Roslyn Ridgeway

As a seasoned executive and passionate activist for women's rights, Roslyn Ridgeway served as the 64th national president of Business and Professional Women /USA. Making history as the second African American president in the organization's 86 years of existence, Ms. Ridgeway successfully launched the organization's five-year theme, "Building Powerful Women: Professionally, Politically and Personally," to ensure that all workingwomen reach their full potential while obtaining the workplace equity and the work-life effectiveness that they deserve. Ms. Ridgeway first became involved with the organization in 1985 through the Atlanta Urban local organization of BPW/USA as a representative of the Young Careerist program. She quickly climbed the ranks of the organization to become the president of BPW/GA. Following her term, Ridgeway was appointed national chair of BPW/USA's Young Careerist program in 1999 and later appointed the chair of BPW/USA's Diversity Task Force. Ms. Ridgeway's international affiliations include participating in the Tokyo Women's Forum, the Liberian Conference, the South African Women's Conference, the London Business Exchange and the Beijing Women's Conference.

All of these events gave her the platform to speak strongly on the areas of equality, women's rights and community leadership. She is also a member of the Institute of Women's Policy Research Job Quality Advisory Group. In addition to her role with BPW/USA, Ms. Ridgeway is the president and chief executive officer of De Roz Productions, Inc., an entertainment production company that specializes in artist management, entertainment production and promotions. In 2002, having overcome the challenges that many women face in a male-dominated entertainment business, Ms. Ridgeway founded the National Council of Women in Entertainment, Inc. which provides mentoring and networking opportunities for women working in the arts and entertainment. Recognized for her ongoing efforts, Ms. Ridgeway has received countless awards and accolades including:

-Goodwill Ambassador for the State of Georgia and Arkansas
-Outstanding Georgia Citizen
-Woman of Achievement
-Essence Ambassador for Essence Magazine
-Top Fifty Movers and Shakers of Atlanta

Ms. Ridgeway has been bestowed with honorary citizenships in West Virginia, Puerto Rico, New Mexico and New Orleans. She is a graduate of Clark College and resides in Atlanta, GA. Her distiguished career and community service efforts has led to her home state of Georgia officially recognizing May 17th, July 9th and July 16th as Roslyn Ridgeway Day in two separate counties and the City of Atlanta.

Beyond these honors, Ms. Ridgeway has also received recognition from local and national political leaders including Mayor Shirley Franklin, Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, Congressman John Lewis and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. Ms. Ridgeway has taken her leadership and speaking expertise to the national and international stage by serving as a representative to the United Nations as well as participating in the Tokyo Women's Forum, the Liberian Conference, the South African's Women's Conference, the London Business Exchange and the Beijing Women's Conference. All of which have given her the platform to speak strongly on the areas of equality, women's rights and community leadership.