Institute Speaker/Panelist Bio

Joni Bovill

Growing up as the youngest of ten children, the Mississippi native never let the sting of prejudice or poverty define her. Joni would become the first in her family to graduate from college as the proud daughter of a sharecropping father and a mother that was “the help”.

After a long and successful career in marketing and human resources in the Silicon Valley, Joni stepped out on faith to pursue the entertainment industry and she now has several film, TV, voiceover and commercial credits. Currently recurring on Amazon’s hit series Bosch, upcoming projects include the Netflix film Come Sunday and TV shows Shameless and 9-1-1.

A sought-after motivational speaker, she’s currently working on her first book on empowering young women who suffer from low self-esteem. The often-published writer recently contributed stories to SNAPSHOTS Volumes 2 and 3 which is a compilation focused on chronicling African American history and culture.

On the music front, she has released two critically acclaimed Gospel CDs with hubby Kirk under their indie label, Elmo Records. Happily married for almost 22 years, the Bovills call Los Angeles home.

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