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Abbe Raven

NMAH Board Alumna; Chairman Emeritus, A+E Networks

Abbe Raven is Chairman Emeritus, A+E Networks, an award-winning multi-billion-dollar global media company encompassing A&E Network, Lifetime, HISTORY, LMN, Viceland, FYI, A+E Indie Films, A+E Studios, and A+E International. Raven was the longest running employee at A+E Networks—she began as a production assistant and rose through the ranks to become President & CEO and first Chairman in the company’s history. Under her leadership, A&E Network and HISTORY catapulted into top 5 cable networks, and reclaimed Lifetime’s position as a leading brand for women. Raven was elevated to Chairman after a successful tenure as CEO, tripling the company’s revenues and expanding its global portfolio. After a brief retirement, Raven recently returned as Acting Chairman. She also founded Raven Media Advisors which counsels companies, agencies, executives, and entrepreneurs on strategy, branding, and leadership. She serves on the boards of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, PENCIL, the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Nantucket Film Festival and has served as vice chairman of the board of the National Cable Television Association. Over the last decade, Raven has been named to The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 list, which listed her as one of the Top 5 most Powerful Women in Entertainment, and as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune. Raven has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. At a White House ceremony, Raven accepted the prestigious Preserve America Presidential Award from first lady Laura Bush, the highest national award for historic preservation, for HISTORY’s longstanding commitment to Historic preservation. She was recognized by President Obama at the White House Celebration of Women’s History. She has also been honored with the Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership from the National Cable Television Association. Ms. Raven received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Buffalo and a Master of Arts in Theatre and Film from Hunter College. She has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Hunter College, Florida Southern College and State University of New York at Buffalo.