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          Emmy-winning journalist to speak at NLC

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          Valerie Coleman Morris, former CNN Business Anchor, will deliver the keynote address at the Secondary Second General Session at NLC this May.

          Business Professionals of America is honored to welcome a distinguished guest to the 2009 National Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas. Valerie Coleman Morris, Emmy award winning journalist, CNN anchor, lecturer, and financial literacy advocate, will make an appearence at the 2009 NLC and will be the keynote speaker of the Secondary Second General Session Thursday evening at the conference.

          Valerie Morris' broadcast career spans more than 35 years and both coasts. She came to CNN in 1996 from WPIX-TV in New York where she was both a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor. Morris began her career as a broadcast journalist in San Francisco where she worked for KRON-TV and KGO-TV as a researcher, general assignment reporter and ultimately an anchor. Morris was also the morning drive anchor at KCBS Radio in San Francisco and midday anchor at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles.

          "We're thrilled to have someone of Valerie's caliber at NLC," said BPA Executive Director Kirk Lawson.

          Morris has received a roster of awards including three California Emmy Awards for both breaking news events and special reports. She was a major contributor to KCBS-Radio's Peabody Award team coverage as co-anchor following the 1989 California earthquake in which a portion of the San Francisco Bay Bridge collapsed.

          In 2007, Valerie Morris decided to follow her passion and focus exclusively on financial literacy as an aspect of business and social economics. Her core interest is financial literacy for women and people of color, two of the most disenfranchised segments of the population concerning money issues.

          Valerie Morris in Media

          Morris blogs every Thursday at The Thin Pink Line.

          Her daily pocast, "Valuable Money Tips with Valerie Coleman Morris," appears on the National Association of Professional Women website.

          She writes a monthly online column, "With the Family in Mind," for SilverVixens.com, a website for women age 55 and older.

          Her long-time CBS Radio column, "With the Family in Mind," is syndicated and runs three times a week on the CBS Network Radio Feed.

          "I so believe, as do the members of Business Professionals of America, in the power of hands-on learning experiences," Morris said. "It is with that shared understanding and commitment that I look forward to giving the keynote address at this year's BPA conference in Dallas."

          A sought-after lecturer on financial literacy and money management, Morris also works as a facilitator, keynote speaker and Mistress of Ceremonies for senior executive conferences and corporate staff and employee special events. Morris has recently expanded the focus of her message from financial literacy to financial self-reliance, motivating people to understand the path to financial independence.

          "Valerie's presentation should raise the visibility of this important issue among our members," Lawson said. "My hope is, going forward, Business Professionals of America will help lead the grassroots approach to financial literacy."

          Morris' talk at NLC will be interactive and will get students excited about money matters. "Self-reliance is the goal by which high school (students) can learn the ways and advantages of living within their means--right now," she says. "Self-reliance is just another word for freedom."

          Morris continues to write and narrate the nationally syndicated radio column which she created in 1986 called "With the Family in Mind," that focuses on family and sandwich generation issues and their money implications. These segments air on CBS Network Radio three times a week.

          Morris has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from San Jose State University in California and a Masters in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York, where she was the recipient of a New York Times fellowship.

          Valerie Morris, a product of an Air Force family, was raised in England, France, Scotland and Japan. She has two adult daughters, is the very proud grandmother of two "grand littles" and lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband, Robert L. Morris, Jr., an emerging markets strategist and subject matter expert for LIMRA.

          When you attend The 2009 National Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas, be sure not to miss this honored and unique opportunity to experience Valerie Morris' presentation.

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