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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Author
Public Relations Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Quartz Blue
Favorite Food:
Lemon Cake, Vanilla Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
Stay Strong.

Birthplace

Born:
5/12/1954
Birth Location:
Mt. Vernon, New York

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Author
Public Relations Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Quartz Blue
Favorite Food:
Lemon Cake, Vanilla Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
Stay Strong.

Birthplace

Born:
5/12/1954
Birth Location:
Mt. Vernon
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Biography

Author and public relations entrepreneur Terrie Williams was born in Mt. Vernon, New York, on May 12, 1954. Williams attended Pennington Grade School, where one of her fellow classmates was actor Denzel Washington, and graduated in three years from Mt. Vernon High School in 1971. Williams attended Brandeis University following high school, earning her B.S. degree in psychology in 1975, and then attended Columbia University, where she earned her master’s degree in social work.

After working for a number of years as a social worker, Williams founded the Terrie Williams Agency in 1988, after meeting Miles Davis in the hospital. Williams began representing Davis, and her next big client, Eddie Murphy; since that time, she has gone on to represent superstars such as Janet Jackson, Russell Simmons, Johnnie Cochran, Stephen King, and Sally Jesse Raphael, as well as organizations such as HBO and Essence Communications. The Terrie Williams Agency went on to become a division of PGP Communications, where Williams served as vice chair.

Williams authored three books: The Personal Touch: What You Really Need to Succeed in Today’s Fast-paced Business World, Stay Strong: Simple Life Lessons for Teens and A Plentiful Harvest: Creating Balance and Harmony Through the Seven Living Virtues. Stay Strong has been used nationwide in schools, and was the catalyst for launching the Stay Strong Foundation, a nationwide non-profit organization for youth.

Williams was a highly sought-after speaker, speaking at engagements with Fortune 500 companies, universities, and numerous other organizations. Williams is the recipient of several awards, including being the first African American to win the New York Women in Communications Matrix Award, and the Citizen’s Committee for the New York Marietta Tree Award for Public Service.

In 1998, Williams donated her papers to the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University, making them the first gift of papers donated in the public relations field.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Terrie Williams' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Terrie Williams lists her favorite things
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Terrie Williams describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Terrie Williams describes her maternal grandmother's perseverance during the Great Depression
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Terrie Williams talks about her father and how he met her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Terrie Williams describes her father's career and her early childhood education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Terrie Williams talks about her ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Terrie Williams recalls her early childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Terrie Williams describes her childhood neighborhood in Mount Vernon, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Terrie Williams describes Robert Fulton Elementary School and Pennington Elementary School in Mount Vernon, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Terrie Williams remembers her influential elementary school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Terrie Williams describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Terrie Williams describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Terrie Williams describes family trips to North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Terrie Williams recalls her time at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Terrie Williams remembers being a high school exchange student in Colombia, South America
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Terrie Williams recalls her interests and activities at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Terrie Williams talks about battling depression
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Terrie Williams talks about decision to attend Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Terrie Williams reflects on lessons learned at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Terrie Williams describes her experience working at a state mental institution
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Terrie Williams remembers influential people from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Terrie Williams describes an impactful sociology course at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Terrie Williams describes her social work training at Columbia University School of Social Work in New York, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Terrie Williams talks about her entry into the public relations field
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Terrie Williams describes how Eddie Murphy became her first public relations client
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Terrie Williams talks about representing Eddie Murphy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Terrie Williams talks about her many celebrity clients
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Terrie Williams talks about challenges she faced as a public relations representative
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Terrie Williams talks about representing Miles Davis
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Terrie Williams reflects upon the challenges of being a celebrity
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Terrie Williams talks about her foundation work and her publications
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Terrie Williams talks about the qualities needed for success in the public relations business
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Terrie Williams talks about speaking to young people through The Stay Strong Foundation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Terrie Williams talks about her work with Project Believe
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Terrie Williams talks about her third book, 'A Plentiful Harvest: Creating Balance and Harmony Through the Seven Living Virtues,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Terrie Williams talks about her third book, 'A Plentiful Harvest: Creating Balance and Harmony Through the Seven Living Virtues,' pt. 2[EH1]
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Terrie Williams talks about the future of the Stay Strong Foundation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Terrie Williams describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Terrie Williams reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Terrie Williams lists well-known people from her hometown, Mount Vernon, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Terrie Williams describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Terrie Williams narrates her photographs