Industry Insider: October 2021

Monthly highlights of news and stories across media and entertainment that
focuses on diversity and inclusion and our partners, supporters and donors.


Applications Now Open for the NAMIC Leadership Seminar

Applications are being accepted through October 29th for the NAMIC Leadership Seminar.  The program is designed for those strong performers who aspire to increasingly responsible roles within their organizations and are endorsed to participate by their company.  Participation is targeted to NAMIC members at the supervisory or managerial level or those with less than two years’ experience at the director level.  Visit the NAMIC website to apply.

WICT becomes The WICT Network – Empowering Women in Media Entertainment and Technology

Adopting a new identity that speaks to the wide range of services it offers to those in the media, entertainment and technology fields, Women in Cable and Telecommunication is now The WICT Network.  It’s tagline  – Empowering Women in Media, Entertainment and Technology reflects the full breadth of who the organization is and where it is headed.   WICT undertook a rigorous evaluation process to arrive at the new brand using focus groups, data mining, personal interviews and census research. The new branding officially unveiled on October 20.  WICT leadership was particularly driven by how much ground women lost in the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic. The rebranding includes  a new look and feel for both the national organization and The WICT Network’s chapters. Congrats to The WICT Network.

T. Howard Foundation’s Diversity Awards Dinner will be held virtually on November 30th

The T. Howard Foundation’s 28th Diversity Awards Dinner will be held virtually on Tuesday, November 30th.  The Foundation Dinner recognizes and celebrates industry leaders and companies committed to increasing diversity and inclusion in the media and entertainment industry. Categories and honorees for this year’s event are Alumna of Distinction Award ROSALYN DURANT, Senior Vice President of Operations, Walt Disney World ResortExecutive Leadership Award, CHARLIE COLLIER, Chief Executive Officer FOX Entertainment andDiversity Advocate Award, SOLEDAD O’BRIEN, documentarian, journalist, speaker, author and philanthropist. To learn more about this year’s event, click here.

Emma Bowen Foundation Summer 2022 Internship Program is Now Open

The Emma Bowen Fellows Program provides multi-year internships to students of color at media companies across the country. Each student works as a paid summer intern for each following their selection as an Emma Bowen Foundation Fellow through their college graduation, gaining significant on-the-job training in their field and making connections with colleagues and mentors that last a lifetime. Fellows graduate with invaluable work experience and a head-start in whichever career they choose.

Students focus on three programming tracks – the Business of Media (Sales, Public Relations, Marketing, Human Resources, etc.), Content of Media (News Production, Broadcast Journalism, and Print Journalism), and Innovation of Media (Engineering, Software Development, Digital Marketing, Coding, etc.). Learn more and apply here.

CableLabs will Host Mobile Summit on 5G

CableLabs LogoCableLabs will host a members’ only Mobile Summit focusing on the 5G Ecosystem on December 15th.  5G has been deployed globally for a few years and customers have been gradually upgrading to 5G service as it becomes available. Customer expectations of 5G services and features remain elevated, mainly due to the earlier hypes and visions. The Summit will allow participants to and hear from operators faced with addressing these high expectations as they continue to transition from 4G to 5G networks. The event is free to members with registration, and will be held from  8:00 – 10:30 a.m. MST.  Registration deadline is Friday, December 10, 2021.