Thursday, August 9, 2007

Q & A with Sheila Johnson

Sheila Johnson is many things: wife, mother, owner of a WNBA team (the Washington Mystics), President and CEO of Salamander Hospitality and a violinist among others; but most importantly, she is a philanthropist and community leader. She and her former husband, Bob Johnson, made their fortunes with the founding of the entertainment network Black Entertainment Television. She's the first African American female billionaire by the way. Recently, she gave an interview to Black Voices:

How do you decide what you're going to give money to?

"I would say 99 percent of it is to education...it's children, women and the arts and education, those are my focus with a bent on health."

What advice do you give to people who want to support a charity or cause?

"There are just so many ways to get in and roll your sleeves up to make a change and a difference in so many people's lives. You can mentor, which I think is the number-one philanthropic thing you can do. It doesn't mean belonging to an organization but just taking on a young person that you can follow through their lives to help them. You can feed them; you can take them with you to concerts. You can do whatever you can. Young people, kids need to be nurtured and mentored and sometimes even a family with both parents can't do it all."

Read the interview at Black Voices.

1 comment:

Carolyn said...

Sheila, whats the problem, you need to get attention? Support some black communities this is how you get recongition. Remember you got your money from blacks, not from no one else, no one was even watching B.E.T. when you were around.