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October 11, 2018
Dear NAMIC Diversity Digest Readers,   

Check out these   sessions: 

Tuesday, October 16, 10:30-11:30am 
NAMIC 2018 Politics Roundtable: Politics, Opinions, Action 
  • Rob Stoddard (moderator), SVP, Industry and Association Affairs, NCTA, The Internet and Television Association
  • Jeff Ballou, News Editor, Al Jazeera, Immediate Past President, National Press Club
  • Juju Chang, Co-anchor, ABC News "Nightline"
  • Ben O'Connell, Managing Editor, C-SPAN
  • Janet Rodriguez, White House Correspondent, Univision

Tuesday, October 16, 4-5pm
Leadership Master Class: A Conversation with Roma Khanna,

Carri Twigg (moderator), Political and Cultural Strategist

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 featuring a keynote by John Kobara, EVP and chief operating officer, California Community Foundation. Mediacom EVP Italia Commisso Weinand and TV One's General Manager Michelle Rice to serve as honorary co-chairs.

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In This Issue

Congratulations to NAMIC executive committee board member and ELDP Class VIII alumnus  James L. Anderson  for being honored as this year's NAMIC-Atlanta Mae Douglas Award recipient. For the past decade, NAMIC-Atlanta has highlighted leaders who have made significant contributions to employees within the Communications industry and the NAMIC-Atlanta chapter. Anderson will be honored during NAMIC-Atlanta's Mae Douglas Leadership Awards dinner on October 30, 2018 from 6PM - 8PM at Cox Communications.

NAMIC Leadership Seminar graduate and former NAMIC staff member
Bernard Guinyard  (pictured 2nd from the left), director, Diversity and Inclusion, Goodwin Procter gave sound advice to a packed room of lawyers during the "Building Law Firm Growth Through Diversity" event. "Marketing leaders can move the needle by figuring out the drivers to get things done and persuading 'influencers' to be champions of a diversity and inclusion program," said Guinyard.

Michelle Ray was named Executive Director of the Walter Kaitz Foundation. Congratulations, Michelle!

NAMIC would like to congratulate the incoming Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) Class XVIII. These executives were nominated by their companies for being exemplary performers in corporate strategy, finance, marketing, innovation, and leadership agility.

Darius Alavi, Director, Software Development, Charter Communications; Michael Alexander, VP, Network Design, AlticeUSA; Denise Bailey Castro, Director, Partnerships, Distribution & Business Development, Viacom; Denise Bennett, Director, Content Partnership, Turner; Amol Bhagwat, Sr. Director, Product Management, Comcast;  Daniel Bharadwaj, Sr. Director, Technology Services, Charter Communications; Rod Jefrey Bodegas, Sr. Director, Operations, Comcast; Nathalie Burgos, Director, Corporate Communications, Charter Communications; Chernard Cherilus, Sr. Director, Xfinity Multicultural Consumer Services, Comcast; Daniel Cho, VP, Audience Development & Monetization, Turner; Tremaine Darby, Sr. Director, Finance, Charter Communications; Marilyn Davis, Area Director, Government Affairs, AlticeUSA; Tracey Giang, Director, Workforce & Diversity Inclusion, Comcast; Henna Gn Adams, Sr. Director, Financial Planning and Analysis, Comcast; Bernard Greene III, Director, Syndication Program Management, Comcast; Heather Guo, Director, Customer Insights, Comcast; Collins Harris IV, Series Producer/Director/Editor, Viacom International; Stefan Isidore, Director, Sales & Incentive Compensation Administration, Charter Communications; Kirk Izawa, VP, Field Operations - Hawaii, Charter Communications; LaSonjia Jack, Executive Director, Field Operations - Channel Sales, Cox Communications; Yolanda Johnson, Sr. Director, PPG, Viacom, Inc - Nickelodeon; Javier "JJ" Jonas, Director, Sales & Retention Operations, Charter Communications; Amyn Kassim-Lakha, VP, Associate General Counsel, Operations, Charter Communications; Arif Khan, Director, UX Development, Charter Communications; Tom Labordo, Executive Director, TV Distribution Strategy & Operations, Paramount Pictures; Julius Lee, Sr. Director, Affiliate Partnership Development & Operations,ESPN; Antoine Lewis, Coordinating Producer II, ESPN; Marcus Mabry, Sr. Director, Mobile & Off-Platform News Programming, Turner (CNN); Ti-Shea Meadows, VP, Planning & Content Strategy, MTV Networks; Jadoonanan "Richard" Motilal, Executive Director, Xfinity Mobile, Comcast; Rajat Mukherji, VP, Product, Vertical & Channel Marketing, Spectrum Enterprise; Kinyette Newman, VP, Production Finance & Operations, TV One; Varghese Pathisseril, Director, Data & Integration Solutions, Comcast-Xfinity Mobile; Atul Prashar, Founding Partner, KMH Group/Sava 360; Anthony Pope, SVP & Region Manager, Cox Communications; Jason Rose, Sr. Director, Content Distribution Services, A+E Networks; Seida Saidi, Director, Project Management, Brand Creative, BET Networks; Nikhil Shah, Sr. Director, Pricing, Comcast; Tony Strickland, VP, Physical Production, BET Networks/Viacom; Toni Stubbs, VP, Field Engineering & Operations, Cox Communications; Dennis Su, Finance Director, Comcast; Wen Tan, Sr. Director, Accounting & Financial Reporting, A+E Networks; Robert Thompson, Director, Regional Support System, Charter Communications; Erica Walker, Counsel, Corporate Privacy, Viacom; and Chin Wang, Sr. Creative Director, ESPN.

