5 QUESTIONS FOR GABRIELLE GAMBRELL
Co-VP, Scholarship and Grants Committee, NYWICI Board of Directors
Marketing & Communications Consultant;
Graduate Adjunct Professor at NYU
Gabrielle Gambrell, Consultant, Speaker & Graduate Adjunct Professor at NYU, has joined the NYWICI Board of Directors as co-VP of Scholarships and Grants. With the Scholarship period opening, we wanted to get to know more about her, so we peppered her with questions.
First, a little about her
Gabrielle Gambrell is a consultant, speaker, professor, communications, branding and media expert devoted to empowering excellence. She has provided featured remarks on Generation Z, millennials, corporate diversity, professional development, empowerment and mainstream communication for Columbia University, the NAACP and Comcast NBCUniversal to name a few. As chief communications and marketing officer, executing award-winning strategies to promote and increase visibility are Gambrell’s baseline strengths. As a diversity champion, she’s created innovative diversity, equity and inclusion programming for global brands.
She teaches graduate-level courses in integrated marketing, digital and social media, media relations, corporate communications and more at NYU. While at Barnard College of Columbia University, Gambrell made history as both the first Black woman to lead marketing and communications, as well as the youngest since the college’s founding in 1889. By age 27, she held tenures at many world-renowned media giants, including Comcast NBCUniversal, CBS Corporation and ABC. Gambrell was also named to PRNEWS’ 2020 list of Top Women in PR. Learn more at www.giftofgabrielle.com and connect on Twitter, Instagram and Clubhouse @_GiftofGab_.
1. What inspired you to join the NYWICI Board of Directors in the role of Co-VP of the Scholarship and Grants Committee?
I am honored to serve the NYWICI Board of Directors as the Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee because I believe in the influence of paying it forward, financially empowering women and moreover making a difference that promotes positive change in communications. As a Black woman, I am extremely proud to be a fourth generation college graduate. Education removes unbelievable barriers. I am an avid supporter of scholarships and all efforts to foster education, especially amongst people of color. I became a teacher while in high school and later a college professor at age 22. As a longtime educator, I wholeheartedly believe that education is powerful and vital for ultimate success.
2. What piece of career advice do you live by?
I live by always being a student of the game and continuously learning for ultimate growth. I believe in teamwork. That means you must have a team including sponsors, mentors, peers, and mentees. Surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed, those who are invested in your success, those you can learn from and people you can teach along the way.
3. What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I love to celebrate, whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, promotion, or any other special occasion. I look forward to event planning of any kind and am always eager to celebrate. Annually, I plan a handful of events for clients, friends, family or even myself because events bring me so much joy.
I also love music wholeheartedly and listen to music for hours every day. There’s usually music playing in the background while I’m working. My favorite genre of music is Gospel followed by R&B. As soon as I wake up, watching the news is my first priority, but I gladly follow that by listening to Gospel music to set the tone for my day.
4. What is the best thing you’ve watched, listened to and/or read in the past month?
One reason why my undergraduate degree is in Television with a minor in Video, Radio, and Film is because I am a true TV fan. With that being said, I absolutely loved both Bridgerton and Lupin on Netflix. I am a huge Shonda Rhimes fan and adore Grey’s Anatomy. I’ve been watching old episodes in anticipation of the next season. I love Power Book 2 on Starz as well and am really excited about the additional spinoffs that are coming to the Powerverse (universe of the Power franchise). My son and I also have Motown Magic on replay on Netflix as well.
5. What 5 people, living or dead, would you invite for dinner (once we can eat in groups again)?
I would absolutely love to invite my late grandmother, Bessie Simpson, over for dinner. My magnificent grandmother, born 1912, was a graduate of Smith College, Eastern Michigan University and Howard University. Now, as I understand the complexity of the time period in which she lived, I can proudly say that her life’s accomplishments were extraordinary. My grandmother truly thrived as a Black woman born in 1912 and her brilliance and talent impacts my life to this day. I would love to sit down with her and talk about her parents, their education and upbringing and her college experiences. I would like more insight about her life as a Phi Beta Kappa and as a mother of five, and so much more. I would love to pray with her as well and talk about God and how amazing the Lord is.
Additionally, I would humbly invite Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes, President Barack Obama and my late beloved godmother who raised me, Gabé Ynes (Gigi) Grant over for dinner.
Learn more about Gambrell Gambrell at www.giftofgabrielle.com and connect on Twitter, Instagram and Clubhouse @_GiftofGab_.