Women in Media Speakers

Few people would argue that the use of media isn’t powerful, especially in shaping cultural norms. For years, women have been defined (and even stereotyped) by images portrayed in popular media. But how do we, as young people and adults, look at media’s role - and responsibility - in creating a complete picture of women? And, in light of changes in our world today, how can media help create a new portrait of women? GBS has a range of speakers who concentrate on women in media and can add value to events around social norms, gender roles and media’s use. To learn more about speakers available to discuss women in the media, see the list below.

Lynn WhitfieldGrowing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Lynn Whitfield first watched the likes of Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and Bette Davis in "All About Eve" from her grandmother's lap. She loved classic movies and with child-like confidence, she could see no reason she could not become an actress and some day play those same types of roles.  Over the course of nearly three decades, the talent of the little girl who dreamed of being...


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A’Lelia Bundles

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

A’Lelia BundlesAuthor and journalist A’Lelia Bundles currently is at work on her third book, Joy Goddess of Harlem: The Life and Times of A’Lelia Walker, a biography of her great-grandmother, to be published by Simon and Schuster. She also serves as president and chair of the Foundation for the National Archives, the private partner which provides funds and support for the exhibitions, programs and educational materials of the National Archives. ...


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Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeeverAn authoritative voice on race, gender, politics, and the production of positive social change, Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever is widely regarded as one of the most engaging and informative political and social commentators in the US. Currently serving as the Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women, the nation’s oldest organization devoted to the advancement of both civil rights and women’s rights, her work catal...


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Judge Karen Mills-FrancisJudge Karen Mills-Francis has a colorful and engaging style that is as distinctive as her bold burgundy robe and her bright blonde hair. As quick to aid the helpless as she is to dismiss the hare-brained, Judge Karen confidently dished out justice to a national television audience with the half-hour syndicated courtroom series, Judge Karen. She is famous for the lines "Stay in your Lane, I know how to Drive". For fall 201...


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Marshawn EvansAs one of the nation's leading experts on the art of maximizing potential, Reinvention Strategist™, Entrepreneur and Entertainment Attorney, MARSHAWN EVANS is Founder of ME Unlimited®, a consulting firm focusing on reinvention, diversity, women’s empowerment, leadership and peak performance strategies. She is founder of ME University® - The Ultimate Business & Branding Bootcamp, the industry’s premiere summit for equipping entrepren...


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Sophia A. NelsonSophia is "redefining" the rules for 21st Century living and success. The award-winning author, journalist, political commentator and former House of Representatives committee counsel is working to change the game for a new generation of Americans in academia, the workplace, interpersonal relationships, and overall persona development.Prior to becoming a freelance journalist and former White House correspondent and political colum...


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Tai Beauchamp

Sought after Media Veteran, Social Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Spelman Alumnus who lives her life for others

Tai BeauchampA media industry veteran and social entrepreneur, Tai has a rare and innate ability to connect with audiences across demographics. It was as a magazine editor that Ms. Beauchamp learned the profound power of media and how to use it to motivate and inspire millions around the world. Becoming a humanitarian taught her the most valuable lesson: “young women and the world-at-large want to be inspired and that inspiration can start out as...


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Wendy Raquel Robinson

Star Actress of The Game, Producer, Director, and Entrepreneur

Wendy Raquel RobinsonAudiences know Wendy Raquel Robinson as the sexy and feisty sports manager ‘Tasha Mack’ on BET’s #1 rated scripted series, The Game. This groundbreaking role has earned her an NAACP Image Award nomination for “Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series” and three nominations for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.” With another record-breaking premiere and continued rating success, “The Game” has shown its staying...


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Shaun Robinson

Emmy Award Winning Journalist, Author, and Host of Access Hollywood

Shaun RobinsonEmmy Award-winning journalist and author Shaun Robinson is the weekend co-host and correspondent for the syndicated entertainment news show, "Access Hollywood”. Shaun is also the author of the new book, “Exactly As I Am: Celebrated Women Share Candid Advice with Today’s Girls on What it Takes to Believe in Yourself”. Born out of Shaun’s passion to help girls be more comfortable in their own skin and become tomorrow’s leaders, “Exac...


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Glenda Hatchett

Former Chief Presiding Judge of the Fulton County Georgia Juvenile Court and star of The Judge Hatchett Show.

Judge Glenda A. Hatchett          A graduate of Mt. Holyoke College and Emory University School of Law, where she was an Earl Warren Scholar, Hatchett completed a prestigious federal clerkship in the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia. She then spent nearly 10 years at Delta Air Lines, where she was the airline’s highest-ranking woman of color worldwide. As Senior Attorney, she represented Delta in labor/personnel and ant...


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Nikki Woods

Multi-media personality, Social Media/Personal Branding Coach, Motivational Speaker as well as the senior producer of the Tom Joyner Morning Show.

Nikki WoodsMulti-media personality, Social Media and Personal Branding Coach, Motivational Speaker and Voice-over artist, NIKKI WOODS is the CEO of Nikki Woods Media where she utilizes her highly specialized skills in social media, content marketing and platform building to serve her clients. Nikki is also the senior producer of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the most successful syndicated urban radio show in history reaching more than 8 million p...


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Sanya Richards Ross

4-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and American Record Holder, Television Star, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Sanya Richards-Ross Sanya, star of Sanya’s Gland and Gold on WeTV, is the fastest American woman in history at 400 meters. She became the first American woman in 28 years, and only the 2nd in history, to be crowned Olympic Champion over 400m at the 2012 Games in London. Surging past her competitors in the last 50 meters of the race, Richards-Ross claimed her crown as 400 meter queen in dramatic fashion. The London games also set the stage for S...


