What are some of your greatest accomplishments?
“I’m glad you asked! I’ve starred in a reality TV gameshow. I’ve traveled 4,000 miles in 11 hours wearing high heels and I’ve donated a gallon of blood--not all in one shot.”
That's grand! But, I meant professional accomplishments.
"In that case, I am the creator and host of an online talk show called of Women of Action with Lenina. I speak with super women who are leaders and creators. I also work on an award winning news team and it's my job to tell interesting stories about events at all CUNY colleges. Give me a recorder and I'll make a podcast. Give me a camera and I'll create an inspiring video. And give me a pen and I'll write you a feature. Any questions?"
Actually, Yes. What makes you unique?
"Interesting question. I'd say my background helped me to develop a unique [storytelling] voice. I'm lucky to have been raised in a Haitian-American household in the greatest city ever--Brooklyn, NY! I have roots in an island rich in culture and I was born in the city that never sleeps. That means I've got swag."
Good to know. ::Deadpan::
What else have you got?
"Wow, tough crowd... Other things that make me unique... I have experience reporting on a range of topics like politics, fashion, education, arts & culture. Also, I have two Bachelor's degrees--one in Journalism from Brooklyn College and the other in Biology from Stony Brook University."
Okay, let's wrap this up.
"I am a proud alumna of Bard High School Early College, a member of the New York chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and a mentor for First Take News--NYABJ's high school journalism workshop."
Last question--are you finished?
"Yep, for now..."
"One more thing, here's my resume."
Host, Reporter & Producer
Lenina Mortimer is the host of Women of Action, an online talk show that features people who are leaders and creators with an inspiring story to share.
Lenina is also a creative multimedia reporter working in print, video and radio. Her reporting has appeared in The Economist, The Daily Beast, The Legislative Gazette and AMBERmag.com.