Walter Kaitz Foundation
Recently, I was honored to receive the ‘Know Yourself Award’ during WICT’s PowerBrokers Awards hosted by the Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter of the organization. It was a particularly special recognition because it spoke to the values I hold dear and which I live every day. For me ‘knowing yourself’ is about authenticity and living in your truth; ‘knowing yourself’ is about celebrating all parts of yourself and bringing them with you into the workplace every day. ‘Knowing yourself’ is about realizing you are more than just one thing and embracing the sum of all your parts.
Data Drives Progress and Our Industry is Uniquely Positioned
Cracking the code on diversity and inclusion within companies can be a daunting task. Taking it on as an industry would seem nearly impossible. However, our industry has been tracking D&I metrics consistently for over 10 years. Many companies have tracked this type of information, but it is unique that one industry comes together to track this data and focus on developing metrics-driven objectives and solutions.
2019 LA SKINS FEST
November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate America’s indigenous people and recognize them for the significant contributions they’ve made to the establishment and growth of the U.S. In the media and entertainment industry, the Walter Kaitz Foundation is proud to partner with Ian Skorodin, founder of the LA SKINS FEST, now in its 13th year. The annual event will take place November 19-24, 2019 in Hollywood, CA.
Brad Surdam, Vice President, Engineering Comcast’s Beltway Region; Karen Greenfield, Senior Vice President of Business & Production Operations, National Geographic Partners;
Janet Uthman, Vice President, Inclusion and Multicultural Marketing, Comcast, Northeast Division; Jana Fay, Vice President of Finance, C-SPAN; Michelle Ray, Executive Director,The Walter Kaitz Foundation; Vonya Alleyne, Vice President, Human Resources,
Cox Communication, Virginia; and Lesli Rotenberg, Chief Programming Executive & General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS.
WICT’s PowerBrokers Awards
Michelle Ray, Executive Director of the Walter Kaitz Foundation, received the “Know Yourself Award”, from WICT’s Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter during their annual PowerBrokers Awards on October 4. The event, held at the National Press Club, recognizes the winners of WICT’s Touchstones of Leadership Awards. The awards are presented to professionals who have made a positive contribution to the cable and telecommunications industry through leadership, vision, and dedication.
and Internet Council
Michelle Ray, spoke at the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) Content Creators event held October 24 in Washington, DC. Ray spoke on the importance of diverse content creators and how they have fared in current industry studies.
|Dorissa Griffin, MMTC; Maurita Coley, MMTC; Kim Tignor, Institute for Intellectual Property & Social Justice; DeShuna Spencer, KweliTV; Brandi Colander, Charter; Angie Gates, DC Office of Cable Television; Curtis Symonds, HBCU Network; Michelle Ray, The Walter Kaitz Foundation; Felix Sanchez, National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts; Robin Green Errington, TV One & Cleo TV|
|‘Thank You’ to |
the Kaitz Dinner Volunteers!
In alphabetical order: Bianca Assaf, Bobbie Bell, William Guevara, Imani Johnson, Peggy Kim, Gloria Lee, Kerri-Ann McKenzie, Joon Won Pyo, Mary Susan Shilling, Brenda Solomon, LaShaun Solomon, Kamari Stewart, Allysa Tangco, Chazeen Pemberton, Kiana Wirts
|Emma Bowen Foundation|
|The Emma Bowen Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2020 Fellowship Program. The Emma Bowen Foundation offers fellowships that prepare students for careers in the Business of Media, Content of Media, and Innovation of Media. Career tracks encompass those interested in being a producer, journalist, web developer, an engineer, business executive, PR agent, or any other career in the media or tech industry.|
|CableFax Most Powerful Women|
|CableFax will host its most Powerful Women Luncheon on Thursday, December 5, at 583 Park Avenue from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (ET). The Luncheon celebrates 50 of the media and entertainment industry’s most successful leaders.|