The Storytellers 2019


TUES | APR 2 6:30 PM

At SLJ, we prepare students for college as well as to be citizens of the world. As such, social justice is a core component of our school culture. This is reflected in our annual Storytellers event, featuring talented writers sharing stories regarding race, gender, equity, and the importance of education.

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Suzanne Lindbergh

Suzanne Lindbergh is the Vice President, General Manager, and Executive Producer of BUILD, a Verizon Media hosted cultural platform that connects the most influential creators with their fans and audiences around the world. In her tenure with AOL/Verizon media, she has created a digital destination that attracts top talent, celebrities, artists, activists, and cultural movers. Prior to joining Verizon media, Ms. Lindbergh created and led Apple’s Global Buzz Marketing team for 19 years. She worked closely with Steve Jobs and Apple’s executive management team on programs to launch and grow the first iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad as well as all iterations of iMac, MacBook, and Mac Pro. Moreover, she worked hand-in-hand with Mr. Jobs on Apple's iPhone launch commercial, "Hello," where she negotiated and managed talent inclusion and she crafted the now-famed "Modern Family" episode where "Phil gets an iPad" two days before the official product launch date. Ms. Lindbergh is also a Board Member of the Oath Foundation, holds a bachelor’s from San Jose State University, and lives in New York City with her husband and 2 daughters.

Melissa Noel

Melissa Noel is an award-winning multimedia journalist and television host from New York City. She brings stories to international audiences with a lens on culture, business, immigration, and entertainment.  As a correspondent for One Caribbean Television, Melissa covers major news stories out of the Caribbean region and throughout the diasporan communities in the United States and Canada. Melissa is also a regular contributor to NBC News, Caribbean Beat Magazine, and Her work has been recognized for excellence by the National Association of Black Journalists, the Pulitzer Center On Crisis Reporting, the International Center for Journalists, and the University of Southern California Center for Health Reporting. Ms. Noel holds a B.A., Summa Cum Laude, from Howard University and an M.A. from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism.

Jasmine Mans

A native of Newark, New Jersey, Jasmine Mans is an author, performer, poet, and teacher. Ms. Mans began cultivating her artistic talent stringing rhymes together as a middle-school student and honed those skills while attending the first performing arts high school in the nation, Newark Arts High School. In 2012, Jasmine was chosen by Glamour Magazine as one of their Top 10 Most Influential Women in College. She has also been featured in HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices, Knicks Poetry Slam, and as an opening performer for artists such as Goapele, Mos Def, and Janelle Monae. In addition, Ms. Mans holds a B.A. in African-American Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.