Whether utilizing a stage or in a private utterance, a speaker is powerful, having the choice to deliver life-changing encouragement or dream-killing lies.
My mission is the former. ~ Betty C. Andrews
Keynotes, motivational presentations, workshops and training. Betty Andrews is a highly sought-after speaker that energizes and transforms her audiences.
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Betty C. Andrews, President & CEO, Betty Andrews Media
Noted as one of Iowa’s most acclaimed leaders, Betty C. Andrews, through commitment to excellence, has built a reputation as a brilliant business woman, a powerful civil rights advocate and a strong proponent of connecting people around education, culture and arts. Betty finds tremendous fulfillment and success in creating, organizing and promoting opportunities that build community. Betty is president & CEO of Betty Andrews Media (BAM,) a media, events, and strategic communications firm where I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa – Iowa’s African American Festival is one of the her key clients. She serves as Executive Director for the organization.
Andrews is a gifted strategist and has provided extensive coaching, branding, media consulting and promotion for clients like The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The United Way, Lt. Governor Joy Corning, Lt. Governor Sally Pederson and the Iowa Committee on Diversity, Drake University, the Institute for Social and Economic Development, the Iowa Status of African-Americans, Civic Music, African American Museum of Iowa, Hoyt Sherman Place, Central College, the NAACP, Youth Vote Coalition, The Central Iowa Chapter of the American Red Cross, The Regional Red Cross Service Area (175 Chapters) and numerous other clients.
Betty Andrews is President of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP State Area Conference of Branches, representing over 30 units of the organization.
Betty also served as Public Affairs Director and Talk Show Host for three Des Moines radio stations: KJJY, KRKQ, and KBGG.
Betty received certification in non-profit strategic planning from Iowa State University. She is credentialed in Strategic Communications for Non-profits from American University and the Center for Communications and Community at UCLA; and is a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership institute.
She serves/has served on a host of boards and committees including CASP Strategic Plan Committee, the Metro Arts Alliance, Drake University Diversity Task Force, The Des Moines Playhouse Executive Board (Vice President of the Kate Goldman Children’s Theater), Des Moines Branch NAACP Executive Committee, The Morris Scholarship Board, Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Curriculum Committee, The African American Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa, The United Way of Central Iowa Investment Committee, National Association of Parliamentarians, Central Iowa & Eastern Iowa Parliamentarians, Jack & Jill of America, Inc. etc.
Mrs. Andrews is also a parliamentarian; an award-wining playwright, a filmmaker and public speaker. As a proud married mother of three she has a fulfilling family life as well. A high achiever from birth, Betty sums up her standard of excellence and commitment in her business tagline and personal motto: Leave ‘em saying “Wow!”
Highlights of her key community roles:
I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa: Betty has served in a leadership role in Iowa’s African American Festival since its beginning. Over the past 10 years she has anchored the organization as its executive director.
- Grew the event from an event that had about 1,000 participants to numbers topping 15,000 and in addition to showcasing Iowa performances has secured celebrities like Boris Kodjoe, Morris Chestnut, Shemar Moore, Kenny Lattimore, Blair Underwood, Vivica Fox, Montel Jordan, Billie Dee Williams, Victoria Rowell, Lynn Whitfield, and Ruben Studdard to name just a few.
- Established Education Day featuring the Black History Game Show to ensure the festival impacted the lives of young people for years to come by providing a platform that teaches students about African American History.
- Also established a health fair at the event to address the health disparities of the community. The fair provides, blood pressure, diabetes and free physicals and has saved lives.
- Teamed up with song writer Effie Burt, State Representative Deb Berry and others to establish the I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa theme song as the companion state song for Iowa unanimously voted in by the Iowa legislature in 2006.
