What do you do and why?
I am a television and media executive. Growing-up, my parents instilled in us the importance of doing good. My first career was in public service, working in the Clinton Administration. Later, I shifted my career to work in the media industry. I still wanted my work to have purpose, so I joined the TV show America’s Most Wanted to help crime victims get some measure of justice. Now I work in public media — I know I can bring meaningful TV, radio, and digital content to inform and entertain the audience I serve.
What change would you like to enact in the world?
I am an advocate for reforming America’s criminal justice system and have been working on a documentary to do just that (TravailsToTruth.com). I have seen the insides of prisons and taught GED classes to many inmates. As a country, we just simply warehouse men, women and children, and do not provide them with opportunities to succeed. The criminal justice system is a tipping point for much more that we, as a country, have to do to better our communities: address mental health care, education, mentoring, and economic security so as to prevent people from going to prison.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I once traveled around the world in 26 days! It was for America’s Most Wanted as we pursued pedophiles and sex traffickers, and helped rescue children enslaved in sex trafficking.
Why did you join IVY?
Life has to have meaning. IVY provides me with an opportunity to engage with other like-minded people who are interested in philanthropy and entrepreneurship, and want to have an impact in a social setting.
What has been your most memorable IVY Experience?
IVY has so many great events, including the monthly new member receptions, Thought Leader events, and private dinners. However, the most memorable event (so far) was the Summer Soiree — just a fun, well-produced event. I even won a raffle for a free women’s sports bra from Lululemon — which many in the audience razzed me for winning. The raffle proceeds were given to help young women. Luckily, Lululemon gifted me a men’s t-shirt instead!
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