Meet My Favorite Professor, Lillian Dunlap #WomenRiseAboveIt

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Lillian Dunlap, Ph.D

Think back to your favorite teacher or college professor. They connected with you, shared their own personal challenges and were concerned about your well being, not just your grades. For me, Lillian Dunlap, Ph.D, is my favorite professor. She’s an example of ‘When Life Gets Tough, Women Rise Above It.’

Lillian Dunlap

Lillian had been a local news reporter and anchor before she held faculty positions in some of the country’s most prestigious journalism schools. I loved hearing her stories about working as a “street reporter” covering crime and breaking news.  She was “double minority” as a woman and as an African American.

Lillian has 40 years of media experience, including faculty positions at Poynter University and my alma mater, the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.

Lillian’s time a journalism professor is over and she now owns a consulting firm. She consults major corporations, universities and governments about leadership and diversity. When she stopped in Atlanta earlier this year, she was exploring opportunities to bring a major digital media conference to a university.

I admire Lillian because she strives for fairness and equality in the workplace. Her passion laid the groundwork for my career. See my story about the tough decisions I made in journalism school and my TV career, where I chose to rise above the challenges I encountered.


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Diane Amos’ Story

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About Joyce Brewer

Creator & Host of Mommy Talk Show. Emmy award-winning TV journalist.Wife & Mommy; Mom Blogger; Social Media Coach; Long Island, New York transplant living in Atlanta, GA. Follow Joyce on Twitter @MommyTalkShow Author of Use What You Know: A Business Idea Guide for Moms featuring interviews with mompreneurs who created businesses using their skills & backgrounds.

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  1. Thanks for sharing the story about your professor. I also have a few professors and mentors that made a really great impression on my life and impacted me in such a positive way. Now it is up to me to pay it forward and help someone else.

  2. I LOVE reading about strong empowering women!! I have had so many women on my journey inspire me to do great things. Awesome!

  3. Thank you for sharing this inspiring post! I loved reading about your professor and was so inspired watching the video.

  4. What a video!
    I don’t know how single moms do it. xo Thank you for sharing such a beautiful post.

  5. I love seeing stories like this! So inspiring!

  6. Wow!!she sounds like a wonderful woman!! I have one teacher that I can think of that has majorly impacted my life. Thanks for sharing your story.