Julianne's Open Road
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Indie: Indie Roadtrips
Bennett College for Women
economics, politics, radio, soul searching
Julianne Malveaux is one of those people who have done it all. Before becoming the 15th president of Bennett College for Women in North Carolina, Julianne took numerous other paths in life. She received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Boston College and then went on to pursue a Ph.D. in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Julianne was also interested in public policy, and had fervor for positive change on issues such as race and diversity, which motivated her to run for the county board of supervisors in San Francisco, her native city. Julianne didn't win, but that led her to embark on many other successful endeavors including teaching at San Francisco State University; working at CNN; founding her own multimedia production company, Last Word Productions, Inc.; and hosting her own talk radio show. In 2007, Julianne was offered the position at Bennett, but she questioned if she was ready to take on a role with such powerful influence. But it made sense to Bennett to take the offer as she has always been a leader on issues important to the college, as well on public policy and opinion. Julianne wanted to take part in something bigger than her, and although she was scared at first, she was ready do it.