Speaker - Nicol Turner-Lee

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Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee is Vice President and the first Director of the Media and Technology Institute for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. The Joint Center is one of the nation’s leading research and public policy institutions and the only one whose work focuses primarily on issues of particular concern to African Americans and other people of color. The Media and Technology Institute was established in 2009 to study how broadband, the media industry and emerging communications technologies can become avenues of advancement for people of color.

Prior to joining the Joint Center, 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. While at One Economy, Dr. Turner-Lee played key roles in all aspects of its core business, including residential and community broadband access, online public purpose media and youth technology training. She helped to establish broadband connections in thousands of affordable housing units, supported the development and distribution of One Economy's core media properties and expanded a national technology service initiative from 250 to nearly 3,000 youth in less than two years. Dr. Turner-Lee is the founder of the Neighborhood Technology Resource Center, a Chicago-based nonprofit that provides public access to computers and the Internet to thousands of low- and middle-income people. In its ten year history, NTRC has been recognized by the State of Illinois and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a model community technology center. In 2007, Broadband Properties magazine named her to its list of the "Top 10 National Broadband Promoters." She is the author of numerous articles and has presented at hundreds of national conferences.

Dr. Turner-Lee has served on the board of the Center for Economic Progress, most recently as its Vice Chair. She is a member of the board for the Community Renewal Society and a former member of the Chicago Wireless Task Force. She is a former Research Fellow with Northwestern University's Asset-Based Community Development Institute, a recent Rockwood Leadership Fellow and has served as adjunct faculty at Northwestern and North Park Universities.

Dr. Turner-Lee 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.

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Ideas in Action: Driving Broadband Adoption in America

05.22.12 | 00:38:26 min | 0 comments