Name: Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee
Organization: National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC)
What Makes This Person a Game Changer:
Dr. Nicol E. Turner-Lee is the President and CEO of The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). NAMIC is the premier organization that educates, advocates and empowers for multi-ethnic diversity in the communications industry. With a membership roster of more than 2,700 professionals from both the business and creative sides of the field, NAMIC prepares individuals from entry-level to the C-Suite, and every level in-between.
Prior to joining NAMIC, Dr. Turner-Lee was Vice President and the first Director of the Media and Technology Institute for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, one of the nation’s leading research and public policy institutions whose work focuses on issues of concern to African Americans and other people of color. During her tenure, Dr. Turner-Lee created the first “National Minority Broadband Adoption Study” that has been cited by government, industry, and community based organizations interested in understanding minority Internet use. Most notably, the study was cited in the Federal Communications Commission’s congressionally mandated National Broadband Plan, and the FCC’s subsequent report detailing the information needs of communities.
Prior to this, Dr. Turner-Lee was an executive at One Economy – a global nonprofit that uses the power of technology and information to expand opportunities for low-income people – serving most recently as Senior Vice President for External Affairs in charge of public relations, national strategic partnerships and business development.
In 2011, she was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity in the Digital Age by the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. In the last two years, she has also been honored by the Alliance for Women in Media as one of their 60 most inspiring women in media, by CableFax as one of the Most Influential Minorities in Cable and one of the Most Powerful Women in Cable and by Multichannel News as one of their “Women to Watch.” Earlier this year, Dr. Turner-Lee was also selected by Time Warner Cable as one of four participants in their signature Digital Research Program.
Dr. Turner-Lee serves on the board of directors for the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC), Telecommunications and Policy Research Conference (TPRC), and the Alliance for Women in Media. Dr. Turner-Lee is a former Research Fellow with Northwestern University’s Asset-Based Community Development Institute, a Ford Foundation Rockwood Leadership Fellow, and has served as adjunct faculty at Northwestern and North Park Universities. She is also the author of several research and policy publications.
She graduated with honors from Colgate University, has a doctorate in Sociology from Northwestern University, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois-Chicago.