Andrea Harry Bibbs. Director, Ad Sales Integration. CNN Headline News (HLN). Dior Mavens

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“Last year, I helped launch a new segment called, “HLN Deals.” It’s a flash sale segment that airs each week and features various products at a special price just for our viewers. It’s exciting because it was our network’s first entryway into e-commerce and I’ve learned so much about this new space. “

Andrea Harry Bibbs

Director, Ad Sales Integration. CNN Headline News (HLN)
I was born in Montreal but grew up in a suburb called Mississauga just outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Ryerson University in Toronto. Radio and Television

Charity Involvement 

·         Board Vice President of The Flourish Foundation ( We provide programs and resources that focus on both the emotional and physical growth of young women in underserved areas – specifically middle-aged school girls. Our mission is deeply rooted in the importance of harnessing the power of self-worth using it to rise above adversity. Our programs such as “Girl Talk in the Garden” and “Bloomfest” also highlight the necessity of self-esteem and leadership building through keynote presentations, open discussion forums, conflict resolution training and other vital tools to promote the positive growth of disadvantaged young women. We also have our annual “Peaches and Prohibition” fundraiser coming up on October 27th in Atlanta.

·         Board Member of RRHolmes Scholarship Organization for Caribbean Advancement  (RRH SOCA) - ( - RRH SOCA's mission is to help students that are from the Caribbean or are of Caribbean descent further their education by providing scholarships, application assistance, and overall support to students while they attend college in the United States.


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Who are your biggest influencers and mentors personally & professionally and explain why? My parents have always been my biggest influencers both personally and professionally. They are two of the most hardworking and kindest people I know. I continue to hold the values they taught me close to heart and credit them with giving me the foundation to really soar in both my career and personal life. They are also both Guyanese and raised both my brother Chris and I to be proud of both our Canadian and Caribbean heritage. I am extremely proud of my roots and it’s important that my children are not only proud to be American … but also Canadian and Caribbean.

3 things that we should know about you?
#1 – I’m married to an amazing man named Jesse Bibbs III who is a local artist, children’s book author and illustrator. He self-published his first book, “What Did You Do When You Went to the Zoo?” when I was pregnant with our first child. Some of his art work has appeared in The Marietta Museum of Art and The Zucot Gallery. I also have two wonderful children, Bailey (almost 6) and Braeden (2 ½).

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#2 – After my son turned one last year, I started working out and running again to combat some sadness I had about no longer nursing him. Since April 2017, I’ve run over 25 races including my first half marathon earlier this year. Training and getting out to races aren’t easy with two little ones, but I cherish the time to reflect when I’m running and the sense of accomplishment I get when I finish a race.


#3 – I’ve had an over 20 year career at Turner. I started my career there as an intern at CNN Sports Illustrated over 20 years ago. I returned in June 2000 as a full-time employee with CNN/SI and since then have also worked at and HLN.

What fuels your drive? My children. I work to help provide for them now and when I’m gone. I also strive to make them proud to have me as their mother.

What exciting project are you working on? Last year, I helped launch a new segment called, “HLN Deals.” It’s a flash sale segment that airs each week and features various products at a special price just for our viewers. It’s exciting because it was our network’s first entryway into e-commerce and I’ve learned so much about this new space. It’s also been a great way to mix my love of fashion and retail in my day job.

Books you've enjoyed and what's the takeaway from that book? One of my favorite business books is “The Confidence Code,” written by journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman. It focuses on the authors’ investigation of what makes people confident… particularly successful women. They also looked at the correlation between taking risk and success. Confidence is something that I’m constantly working on so their research and interviews were fascinating… especially how young girls are often raised to follow the rules and avoid risk-taking. I am trying to raise both my daughter and son to feel safe to try new things and take risks in hopes that it will make them confident as they enter adolescence, their teen years and adulthood.  

What's been your most successful approach in building business relationships? I place a huge amount of importance on treating people fairly and with respect in the workplace. I also place importance on being my authentic self in the workplace and I believe that’s helped me create genuine relationships with my colleagues.   

What type of digital magazine or periodicals do you enjoy? I read ADWEEK and AdAge to keep up-to-date with what’s going on in the advertising and media industry. I also enjoy reading ESSENCE and EBONY … as well as Runner’s World magazine.

What do you do for fun? Our entire family enjoys running and attending Atlanta Track Club events. My husband and I enjoy checking out new galleries in the city … as well as live shows by some of our favorite artists. I also cherish the times I can connect over brunch or dinner with my close girlfriends.

Interviewed by: Maryan Aiken. Publisher. Founder. CEO. CityBox Media. Listening to Spotify. Lemon. N.E.R.D. Rihanna

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