Kathleen Bertrand maintains a dual career as senior vice president of community and governmental affairs for the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, and jazz vocalist. A native Atlantan, and a graduate of Spelman College, Kathleen is in her 28th year of employment with the ACVB, where she has initiated numerous programs that have impacted its members as well as Atlanta’s designation as THE top city for African –American visitors. In 1983 she joined the staff of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau(ACVB), first as Membership Account Executive, later as Advertising & Membership Manager, and since 1990 as Vice President of Membership & Community Affairs. In February, 2007, Bertrand assumed the title of Senior Vice President – Community & Government Affairs, signifying a growing interest and involvement of ACVB in community and government issues that impact the hospitality industry. Bertrand has been instrumental in the ACVB’s development of its diversity marketing programs, which have led to Atlanta being named at the number one city for African-American tourism Featured in numerous national newspapers and magazines, she has been recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of “Atlanta’s Top Hospitality Industry Leaders”, by the Atlanta Business League as one of “Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence” and by Black Meetings & Tourism Magazine as one of the “Most Influential African-Americans in the Meetings/Tourism Industry.” She is the 2007 recipient of the APEX Award for Distinguished Service by Black Meetings and Tourism Magazine, as well as the 2007 “Mecca Award” presented for her Atlanta community work. Her board affiliations include Grady Hospitality Academy Industry Advisory Board, the MACOC Education Committee, the Advisory Board for North Atlanta High School Hospitality Program, theTourism and Hospitality Advisory Committee of Atlanta Technical College, the Black Women’s Film Network, and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. In 2007, she founded HIP – Hospitality Industry Professionals – an organization dedicated to growth of diverse leadership within the broad-based hospitality industry through education, professional development, mentoring, and networking. In addition to those duties, most recently she serves as executive producer and founder for the BronzeLens Film Festival, created in 2009 to bring attention to Atlanta as a destination for film and film production by people of color. In three short years, BronzeLens Film Festival and its programming have received national attention in publications such as Ebony Magazine, the New York Times, and the LA Times. Bertrand is also a well-known jazz recording artist and writer, with performances ranging from three Olympic Games (Barcelona, Lillehammer, Atlanta), to performances before two sitting U.S. presidents to appearances at jazz festivals world-wide. She’s been honored by the United Negro College Fund as one of “Atlanta’s Legends” , by Spelman College with its 1998 “Alumnae AchievementAward for the Arts & Entertainment, ” and by the Interdenominational Theological Center as the 2003 recipient of the James O. Costen Award for the Arts. She has been an invited performer at the Trumpet Awards, at the 1999, 2000, and 2006 Montreux Jazz Festivals in Switzerland, at the Nuremberg Meets Atlanta Festival in Germany, and most recently as a 2012 headliner at the Atlanta Jazz Festival among others. She has opened for the legendary Ray Charles as well as Kenny G at the Atlanta Jazz Festival’s opening night at Chastain Park. Her fan base includes music fans in England, Finland, Norway, France, Germany, Switzerland, Hong Kong, the Netherlands and Brazil among others. As a songwriter, she has written the national theme song for the 100 Black Men of America, as well as several songs on her recorded projects. Her discography includes CDs “All of Me”, “No Regrets”, “Reasons for the Season,” and “New Standards.” Her most recent project is her 5th release “Katharsis”, released in June 2011, which charted for 14 weeks in the top 30 of the UK Soul Chart, including 7 weeks in the top 10 and 2 weeks at #1. Kathleen is the mother of 4: sons 31 and 26, and twin daughters, 25.