodlawn Conservancy of Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx and the March on Washington Film Festival.

    In 2003, she created the 100 Books, 100 Women campaign to expand the library at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in New York. As well, she spearheaded the national campaign that led to the 1998 U. S. Postal Service’s Black Heritage stamp of Madam Walker.

    Ms. Bundles graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and Radcliffe College, received a masters degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and an honorary doctorate from Indiana University. She is a member of the Alpha Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Harvard College. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

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