Keynote Speaker: Transformational visionary Michele Thornton Ghee

Thornton, Michele

Michele Thornton Ghee believes that all women are innate strategists who use most of their time and focus taking care of others. Women who work in the corrections and juvenile justice professions know this all too well. Thornton Ghee encourages women to use a portion of that energy to develop a personal life plan and urges women to get strategic. Actually, she calls it Stratechic. Thornton Ghee, an author, speaker and transformational visionary, will be one of our keynote speakers and will talk about how women can strategically transcend and achieve in all facets of life.

Thornton Ghee currently serves as the senior vice president of media sales for BET Her, a cable network that broadcasts lifestyle programming for African American women. She was instrumental in rebranding the Centric network – which became BET Her – as the first network designed for Black women. In her more than 20 years of experience in corporate America she has managed more than a billion dollars in revenue for some of the biggest media companies in the world including CNN, A&E, the History Channel and the Weather Channel.

Thornton Ghee has authored two books: Stratechic: Life and Career Winning Strategies for Women and Stratechic 2.0: Her Plan, Her Power, Her Purpose.

Thornton Ghee’s passion for excellence has allowed her to master several critical skills including leadership, diversity and inclusion, strategy, personal and professional transformation, revenue generation, teamwork, work-life balance and harmony, and relationship building.

Thornton Ghee has received honors from numerous organizations including the ADCOLOR Change Agent award, The American Advertising Federation Mosaic Role Model of the Year award, the Jesse Banks Humanitarian award and the Black Girl Magic award from Ohio State University. Most recently, she was named as a Multichannel News 2018 Woman to Watch. Thornton Ghee served as the chair of the Mosaic Executive Council from 2011-2013 and continues to play an active role in the media and advertising communities while advocating for diversity in the communications industry.

A native of Oakland, California, Thornton Ghee received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Golden Gate University. In 2017, she was honored with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her alma mater. Thornton Ghee is married with two children and lives in New Jersey.

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