April 25, 2019

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Dear NAMIC Diversity Digest Readers,  

The next NAMIC Leadership Seminar class is approaching...July 24-26, 2019 in Chicago, IL. The application deadline is June 14, 2019. Also, we've made things easier and you can now apply online! 

"The NAMIC leadership Seminar was undeniably one of the best professional experiences I have had in my career. I walked away with not only a new family of connections (both peers and instructors), but a renewed sense of my purpose, my passion and myself. The program opened me up to thinking in new ways through different lenses and how our individual experiences are not as isolated as we sometimes believe. We all have different colored threads that contribute to the great fabric of the professional (human) experience - being able to see mine relative to everyone else's was profoundly enlightening."

-Lakshmi Balaji, manager, Sales Tool Deployment, ComcastNBCU
Super charge your career and apply for the Leadership Seminar today!
July 24-26, 2019 in Chicago - Application Deadline: June 14
Oct 30-Nov 1, 2019 in New York - Application Deadline: September 26


Newly renamed  NAMIC-Capital Area (formerly NAMIC-Mid-Atlantic) hosted  "The Art of Storytelling: The Black Podcast Experience last week to a sold out audience. The  pa nel discussion focused on the growing need for minority podcast hosts and subject-matter experts in the ever-growing "podisphere." Pictured left to right - 1st photo: NAMIC-Capital Area president Sangeetha Subramanian, client engagement manager, HR NonProfit - 3rd photo: Camille Thelemaque-Bearden, NAMIC-Capital Area sponsorship chair and account executive, TV One; Michelle Ray, executive director, The Walter Kaitz Foundation; Sangeetha Subramanian; A. Shuanise Washington, president & CEO, NAMIC, Inc.; Alexandria Latimer, NAMIC-Capital Area treasurer and research manager, TV One; and Domonique Gay, NAMIC-Capital Area secretary. 
Be sure to follow NAMIC-Capital Area on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

NAMIC-Capital Area also held "Women in Sports" featuring NAMIC-Southern California president and ESPN coordinating producer Sandy Nunez. Pictured left to right: Sandy Nunez, Sangeetha Subramanian and the gracious host of the event Rachel Katz of C-SPAN.

NAMIC-New England hosted its 2019 Spring Mixer on April 3rd at the newly opened River Social on the riverfront in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. There was a great turnout with a room full of media professionals and entrepreneurs that learned about small business resources from guest speakers Melissa Husband, deputy secretary of state and Maureen Ewing, director, Business Services, RI Secretary of State's office. 

NAMIC-New York produced "The Art of the Hustle" focusing on panelists' experiences, challenges, and triumphs that they have faced throughout their careers. Special thank you to speakers  J. Alexander Martin, Leslie Maxie, Detavio Samuels, Simone Arrington, Brandice Henderson-Daniel and #DJEnuff.


NAMIC-New York member, ELDP Class ELDP XIII alumnus and head of corporate communications at Univision  Bobby Amirshahi announced Florida's Hispanic vote nearly doubled in 2018. Univision and L2, compiled data showing that campaigns and candidates who make early investments in Spanish-language media and advertising efforts are reaching more potential voters in Florida than ever before. Univision will un
veil more Hispanic voter data from multiple big states at an April 30 event in Washington at the Newseum.

NAMIC-New England board member Helen Baskerville-Dukes' film 
'Ladies Night' will be screened at the Rhode Island Black Film Festival on Friday, April 26th.  In addition, NAMIC-New England member Arshenna Michal Hines actress, vocalist, songwriter, composer, commercial print model and TV Host will participate in a lively discussion held on April 27th panel "What's A Sister Have to Do to Get A Part Around Here?" facilitated by NAMIC-New England's President Kamilah A'Vant. For tickets to this screening and the entire film festival schedule click here.

NAMIC-Southern California member and ELDP Class XIII alumnus  Austyn Biggers will be joining John Legend and Get Lifted Film Co. as head of unscripted development. 

Were you in the news? Did you receive an award? Let us brag about you! Please send your accomplishments, recognitions, accolades and kudos to susan.waldman@namic.com.


Broadcasting & Cable
NBC created the workshop seven years ago to promote diverse voices in late night and sketch comedy.
Black Enterprise
The Shawn Carter Foundation is gearing up for its annual college bus tour which gives a select group of high-performing students the opportunity to visit 11 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) from Atlanta, GA, to Washington, DC. 
NBC News
Studies in the past have suggested that women are less likely than men to ask for a raise. But research from Harvard Business Review finds that women ask for raises just as often as men do - they're just more likely to have their requests denied.

Thanks to Lionsgate, students at Howard University in D.C. are getting a chance to learn the entertainment business through paid internship programs.

As a supermodel, media mogul and entrepreneur, Tyra Banks has a powerful platform that spans industries and demographics, something she's well aware of and proactively using to advocate for women and particularly women of color in the workplace.

The Hollywood Reporter
Fifty percent of this year's competition films at the fest were directed by women, according to Weinstein. When it comes to feature films, 29 percent were helmed by people of color, 40 percent were directed by women and 13 were helmed by people who identify as LGBTQ.

Vanity Fair
"While CBS proudly touts its diversity programs," writes veteran news and entertainment staffer Whitney Davis, "a close look beneath the surface reveals that the company is unconcerned about creating space for minorities."


Anyone who has grown up in India through the 1980s and 90s will have watched films with the word "Shemaroo"  glowing on the top left corner of their TV screens. Keeping up with the times, Shemaroo has ventured into content aggregation and distribution for broadcasting on television platforms.


For decades, the rule of thumb was that advertising on English-language TV needed to be in English, and advertising on Spanish-language TV needed to be in Spanish. But does that rule of thumb still hold? Authored by NAMIC-New York member and EMMA judge Adriana Waterston, SVP, Insights & Strategy, Horowitz Research.

The members-only NAMIC Job Bank provides access to the best employers and most diverse candidates in the communications industry.

Spectrum Reach is growing and looking for talent in several markets.  Check out the opportunities

If you're a non-member and attend a local NAMIC event, you may be eligible to receive up to 10% off your NAMIC membership! Inquire at the event.
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