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Phyllis Yvonne Stickney

Best Selling Author, Custodian of the Cultural Consciousness Award recipient, inducted into Black Hall of Fame in 1998

Phyllis Yvonne-StickneyPhyllis  has longevity and staying power in the industry. She has been at the vanguard for many of the improvements to the Theater and Arts Festivals that are presented annually such as THE NATIONAL BLACK THEARER FESTIVAL THE ANTIONAL BLACK THEATER FESTIVAL THE SHADES OF BLACK THEATER FESTIVAL THE URBAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL, THE PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL among other contributions. She is a born leader. An ambassador of arts,...


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Farai Chideya         Farai has combined media, technology, and socio-political analysis during her 20-year career as an award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer. She is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She was also a spring 2012 fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. She frequently appears on public radio and cable television, speaking about issues ...


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Allison SamuelsAllison Samuels has spent the last 18 years as a writer for Newsweek magazine and now also writes for its sister site The Daily Beast. For nearly two decades Samuels has covered sports, entertainment, fashion and politics for the weekly publication and continues to focus a great deal on the impact of race in the worlds of sports, politics and Hollywood. Samuels has interviewed and written extensively about the likes of First Lady M...


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Corvida Raven

A natural pioneer at grasping the rapidly changing landscape of technology, Corvida Raven is known for talking technology in plain English.

Corvida RavenA natural pioneer at grasping the rapidly changing landscape of technology, Corvida Raven is known for talking technology in plain English. Since the age of 19, Corvida has consistently captured the tech world's attention with her award-winning blog, SheGeeks.net. Translating the value of social media services and how to utilize them in tandem with innovative devices and mobile apps is a natural passion for this digital native. Cor...


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Erica Nicole         Erica Nicole is an accomplished serial entrepreneur, acclaimed small business expert, dynamic speaker, syndicated columnist, philanthropist and Christian thought leader.As a renowned serial entrepreneur, Erica leads a diverse business portfolio across digital media, national speaking, global business development, and electronic equipment industries. Erica is best known by the entrepreneurial community as the Founder and CEO ...


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Charreah Jackson

ESSENCE Magazine's Relationships Editor and National Dating Coach providing insight and skills for succesful relationships

Charreah K. JacksonCharreah is a certified family life educator and the Relationships Editor at ESSENCE magazine, where she creates engaging features on sex and love for the magazine and hosts lively discussions on love. The savvy communicator speaks nationally on women’s empowerment, success and healthy relationships including the 2013 iDate Conference, the American Society of Authors and Journalists, and the Omega Institute’s Women and Power C...


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Karen King     Karen is a member of Canada’s Who’s Who, as the first black woman in Canada to produce a dramatic feature film, and one of the elite group of international producers with a world premiere in the Official Cannes Film Festival. Karen is the first and so far only person to win the Academy’s Canada Award twice. That award is presented to the television program that best exemplifies the multi-cultural nature of the country on and off ca...


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Nomalanga Mhlauli Moses

A businesswoman, Nomalanga serves as the Principal and founder of NOMA UNlimited where she offers success and personal development programs.

Nomalanga Mhlauli-Moses Nomalanga is Mrs. Botswana Earth 2012. She was honored to place as the second runner up at the Mrs. Earth international pageant in August 2012. She is also the first ever Mrs. Botswana World and held the title from 2010 to 2011. Nomalanga describes herself as a home-schooling blogger wife and mother who is also a social commentator and life strategist. A prolific blogger, Nomalanga is a Sr. Editor and contributor at Your...


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Angela Peabody

Angela is every woman's and girl's voice against gender based violence, including female genital mutilation, domestic violence and sex trafficking.

Angela Peabody After a celebrated career as a Television Journalist in Liberia and Press Secretary for the country’s Minister of Agriculture, Angela Peabody immigrated to the United States. The Liberian Novelist is an accomplished and award-winning writer. In 2006, she received an award in Print Journalism from the Victor E. Ward Educational Foundation. She has spoken at Harvard University, University of Pittsburgh, Catonsville Community College...


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Nika Beamon

Television Producer, Writer, Esteemed Journalist and Author

Nika C. BeamonChanneling your independent spirit is the theme of Author Nika C. Beamon's top selling book: I Didn't Work This Hard Just to Get Married: Successful, Single Black Women Speak Out. It, along developing positive self esteem and learning to define your own expectations about life, relationship and career, are topics the veteran journalist talks about when she speaks to women of all ages throughout the country. Her main themes: you can ...


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Kimberly E. Stone Kimberly E. Stone, founder of POSHGLAM.com, is an entrepreneur with a knack for recognizing creative talent and pinpointing successful lines.   POSHGLAM started out as a side venture while Stone attended school. During the growth stages of POSHGLAM, Stone worked as a weekend entrepreneur while working as a Relationship Manager for an IT Staffing Augmentation Firm.   Stone pushed forward with the development of POSHGLAM and ...


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Maisha Walker

Helping marketing executives and entrepreneurs understand how to leverage the Internet to build a brand and drive traffic and revenue.

Maisha WalkerMaisha is the president of message medium, a New York City Internet Strategy firm that uses Web site design, Internet marketing, and educational and strategic consulting to help small businesses create the greatest impact, the highest ROI, the biggest digital footprint and the most dynamic brand online. Maisha's firm has provided strategic, design, marketing and technical guidance for initiatives in every space of industry - editoria...


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