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May 24, 2018
Dear NAMIC Diversity Digest Readers,

Congratulations, NAMIC ELDP XVII graduates!

Congratulations to NAMIC's Executive Leadership Development Program Class XVII, who graduated on Ma y 10 on the grounds of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. ELDP is NAMIC's flagship education program, designed to advance diversity in the communications industry's executive suites. Darden faculty, sponsors, family, and friends joined in to celebrate the successful completion of what many have called a life-altering experience. 

For more information about ELDP and the nomination process please click here.
Call for nominations for 2018 Next Generation Leaders and luminaries are now open. Leaders and Luminaries will be honored at the 2018 Annual Awards luncheon during the 32nd Annual NAMIC Conference.

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In This Issue

NAMIC ELDP Class III alumna  Patricia Andrews-Keenan  was featured in Rolling Out magazine talking about PR, media relations and leadership. 

NAMIC-New York president Sandra Garcia Lowery, a 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 Marketing and Advertising Finalist shared thoughts around entrepreneurship at the 2018 Forbes Under 30 Summit.

Starz Taps NAMIC-Southern California member  Superna Kalle As EVP Int'l Digital Networks

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Debra Lee is stepping down from her position as chairman and CEO of BET Networks effective May 28, the company announced Thursday.
In March, the female-led media company and newsletter provider theSkimm reported it was raising a $12 million Series C from Google Ventures and Spanx founder Sara Blakely, along with several existing investors. Today, the company is confirming its Series C round has closed with a number of new, mostly female investors joining - including big names like Shonda Rhimes and Tyra Banks.

The New York Times
Royal watchers wondered how the wedding of the Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, to Harry, the Duke of Sussex, would nod to black identity, and the resounding answer came in the ceremony on Saturday.
The Hollywood Reporter
Meredith Vieira Productions (MVP) is looking to empower female directors. It has partnered with This Is Just A Test (TIJAT) on an initiative to fund the development of documentary projects directed by women. The initiative is for female helmers - who comprised only 33 percent of documentary filmmakers in 2016-17 - seeking development funding for both documentary features and series.

Entertainment Weekly
After becoming the first woman of color to win an Emmy for writing on a comedy series, MTV is honoring the Master of None writer and The Chi creator with its Trailblazer Award at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards.
Farai Chideya, program officer for journalism for the Ford Foundation and fellow at Harvard's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, authored the report: "In the Shadow of Kerner: Fifty Years Later, Newsroom Diversity and Equity Stall." 

The Hollywood Reporter
After more than a decade of trial and error in the Indian film sector, Hollywood studios are finally beginning to find their groove. And their success is coming from a rather unexpected slice of the market: diverse and offbeat stories, rather than the standard Bollywood tentpole.

The New York Times
Stacey Abrams, who won the Democratic primary for governor, was born and raised in Mississippi. But in many ways she is a product of Georgia's capital city, which she once represented in the state House of Representatives.

With HBO's  Insecure , one of the most original series on TV, Issa Rae is blazing a path for a new generation of auteurs who want to make shows that don't cave to network expectations.


Los Angeles Times
Among the stacks of paper and books, a cluster of hot sauce jars sits on a table in Ted Chung's Playa Vista office. As the creator of Cashmere Agency - Hollywood's go-to for companies looking to reach a multicultural audience online - the trajectory of the hot sauce market is a constant reminder of his work's importance.

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