Lawyer, Journalist, Television Personality, Fashion Designer, Author, and Women's and Diversity Advocate
Star Jones has worked in television for nearly 20 years, offering a fresh perspective to the day’s most talked-about crime and justice, political, and sociological issues from the worlds of news, entertainment, politics, and pop culture. Jones, a lawyer by trade, is best known to television viewers for her candor, confidence, and uncanny ability to…
Star Jones has worked in television for nearly 20 years, offering a fresh perspective to the day’s most talked-about crime and justice, political, and sociological issues from the worlds of news, entertainment, politics, and pop culture.
Jones, a lawyer by trade, is best known to television viewers for her candor, confidence, and uncanny ability to clarify muddy legal and social issues as a co-host of ABC’s The View for nine years and as an NBC News Legal Correspondent. Her knowledge of the law and talent for television has won her critical acclaim as a news and legal correspondent, television host, and social commentator.
As law is still her first love, for the past 25 years Jones has been a licensed attorney in the state of New York. As a prosecutor in Brooklyn, she was named a senior assistant attorney in the homicide division before she was 29 years old. To date, her felony conviction rate (31 of 33) remains the best in the county.
An active supporter of the Democratic National Committee, Jones has acted as an informal advisor to former chairman Howard Dean and a prolific fundraiser and a national surrogate on behalf of President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, Senator John Kerry, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and President Barack Obama.
In the corporate world, Jones has been a featured personality for numerous consumer brands including Saks Fifth Avenue, Kohl’s, and Target. She has graced the cover of numerous magazines and has been featured in every major newspaper and magazine in the country on topics ranging from news to lifestyle. A frequent lecturer, Jones has been asked to speak on a variety of topics including law, politics, race, gender, pop culture, and health.
She has written two best-selling nonfiction books, You Have to Stand for Something, or You’ll Fall for Anything (Bantam) and Shine… A Physical, Emotional & Spiritual Journey to Finding Love (Harper Collins). Jones’ third book, Satan’s Sisters, a fictional account of the behind-the-scenes workings of a daytime talk show, was published in 2011. She is also the Editor-At-Large of UPTOWN Magazine.
As someone who believes “to whom much is given, much is required,” Jones is heavily involved in numerous philanthropic efforts and has served on the Board of Directors/Trustees for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, God’s Love We Deliver, The National Urban League, The East Harlem School at Exodus House, Girls, Inc., and Dress for Success Worldwide.
Also a survivor and heart health advocate, Jones underwent successful open heart surgery in March 2010. After undertaking an intensive three-month cardiac rehabilitation program, she returned to her regular activities with a new lease on life and a dedication to making heart health her primary philanthropic focus. In 2011, she was named The American Heart Association’s National Volunteer.
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LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
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Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
Lessons from the Heart
Star Jones thought she was doing everything right: her breathing had improved tremendously since successful weight loss surgery; she was practicing portion control and exercising regularly. But she wasn’t feeling right – a dragging fatigue had overtaken her and she was experiencing shortness of breath and intermittent pain and heart palpitations. So, after a few weeks of troubling symptoms, Jones went to the doctor, where extensive testing confirmed what she had hoped never to hear: she had cardiovascular disease and needed open heart surgery.
A week before her 48th birthday, doctors performed open heart surgery on Jones, stopping her heart for 22 minutes. She emerged complication free and dedicated to taking care of her heart and her body. Jones spent the five years that followed getting herself in the best physical and emotional health possible, including grueling cardiac rehab, and now counts heart health as her new mission in life. She competed on The Celebrity Apprentice on behalf of The American Heart Association and has been named the organization’s National Volunteer. In her inspiring, personal talk, Jones urges audiences to remember the proverb she now lives by: “She who has health has hope, and she who has hope has everything.”
Stand for Something or You’ll Fall for Anything
You Have to Stand for Something, or You’ll Fall for Anything
Young Women Against Violence & Victimization
Black History Month Celebration
Our Current Judicial System
Star Jones on the importance of Boardroom Diversity
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