Avis Jones-DeWeever, Ph.D

Dr. Avis Jones DeWeever

Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever is the Author of the award-winning book, How Exceptional Black Women Lead, and Founder of the Exceptional Leadership Institute, a global personal and professional development firm grounded in the notion that the best leadership is diverse leadership.

As a prolific writer, Dr. Avis is the author or co-author of numerous publications, a selection of which include:  The State of Black Women in the U.S. 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018; Beyond Broke: Why Closing the Racial Wealth Gap is a Priority for National Economic Security; Massive Resistance: A Way Forward for Black America in the Wake of Trump and You Mad?  Black Women, Work, and the Normalcy of Disrespect.

Dr. Avis’ distinct perspectives have been shared through a variety of media sources, including TV One’s NewsOne Now with Roland Martin, PBS’ To the Contrary, CNN, C-Span, BET, BBC, NPR, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Essence Magazine and many more.  She currently serves as a Regular Contributor to The Huffington Post, Black Enterprise and NBC BLK.

Dr. Avis is a member of the Board of Directors of the Voter Participation Center, Women’s Voices. Women’s Vote, and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. She also serves as the Sr. Public Policy Advisor to the Black Women’s Roundtable, an Affiliated Scholar to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, and as a member of the Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative.  In her most important role, she serves as mother to two magnificent young men, who will one day, undoubtedly, change the world.