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Mathew Knowles
Instructor, Arts Leadership Program

Author, professor, lecturer, motivational speaker, music executive, artist manager, entrepreneur, fighter and cancer survivor would be the words used to sum up the life and career of Mathew Knowles. Dr. Knowles received a BA in Economics & Business Administration from Fisk University for his undergraduate degree. He also possesses an MBA in Strategic Planning and Organizational Culture, a Ph.D in Business Administration and recently attended Harvard's Professional Development course in Ethical Leadership. He currently holds a professorship at University of Houston, Prairie View A&M University and The Art Institute. In fashion, he was the Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of apparel lines House of Deréon, Deréon, and Miss Tina. As a pioneer for African American success in the corporate world, Knowles corporate career includes communications sales consultant at AT&T, sales and marketing at Xerox Corporation, Xerox Medical Systems, Phillips Medical System and Johnson & Johnson. In music, at Music World Entertainment Corporation, he has architected the careers of Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé and Solange, just to name a few, and has worked with legends such as Chaka Kahn, O’Jays, Earth, Wind & Fire, and many others.