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Brown Lecture Series: Debra Lee

Debra Lee, former CEO of Black Entertainment Television (BET), will reflect on her journey from her childhood in the segregated South to the leader of the first Black-owned company traded on the New York Stock Exchange.  Ms. Lee will share insights into her storied career and the many obstacles she faced as a Black woman executive.   She will be joined in conversation by Glory Edim, founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a nationwide book club-turned-literacy non-profit. 

Debra Lee is the former CEO of BET, where she served for over thirteen years.  She is the founder and chair of Leading Women Defined Foundation and the co-founder of the women's mentoring group Monarchs Collective.  She serves as a director on the boards of Warner Bros. Discovery,  Marriott International, and Procter & Gamble.

Glory Edim is the founder of the book club-turned-literacy non-profit Well-Read Black Girl.  She is the author of the anthology, Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves.

  • This FREE event will be presented in-person and virtually.   
  • To attend in person we strongly encourage you to register here. 
  • Free parking vouchers are available to program attendees who park at the Franklin Street Garage (15 W. Franklin Street) after 4pm.  Ask Pratt event staff for your parking voucher prior to or after the program.
  • All registered attendees will receive a free copy of the book.

Wednesday, March 8 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

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Writers LIVE!, Black History, Women's History, Virtual Event

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Writers LIVE at the Library

Event Publisher

Cleve Corner, Manager of Speaker & Author Engagement

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