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September 27, 2018
Dear NAMIC Diversity Digest Readers,

 We're excited to announce A. Shuanise Washington as the President and CEO of NAMIC! An executive with more than 25 years of experience in the non-profit and corporate sector, Ms. Washington will be responsible for charting the future of NAMIC, including guiding strategic planning efforts and leveraging the organization's existing strengths. Welcome, Shuanise.

NAMIC announced its Multicultural Marketing super heroes. Click here to see these supernatural campaigns

From September 15 - October 15 we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Check out the Programming section for upcoming specials.   

32nd Annual NAMIC Conference - Empower Leaders, Create Superheroes
Featured L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Luncheon Keynote Speaker: John Kobara, EVP and chief operating officer, California Community Foundation. A social entrepreneur and "wildest American dream of his immigrant grandparents," Kobara has worked primarily in the non-profit arena and has become obsessed with understanding and releasing the unexpressed and untapped human potential. 

Empower Leaders, Create Superheroes at this year's 
32nd Annual NAMIC Conference October 16-17th at the New York Marriott Marquis featuring a keynote by Don Lemon, correspondent and anchor of "CNN Tonight with Don Lemon" and  Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO Emeritus of BET Networks, as the recipient of the 2018 Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award. Also, Mediacom EVP Italia Commisso Weinand and TV One's General Manager Michelle Rice to serve as honorary co-chairs.

The updated conference Agenda is now available! Click here to check it out.

Is your company interested in sponsoring? Contact Sandra Girado, VP, Event and Partner Relations at or call the NAMIC National office at 212-594-5985.


In This Issue
NAMIC-Mid-Atlantic held their "Master Class Featuring Sean Gupta" on September 25 at C-SPAN Headquarters. Wanita Niehaus, founder and president, PowerHaus Consultants asked Sean about how he advanced his career from being a Wall Street executive to now VP, Strategy & Business Development, BET Networks and on the NAMIC Board of Directors. Sean was so sensational, people followed him all the way to the train! 

NAMIC-New York celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with great food, rooftop vibes and a discussion "Latina Leaders: How Successful Latinas Can Help Empower Future Generations" on September 18 at Young & Rubicam. Speakers included: Charlotte Castillo, SVP, Global Franchise Planning & International Creative, Viacom; Jessica Santana, Founder, New York On Tech; Yesenia (Yesi) Morillo-Gual, Founder, Proud to be Latina; Lissette M. Rodriguez, Founder, Chic Influence PR; Leslie Arredondo, Senior Manager, Viacom; and Julia Furlan, Supervising Producer of the BuzzFeed Audio PodSquad. 


NAMIC announced A. Shuanise Washington as the organization's new president and CEO, effective immediately. Washington led the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation for five years, overseeing public policy, research, educational and fundraising initiatives. Prior to serving as pres of CBCF, Washington was the founder and CEO of Washington Solutions, LLC, providing strategic counsel to businesses, governments and non-profit organizations.
Parsons served as chief executive office of Time Warner from 2002 to 2007, and was chairman of Time Warner's board from May 2003 to January 2009. He then served as chairman of Citigroup for three years.


Twenty films comprise the current Marvel Cinematic Universe, and a woman directs not a single one of them. While the MCU may never reach directorial parity, Marvel Studios finally making steps toward representation behind the camera. According to IndieWire, the studio is bringing in ChloƩ Zhao, its first woman of color director, to helm The Eternals.

Hispanic culture is rich in history and has been portrayed in several different films over the years. While some movies have, unfortunately, fallen into using stereotypes, there are plenty of movies that help portray Hispanic culture in an accurate way.

Mother Jones
Last month, we asked readers what representation on TV meant to them, and heard about why complex portrayals of race, gender, and disability on shows like Sense8 and Queen Sugar resonated with them. Many said that Hollywood still has a long way to go before they feel more represented on screen, but they also pointed to the progress being made.

Long Island Weekly
Latino representation has grown exponentially over the years from token bit parts to entire series based on Hispanic culture. Television today-on streaming services and the mainstay networks-offers a far richer cultural palate than in year's past. More representation of different diversities is certainly welcome and we have come a long way from the days of Desi Arnaz's Ricky Ricardo being the lone torch bearer for the Latino culture.

Cablefax got the chance to chat with Fuse Media CEO Michael Schwimmer about Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15) and some of the company's upcoming initiatives
Broadcasting & Cable
Multi award winning filmmaker, Carlos Hurtado, directs the Hispanic Heritage Month promotional video for Nickelodeon Network. Hurtado's commercial is the latest spot in Nickelodeon's Emmy nominated "That's Me" campaign. Hurtado's spot, which began airing Saturday, September 15, is the latest declaration from "Nick" that their programming has always been for kids: ALL KIDS.
For Hispanic Heritage Month, NPR One is highlighting our editors' favorite NPR stories from over the years about Hispanic culture, art and personalities. The hope is that these stories show there are many different ways to be Hispanic, Latino or Latinx. Every day listeners can check back for a new story told by and about Hispanic people.

EIN Presswire
NAMIC announced the winners of its Excellence in Multicultural Marketing Awards (EMMA). The competition recognizes excellence in marketing efforts designed to attract and retain culturally diverse audiences and customers among African American, Asian, Latinx, LGBTQ, disabilities communities and other market segments. 
Two University of Houston students, Jevh Maravilla and Christian Toledo, went viral on Twitter after sharing images of a fake McDonald's poster they made and hung at one of the fast-food chain's locations in Pearland, Texas. The reason for the prank, they said, was because they noticed a lack of diversity on the decorative wall posters. They returned to the Pearland location with a plan: to hang a photo of themselves in the restaurant and see if anyone would notice.

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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