The Walter Kaitz Foundation
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Our Work

The Walter Kaitz Foundation stands at the center of the cable industry’s long-standing commitment to diversity. Through the funds we raise, the organizations we support with grants and scholarships, and the programs we produce, we serve as a catalyst for increasing diversity in cable’s workforce, supplier base and programming. Our work is centered in three areas:

Grant Funding

Our strategic partners foster professional opportunities for women and multi-ethnic professionals in the cable industry. These organizations receive substantial grants for specific programs that meet and further the mission of Walter Kaitz Foundation.

Scholarships

The Foundation’s partnerships allow it to offer several career-advancing scholarship and fellowship opportunities for members of the cable community.

Programs We Produce

To meet needs not addressed elsewhere, the Kaitz Foundation has developed and runs a number of specialty programs. Often developed in collaboration with other organizations, these programs advance diversity with insight, creativity and impact.


2013 Millennials Master Class

Millennials Program

PROGRAM TYPE: Workforce Diversity

A unique, one-day Master Class designed by Kaitz Foundation to educate “Millennials” about the cable industry by providing exposure to business trends and opportunities in cable telecommunications and digital media and giving participants direct access to industry leaders.

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The Hollywood Creative Forum

PROGRAM TYPE: Programming Diversity

The Hollywood Creative Forum provides unique opportunities for selected professionals of color who have worked in media to gain face-to-face access with cable programming executives in order to advance their careers. This event gives programming executives and production companies the opportunity to meet experienced, diverse, mid to upper-level creatives for non-fiction/reality project assignments, and pitch meetings.

Jennifer Hudson

Walter Kaitz Annual Dinners Raised Over $35 Million for Diversity

For one splendid evening each year, industry brass and distinguished professionals come together with friends and colleagues to renew its commitment to diversity and inclusion in cable and entertainment. But this year also marked a major milestone. The Walter Kaitz Foundation’s Annual Fundraising Dinner held at the New York Marriott Marquis on October 9, 2013,… Read More

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The 2013 Millennials Master Class

Leveraging access to a wealth of intellectual property inside Washington, DC and that of cable industry professions from around the US who convened for The Cable Show, the Walter Kaitz Foundation presented the 2013 Millennials Master Class to young adults at the fulcrum of education, career and opportunity.

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Walter Kaitz Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

Sony Pictures Entertainment and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) will be honored at the 30th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at the New York Marriott Marquis.

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Supplier Diversity Initiative

PROGRAM TYPE: Supplier Diversity

The Foundation’s supplier diversity initiative connects industry procurement professionals with Women and Minority Business Enterprises (WMBEs) through a series of workshops. The goal of the workshop is to facilitate introductions and to serve as a marketplace for vendors and procurement professionals alike.

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NAMIC & WICT Industry-Wide Workforce Diversity Study

PROGRAM TYPE: Workforce Diversity
GRANTEE: National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) and Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT)

Fully underwritten by the Kaitz Foundation, NAMIC and WICT have partnered to create a joint benchmarking survey to gauge gender and ethnic diversity in the cable industry. NAMIC and WICT engaged the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to merge WICT’s PAR (Pay equity, Advancement opportunities and Resources for work/life support) Study with NAMIC’s AIM (Advancement, Investment, Measurement) Survey.

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The Emma L. Bowen Foundation’s Summer Conference

PROGRAM TYPE: Program we Fund
GRANTEE: The Emma L. Bowen Foundation

The Kaitz Foundation provides grant funding for this intensive, real-world immersion in industry issues and professional development strategies for students. The program is designed to supplement students’ on-the-job training and education with instructions from industry professionals.

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NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) Scholarship

PROGRAM TYPE: Workforce Diversity
GRANTEE: National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC)

The Kaitz Foundation provides a scholarship to one executive from a small to mid-sized company to attend the ELDP at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. The scholarship seeks to provide executive education at a world-class educational facility with, diverse faculty to deliver robust, research-anchored content.

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Scholarships for NAMIC’s Leadership Seminar

PROGRAM TYPE: Workforce Diversity
GRANTEE: National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC)

The Kaitz Foundation provides scholarship funding for this fast-paced, highly-interactive professional development opportunity aimed at offering young career professionals the tools they need to build their careers strategically and effectively. Scholarships cover full tuition and travel for four participants.