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BET Networks Chairman & CEO To Keynote The Executives' Club Of Chicago's Diversity Leadership Breakfast Program

CHICAGO, Aug. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Executives' Club of Chicago is proud to recognize the accomplishments of diverse local and global leaders. Promoting inclusion leadership is at the core of The Executive's Club's mission to develop Chicago's current and next generation of business executives. 

The Executives' Club of Chicago.

The EC is honored to have Debra L. Lee serve as the keynote speaker at the first Diversity Leadership Breakfast Program of the 2014-2015 season. Lee, who is the Chairman and CEO of BET Networks and one of the "100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment," will share her experience with creating the brand vision, creating diversity within the organization, and creating content that advances the mission while driving the bottom line, at the September 10 program.

Lee's achievements in a 25-plus year career at BET Networks have earned her numerous accolades from across the cable industry, as well as recognition as one of this country's most respected business executives.

Under the pioneering vision and leadership of Debra Lee, BET Networks has received record increases in ratings and revenue as a result of its unique brand approach, presenting relevant and fresh talent in entertainment with a focus on the issues important to supporting families and encouraging their dreams.

The discussion will be moderated by Tonise Paul, President & CEO, Energy BBDO.

Event Details

  • Women's Leadership Breakfast / Diversity Leadership Series with Debra L. Lee: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
     "Communicating with Impact: Creating Content That Entertains & Empowers"
    In alignment with the Civic Affairs Committee and Communications Committee
    The Fairmont Chicago, 200 N Columbus Dr., Chicago, IL 60601
    Registration and Networking: 7:15 a.m.; Program: 8:00-9:15 a.m.

Diversity Leadership Platinum Series Sponsor: Deloitte LLP
Women's Leadership Breakfast Gold Series Sponsors: Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and NiSource
Gold Sponsor: Vela Insurance Services
Media Series Sponsor: TCW

For further information on this program, purchasing tables and tickets, membership or sponsorship, call (312) 263-3500 or email [email protected].

About The Executives' Club of Chicago:
The Executives' Club is Chicago's premier membership and business forum.  For more than one hundred years, The Club has been a valued resource for Chicago's business leaders - connecting members, and providing opportunities for strategic relationship development, access to intellectual exchange and world class speakers, and enhanced exposure to the global business community. Through its Global Leaders, Women's Leadership, Chicago CEO Series and other programming, The Club brings together business, civic and academic leaders from all industries to discuss strategies that address challenges and opportunities affecting Chicago and the world. For more information on The Club, visit

About BET Networks:
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks - BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET operates in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

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