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Mitzi Miller        

Head of Development for Rainforest Entertainment. Former Editor in Chief of EBONY & JET, Public Speaker and Motivator

Mitzi Miller joined the Johnson Publishing Company as the editor-in-chief of JET magazine in May 2011. An award-winning journalist, Miller is the bestselling author of five books. Recognized nationally in 2013’s The Root 100 list and Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine’s 2011 40 Under 40, the New York native also has extensive television experience including appearances on VH1’s humorous list shows, as well as ABC’s top-rated morning show, Good Morning America, BET and The Food Network.

An experienced editor, most recently, Miller served as editor-in-chief of the independent athletic lifestyle publication, SET Magazine. Prior to SET, Miller was an Associate Relationship Editor for JANE Magazine. There, in addition to her monthly “Sex, Sex, Sex” column, she frequently contributed celebrity features and quirky, girly stories to the magazine’s entertainment section, including “Mitzi Lives Like A Privileged White Woman For A Week” and “How To Date 8 Guys At Once,” which received a favorable write-up in The Washington Post.

Before her staff position at JANE, the New York native worked at HONEY Magazine, where she started her career in 2001 as an unpaid intern before quickly becoming the girl-around-town columnist for the magazine’s popular monthly feature, “Road Trippin’.” Readers quickly grew addicted to her many zany, fun-filled adventures. Miller remained at HONEY for two years, during which she became the Entertainment Editor, received an honorable mention from the National Association of Black Journalists and, ultimately, became the face of HONEY.

Miller is a skilled public speaker who has appeared regularly on several nationally syndicated radio talk shows including The Carl Nelson Show, and delivered the keynote address at various events and seminars nationwide including the 2011 Florida A&M University Homecoming Convocation, the 2012 National Black MBA Association annual conference and the 2013 Sears/Kmart Black History Month Event. She sits on the Board of Directors for Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

Miller currently resides in Chicago, IL.

Speech Topics

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.


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