TOP 20 IMPACT MAKERS AWARDS 2019
Top 20 Inspiring Woman Impact Maker Award
For gala ticket information, please visit here.
Saturday, January 5, 2019
The Ballroom at Bayou Place
Linda Lorelle is CEO and executive producer of Lorelle Media, a company known for its masterful video storytelling for corporate, broadcast, and online distribution. The company also offers presentation coaching and media training for C-Suite executives, with an emphasis on storytelling. The Emmy award-winning journalist founded the company in 2009 following a 20-year career in broadcasting, 17 years of that at KPRC-TV, Channel 2. In addition to running Lorelle Media, Linda serves as a principal at Outreach Strategists and is launching a podcast in the fall of 2018.
During Linda’s tenure at KPRC-TV, from 1989 to 2006, she anchored primetime evening newscasts, produced and anchored special reports and documentaries, and hosted numerous telethons and other noteworthy programs. While at KPRC-TV, Linda was the recipient of numerous national and local awards, including two Emmy Awards and two Gracie Awards. The American Women in Radio and Television named her Best Houston Television Personality of 2004.
In 2006, Linda worked as a consultant for Vollmer PR to help facilitate the Houston leg of the nationwide tour of the United Nations Global Coalition on Women & AIDS. In this capacity, she met with community leaders involved in health, social services, religion, politics, and media and moderated a public forum which focused on the impact of both HIV and AIDS on women and girls.
Linda holds a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her bachelor’s degrees in developmental psychology and Italian language are from Stanford University in Palo Alto. Linda was born in Chicago and is married to Lou Gregory. Together, they have a daughter, Lindsey, a TCU graduate and business analyst for Perspecta in Plano, Texas. Linda is passionate about her family, her company, her civic work, and ballroom dancing. She speaks French and Italian and is now working on Spanish.
For her work in media, Linda has received a number of prestigious awards, including two Emmys. Here are a few more: Telly Award 2017; Silver and Bronze Quill Awards 2016, IABC Houston; AWRT National Gracie Award 2005 and 2004; AWRT Star Award 2004 for Best Houston Television Personality; Texas Associated Press Award 2000; Makeda Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women for outstanding contributions to the community 1994; Matrix Award from Women in Communications 1993; and School Bell Award from the Texas State Teachers Association 1991 and 1990. The subjects of her award-winning reports have ranged from George H. W. Bush’s eightieth birthday to documenting the shuttle launch of the first woman of color in space, Dr. Mae Jemison, Linda’s Stanford roommate.
Linda’s interest in community issues extends beyond her work in the media to include active participation in a number of civic and educational organizations. She and her husband founded the Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund (LLSF), which provides significant college scholarships and life skills training for Houston area high school students with average grades from challenging backgrounds. To date, the LLSF has awarded $4 million in scholarships to more than 300 students. Five Lorelle Scholars now serve on the board of directors; one is board treasurer. The LLSF recently entered into a partnership with the Greater Houston Partnership’s UpSkill Houston initiative to include a workforce component for its scholars. The innovative SmartUp Houston program will help students expand their career options as part of college and career readiness training, while also addressing the pressing needs of local industries to attract and maintain a future workforce to help sustain our region’s economic viability.
Linda currently serves on the leadership council of the Washington, DC-based Convergence Center for Policy Resolution. Her current and past board service in Houston includes: Memorial Park Conservancy, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory of Houston, Texas Woman’s University Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center, Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Houston Police Foundation, Music Doing Good, National Business Development Association, Lasco Enterprises, and High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
In recognition of Linda’s selfless service to the community, she has received numerous honors. The following is just a small sample: Named one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women 2016, recipient of the Chuck Norris Kickstart Team Spirit Award, named a Woman of Distinction 2010, inductee into the inaugural class of the Greater Houston Women’s Hall of Fame 2009, recipient of the Houston Treasure Award 2007, and recipient of the Loving Hearts Caring Hands Award 2006 from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Linda Lorelle is someone who opens doors for others by offering help where it is needed.
It is for all the reasons mentioned above, and many more, that Linda Lorelle has been named a Top 20 Inspiring Woman Impact Maker for 2019.