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Star Jones ’86

UH Law Center legal education served as foundation for career trajectory

The former prosecutor, TV journalist, talk show hostess, and current businesswoman visited the Law Center recently and talked about how a law degree opened doors and prepared her for all these roles. View a brief video of her remarks and read more here.


Star Jones is the President of Professional Diversity Network, a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: IPDN). As President, Ms. Jones leads a nationwide team dedicated to supporting  and  advocating  for  PDN’s  over  3-million  member  network  of   diverse job seekers along with providing expanded career opportunities for the more than 600,000 diverse professional women members in the nearly 300 chapters of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).

Star Jones ’86

Ms. Jones is responsible for the overall development, expansion, integration and implementation of Professional Diversity Network (PDN) development and programming strategy. By utilizing the collective strength of the PDN affiliate companies, members, partners, technology and unique proprietary platform, Ms. Jones and the PDN team set the standard in business diversity recruiting, networking and professional development for women, minorities, veterans, LGBT and disabled persons nationally. In addition, she serves as PDN’s "brand ambassador” conveying the organization’s message, brand and image worldwide.

Ms. Jones, a former Senior District Attorney for the city of New York, previously served as an NBC News Legal Correspondent and Analyst over the last two decades. From 1997-2006, she was co-host of ABC’s hit daytime show The View. For her work in television, Ms. Jones has received nine Emmy nominations.

Also an accomplished author, Ms. Jones has written two best-selling, non-fiction books: You Have to Stand for Something, or You'll Fall for Anything (Bantam) and Shine: A Physical, Emotional & Spiritual Journey to Finding Love (Harper Collins). Her third book, Satan’s Sisters, was published in 2011 (Gallery) and is being developed into a network television movie and series.

Since 2011, Ms. Jones has been the face of the American Heart Association's (AHA) National Go Red efforts as a National Volunteer. She has lobbied Congress on behalf of AHA and was asked by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to speak on heart health at the National Day of Service during President Barack Obama's 2013 Inauguration.

Ms. Jones frequently lectures on a variety of topics, including law, politics, race, gender equality, networking, women’s empowerment, pop culture, fitness and heart health.