Michelle Ebanks

President, ESSENCE Communications Inc.
President, People en Español

Michelle Ebanks serves as President of ESSENCE Communications Inc. and President of People en Español; responsible for advancing Time Inc.’s businesses within the nation’s fastest growing population segments: African-Americans and Hispanics. 

As President of Essence Communications Inc., Ebanks leads the number one media and communications brand dedicated to African-American women.  The diverse media and entertainment company’s portfolio includes ESSENCE magazine, the world’s leading title for   African-American women, with a readership of more than 8 million;, the award-winning, daily online destination for African-American women; and the ESSENCE Music Festival, the nation’s largest annual African-American cultural and entertainment event attracting more than 400,000 attendees to New Orleans during the July Fourth weekend.

Ebanks joined ESSENCE in March 2001 as Group Publisher.  Since then, within an increasingly competitive media landscape, ESSENCE continues to increase its market share and remains well-positioned to serve its audience through innovative brand extensions, and expanding the ESSENCE brand across a number of multiple platforms, including digital, television, live events and social media.

Recently named to the additional post of President of People en Español, Ebanks is responsible for managing the strategic development of one of the nation’s top-selling Hispanic magazines, reaching 6.8 million readers every month. The brand, including and the annual Festival during Hispanic Heritage Month, shares cultural values, beliefs and distinct narratives that resonate deeply with one of the fastest growing groups in the United States. 

Ebanks began her 15-year career at Time Inc. as the General Manager and Financial Director for Time Inc.’s Money magazine.  Subsequently, she was a Vice-President in Time Inc.’s corporate division, where she led the acquisition of ESSENCE.   Prior to joining Time Inc., she served as Corporate Business Manager for Condé Nast’s 13 titles. 

Ebanks was appointed to the Board of Directors of Nordstrom, as well as the YMCA’s Arts & Letters Committee.  She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, and enjoys mentoring women and men from around the world.

photo by Joseph Moran