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Kathleen Bertrand

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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Jazz Singer
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Autumn
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard
Favorite Quote:
Do Unto Others As You Would Have Others Do Unto You.$

Birthplace

Born:
10/17/1951
Birth Location:
Atlanta, Georgia

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Jazz Singer
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Pizza
Favorite Time of Year:
Autumn
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard
Favorite Quote:
Do Unto Others As You Would Have Others Do Unto You.$

Birthplace

Born:
10/17/1951
Birth Location:
Atlanta
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Biography

Jazz singer and nonprofit executive Kathleen Bertrand was born on October 17, 1951 in Atlanta, Georgia to Nan Jackson and William Jackson. Bertrand graduated from Henry W. Grady High School in 1969, and earned her B.S. degree in English from Spelman College in 1973.

From 1974 to 1978, Bertrand worked as Spelman College's director of alumni affairs. In 1983, Bertrand became a membership account executive for the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB), a private, non-profit organization. Later, she became the organization’s advertising and membership manager before becoming ACVB’s vice president of membership and community affairs in 1990. In this position, Bertrand launched a number of projects in Atlanta, including: Diversity in the Hospitality Industry Summit, the Hospitality Student Summit and ACVB’s Diversity Marketing Advisory Council. She also developed Atlanta Heritage, an annual visitor’s guide targeted at African American tourists. Bertrand became senior vice president of community and government affairs at ACVB; and in 2007, founded Hospitality Industry Professionals, a networking organization for those of diverse hospitality backgrounds.

An accomplished singer, Bertrand performed at the 1992, 1994 and 1996 Olympic Games. In 1999, she independently released her first jazz album, All of Me. Then, in 2002, she penned the national theme song, “What They See is What They’ll Be” for the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. That same year, Bertrand recorded her second album, No Regrets, which was released by Gold Circle Records, followed by her third album, Reasons for the Season. In 2006, she recorded her fourth album, New Standards. Then, in 2009, Bertrand co-founded the BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta. BronzeLens was a founding partner of Ava DuVernay’s African American Film Festival Releasing Movement. Bertrand released her fifth album, Katharsis, in 2011. Bertrand has opened for a number of performers, including: Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Rachelle Ferrell and Roy Ayers. Additionally, she performed the National Anthem for several of Atlanta’s professional sports teams, as well as for former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Bertrand served on the Grady Hospitality Academy Industry Advisory Board, the MACOC Education Committee, the Advisory Board for North Atlanta High School Hospitality Program, the Tourism and Hospitality Advisory Committee of Atlanta Technical College, the Black Women’s Film Network, and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. She was recognized as the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top Hospitality Industry Leader, one of Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence by the Atlanta Business League, and as the Most Influential African Americans in the Meetings & Tourism Industry by Black Meetings & Tourism Magazine.

Bertrand and her husband, Andre Bertrand, have four children: Ikechi, Amichi, Chioma, and Chinela.

Kathleen Bertrand was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 3, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Kathleen Bertrand's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Kathleen Bertrand lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Kathleen Bertrand describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Kathleen Bertrand describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Kathleen Bertrand talks about her mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Kathleen Bertrand describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Kathleen Bertrand talks about her father's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Kathleen Bertrand recalls her parents' brief separation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Kathleen Bertrand lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Kathleen Bertrand describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Kathleen Bertrand describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Kathleen Bertrand talks about her religious upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Kathleen Bertrand recalls her early influences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Kathleen Bertrand remembers competing in the Superteen contest
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Kathleen Bertrand describes her music education at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Kathleen Bertrand recalls her experiences on public transit in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Kathleen Bertrand recalls her experiences on public transit in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Kathleen Bertrand describes her experiences of discrimination at Henry W. Grady High School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Kathleen Bertrand remembers her aspiration to attend college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Kathleen Bertrand describes her college counselor at William H. Grady High School in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Kathleen Bertrand talks about the impact of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Kathleen Bertrand remembers winning the Superteen singing contest
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Kathleen Bertrand remembers turning down a recording contract with Capital Records
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Kathleen Bertrand describes her early aspirations for her career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Kathleen Bertrand recalls deejaying on WAUC Radio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Kathleen Bertrand remembers recording commercial jingles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Kathleen Bertrand remembers learning photography
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Kathleen Bertrand recalls being elected Miss Maroon and White at Spelman College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Kathleen Bertrand talks about moving to Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Kathleen Bertrand recalls her first winter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Kathleen Bertrand remembers her roles at the alumnae office of Spelman College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Kathleen Bertrand describes the impact of Maynard Jackson's mayoralty on Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Kathleen Bertrand talks about the history of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Kathleen Bertrand describes her work as the director of alumnae affairs at Spelman College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Kathleen Bertrand talks about her marriage to Andre Bertrand
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Kathleen Bertrand remembers joining Roy Ayers' band
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Kathleen Bertrand remembers touring with Roy Ayers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Kathleen Bertrand talks about her voice
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Kathleen Bertrand describes the meanings of her children's names
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Kathleen Bertrand remembers her decision to leave Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Kathleen Bertrand recalls living in the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Kathleen Bertrand recalls joining the Atlanta Convention and Visitor's Bureau
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Kathleen Bertrand describes her first position at the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Kathleen Bertrand recalls her promotion to advertising manager at the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Kathleen Bertrand talks about the national perception of Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Kathleen Bertrand remembers the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Kathleen Bertrand recalls organizing the Diversity in the Hospitality Industry Summit
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Kathleen Bertrand talks about her student outreach programs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Kathleen Bertrand recalls the creation of the Atlanta Heritage guide
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Kathleen Bertrand remembers her performances for the Olympics, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Kathleen Bertrand remembers her performances for the Olympics, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Kathleen Bertrand recalls the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Kathleen Bertrand describes the highlights of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Kathleen Bertrand talks about the Olympic facilities in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Kathleen Bertrand remembers releasing her first album, 'All of Me'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Kathleen Bertrand talks about her second album, 'No Regrets'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Kathleen Bertrand describes her Christmas album, 'Reasons for the Season'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Kathleen Bertrand talks about financing her records
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Kathleen Bertrand recalls founding Hospitality Industry Professionals
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Kathleen Bertrand remembers organizing the BronzeLens Film Festival
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Kathleen Bertrand describes the changes to the BronzeLens Film Festival
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Kathleen Bertrand describes the release of her fifth album, 'Katharsis'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Kathleen Bertrand talks about the inspiration for her song, 'Date Night'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Kathleen Bertrand recalls writing 'What They See Is What They'll Be'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Kathleen Bertrand remembers performing with Roy Ayers at the Atlanta Jazz Festival
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Kathleen Bertrand reflects upon her career at the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Kathleen Bertrand recalls performing in Four Women: A Tribute to Nina Simone
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Kathleen Bertrand talks about her use of social media
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Kathleen Bertrand describes her upcoming projects
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Kathleen Bertrand talks about her family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Kathleen Bertrand describes her concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Kathleen Bertrand describes her concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 12 - Kathleen Bertrand reflects upon her legacy