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McKinnon Distinguished CEO Lecture Series Follow-up

June 8, 2015

Mr. Edward Lewis Left to right: UNM President Dr. Frank, Report from Santa Fe's Ms. Lorene Mills, Mr. Lewis and Anderson Interim Dean White UNM Anderson hosted Mr. Edward Lewis at the annual McKinnon Distinguished CEO Lecture Series on May 13. Mr. Lewis is a co-founder of Essence Communications, one of the country's largest African American multi-media organizations. During his 35 years as chairman, CEO and publisher, Lewis nurtured Essence into a media powerhouse, addressing the needs of black women.

During his lecture Lewis discussed his journey from the Bronx to Albuquerque. When he arrived at UNM in 1958 he was one of only 12 African Americans at the school. He recounted a dinner conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice where the two of them discussed the role Essence Magazine played in the lives of black women and he offered the powerful words "Listen, don't just hear," and "Know the difference between being silent and being clueless."

Mr. Lewis' talk was followed by a question and answer segment led by veteran journalist and interviewer Lorene Mills of the weekly PBS television show "Report from Santa Fe".

Edward Lewis earned his Bachelor and Master of Arts from UNM. He is a recipient of the Henry Johnson Fisher Award, considered the "Oscar" in publishing, and received the Henry Luce Award from Time, Inc. The next McKinnon Distinguished CEO Lecture Series is scheduled for October 2015.


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