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Mitzi Miller        

Public Speaker & Motivator; Head of Development for Rainforest Entertainment; Former Editor-in-Chief of Ebony & Jet

Mitzi Miller is a best-selling author, celebrated journalist, and veteran magazine editor. After almost fifteen years in print media, in March 2015 she made a successful leap from publishing to television and film when she accepted the position of Head of Development at Rainforest Entertainment. Since joining the production company, she has sold multiple television pilots including the popular BET drama series "The Quad," which is currently in its second season.

Prior to the transition, Miller served as editor-in-chief of two of the country’s premiere African-American magazines, Ebony and Jet. She is the third individual and only woman to hold both positions.

The Connecticut native has co-authored several popular books including "The Vow: A Novel," "The Angry Black Woman’s Guide to Life" and the "Hotlanta" young adult series. In January 2015, Lifetime Network debuted the television movie With This Ring which was based on "The Vow: A Novel." The popular film was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress, Writing, and Direction categories.

A frequent public speaker, in addition to keynote appearances at colleges and universities nationwide, Miller has been a featured guest on several national radio and television programs, including ABC’s "Good Morning America", TV One’s "News One Now" with Roland Martin, and CNN’s "CNN Newsroom."

For her dedication, Miller’s accolades include recognition among The Root 100 honorees for 2013 and 2014, Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine’s 2011 40 Under 40 roster and induction into the Florida A&M University Alumni Gallery of Distinction.

Miller is a distinguished alumna of Florida A&M University and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Speech Topics

“Looking Past the Glass Ceiling”

Working as the head of a magazine for a major corporation at which the chair, CEO, and editors-in-chief are all accomplished women of color, Miller offers a unique perspective on female empowerment.

“Journalism and the 21st Century”

JET magazine, founded in 1951, gained a visionary when its new editor-in-chief was named in 2011. Miller shares her day-to-day process of leading a major print publication in the digital age, which includes enhancing and reinventing the JET brand and keeping her finger on the pulse of change.

“The Keys to Becoming a Published Author”

The JET magazine editor-in-chief is also the co-author of The Vow: A Novel; The Angry Black Woman’s Guide to Life; and the three-title Hotlanta young adult series. Miller explores how to land an agent, score a book deal and option your literature for film adaptation.

“Escaping Death, Embracing Life”

Following a diagnosis of autoimmune hepatitis as a college student, Miller faced an uncertain future as her health waned. After 18 months on a wait list, she received a successful liver transplant. Miller has been an advocate for organ donation for the past 15 years. An engaging speaker, she discusses her life-altering journey as a transplant survivor.

“Being Black in America”

Miller shares her experience as the youngest editor-in-chief in the history of JET magazine, the country’s oldest African-American newsweekly, where she is at the forefront of stories that impact and interest the Black diaspora—from politics to entertainment. As a first-generation American of Panamanian heritage and proud alumna of Florida A&M University, the journalist also speaks to the Black immigrant experience and HBCU student life. In addition, Miller adds insight into the Black family and youth development as a board member of the Jack and Jill of America Foundation.


Journalist Q&A: Mitzi Miller, Jet - PRWeek US
Mitzi Miller, editor-in-chief of Jet, talks to Virgil Dickson about the magazine's first redesign since its inception and ideas to draw in a new generation.
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navarrowwright; Mitzi Miller,. Chicago, IL. Editor-in-Chief, JET Magazine. mitzimoments; Lori L. Tharps,. Philadelphia, PA. Assistant Professor of Journalism, ...

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