Debra L. Lee

Former Chairman & CEO of BET Networks; Considered one of the Most Powerful Women in Entertainment; Broadcasting Hall of Famer

Debra L. Lee Biography

Debra L. Lee is the former Chairman and CEO of BET Holdings, Inc. (BET), a media and entertainment company targeted to African Americans. In this role, which she held for 32 years, she was the highest-ranking African-American woman at BET's parent company Viacom, Inc. Prior to her appointment as COO in March 1996, Lee served as the network’s executive vice president of strategic business development. During her tenure at BET, Lee played some of the most pivotal roles in the company’s history, including executive vice president and general counsel of BET's legal affairs department; corporate secretary; and president and publisher of BET's publishing division.

At a time when most cable and broadcast networks are seeing virtually zero growth, Lee delivered four consecutive seasons of record-setting ratings. She has also led the network's evolution into original movies, documentaries, concert specials, news, late-night talk shows, and public policy coverage. Without question, BET represents the total network package for its audience and now reaches more than 78 million homes. Debra Lee is named one of the "100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment" by The Hollywood Reporter due to her many achievements in her 30-plus year career at BET and was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.

Lee has sat on the board of directors for a number of companies/organizations, including the National Cable & Telecommunications Association the Ad Council, and the National Cable Television Association. In 2019, she joined AY&T's Board of Directors. Ms. Lee has been a director of Kodak Corp., WGL Holdings, Inc., Marriott International, Inc. and Revlon, Inc.

She holds a BA degree from Brown University and MA and JD degrees from Harvard University. She is affiliated with several professional and civic organizations.

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Debra L. Lee Videos

BET: Leading a Company and a Community - Debra Lee
BET Networks CEO Debra L. Lee - Paley IC Summit 2017
2012 Cable Hall of Fame - Debra L. Lee

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Debra L. Lee is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Debra L. Lee for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Debra L. Lee generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Viola Davis, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Rashida Jones and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Debra L. Lee for an upcoming event.

Debra L. Lee Videos

BET: Leading a Company and a Community - Debra Lee
BET Networks CEO Debra L. Lee - Paley IC Summit 2017
2012 Cable Hall of Fame - Debra L. Lee
Debra L. Lee & Phylicia Rashad - 2015 Matrix Awards
2010 Washington Business Hall of Fame - Debra L. Lee

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