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March 1, 2019
Dear NAMIC Diversity Digest Readers,  

The NAMIC Leadership Seminar application deadline has been extended to today, March 1 . The Leadership Seminar is a professional development program that creates leaders in organizations where a high premium is placed on Diversity and Inclusion as a strategic business imperative. Alumni of this program report being more effective, empowered and skilled in their companies, so apply today!

NAMIC Vision Award winners will be recognized at the Multicultural TV Summit on April 30 in New York City.  With an outstanding 19 nominations, HBO leads the contenders participating in this year's NAMIC Vision Awards. ESPN earned 10 nominations, followed by BET Networks garnering eight.
In This Issue


(pictured left to right: NAMIC-Atlanta board members Robert Wade Jr., Lynnette Smith, Cea Mosley and Charles Neal.)

NAMIC-Atlanta held their launch party last night at Comcast @ The Battery. Attendees mixed, mingled and met the 2019 board at this sold out event.

Comcast Chicago Black Employee Network along with NAMIC-Chicago held their Black History Month Poetry Slam last night at the Studio Xfinity store. Jim Jones, SVP, education and diversity solutions was the guest speaker at this lively event.

(pictured left to right: NAMIC-New York board Morgan Johnson, Rahdiah Barnes, Jermaine Charles and Carvel Wallace with Carla Moore)

Last week NAMIC-New York and SiriusXM hosted Carla Moore, VP, POS Strategy and Education, HBO on the Karen Hunter Show. The pair dived into Carla's book, "Crash!," and how her near fatal car accident led her on a path of self-discovery. Karen Hunter was an excellent host and kept the conversation full of thought-provoking questions.

The full interview can be found on the Urban View Channel, 126 SiriusXM Radio. It will be played on Monday at 5:00pm. It can also be heard on the station's ONDemand channel.


NAMIC President & CEO  A. Shuanise Washington spoke to the NAMIC ELDP class XVIII in session last week at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Sands Family Grounds in the Washington, D.C. area.

NAMIC Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award recipient  Debra L. Lee, BET Networks CEO emeritus, former chairman named  'MCN' Woman of Influence

NAMIC-Virginia chapter leader  Shinese Collins, senior manager, product marketing operations - internet & voice, Cox Communications was featured in A+E Networks'  SheReports™
NAMIC-New England board member  Janine Fondon, speaker, professor, journalist and chair of the communications department at Bay Path University was profiled in the  "I Am Bay Path" Story Project. The founder of the On the Movie Forum at Bay Path University and co-curator of the exhibit, "Intersection, highlighting women of color", she has worked tirelessly to bring women's stories, history and issues to all generations. 
We'd like to thank those who have donated to the Pam Ford Fund. As Pam was a NAMIC mentor, ELDP alumna and chapter leader, all proceeds will be directed toward L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program, Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP), Chapter Relations and General Fund. To learn more and to donate the NAMIC Memorial Fund in her honor  click here.  

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PR Newswire
The women selected on the list have authority over budgets totaling billions of dollars and control subsidiaries, divisions, or departments that affect the fiscal health and direction of their respective businesses. Congratulations to NAMIC sponsor companies whose female executives were selected: AT&T, Inc.,  Comcast Corp., Cox Enterprises, Inc., Discovery, Inc., Viacom, Inc., Warner Bros. Entertainment; and 20th Century Fox.

USA Today
For all the drama leading up to Oscars 2019, it proved to be a historic night of celebrating diversity - three years after the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag became a painful symbol for the lack of diversity in the film industry.

The SXSW Film Festival has become the latest festival to pledge to increase diversity in its press corps, with Rotten Tomatoes aiding the initiative by contributing $25,000 of its recently established $100,000 grant program to the program. 


Flamboyant, wealthy, over-the-top personalities who say and do outrageous things are the focus of Bravo's new reality show Mexican Dynasties, which follows three famous families: the Allendes, the Bessudos and the Madrazos.
A recent survey conducted by the American Advertising Federation's Mosaic Center for Multiculturalism and Zeta Phi Beta found alarming statistics on how the media portray black women. 

The ad titled "Dream Crazier" builds on Nike's 2018 ad "Dream Crazy", except this time, it focuses on sexism in sports. 
As Black History Month comes to a close, Ad Age asked Geoff Edwards, co-founder of Saturday Morning, to share his thoughts on campaigns that shifted the industry for the better in terms of representation of African Americans in advertising--ideas that should inspire the industry to keep diversity at the forefront all year long.

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
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