President Emerita of Spelman College & Bennett College for Women
Johnnetta Betsch Cole, is an accomplished educator and museum professional; noted speaker and author on issues of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion; and a committed advocate for social justice. She currently serves as the National Chair and Seventh President of the National Council of Negro Women, an advocacy organization with more than 2 million members, working in the interest of women’s rights and civil rights. Read More >
Living in Segregation
"I really do not have ANY words to describe the emotions I continue to experience just from reflecting on that evening. Dr. Cole was truly inspiring, and it was an absolute honor and delight to have the opportunity to engage with her. We received feedback from participants who were truly moved and motivated by her compelling keynote address. It was a pleasure working with you both over the last 18 months (who knew we’d be in this for so long together!). Thank you for being flexible, gracious, and just all around supportive as we worked through details and rescheduling of this event. It was well worth the wait!"
"I have received an ABUNDANCE of praise for Dr. Cole, starting with my CEO. She mentioned how no one has ever received the response for a message as Dr. Cole of all of our convocations. She said her message was well received and she’s had so much positive feedback via email and in person from our campus leaders. My colleagues in the administrative office said her message was relevant, on point and should have made everyone proud of who they were and should have walked away with a better understanding of those they work with. All and all, it was our privilege to have Dr. Cole…a once in a lifetime opportunity for most, if not all of us. Thank you again. It was a great event because of her!"
"You were most certainly correct in predicting that we would love Dr. Cole. She was a wonderful guest and speaker. Her connection with the people who had the pleasure of hearing her remarks and the timeliness of her message for the University of Tennessee was profound to say the least. Please do pass along my sentiments and continued appreciation of her willingness to travel to Knoxville to deliver the Goodrich Lecture. Without a doubt, it will always stand out in my memory as one of the best connections I have ever experienced."
"Everyone on campus is still talking about your visit and the power of your presentation on Monday. Thank you for coming to Evansville and USI to share your words and spirit to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."
"Dr. Cole was intentional in her message, the audience thoroughly enjoyed her presentation and felt honored to be at an event where she was the keynote. Overall, Dr. Cole was lovely. Thank you as always. You guys deliver first class customer service and I appreciate you!"
"The event was a huge success with record attendance of 770 people this year. Dr. Cole was incredibly inspiring. Our guests hung on every word she shared. Dr. Cole has a way of making everyone in the room feel valued."
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