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Debra Lee: Embracing Change & Triumphing Over Disruption

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With support from: Lowell Institute
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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Debra Lee is the former CEO of Black Entertainment Television, and she is known as a disruptor and as a champion for change. She joins BPL President David Leonard to share lessons learned from her career as one of very few African American women who has served on an executive or board leadership level for a multi-national brand. Lee provides essential approaches for individuals and organizations to thrive and triumph in a constantly changing world. ## Resources This is the first time we have talked so much about race in a board room. Four hundred signatories added their names to [this letter to the NY Times & WSJ.](https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/31/business/voting-rights-georgia-corporations.html) [The Monarch's Collective ](https://huntscanlon.com/monarchs-collective-launches-to-boost-leadership-diversity/) One of Debra’s heroes: [Constance Baker Motley](https://www.uscourts.gov/news/2020/02/20/constance-baker-motley-judiciarys-unsung-rights-hero )

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**Debra Lee** is the former CEO of Black Entertainment Television, and she is known as a disruptor and as a champion for change. Lee has been regarded as one of the country's top female executives and served on the corporate board of directors of global businesses including Marriott International, Revlon and Eastman Kodak Company. She has also been affiliated with several professional and civic organizations including the National Board of Directors for National Symphony Orchestra, the National Women's Law Center and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. Lee was also named Trustee Emeritus at Brown University, her alma mater.
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