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:
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.
The Foundation’s partnerships allow it to offer several career-advancing scholarship and fellowship opportunities for members of the cable community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eight scholarships are awarded by the Kaitz Foundation annually to attend this program designed to help emerging cable executives take on increased leadership responsibilities. During this intensive immersion program, participants take part in leadership analysis and case study work while expanding their cable business acumen.