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January 18, 2018
Dear NAMIC Diversity Digest Readers,

January is National Mentoring Month. The NAMIC L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program was created to assist in the achievement and nurturing of diversity in the media and entertainment industry by making mentors available to all NAMIC members, thereby leveraging their career advancement strategies. 

A 2014 education impact study found NAMIC L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program participants reported salary increases and recognition that exceeded that of non-participants.

Jessica Santana, Entrepreneur, Technologist, Writer, Philanthropist and Co-founder of New York On Tech (NYOT) and Nefertiti "Neffy" Anderson, Digital Correspondent, Video Producer, and Social Media Strategist brought the audience to their feet in a standing ovation during the L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program Luncheon sponsored by The Walter Kaitz Foundation at the 31st Annual NAMIC Conference. Check them out here...

See yourself in pictures! NAMIC has updated photos and videos from the 31st Annual NAMIC Conference posted on our YouTube page and our photo gallery. Check them out and share!

As a reminder, if you're a non-member and attend a local NAMIC event, you can join on the spot and receive up to 10% off your NAMIC membership! Feel free to inquire at your next event. Please also see below for upcoming event registration and program deadlines:
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In This Issue

PR Newswire
NAMIC announced that president and CEO, Eglon E. Simons, is retiring from the organization after more than three years at the helm. Since 2014, Simons has led the organization through a period of steady growth including the expansion to 18 chapters and more than 3,500 members. 

Broadcasting & Cable
FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn appears to have put the kibosh on a rumor she was considering exiting the commission. Clyburn's term was up at the end of June. She has not been renominated, but she can continue to serve, and has.

Al Jazeera
More than 30 years later, the day is still traditionally celebrated as one of service, honouring King's legacy and words, including his famous "I have a dream" speech, which continue to resonate today.
The NBCUniversal Foundation, in partnership with NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, launched Project Innovation, a new grant challenge program in 11 markets where NBC and Telemundo-owned stations are located. Through Project Innovation, non-profit organizations that are using technology and innovation to solve everyday problems in their communities will be awarded grants to help support and expand their programs.

USA Today
The NBA announced the creation of a new platform designed to use the game of basketball to address social justice issues and promote inclusion, diversity and equality. 

For the past 10 years, Cuban-American Ozzie Areu has been Tyler Perry Studios' president, executive producer and Tyler Perry's right hand man. But now, he's got bigger plans.

Actor, director, and writer Amber Tamblyn has established herself as an activist and face of the Times Up movement, first with her open letter to James Woods, followed by a powerful op-ed in The New York Times. Her Twitter feed is a tireless thread of support for the women who have spoken out against abusers, and yesterday she addressed the Walt Disney corporation with a public plea to add women of color to their board.
The winners of the 49th NAACP Image Awards were announced during a live broadcast Monday night from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

Broadway World
Following its grand premiere last night on Telemundo, MASTERCHEF LATINO wrapped up the first episode with the selection of the 14 contestants, who love to cook and will compete in the prestigious cooking competition hosted by TV star Aracely ArĂ¡mbula, beginning this Sunday, January 21 at 8pm/7c.


A summary of the most exciting recent news in multicultural sports marketing in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you're trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.


Congratulations to NAMIC-Mid-Atlantic member and former NAMIC board member Loretta Polk, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, NCTA and NAMIC-New York member Josie Thomas, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, CBS Corporation for being named Multichannel News  and WICT NY Class of 2018 Wonder Women.

Are you a NAMIC Member who was recently promoted? Have you and your team won an award for your efforts in the industry? We want to highlight your achievements. Click here to let us know how you're becoming a mover and shaker.


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