May 23, 2019

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Dear NAMIC Diversity Digest Readers,  

There's many NAMIC initiatives and programs coming up and we want to make sure you're in the loop! 
Be sure to follow @NAMICnational, #NAMIC33 for updates. 

Nominate a Next Generation Leader by June 12!
Nominate an executive of color who has made innovative and strategic contributions within your organization. Leaders are honored during a luncheon ceremony at the Annual NAMIC Conference. 

Help employees maximize strengths and plan strategically for continuous growth and advancement in NAMIC's Leadership Seminar. The next class is July 24-26, 2019 in Chicago, IL. 

How well did your last multicultural marketing campaign impact your bottom line? Be recognized for your innovative multicultural marketing efforts. Early bird rates end May 31. 

This year's theme  "Breaking Barriers: The Multicultural Media Agenda,"   expresses NAMIC's charge to increase diversity in the cable communications industry through bold and intentional initiatives. 

What do you think of the Digest? Let us know and be entered for a chance to win a complimentary Annual NAMIC Conference registration!

Congratulations to  NAMIC's Executive Leadership Development Program Class XVIII, who graduated on May 9 on the grounds of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. ELDP is NAMIC's flagship education program, designed to advance diversity in the communications industry's executive suites. Darden faculty, sponsors, family, and friends joined in to celebrate the successful completion of what many have called a life-altering experience. 

NAMIC-New York programming committee member  Alannah Covington started a new position as Partnership Marketing Coordinator at Starz. 

NAMIC ELDP alumna class XVII Tatiana Holifield, VP/Head of Digital Strategy, Pacers Sports & Entertainment was mentioned in Indiana Minority Business Magazine's "Up the Ladder" section. 

NAMIC ELDP alumnus class XVI Rahman Khan, VP, Community Impact, Charter Communications was asked to provide remarks at the Louisville Urban League Gala.

NAMIC-Virginia VP Lakysha Laingdirector, Customer Care, Cox Communications  was awarded the 2018 Leader of the Year for Virginia Region.

Former NAMIC board chair and interim president and CEO Alicin Reidy Williamson has been hired by Endeavor as SVP, Chief Inclusion Officer. 

Were you in the news? Did you receive an award? Let us brag about you! Please send your accomplishments, recognitions, accolades and kudos to


NAMIC-Atlanta held their "Trends in Technology" event last month to a packed house. Technology experts Brajesh Jha, Ram Sridharan, Sam King, Sridhar Bathula and Philip Nutsugah spoke about how advancements in technology will help shape us as consumers and employees in an ever changing technical landscape.  

NAMIC-Denver held their "Meet the Leaders" event last month to a sold out audience who will speak for themselves... "There was a wealth of beneficial advice, tips, guidance, and words of wisdom, and I can't wait to put them to the test."... "Thanks for learning, insights, passion, and authentic conversations."
July 24-26, 2019 in Chicago - Application Deadline: June 14
Oct 30-Nov 1, 2019 in New York - Application Deadline: September 26


Getting To Know NAMIC's New Leader A. Shuanise Washington
Industry outsider A. Shuanise Washington has been making waves in her first several months as President and CEO of NAMIC.

EIN Presswire
The EMMAs recognize innovative marketing efforts by companies and agencies targeting multicultural audiences. Winning entries will be chosen based on creativity and results in reaching multicultural audiences, which includes African American, Asian, Hispanic, LGBTQ, disability communities and other market segments.
Multichannel News
The awards recognize executives for their commitment to fostering diversity, while personifying excellence. By virtue of their individual achievements, these honorees serve as shining examples for those who will follow in their footsteps. 
"I will not back down from being a woman, from being black, from having an opinion."
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a celebration first introduced in 1977 before the observance was officially passed into law by congress in 1992. To mark the occasion, we spoke to nine Asian actors about their experiences in Hollywood, the continued struggle for representation, and the Asian-driven books, shows and films that have inspired them along the way.
Huffington Post
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and it's the perfect time to discover some new stories about Asian people, places, food and culture.
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Legendary drag queen, actor, recording artist, and author RuPaul is heading to daytime television next month-but not before unveiling a first look at the tears and "Ahems!" to come.

Under this agreement, Nickelodeon will work with La Bala to propel her career internationally on multiple platforms, including consumer products, music, short-and-long form original productions, social networks, live events and editorial, among others.
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PR Newswire
"'A Space for Creators' was built with the independent content creator in mind with an understanding of the new precedent that has been set by creators like Issa Rae, Donald Glover and Lena Waithe - storytellers who are pushing culture forward by having a seat at the table," said Detavio Samuels, President of iONE Digital and ONE Solution and a NAMIC EMMA judge."

NBC4 is Working 4 You, celebrating the diversity of our community, and recognizing Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month during May 2019.
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"Omniculturalism takes the perspective that every human is inherently different, and that's what we all have in common," said Linda Ong, branding expert and chief culture officer of Civic Entertainment Group. "Our difference is what unifies us."

The Beyoncé-directed Netflix documentary Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé - which follows the singer's 2018 Coachella performance that celebrated and honored historically Black Colleges and Universities - drew an opening audience that was predominantly young, black and female, according to Nielsen.
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It is estimated that there are 22.6 million Asian Americans whose collective purchasing power topped $1 trillion in 2018, and this is expected to rise to $1.3 trillion by 2023, according to new analysis of this important demographic.

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

If you're a non-member and attend a local NAMIC event, you may be eligible to receive up to 10% off your NAMIC membership! Inquire at the event.
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