About the Series
Each year Ithaca College hosts an individual representing one or more of the significant professions associated with the communications industry. Leading figures in print and broadcast journalism are the primary focus. This program is funded through the generosity of the Park Foundation.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Athletics and Events Center
Laila Ali is a world-class athlete, fitness and wellness expert, TV host, entrepreneur, author, and advocate for women and children. The daughter of late beloved global icon and humanitarian Muhammad Ali, she is heralded as the most successful female in the history of women’s boxing.
Beginning in January 2017, Ali will compete on the television show Celebrity Apprentice. She is also a regular panelist and contributor for the CBS Sports Network’s new all-female sports commentary program We Need To Talk, which is the first of its kind in the history of sports broadcasting.
A cooking enthusiast, Ali appeared twice on Food Network’s celebrity edition of Chopped and emerged as the champion. Continuing her passion for cooking, Ali was the host of Late Nite Chef Fight, an exciting food truck cooking competition show that has aired for multiple seasons on the FYI Network. Ali is most excited about her forthcoming cookbook to be released in fall 2017.
In 2012, when women's boxing was included in the Olympics for the first time in history, Ali was the first woman in history to provide expert commentary for NBC Sports. For two consecutive years she was selected as host of the first-ever televised ESPN Sports Humanitarian Awards.
Ali is cochair of the athlete advisory panel and past president of the Women's Sports Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes equality for women in sports and encourages young women to be confident, healthy, and strong through sports. A major supporter of charitable organizations such as Feeding America and Peace 4 Kids, she has also worked on behalf of the American Dental Association to create oral health awareness for children.
Laila Ali is author of her life's story in a dynamic book for young women entitled Reach! She and her husband, former NFL star Curtis Conway, live in Los Angeles, with their two children, Curtis Jr., and daughter Sydney.
Their lecture will also serve as the keynote to this year’s Media for Social Responsibility course focusing on Portrayals of Disability and Chronic Illness in Popular Culture.