Dr. Marcia Forbes

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Dr. Marcia Forbes, co-founder and co-owner of Phase Three Productions Limited, is a balanced blend of business woman and academician. She steered Phase Three as its General Manager/Producer/Director for over a decade before heading to Television Jamaica (TVJ).

Forbes successfully transitioned that national free-to-air TV station from what was the Government-owned JBC into TVJ and set it on a path of profitability before leaving to pursue a Ph.D. in communication. Dr. Forbes now serves as the Executive Chairman of Phase Three Productions.

An Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Mona where she lectures in media management at the Masters level, Dr. Forbes is a much sought after media specialist and author of two research-based books used by students at various universities as well as those pursuing the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).

Music, Media & Adolescent Sexuality in Jamaica (2010) examines relationships between youths and television while STREAMING: Social Media, Mobile Lifestyles (2012) explores youth engagement with mobile phones and the Internet, with special focus on social media.

Dr. Forbes is a Fulbright scholar and summa cum laude graduate of the University of the West Indies and Emerson College, Boston. At the latter, she was inducted into the Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honor Society “in recognition of high standard of scholarship and demonstrated commitment to professional and public service”. She has presented at several academic and non-academic conferences in over twenty countries.

In 2011 the De Kalb County, Atlanta, Georgia honoured Dr. Forbes for her use of media “as a positive tool to impact both the country and the world.” Her work in support of women was publicly recognized by Prime Minister Simpson-Miller of Jamaica in 2012. In 2014, in celebration of its 50th Anniversary, The Queen’s School, her alma mater, nominated Dr. Forbes as one of its outstanding graduates.

Marcia Forbes is committed to giving back to her country and the wider Caribbean region and has served on several boards and been involved in the work of many organizations, including but not limited to:

  1. IDB ConSoc – Civil Society Consulting Group of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Jamaica, 2014 to present;
  2. Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) – Chairperson, Parenting Committee, 2015 to present;
  3. United Way of Jamaica –Board Director with fifteen years unbroken and continued service to this voluntary organization;
  4. 51% Coalition: Women in Partnership for Development & Empowerment, 2012 to present;
  5. Women’s Leadership Initiative – Founding member;
  6. Caribbean Broadcasting Union (Barbados) – Former Vice President Television;
  7. Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (UK) – Former Member, Executive Committee;
  8. Spectrum Management Authority – Former Chairman;
  9. UNESCO – Former Chairman, Communications Committee & Jamaica’s representative to IPDC.

Marcia Forbes is an avid tweeter and shares her views via @marciaforbes. She can be read at www.CaribJournal.com and at www.marciaforbes.com.