2021 Gold Achievement Honoree
Chief Social Impact and Communications Officer
Jeanine D. Liburd is the Chief Social Impact and Communications Officer for BET Networks, a unit of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAC, VIACA) the leading provider of quality content for the African-American audience and consumers of Black culture globally. In her role, Liburd leads and elevates a portfolio of multiplatform social change initiatives that empower BET Networks’ audience to have an impact on the critical issues facing the Black community today. Additionally, she leads the company’s corporate communications, internal communications, social responsibility and events teams. Liburd is based in New York and reports to Scott Mills, President of BET Networks.
Liburd develops initiatives that aim to empower and measurably impact the Black community. In 2020, she built several action-oriented impact campaigns – including BET’s COVID relief effort, in partnership with United Way Worldwide, raising over $19 million in emergency relief. She created the company’s signature civic engagement campaign – Reclaim Your Vote and National Black Voter Day in partnership with the National Urban League and led the company’s response in the aftermath of George Floyd, with the creation of the Content for Change initiative focused on utilizing media to help combat racism and racial inequities in America. Notably, ViacomCBS has adopted this campaign company-wide.
Liburd also spearheads the network’s social impact conference, META (Media, Entertainment and Technology Alliance) designed, to explore how the most influential people and platforms across these sectors can work together to positively impact outcomes for the African-American community.
Previously, Liburd served as Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for BET Networks where oversaw all facets of strategic and creative brand development. She successfully led the launch and roll-out campaigns for BET+, the preeminent streaming service for the black audience, as well as various shows and specials including The BET Awards, The New Edition Story, American Soul, Black Girls Rock and Boomerang. Her leadership and deep consumer insights resulted in award-winning creative campaigns and innovative marketing strategies garnering increased ratings, visibility and brand recognition for the network.
She joined BET in 2007 as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications after working with several divisions under the Viacom banner. She was Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for Viacom, where she oversaw all media relations initiatives for the company’s business units. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Communications for MTV Networks. Liburd joined Viacom in 2000 from strategic communications firm, Robinson Lerer Montgomery where she worked with clients such as Oxygen, CNBC, AOL and Showtime.
Affiliated with a number of professional, civic and cultural organizations, Liburd serves on the board of Color Comm, the ADWEEK Steering Committee, the Corporate Advisory Council for the Congressional Black Caucus, the Apollo EmpowHER steering committee and has served on the Board of Directors for the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn for many years. She is a highly sought-after speaker, most recently delivering the keynote address at the 2020 Communications Week conference.
Liburd’s accomplishments have been recognized with several industry awards including the 2020 Multichannel News Wonder Woman Award, the 2019 New York Women in Communications Matrix Award, the 2018 Alliance for Women in Media Gracie Award, the 2018 Black Women in Media Award, the 2016 ColorComm Circle Award as well as a consistent presence on CableFax’s Most Influential Minorities and the Brand Innovators top 100 women lists. Her philanthropic efforts have also been acknowledged, most recently with the 2020 Dance Theater of Harlem Virtuoso Award.
Before her career in communications, Liburd worked on urban and family policy at the local and national levels, holding positions at the Department of General Services under the David Dinkins administration, and with the Department of Health and Human Services and The White House under the Clinton administration. She is a graduate of Vassar College and holds an M.S. in Urban Policy from The New School University for Social Research.
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