MICHELE THORNTON GHEE

Ghee is the CEO of the ICONIC Ebony and Jet. Ghee is a media Titan and has generated millions of dollars, created multicultural business practices, implemented diversity and inclusion tactics, and created new business strategies at some of the largest media companies in the world.

Previously Ghee served as the EVP of Business Development for Endeavor Global Marketing, part of the Endeavor network which includes talent agency WME, fashion and sports pioneer IMG, UFC, among others. Michele and her team worked to help brands connect to their consumers by leveraging the cultural relevance of the world around them while delivering measurable brand and business value.

Prior to Endeavor, Ghee was SVP of Media Sales for BET Her (formerly Centric TV), a 24-hour African American lifestyle network designed for Black Women. She honed her leadership skills and passion for diversity and inclusion while monetizing the brand. She believes D& I should be built into the fabric of every business decision. She was the architect that rebranded Centric TV as ‘The First Network Designed for Black Women’ and then again into BET Her.

Ghee has worked for CNN, A&E, The History Channel, and The Weather Channel. While at CNN, she built a multicultural business called CNN Advantage from the ground up generating an additional $15M in incremental revenue. This was the beginning of her understanding and implementation of Diversity and Inclusion as a daily business practice. Over her 20-year career, she has honed her skills in the following areas: leadership, diversity and inclusion, strategy, revenue generation, and relationship building.

Ghee has received honors from numerous organizations including; Multichannel News 2019 Wonder Woman, Working Mother of the Year Award Class of 2018, The ADCOLOR Change Agent Award, and The American Advertising Federation Mosaic Role Model of the Year Award.

Ghee has authored three books: Stratechic: Life and Career Winning Strategies for Women, Stratechic 2.0: Her Plan, Her Power, Her Purpose and Success on Your Terms. 

In 1997, Ghee decided to go back to school and received her Bachelor of Arts from Golden Gate University at the age of 30. In May 2017, she was honored with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her alma mater. 

She resides in New Jersey and is the proud wife of Antony Ghee and mother of Taylor and Jordan Ghee.