Yolanda Rodgers Howsie is on track to be one of tinsel town’s emerging young producers. With her natural, ever-ready style and statuesque five-foot-eleven frame, Yolanda Rodgers-Howsie is singlehandedly changing the perception of a Hollywood mover-and-shaker—though you would never know it from her unassuming life as a low-key, working mother of two.
To see Rodgers-Howsie sitting in a local coffee shop simultaneously huddled over a laptop, a tablet and smart phone is to watch a powerhouse producer making things happen no matter her surroundings. She’s coordinating details for everything from an industry gala she’s helping to plan, flushing out ideas about a new television project she’s producing, to planning her son’s after school activities.
With all that she is accomplishing, Rodgers-Howsie ascribes her success to keeping her priorities in order. “My sons, Elliot,(12) and Evan (10) are my joy,” says Rodgers-Howsie who resides in Pittsburgh with her sons. “I don’t miss a practice or game—I’m their biggest cheerleader,” Rodgers Howsie says, “my boys will always be first.”
From basketball to film and television, Rodgers-Howsie uses her enthusiasm for movies and TV to get her love of producing to where it is today. When not shuttling the boys to school, basketball practice, the public relations and marketing guru enjoys branding celebrity clients as a PR & Marketing consultant.
Currently, she is creator & executive producer along with Roberto Clemente Jr. and Morris Chestnut for the anticipating reality TV show based on the legacy of baseball hero, Roberto Clemente. She also has been instrumental in garnering widespread support for popular feature films including Princess and the Frog, The Help, 42 The Jackie Robinson Story, & Best Man Holiday to name a few.
Her passion for the arts and entertainment could easily be credited to her recent role as National Co-Chair of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Arts and Letters Commissions. As a result, Rodgers-Howsie has been the driving force behind connecting film industry executives with African American Greek letter organizations. Her dedication to serving as the National Co-Chair has led her to having worked on projects with Sony, Fox Searchlight, Universal, T.D. Jakes Enterprise and Disney. She now serve as Consultant to Delta’s National Strategic Partnership Task Force.
Initiated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. through the Gamma Psi Chapter at Tougaloo College from which she graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.
Passionate about the image of African Americans on television and silver screen, Rodgers-Howsie and Delta Sigma Theta’s24th National President Cynthia Butler McIntyre appeared on the Dr. Phil Show to introduce Delta’s initial Project A.R.T. (Actively Re-defining Together), a movement to collaborate with the film industry topromotepositive images of the African American experience. Understanding the psychology and perception of people is a skill set Rodgers-Howsie honed while earning her Masters of Science degree in Psychology from Slippery Rock University in 1993.
Giving back while utilizing her talents as a Delta to reaping the rewards of motherhood, Rodgers-Howsie is honored to be featured alongside her sons in the long awaited book celebrating motherhood called “I am a Mother” by David Manuel. Pronouncing her love for her sons in “I am a Mother” is a great platform for sharing her dedication as a mother. “Elliot and Evan,” confesses Rodgers-Howsie, “are my greatest accomplishments.”