National Association of Professional Women Inducts Dr. Susan De Bonis, Ph.D., Media Management, Haiti Medical Team Into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle

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Dr. Susan De Bonis selected for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

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I’m pleased to recognize Susan with this important honor. Her perseverance, work ethic and leadership qualities are an inspiration to all women.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Susan De Bonis as a 2015-2016 inductee into the NAPW VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in business. With more than 700,000 members and over 200 operating Local Chapters, NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women.

“I’m pleased to recognize Susan with this important honor,” said NAPW President Star Jones. “Her perseverance, work ethic and leadership qualities are an inspiration to all women.”

While a student at the University of Tennessee, Susan De Bonis discovered that story telling was her passion. She first thought of a career in journalism, but then learned there are many different ways to tell a story. Originally focusing on print, she moved on to radio. While at the university, she was given a camera and began creating videos. For over 20 years, she has been a success in the media world and established a great reputation among her employees and peers. With a Ph.D. in Communications, she is trained in research methods and can interpret large data sets.

Dr. De Bonis is finishing her seventh year teaching Multimedia Journalism at a regional university. She has designed a sales course and taught global media and basic writing courses as well. In addition to her role as a Professor, Dr. De Bonis managed the news department at the local TV station. She was Executive Producer of Election Night coverage and, with a colleague and student videographers, was awarded an Emmy for the Football Coach’s Show of the Alabama-GSU game in 2011. “In the long run, I have stayed true to my moral and ethical standards and proved that women can be recognized and accepted in a man’s world,” she said.

Dr. De Bonis will be transitioning back into the business world the end of July. Ideally, she wants to continue writing and photography. Her next goal is to publish a book of photographs from the past five years of working with a mobile medical team in Haiti since the earthquake. She will increase the input on her blog, “Because It’s Important,” and plans to launch a blog on August 1 for businesspersons interested in consumer issues.

Awards & Accomplishments: Ph.D., University of Tennessee, TV / Radio, International Communications, and Rural Sociology

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