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Meet Mischa Duffie
Before she was a story development coach and broadcast journalist, Mischa Duffie was a human development specialist for 33 years. In this capacity, Mischa and her team developed a national reputation for providing strength-based programs and instruction that was designed to improve behavioral, emotional, and social outcomes for the over 85 corporations, educational institutions, churches, and community-based organizations they collaborated with. Having recalibrated in January 2018, at the ripe age of fifty, to align more strategically with her second act, Mischa dissolved her for profit, Greatness Now, dissolved her nonprofit, Girls as CEOs Foundation, and relocated from Maryland to California with nothing more than the gifts that made her an award winning community leader and sought after national speaker. Success in California was immediate. In 2018, Mischa was hired as the ghostwriter on a multiple book deal. In 2019, she became a contributing writer for the illustrious Suite Life SoCal Magazine. In 2020, she became the story development coach to one of Hollywood’s premier screenplay writers along with a Pulitzer Prize winning writer. In 2021, she was handpicked by the legendary broadcast journalist, Tavis Smiley, to host her own show, THE BACK STORY WITH MISCHA DUFFIE, on his radio station, KBLA Talk Radio 1580 AM. The only Black owned and operated talk radio station in Los Angeles. And in 2022, Mischa was tapped by the Blufford Book Festival to moderate a conversation with New York Times Bestselling author Karin Slaughter whose novel Pieces of Her was adapted into a series which is now streaming on Netflix. At the same time, Mischa was also tapped by the Leimert Park Village Book Fair to moderate a conversation with seasoned actress and one of the stars of ABC’s hit show black-ish, Jenifer Lewis.
As the host of THE BACK STORY, Mischa’s warm personality and welcoming approach to engaging in conversation not only contributed to the show being picked up for its second year but has also garnered acclaimed guests such as her longtime mentor Tavis Smiley, social media influencer and New York Times Bestselling author Tabitha Brown, America’s psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere, New York Times bestselling author and Super Soul Sunday guest Lynne Twist, Queen Sugar showrunner Anthony Sparks, comedian Luenell, actor Omar Sharif, Jr., and former Good Day LA morning host Michaela Pereira. A lover of words and stories, this prolific author of 24 books firmly believes that very few things allow us to see the humanity of one another better than shared stories.
Mischa attended Morgan State University where she majored in Social Work/Psychology. She is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalist of Los Angeles (NABJLA). She currently serves as a founding member of the African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI) LA Alumni Chapter. She serves on the Black Girls Film Camp 2022-2023 Planning Team. And she is the co-founder of Ladies Who Read Book Club.
"To get better, one has to first get honest."