Michele Thornton Ghee
Member of 2019 class
Having managed over a billion dollars in revenue for some of the biggest media companies in the world, Michele Thornton Ghee is the SVP of Media Sales for BET HER (formerly Centric TV). She joined BET Her, a Viacom-BET Networks Company, in July of 2012. BET Her is a 24-hour African American lifestyle network designed for Black Women. She and her team are charged with growing the revenue base for the network. Thornton was instrumental in the rebranding of Centric as ‘The First Network Designed for Black Women and then again into BET Her.
Thornton has worked for some of the most powerful media brands including CNN, A&E and The History Channel and The Weather Channel. She began her career at SBC Communications in Oakland, California (and yes, she is a huge Raiders fan).
Thornton has received honors from numerous organizations including; The ADCOLOR Change Agent Award, The American Advertising Federation Mosaic Role Model of the Year Award, the Jesse Banks Humanitarian Award and most recently, she was named as a Multichannel News 2018 Woman to Watch and She Runs It Working Mother of the Year Award Class of 2018. Thornton served as the chair of the Mosaic Executive Council from 2011-2013 and continues to play an active role in the media and advertising community while advocating for diversity in the communications industry.
Michele has authored two books: Stratechic: Life and Career Winning Strategies for Women and Stratechic 2.0: Her Plan, Her Power, Her Purpose. After she made a promise to her father, Walt Thornton, on his deathbed that she would make him proud of her, she received her Bachelor of Arts from Golden Gate University at the age of 30. In May 2017, Michele was honored with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her Alma Mater. She resides in New Jersey and is the proud wife of Antony Ghee and mother of Taylor and Jordan Ghee. Walt is and the rest of the community is truly proud of the work and impact Michele has had!