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BET executive to speak at CASA banquet
Debra Lee, BET Networks Chairman and Chief Executive Officer - photo by Photo provided / Coastal Courier
Debra Lee, BET Networks chairman and CEO, will deliver the keynote address at the Atlantic Area CASA Banquet.
It will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Mighty Eighty Air Force Museum in Savannah. BET Networks is a unit of Viacom that focuses on African-Americans and consumers of black culture globally.
Court Appointed Special Advocate is a nonprofit organization that trains and supervises volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children who are under the jurisdiction of the court system. Under CASA community-based programs recruit, screen, train and supervise volunteers to provide individualized advocacy for these innocent victims.
Lee oversees diversified operations and an array of assets, including several cable television channels, digital offerings, mobile and a music festival/events business.
Prior to being named CEO, Lee was president and chief operating officer for almost 10 years when she guided the company to consistent increases in viewership, revenue and earnings. She first joined BET as vice president and general counsel in 1986 after serving more than five years as an attorney with Washington, D.C.-based Steptoe & Johnson, a corporate law firm.  Prior to that, she served as a law clerk to the late Barrington Parker of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
She serves on the corporate board of directors of Revlon, Marriott, Eastman Kodak, and Washington Gas & Light.
Affiliated with a number of professional, civic, and cultural organizations, Lee is also a member of the national board of directors for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Girls Inc., National Symphony Orchestra, Center for Communication and the Kennedy Center's Community & Friends Board.  She is also a member of the board of trustees for Brown University and serves on the boards of the Museum of Television and Radio and the Grammy Foundation.
She earned her law degree at Harvard Law School, while simultaneously earning a master's degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government.  She graduated from Brown with a bachelor's degree in political science with an emphasis in Asian politics.
Lee resides in Washington, D.C., with her two children.
The $100 banquet registration cost will benefit the Atlantic Area CASA Program. Irene McCall is the executive director and chairperson of this event.
For tickets and more information, please call 876-3816 or 237-4885.
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