NAACP: In 2013 Betty was elected president of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP State Area Conference of Branches, representing over 30 branches. Though new to this role, Andrews is not new to the NAACP Advocacy. Ms. Andrews was a card carrying member for a number of years, but chose to become strongly active about 10 years ago. Her work and accomplishments include:
- Andrews advocated for and leads quarterly meetings with Iowa Governors Culver and Brandstad calling on those in the executive office to move on issues of people of color including health, education, criminal justice, environment, and economic development. Successes include getting Governor Branstad to reduce the processing requirements for restoring voting rights to people with felony convictions and the July 2014 signing of the Juvenile records sealing law.
- She also liaisons quarterly meetings with Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice, Mark Cady, recently resulting in the opportunity for the NAACP to provide a training for 250 Iowa judges and magistrates on disparate impact of the overrepresentation of African Americans in the criminal justice system.
- In August of 2015 Andrews was appointed to Governor's Working Group on Justice Policy Reform. This committee was announced at the 3rd Annual Iowa Summit on Justice & Disparities on August 28. This working group is a one of the results of the on going work of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP around reducing criminal justice disparities. Andrews, representing the NAACP, is the only non-government official on the committee. The committee will make formal recommendations in time for the upcoming legislative session.
- In June 2014 Andrews led a historic NAACP first time meeting with a Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman modeling the work established in Iowa.
- Andrews was also appointed by the Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Office to serve on the Community and Strategic Planning Project (CASP) to Reduce Disproportionate Minority Contacts (DMC) with Iowa's Juvenile Justice System. This statewide committee of the Judicial Branch, which is made up of judges, court officers and advocates is literally writing a plan to reduce the disparity within the Juvenile Justice System for the entire state of Iowa.
- In April of 2014 Andrews testified on Iowa’s Felony Disenfranchisement before the National Voters Rights Commission Regional Hearing on Voting Rights University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
- Andrews is a 4-term elected member of the National NAACP Resolutions Committee which establishes direction for the organization.
- In 2015 Betty was elected to serve as Chair of NAACP Midwestern Region IV, a 10 state jurisdiction, with the expectation.
- With a keen eye for business and nonprofit management, President Andrews and her executive team are also strengthen the presence and resources of the NAACP by establishing sound administrative practices and are currently in the process of activating or reactivating seven additional units throughout both states.
- Andrews is a past communications chair and currently serves as criminal justice chair and an executive committee member for the Des Moines NAACP.
Additional Community Work. Betty Andrews has led numerous additional community enhancing efforts including:
- The Iowa Summit on Justice & Disparities: A ground breaking conference addressing the fact that Iowa Ranks number one in the nation for the number of African Americans per capita in the criminal justice system. The 3rd Annual Summit was held August 28, 2015.
- Unity in the Community a campaigned that sought to unify African American leadership when conflict was played out in the media.
- Iowa Nonprofit Educational Institute: a conference that provided free organizational training to small nonprofits.
- The Culture Café at the Des Moines Playhouse: A highly recognized program that featured monthly festivals from a wide variety of ethnicities culminating in the “Festival of Cultures.”
Awards & Recognition. Ms. Andrews work has seen wide recognition. Honors include:
- 2015 – 2016 Regional Chair of NAACP Midwestern Region IV, a 10 state jurisdiction, with the expectation.
- 2014 African American History Maker from the African American Museum of Iowa
- 2014 Bankers Trust Community Partner (IMMAWII)
- 2013 IMMAWII Board, Sponsors, Collaborator Executive Director Recognition
- 2012 Google Iowa Leading Nonprofit Business (IMMAWII)
- 2012 Image Cedar Rapids Branch NAACP Image Maker
- 2011 Presidential Volunteer Award
- 2010 Des Moines Branch NAACP President’s Award for Outstanding Event (IMMAWII)
- 2009 Lt. Gov. Iowa Diversity Award (IMMAWII)
- 2008 Creative Visions Leadership Award
- 2003 Multicultural Education Exhibits Leadership
- 2002 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Outstanding Women of Achievement in the Arts
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