The Rise to the Top of the Entertainment Industry:
Debra Lee in Conversation with Crystal McCrary

Tuesday, March 7, 2023
6:30 pm ET
The Paley Museum, 25 West 52 Street, NYC

Debra Lee, former CEO of BET and author, is joined by filmmaker, producer, and author Crystal McCrary for a riveting conversation about the journey of the trailblazing executive, as chronicled in her new captivating memoir, I Am Debra Lee.

Learn how a young girl became the leader of the first Black company traded on the New York Stock Exchange, breaking glass ceilings and bringing such groundbreaking shows as The Game and Being Mary Jane to television. Learn about some of the glamorous and most challenging moments of being a Black female executive, including the personal struggles with motherhood and #MeToo while achieving great professional success. The story of power, perseverance, and success will surely inspire.

Discussion: 6:30 pm
Debra Lee will be signing books after the event. Books will be available for purchase.

In Person:
Debra Lee
Former CEO, BET; Founder, Leading Women Defined

Crystal McCrary
Filmmaker, Producer, Author, Entrepreneur

Events and participants are subject to change.​

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General Public: $25