Ms. Renee Poussaint, Mistress of Ceremonies
Renee Poussaint is the co-founder and chief executive officer of The National Visionary Leadership Project in Washington, DC. She is also a documentary filmmaker, award-winning former television network journalist, and senior fellow at the University of Maryland's Academy of Leadership. In 2001, Ms. Poussaint joined forces with educator and producer, Dr. Camille Cosby, to create the National Visionary Leadership Project. The Project utilizes various educational media to record, preserve, and distribute the stories and wisdom of older generations of African Americans who have shaped American history with the goal of bringing the older and younger generations together to create a strong educational foundation for the young leaders of the future. Ms. Poussaint's extensive broadcast career included tenure as a network correspondent for both ABC and CBS News. Her work as a documentary filmmaker and broadcast journalist has appeared on the PBS, Discovery, A&E, and Lifetime networks. After leaving commercial broadcasting, Ms. Poussaint established the non-profit documentary production company, Wisdom Works, focusing primarily on social issues. The company's highly-acclaimed documentary, "Tutu and Franklin: A Journey Towards Peace," aired nationally on PBS in 2001. Ms. Poussaint is the recipient of three National Emmy Awards. In 2004, Ms. Poussaint co-edited with Dr. Cosby the popular book "A Wealth of Wisdom: Legendary African American Elders Speak," consisting of excerpts from some of the videotaped elders' interviews. Ms. Poussaint has an M.A. in African studies from the University of California Los Angeles.