Speaker Profile

Michelle Ebanks
President of Essence Communications Inc. and President of PEOPLE en Español /Time Inc.

Michelle Ebanks serves as president of Essence Communications Inc., a leading media and communications company dedicated to African-American women. The organization is comprised of diverse media and entertainment properties with a total brand reach of 14.2 million, including Essence magazine, the preeminent lifestyle magazine for African-American women; Essence.com, the award-winning, daily online destination for African-American women; and the internationally renowned Essence Festival. Since Ms. Ebanks took the helm, Essence has expanded its reach and evolved its offerings through innovative brand extensions spanning digital, television, live event and social media platforms. Michelle has spearheaded a number of Essence partnerships and new business initiatives, including the international expansion of the Essence Festival to Durban, South Africa; the debut of weekly video series, Essence Live; and the launch of the Essence Beauty Box, a monthly subscription-based service featuring hair, cosmetic, skin care and fragrance products, specifically for Black women.