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Celebrity Guest Judge- Star Jones HIP2022

Celebrity Guest Judge- Star Jones HIP2022

Star Jones is an attorney, former New York city homicide prosecutor, business executive, best- selling author, and an Emmy award nominated TV host who has worked in media & communications for 30 years. Jones started her network television career at the NBC’s TODAY Show in 1992 and has appeared on TV (as a network correspondent, host, commentator, or advocate) every year since. In 2022, Ms. Jones was tapped to become the host of Divorce Court, the longest-running court show of all time.  Best known to television viewers for her candor, confidence, and uncanny ability to clarify complex legal and social issues, Ms. Jones was an original co-host of ABCs The View for nine years and is a Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame inductee. She is also President of Girlfriend Entertainment Productions, Inc., her own programming and production company.

Ms. Jones is the former president and a member of the Board of Directors of Professional Diversity Network, Inc. and the International Association of Women. A committed advocate of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of business, she is a co- founder and principal of the Instant Impact Group, LLC, a consultancy firm that assists individuals and companies build their diversity, equity & inclusion programs. Through her consultancy firm, Ms. Jones acts as Executive Editor for Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles for over 120 years.

In 2010, Ms. Jones underwent successful open-heart surgery and for over a decade, she has been the National Volunteer of the American Heart Association. Seen throughout the 2011 season of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice on behalf of the American Heart Association breaking fundraising records and advocating for heart health. As a leader of AHA’s national GoRed heart health initiatives, Ms. Jones was also a keynote speaker on the issue of Heart Health for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration National Day of Service. Ms. Jones uses her name, voice, time and international media platform to combat cardio-vascular disease; the nation’s number one killer and champion Heart Health in America and is credited as one of AHA’s biggest donor fundraisers having helped raise millions of dollars for the cause of Heart Health.

Ms. Jones is a member of the international editorial board of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society and is a U.S. representative to the Women In Africa initiative. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and hosts the organizatio’s international virtual town hall & forum series.

A frequent and highly sought-after motivational speaker, Ms. Jones lectures and leads discussions around the world on a variety of socially conscious topics including, law, politics, race, gender equality, women’s empowerment, pop culture, networking, and heart health.  She makes her home in Chicago and East Hampton with her spouse, attorney & Administrative Law Judge Ricardo Lugo, their son Jake and their Maltese Mimi.


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