Michelle Duster is an award-winning author, speaker, and educator. Her professional background includes two decades of writing in advertising and marketing communications, event planning and concert promotion. Since 2008 she has written, edited and contributed to nine books and dozens of articles. In addition, she is active with several committees and boards to develop city, state, and national projects that focus on African American's and women's contribution to history. She is a native Chicagoan who earned her B.A. in Psychology from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, completed an MFA program in film and video production at Columbia College Chicago and earned her M.A. in Media Studies from The New School in New York City. She currently teaches and tutors writing at the college level.