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November 1, 2018
Dear NAMIC Diversity Digest Readers,   

Thank you to all who were able to join us during the 32nd Annual NAMIC Conference. The discussions were dynamic, the speakers were inspiring, the content was thought provoking, the energy was buzzing, and we introduced our new president & CEO A. Shuanise Washington! As one attendee put it..."Lots of opportunity to hear different points of view from executives. Definitely a great learning and networking opportunity."

NAMIC looks forward to keeping these discussions about cultural diversity alive and maintaining the buzz through our chapter programming, social media (follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn @NAMICnational).  Check out the latest conference blog and send us your posts to .

The conference began with a soft launch on Monday (left to right) as NAMIC-New York taught best practices during the Chapter Leadership Workshop and concluded with the ELDP/Leadership Seminar reception where each class had a chance to reunite. 

Tuesday started off with an introduction of NAMIC's new president & CEO A. Shuanise Washington (top row left to right) who spoke about ushering in a new era of unprecedented achievement and service to our industry. Immediately following was  the Cablefax Breakfast discussion on The Future is Now; and then onto breakout sessions like Creating Diverse Stories That Slay. The conversations continued (middle row left to right) with the packed Unconscious Bias session and  Career Coaching. Finally, (bottom row left to right) standing ovations for keynotes from Don Lemon on the role of journalists now and John Kobara on mentorship, passion and authenticity. REVOLT CEO Roma Khanna candidly shared her journey to the C-Suite, completing an inspirational and thought-provoking day.

Wednesday continued the dynamic discussions (left to right) as the Customer Loyalty Wars panel raised the intriguing prospect that some customers are threatening to cut the cord - are they worth the trouble? The conference wrapped with  recognition to NAMIC superheroes who advocate for diversity in their careers and daily lives.  From Chapter Leaders to Start Up Entrepreneurs to Next Generation Leaders and Luminaries, the room was overflowing with powerful leaders!

Click here to see the dynamic photo gallery of extraordinary participants. Click here to tell us what you thought of the  conference so we can plan for even more powerful sessions next year. Save the Date for the 33rd Annual NAMIC Conference, September 17-18, 2019!

Congratulations to NAMIC's Diversity Week Heroes:

Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO Emeritus of BET Networks, as the recipient of the 2018 Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award.

2018 Next Generation Leaders and Luminaries. Click here to view heartfelt video tributes from the each of the Next Generation Leaders.

NAMIC & Sava360 hosted the third
'SharkTank' Style "Startup Pitch" Competition with thanks to our presenting sponsor: 
Comcast | NBCUniversal. And the winners are...
First Place: Dubsmash
Second Place: Color Farm Media
In This Issue

Congratulations to the new graduates of NAMIC's Leadership Seminar in Atlanta!
NAMIC congratulates it's members and constituents who were named on this year's  Cablefax Top 100 Minorities in Cable

NAMIC-New England member  Karen Hinds , Founder/CEO Workplace Success Group LLC will be the featured speaker for an upcoming webinar on Thursday, November 8 about strategies for emerging female leaders.

NAMIC-Southern California member
Tina Perry was named general manager at OWN. 


The heart and soul of the organization -  NAMIC Chapters!  And the winners are...
Chapter of the Year - Superior Merit:  NAMIC-New York  and  NAMIC-Virginia
Chapter Leadership Team of the Year:  NAMIC-New York
Event Management:  NAMIC-Virginia
Membership Growth & Retention:  NAMIC-Tennessee
Programming Achievement:  NAMIC-Atlanta  and  NAMIC-Carolinas
Fundraising Excellence:  NAMIC-Philadelphia
Marketing Excellence:  NAMIC-Virginia

About NAMIC - The Chapter Members
The Chapter Members

NAMIC members: Check your emails for 
2019 Chapter Election  nominations coming up in November. You must be a NAMIC member to run for office. 

Why run to be a chapter leader? Build efficient & effective teams; Discover how to delegate authority; Expedite your career development; Network with peers, colleagues and other industry leaders; Solidify and justify your place in the media & entertainment industry; Develop your personal brand; Increase your exposure and visibility; Polish your leadership & management skills; And while you're at it...Have fun!

NAMIC-Denver kicked off their Mentor Program on October 9 bringing 17 mentor/mentee pairs together to begin their nine-month mentoring journey entitled "Raise Your Personal and Professional Relevance in a Disruptive World."

Based on the NAMIC National L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program, the NAMIC-Denver program is set to bring mentoring partnerships on an individual trajectory of purpose-driven goals embedded with passion. 

The kick-off, as well as the balance of the program, features social entrepreneur, author and speaker Lynn Price as the program facilitator.  The next group program will be in December where the topic will be Social Media: Career Torpedo or Rocket Booster.


NAMIC launched its 2018 NYC conference last week with CNN anchor Don Lemon recounting his harrowing journey from Louisiana to the halls of CNN where he has become one of the most recognizable names in news. But he said he never expected politics to get so toxic.

Multichannel News
The news media is under siege but its role in society has never been more important and needed than in today's hyper-political environment, according to CNN news anchor Don Lemon.

On the heels of his retirement, PromaxBDA will honor Telemundo 47 Senior News Anchor Jorge Ramos with its Lifetime Achievement Award for his nearly five-decade career.
CNN Business
NBC host Megyn Kelly's on-air comments defending blackface Halloween costumes continue to spark widespread and well-earned outrage across the country, both on social media and even within the NBC organization.


The number of series regulars playing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) characters on broadcast television hit a record-high 8.8 percent, representing 75 characters, in the 2018-19 TV season, according to GLAAD's annual Where Are We on TV report, which came out Thursday. A total of 875 regular and recurring characters are expected to appear across broadcast primetime this season.
On Saturday, October 20th, Cartoon Network partnered with Black Women Animate (BWA) to host the production company's first-ever Boot Camp Training Day at Cartoon Network Studios. 
"There's nothing worse than being bullied and feeling alone," one teen girl tells transgendered teen and TLC Jazz Jennings in the above spot on bullying, that is part of TLC's national public service campaign, Give a Little TLC.

2018 NAMIC EMMA Winners
2018 NAMIC EMMA 1st place winners

Check out the  Cablefax Diversity issue  highlighting all winners. With over 100 entries, these marketing campaigns were truly "Excellent."

Congratulations to companies named on the 2018 EMMA Wall of Distinction:
HBO, GMA PinoyTV, Univision Communications, Comcast | NBCUniversal and BET Networks

Business Mirror
GMA, through its flagship international channel GMA Pinoy TV, brought home two more awards in the 2018 NAMIC EMMA on top of its induction to the first-ever EMMA Top 5 Wall of Distinction.

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 see below for upcoming event registration and program deadlines:
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The NAMIC Job Bank provides access to the best employers and most diverse candidates in the communications industry.

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