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Panelist Bio


Jacqueline Beauchamp
CEO and co-founder of Nergyzed Entertainment

Ms. Jacqueline S. Beauchamp is the co-founder, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of Nerjyzed (pronounced Energized) Entertainment, Inc, a privately held African-American owned interactive digital media development and publishing company headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. With a development staff of over forty (40) full-time employees, Nerjyzed develops and publishes high quality video games and films that reflect the urban market segment. Ms. Beauchamp has 20+ years of experience in the high-end technology and multimedia entertainment industry with an established and proven track record.

Before founding Nerjyzed, Ms. Beauchamp became the first African American female General Manager within Motorola where she led the Multimedia Systems Division. Led by Ms. Beauchamp, this global organization developed silicon for the DVD and high-end Audio products, as well as the organization developed digital set-box and video games. As an engineering technologist at IBM, where she holds a “High Density Memory Module” United States Patent, Ms. Beauchamp accrued 10 years of extensive expertise in the areas of product design and development, as well as advanced technology development.

Ms. Beauchamp is also a noted speaker on digital entertainment technology and it’s impact on the entertainment industry. Most recently, she presented: “The New Yellow Brick Road: Where Entertainment Meets Technology” at the Global Film Conference sponsored by the Motion Picture Association of America. She is also recognized in the video gaming industry as being a pioneer in the forefront of black-owned studios and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Jet Magazine, Black Enterprise, and was a 2007 Black Enterprise Innovator of the Year finalist.

Most recently Ms. Beauchamp was voted as the 2009 Influential Business Woman of the year by the Baton Rouge Business Report.

Ms. Beauchamp’s board affiliations and memberships include:
*Board Member, State of Louisiana Workforce Investment Council, Vice-Chairman Governor Appointed)
*Board Member, State of Louisiana Innovation Council (Governor Appointed)
*Board Member, Baton Rouge Area Chamber
*Board Member, Southern University System Foundation
*Advisory Board Member, Baton Rouge Film Commission
*Former Board Member, LSU System Research & Technology Foundation
*Former Board Member, Louisiana Partnership for Technology & Innovation
*Active Member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Ms. Beauchamp received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with minors in Computer Science and Mathematics from Southern University with Cum Laude honors and this great institution is where her 20-year old daughter Corbin is currently completing her junior year majoring in Business with a minor in Mass Communications.

Current Topic


     08/18 - The Power of Reading

How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?
The ability to read sets the foundation of who we are and what we can be. Through reading we expand our world, learn new things and increase our base of knowledge. In fact, a parent’s reading level is the greatest factor in a child’s academic success. Children who can’t read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

In Louisiana, 20 percent of adults are illiterate – five points higher than the national rate. How is Louisiana combatting its illiteracy problem across generational lines? How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?

Louisiana Public Square: The Power of Reading looks for answers and explores the value of lifelong reading through the lens of the PBS series The Great American Read Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recorded Tuesday, August 14 in the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion at Baton Rouge Community College.)

Our panelists are:
- Linda-Marie Barrett, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
- Rebecca Hamilton, MLIS; Louisiana State Librarian
- Danny Heitman; Journalist and Louisiana author
- Miranda Restovic, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH).
- Gary Robertson; Adult Literacy Advocates

The program features interviews with John Cavalier, owner of Cavalier House Books; Gary Robertson, Executive Director of Adult Literacy Advocates; representatives from the LEH PRIME TIME intergenerational reading program, and Superintendent John White with the Louisiana Department of Education.

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Robyn Merrick, Southern University VP of External Affairs, host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

This episode of Louisiana Public Square is underwritten by Community Coffee’s Cash for Schools Program, the Louisiana Forestry Association, LSU Press and the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Authors Round the South.

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