NAMIC-New England  is excited to announce it's partnership with the Minority Inclusion Project (MIP), and are now included in the organization's Peer-Learning Partner Network! MIP exists to close the nonprofit racial leadership gap by developing pathways to leadership for people of color while helping community organizations become structurally and systematically diverse. Click here for more information on their MIP Honors event on December 2nd in Glastonbury, CT featuring keynote speaker, Jemele Hill, Emmy Award Winning Journalist. 


EIN Presswire
NAMIC announced the roster for Class XVIII of its Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP). ELDP Class XVIII is the seventh cohort being presented in partnership with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. 
After successfully serving as interim director of the Walter Kaitz Foundation since April 2018, Michelle Ray has been elevated to the role of Executive Director effective immediately, NCTA President & CEO Michael Powell announced today. Ray was named interim director this past spring when former executive director Dr. David Porter, Jr. announced his departure from the Foundation.

The Washington Post
California's new law requiring public corporate boards to include women is a necessary wake-up call for all companies. The rule will finally bring the 26 percent of California's 445 publicly traded companies with all-male boards out of the Dark Ages.

Black Enterprise
One panel discussion, titled CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, focused on fostering D&I solutions within corporate culture. During the discussion, the panelists addressed a wide range of issues, including gender inequality, Charlottesville, LGBTQ rights, and implicit bias. The only problem, however, was the blatant lack of ethnic diversity among the all-white panel.

The New York Times
G.F.S., as it is often called, has been around since 2000, when it was established as an after-school summer program in the Bronx aimed at minority students. It has developed into a 30-month curriculum with programs in New York, Los Angeles and London. Fellows receive 1,000 hours of instruction in screenwriting, film production, animation and movie history.

Comcast NBCUniversal
At Comcast NBCUniversal, we stand for including everyone. We believe that a diverse and inclusive company is a more effective company, leading us to approach diversity as a driver for business growth and innovation. As a result, Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) is a fundamental part of our corporate strategy and - just as important - part of our DNA.


The Hollywood Reporter
The project comes from Jason Kim, a producer on HBO's Barry who has also worked on Girls and Netflix's Love, and actress and writer Greta Lee (Chance, Inside Amy Schumer). It is described as a dark comedy about the eccentric Los Angeles neighborhood of Koreatown and the kingpin family at the center of it.

From Paris Is Burning (1990): this documentary takes a look at the New York ball culture of the late '80s to The Happy Prince (2018): this film follows Rupert Everett as the witty and flamboyant author, Oscar Wilde in the last days of his life, check out these titles during LGBT History Month.

Multichannel News
The television and film industries have begun to recognize the value and appeal of Hispanic television, but executives speaking at the Hispanic TV Summit say that there needs to be a greater Hispanic presence both in front of and behind the camera.


Rates of social media usage are increasing, especially among U.S. Spanish speakers. According to Viant research, 50% of Hispanic millennial shoppers report either discussing a brand online or using a brand's hashtag - significantly more than the 17% of the general population that does the same.

In case you haven't heard, the buying power of Asian Americans could reach $1.3 trillion by 2022, according to this year's Multicultural Economy report from the University of Georgia. And the hit film Crazy Rich Asians, which has earned the title of highest-grossing romantic comedy, helped further focus the marketing industry's searchlight on this group.

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