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Amy DuBois  Barnett

Amy DuBois Barnett

Executive Vice President, Digital of Entertainment Studios & Chief Content Officer of TheGrio


An award-winning media executive, brand architect, former Executive Editor at ESPN, and current Executive Vice President, Digital of Entertainment Studios, Amy DuBois Barnett is of one of our nation's premier curators of American popular culture. Her vision has shaped the pages of Harper's Bazaar, Essence, Teen People, Honey magazine, and Ebony - the oldest and largest black magazine in the country where she was editor-in-chief until 2014. At Ebony, Barnett executed the publication's first top-to-bottom redesign in its 66-year history to critical acclaim. She also introduced key new editorial franchises, such as the Ebony Beauty Awards and the "Black Wealth" and "50 Finest" issues, as well as groundbreaking editorial packages, such as "Multiracial in America," "Can We Save Detroit," "Black Men in America," and "Election 2012." Read More >

Under her leadership, Ebony grew its base by 11 percent in 2011, was listed as one of Ad Age's 25 fastest growing magazines in the country based on circulation, and won a record-breaking eight Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists in 2012. Ad Age also listed Ebony as a "2012 magazine brand to watch" and MinOnline listed Ebony as one of the top five advertising gainers in the industry for its June 2012 issue. Barnett was named the "2012 media executive of the year" by Target Market News.

An Adjunct Professor of Management and Organizations for Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, Barnett teaches a course on media and entertainment. She has also appeared weekly as an on-air correspondent for CNN's American Morning and has been featured on many national television shows including The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Nightline, and on various programs on VH1, MTV, and BET.

In addition, she published the NAACP Image Award-nominated advice book Get Yours: How to Have Everything You Ever Dreamed of and More in 2008. She received her master's degree in Creative Writing from Columbia University.

Her latest career move was joining Entertainment Studios, Inc. as the Executive Vice President, Digital and Chief Content Officer of the digital media platform TheGrio.

For her pioneering work as a journalist, style expert, and writer, Barnett received the Trailblazer Award from the New York Association of Black Journalists, an Aldo Award for fashion journalism from the Fashion Association, and a Hurston/Wright Award for creative writing. She is on the board of the American Society of Magazine Editors and is a member of the Fashion Committee of the School of the Arts Institute in Chicago.

From race relations and female empowerment to business leadership and branding, Amy DuBois Barnett speaks on a wide range of pertinent topics perfectly suited to college and corporate events. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

African Americans and the Media

Saving Our Sons

Lecture at Northwestern University

Speech Topics

Get Yours! How to Have Everything You Ever Dreamed Of

Do you want more from your job, your loved ones, your life? In this powerful keynote speech, Amy DuBois Barnett shows you how to "Get Yours" by giving you the insight and encouragement to: Identify and pursue your true passions; achieve your professional goals and accumulate real wealth; form unbreakable bonds with your family, friends, and mate; and let go of any negativity that may be holding you back. Read More >

Amy will share her seven "rules" for getting yours: Read Less ^

  • Embrace fear as growth
  • Be true to yourself
  • Realize your value and demand the best
  • Put into the universe what you want to get back
  • Have integrity
  • Stay independent
  • Do something meaningful every day

Laws of Leadership for Women

In this illuminating speech, Amy DuBois Barnett shares how she rose to the top of the ladder in her industry and offers insight into how all women can reach their leadership goals. Among the "laws" of leadership, Barnett will discuss: effective communication, embracing fear as growth, projecting self-confidence, productive collaboration, graceful self-promotion, and networking. Read More >

She also addresses the issues of trying to juggle a career, manage a home, and raise a healthy, happy child. She shares her own humorous stories of trying to balance raising her son and furthering her career as a single mother. She also offers helpful advice on: how to prioritize, organizational tools that work; how to create an environment of fun and forgiveness in your house; how to talk to your mate about dividing responsibility; how to raise your children with a solid work ethic; and how to take care of your health and grooming. Read Less ^

You Can Have the Career You've Always Dreamed Of

Amy DuBois Barnett spent the first several years of her professional life allowing other people to dictate her career goals. She spent many unhappy years attempting to climb the ladder in industries that she did not enjoy. However, after learning to follow her passion and working more strategically on her goals, Amy achieved her dream to be an editor-in-chief of a major national magazine. Read More >

In this illuminating speech, Amy elaborates on seven principles that will make all the difference in your career: Read Less ^

  • Stop listening to others and design your own professional life
  • Make connections before you need them
  • Do an attitude check
  • Don't wait to be noticed
  • Ask questions
  • Understand that perception is reality
  • Don't put work ahead of your personal life

Live Your Passion: Be Happy by Being Yourself

Happiness is hard to achieve, especially because most of us have the voices of family, friends and society in our ears telling us what our lives should look like, what our goals should be and even who to love. Even if we do achieve our goals, the most highly capable people can be the quickest to let their happiness go as they are the go-to folks who get overloaded with assignments and forget to focus on their own objectives. Read More >

In this powerful keynote speech, Amy DuBois Barnett shares her personal path toward an authentic and passionate existence. She will also offer insightful advice and tools for finding your own passion and setting your individual path. Read Less ^

Developing Strong, Smart & Independent Young Women

As editor-in-chief of both Honey and Teen People magazines, Amy DuBois Barnett spoke to millions of young women every month. Her personal philosophy of living for your passion, remaining independent, and having a full life resonated throughout the magazines and contributed to their exponential growth. In this revealing and inspiring speech, Barnett shares her own rocky path to personal growth and offers both young women and educators the valuable lessons she learned along the way. Read More >

Barnett counsels women on: financial responsibility; self-esteem and confidence; pushing past fear; having adventures; setting and achieving goals; and healthy living. Read Less ^