Janet is a communications strategist and management consultant with a multimedia background, as well as experience in policy advocacy, strategic planning, fund development, media training, and education. She is a social justice advocate, activist, executive coach, and motivational speaker, with a doctorate in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. She is the author of Carving Out a Humanity: Race, Rights, and Redemption, and Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement.
Among her accomplishments are an Emmy® for outstanding individual achievement (CBS-TV affiliate in Washington, DC) and programming for National Public Radio honored with a Peabody award, considered the highest award in broadcasting.
Janet established the Derrick Bell Lecture Series on Race in American Society at the New York University School of Law, now in its twenty-sixth year. Along with other lead donors, she helped establish in 2012 the Derrick Bell Fund for Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Professor Bell’s alma mater, to honor his memory and legacy. She has also endowed the Janet Dewart Bell scholarship at Baruch College, where she earned a Master’s.
Janet is the founder and president of LEAD InterGenerational Solutions, Inc. A nonprofit organization dedicated to developing intergenerational leadership as social change agents. She is the board chair for the Women’s Media Center and serves on the boards of CancerCare and the Southern Center for Human Rights.