The Walter Kaitz Foundation Honors new ChangeMakers at 2022 Annual Fundraising Dinner, Shaun Robinson to Host

The Kaitz Dinner returns to an in-person format and introduces new awards

(WASHINGTON, DC) – October 4, 2022 – The Walter Kaitz Foundation will present its inaugural ChangeMaker Awards at its 2022 Annual Fundraising Dinner, taking place on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, in New York. The annual event will return to an in-person format for the first time since 2019 and will serve as the capstone of Diversity Week – a curated gathering of the media and entertainment industry.

The Dinner will explore the theme forward + together and will be hosted by Shaun Robinson, Emmy-Award Winning journalist. Shaun is an in-demand multihyphenate who also works as a television host, author, producer, actress, philanthropist, and girls’ empowerment activist. Robinson is beloved by millions of daily television viewers who she has impacted throughout her career, including her work as host of TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé “Tell All” Specials. Shaun will guide guests through an evening filled with celebration, recognition, and inspiration to continue to create a more equitable and inclusive industry.

The newly launched ChangeMaker Awards will mark the end of the Foundation’s legacy Diversity Advocate and Diversity Champion Awards and will usher in a new focus in honoring the significant contributions of individuals, groups, organizations, or content creators that have, over the course of the past year, generated significant impact and resonance around diversity, equity and inclusion in media and entertainment.

Two ChangeMaker Awards will be bestowed this year: the first of which for Individual Leadership will be presented to Daisy Auger-Domínguez, Chief People Officer, Vice Media Group and non-profit, Human-I-T will be recognized for its Social Impact. Daisy Auger-Domínguez is an accomplished executive and dynamic leader widely recognized for her ability to drive organizational transformations on the leading edge of culture. As Chief People Officer at Vice Media Group, Daisy leads a global team responsible for people operations and culture, diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, corporate facilities, and environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG). She recently authored Inclusion Revolution, a practical, inspiring roadmap for building and growing equitable workplaces.

Human-I-T, co-founded by former computer repair technicians Gabe Middleton and James Jack will be highlighted for its work around Social Impact. As a nonprofit and social enterprise, the organization works to create equitable access to opportunity by providing connected devices, internet access, digital skills training, and tech support for communities left on the wrong side of the digital divide. At the same time and to promote sustainability, Human-I-T empowers businesses and organizations to do good by diverting their unwanted technology equipment, including personal computers, laptops, tablets, and WiFi hotspots, from landfills into the hands of low-income families and individuals, students, veterans, senior citizens, recently arrived immigrants, and other targeted communities.

As part of its evaluation process, the 2022 Dinner Committee comprised of the following Members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors helped to steer the final selections: John D. Evans, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Evans Communications Company; Kathleen Finch, Chairman & Chief Content Officer, US Networks, Warner Bros. Discovery; Mark Greatrex, President & Chief Executive Officer, Cox Communications, Inc.; Phil Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, Vyve Broadband; and Phil McKinney, President & CEO, CableLabs.

Proceeds from the event support diverse professionals, women, and interns through four key industry organizations and include the Emma L. Bowen Foundation, the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), the T. Howard Foundation, and the WICT Network.  Each year, the event brings together media and entertainment leaders committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion across the industry and raises over $1 million in support of the programs and initiatives of these respected diversity organizations.

“As the media and entertainment industry’s advocate in chief, the Foundation has the critical responsibility of keeping its finger on the pulse of DEI across our changing industry. We are emboldened to speak about the work that is yet to be done and the requisite action it takes to create workplaces where marginalized people have a place to belong,” said Michelle Ray, Executive Director of the Walter Kaitz Foundation.

About The Walter Kaitz Foundation

The Walter Kaitz Foundation advances diversity, equity and inclusion in the media and entertainment. The Foundation provides targeted grants to organizations, supports vital industry research that promotes diversity and inclusion in the workforce and collaborates with key stakeholders on the curation and presentation of diverse content. The Foundation also develops unique programs and initiatives designed to educate and facilitate collaboration between partners and benefactors that align with its mission. Learn more at https://www.walterkaitz.org

About Daisy Auger-Domínguez

Learn more at https://www.daisyauger-dominguez.com/

About Human-I-T

Learn more at https://www.human-i-t.org/

About Shaun Robinson

Learn more at https://www.shaunrobinson.com/

 

Contact: Jackie Szmaja
 jszmaja@walterkaitz.org
 202.222.2490

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