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.

Natasha Alford

A native of Syracuse, New York, Natasha Alford is an award-winning on-camera host, journalist, writer, and producer driven by the power of storytelling to inspire and change people’s lives. As Deputy Editor of theGrio, she reports on the most critical news and issues shaping society and culture with a lens on criminal justice reform, education, politics, and entertainment. At theGrio, Ms. Alford is host and creator of the original video series “True Story with Natasha Alford.” Natasha has also been a contributor to Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, Sirius XM, Cheddar TV Live, and The New York Times. Prior to theGrio, she was a general assignment news reporter at WROC-TV (News 8) in Rochester, NY. Ms. Alford is also the winner of the 2014 CBS Meredith-Cronkite Fellowship, the Harvard Women’s Leadership Awards 2017 Rising Leader Award, and was recently named a “game-changing woman in media” by In addition, Natasha holds a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a B.A. from Harvard University in Social Studies.  

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.