Harriette Cole

Published December 21, 2010

Harriette Cole is a life stylist, an insightful writer and editor, a best-selling author, a media coach, a nationally syndicated advice columnist, an etiquette expert, a trusted professional who is a frequent guest on NBC’s “Today Show,” “LXTV,” “Access Hollywood,” the Biography channel, BET and more, offering her sage and contemporary brand of wisdom to an ever-evolving cultural landscape. Cole has dedicated her life to helping to inspire people to discover how to be their best.

Cole has worked for more than 20 years in the world of lifestyle magazines. Most recently she led the transformation of the iconic Ebony magazine brand, shepherding the redesign of the magazine from cover to cover, introducing new features, strengthening the storytelling and bringing a broad range of respected writers, photographers and stylists to the table. During her tenure as creative director and then the added responsibility of editor in chief, Cole produced groundbreaking covers and features on President Obama, Michelle Obama, Michael Jackson and Prince.

Her editorial career reached millions of readers for 11 years when she worked as lifestyle and fashion director at Essence magazine. She was the editor of American Legacy Woman, a lifestyle magazine targeted to African-American women. Cole served as founding editorial director for Uptown, a lifestyle magazine for the urban elite. As president and creative director of Harriette Cole Media, she has tailored training workshops for Lockheed Martin, Kraft Foods, Sara Lee Corporation, National Urban League and NAACP. In addition, Cole has supported the development of artists for Universal Records, J Records, Motown and Def Jam and worked with entertainers including Queen Latifah, JoJo, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Tamar, Carl Thomas, Shontelle, Hal Linton and Cara Salimando.

Cole graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude from Howard University. She is a nationally syndicated columnist of “Sense and Sensitivity,” an etiquette and relationship management advice column targeting diverse audiences. Cole is also an accomplished author of several books including “How to Be: A Guide to Living with Grace and Integrity” as well as the preeminent “Jumping the Broom: African-American Wedding Planner,” and its sequel, “Vows.” Cole serves on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Multicultural Audience Development Initiative, the newly formed educational charity FoodFight, and the international charity PRASAD.

Harriette Cole is married to fashion and beauty photographer George Chinsee. She is the proud mother of a 6 ½ -year-old daughter, Carrie Emmanuelle Cole Chinsee. Cole lives in Harlem, NY.

Written by BET-Staff


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