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Successful businesswoman, TV producer, philanthropist and Cleveland Browns co-owner Dee Bagwell Haslam will speak on May 6.

Dee Bagwell Haslam to Speak at Spring Commencement

March 29, 2017

Headshot of Dee Bagwell HaslamApproximately 665 undergraduate and graduate students will participate in the 167th Baldwin Wallace University Spring Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 6 at 2 p.m. in Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center.

The speaker is Dee Bagwell Haslam, a successful businesswoman, television producer and philanthropist whose presence in Northeast Ohio has made a positive impact as co-owner of the Cleveland Browns with her husband Jimmy.

Passion for Television, Film

A University of Tennessee graduate, Haslam began her career in the television business working for her father, Ross Bagwell. In 1999, she and partner Rob Lundgren took over Bagwell Entertainment and renamed it RIVR Media, a successful company whose productions include the well-known "Trading Spaces," "Whale Wars," "Escaping Polygamy," "Fat Guys in the Woods" and 17 seasons of "Renovation Realities." In 2012 she started Nest Features, a feature film studio.

Community-Focused Leader

With complementary words like smart, creative and a heart of gold used to describe her, Haslam has made her mark in the community. She has chaired boards of foundations and has raised millions of dollars for charities.

In Northeast Ohio, she and her husband are focused on rebuilding the Cleveland Browns. Their vision is to have a consistently winning football team, provide a great fan experience, and give back to the region through initiatives focused on education, youth football, and community health and well-being.

In Cleveland, her community involvement includes serving on the board of directors of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, University Hospitals System and United Way. Outside the region, she volunteers with the Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education, Emerald Youth Foundation, University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business advisory board, University of Tennessee Foundation and Lakeshore Park.

Award-winning Businesswoman

Among her numerous accolades, Haslam has received Emmy nominations for her work with "Whale Wars" and "Outstanding Special Class Series." Other recognition includes a Parents' Choice Award for Moving Picture Books, Genesis Award for "Whale Wars," Delta Delta Delta Community Volunteer Award, YWCA Tribute to Women Community Service Award, Junior Achievement Business Award, New York Festivals World Medal, and numerous ADDYs and Tellys.