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Khyentse James's professional experience (11 years)
- Jan 2009 - present
- Jan 2003 - present
Khyentse James's education
- Jan 2008 - Jan 2009
- Jan 2006 - Jan 2009
- Jan 1996 - Jan 2000
About Khyentse James
Earlier in her career, Khyentse James served as the producer and director of Coup d’Etat, a documentary feature film heralded by critics and starring musical artists Amy Ray, Joan Jett, and Kathleen Hanna. Ms. James also was the creative force behind the internationally acclaimed Decibelle Music and Culture Festival. A decade old now, Decibelle has been featured in media outlets ranging from Spin Magazine to National Public Radio.
Throughout her 15-year career as an organizer and producer, Khyentse James has gained widespread recognition. She has appeared on VH1 and MTV and addressed the Chicago Historical Society. Ms. James was twice honored with the Windy City Times 30 Under 30 Award, which acknowledged her as one of Chicago’s top activists. The City of Chicago also awarded her one of its prestigious Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) grants supporting local artists. Likewise, the National Organization for Women honored Khyentse James as an Outstanding Community Leader. In recent years, while a student at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder, she placed second in the school’s Entrepreneurship Competition.
As an undergraduate, Khyentse James studied at Boston University and Columbia College Chicago. Her work at Columbia was honored with an Outstanding Voluntary Service Award, an Academic Excellence Scholarship, and a President’s Scholarship. Engaged with women’s social, political, and environmental issues on a global scale, Ms. James travels frequently. Having lived in such places as Tibet, Northern Ireland, Myanmar, Brazil, and Africa, she has had many opportunities to work with women around the world.
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