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 currently serves as the EVP of Business Development for Endeavor Global Marketing, the cultural marketing agency within Endeavor, a global leader in entertainment, sports and fashion operating in more than 30 countries with a portfolio of companies including WME, IMG and UFC. Michele and her team work to help brands better leverage the cultural relevance of the world around them while creating programs that connect to consumers while delivering measurable brand and business value.
Previously she was SVP of Media Sales for BET Her (formerly Centric TV), a 24-hour African American lifestyle network designed for Black Women. There she oversaw the vision and execution of all sales functions for the network and led her team to success by continually figuring ways to grow the revenue base for the network in various economic environments.
Ghee is also a creative. She was instrumental in the rebranding of Centric as ‘The First Network Designed for Black Women’ and then again into BET Her.
Ghee has worked for CNN, A&E, The History Channel and The Weather Channel. She began her career at SBC Communications in Oakland, California. Over a 20-year career she has honed her skills in the following areas: leadership, culture, strategy, revenue generation, and relationship building.
Ghee has received honors from numerous organizations including; Multichannel News 2019 Wonder Woman, Working Mother of the Year Award Class of 2018, The ADCOLOR Change Agent Award, The American Advertising Federation Mosaic Role Model of the Year Award, the Jesse Banks Humanitarian Award and numerous others. Ghee 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.
Ghee has authored two books: Stratechic: Life and Career Winning Strategies for Women and Stratechic 2.0: Her Plan, Her Power, Her Purpose.
After losing her dad to cancer in 1997, Ghee decided to go back to school and received her Bachelor of Arts from Golden Gate University at the age of 30. In May 2017, she was honored with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her alma mater. She resides in New Jersey and is a proud wife of Antony Ghee and mother of Taylor and Jordan Ghee.