WEMO Leadership Luncheon: Liz Walker

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Friday, January 20, 2017, noon-1:30 p.m.
Ballroom C, 3rd floor, Hynes Convention Center
2017 MMA Annual Meeting WEMO luncheon speaker Liz Walker​Liz Walker, one of New England’s most widely recognized news anchors and co-founder of an international humanitarian organization, has chosen to combine her communication skills with her passion for serving the world.
Walker was the first African American to anchor a major television newscast in Boston, a job she held at WBZ-TV for two decades, until 2005. She has also hosted a special television magazine health series called “Better Living With Liz Walker” on Boston’s WCVB-TV, and has a daily program called “Love Rules” on WROL-AM.
A 2005 graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Walker traveled to war-torn Sudan in the summer of 2001 on a fact-finding mission on the controversial slave trade in southern Sudan. She was so outraged by the human rights atrocities in Sudan that she co-founded My Sister’s Keeper, a grassroots initiative that advocates for women and children who are trying to rebuild their country and their lives.
Walker returns to Sudan often, including the region of Darfur, the scene of the 21st century’s first genocide. In 2007, My Sister’s Keeper built a school that serves more than 1,000 girls in the village of Akon in South Sudan.
Walker documented her trips to Sudan on video and has produced several documentaries on the troubled country, including “A Glory From the God,” profiling the work of My Sister’s Keeper and its visionary, Dr. Gloria White-Hammond of Boston.
An ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal tradition, Walker is currently pastor at Roxbury Presbyterian Church in Boston. The church is home to the Cory Johnson Trauma Project, an innovative program that addresses the epidemic of post-traumatic stress in a low-income African American community too often overrun by violence.
Walker’s broadcast journalism career began in her hometown of Little Rock, Ark. She also worked at television stations in Denver and San Francisco before moving to Boston. She is the recipient of two Emmys, an Edward R. Murrow Award and special recognition from the Gabriel Awards for her on-air and documentary work.
She is the founder and principal of The Walker Group LLC, communications specialists focused on corporate public engagement, nonprofit capacity building, and video production.
Walker (lizwalker.tv) is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Tufts Health Foundation, a member of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, and chair of the Board of the Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center, which focuses on helping Boston middle school students achieve educational excellence.