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Award-Winning Producer Speaks at Woodbridge Campus’ Women’s History Month Event

April 19, 2010

Faculty member and Women’s History Month committee member Dee Simmons (WO), guest speaker Vanessa “Max” Russell and Dean of Students Michael Turner (WO).

Emmy Award-Winning Producer and News Journalist Vanessa “Max” Russell was the featured guest lecturer for the Woodbridge Campus’ Women’s History Month event on March 31.

Russell’s lecture topic was “Writing Women Back Into History.” She discussed her path to success in various careers such as television and radio broadcasting, writing for various media outlets, producing, entrepreneurship and also being a full-time parent. She also encouraged attendees to remain positive and focused and to help other women along the way, ultimately assisting them as they write their own history.

Russell served as supervising and special projects producer of the Emmy Award-winning international broadcast of “Taking Authority” with Bishop Eddie L. Long. She helped lead the broadcast team to its first Emmy with her production of a documentary titled, “The New Face of Homelessness.” Another documentary she produced on domestic violence in the church was also nominated for an Emmy.

In addition, Russell has won numerous awards for excellence in broadcasting, including a World Media Award and Silver Medalist in the New York Film Festival, as well as several Telly, Aurora, Axiem and Communicator awards.

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