Public Speaker & Motivator; Head of Development for Rainforest Entertainment; Former Editor-in-Chief of Ebony & Jet
Mitzi Miller is a celebrated journalist, best-selling author and veteran 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 Miller’s hire at Rainforest, the production company has sold the highly anticipated drama series The Quad to BET.
Prior to the transition, Miller served as the editor-in-chief of two of the country’s premier African-American magazines, EBONY and JET. She is the third individual and the only woman in history to have held both positions.
The Connecticut native has co-authored five popular books over the past decade: The Vow: A Novel; The Angry Black Woman’s Guide to Life; and the three-title Hotlanta young adult series. In January 2015, the Lifetime Network debuted the TV movie With This Ring, which was based on her novel The Vow. The popular film was nominated for NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress, Writing and Directing.
A frequent public speaker, Miller has been a featured guest on several national television programs, including ABC’s Good Morning America, TV One’s NewsOne Now, and CNN’s CNN Newsroom.
For her professionalism and passion, Miller’s recent accolades include recognition among The Root 100 honorees for 2013 and 2014; Florida A&M University’s 125 Outstanding Alumni of the Quasquicentennial; and Crain’s Chicago Business magazine’s 2011 40 Under 40 roster.
Miller is a distinguished alumna of Florida A&M University and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
“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.
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