2017 Diversity Awards Dinner photo album

The 24th Annual T. Howard Foundation Diversity Awards Dinner was held March 29 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

2017 Honorees:

AT&T – Corporate Excellence Award
Accepted by John Stankey, CEO, AT&T Entertainment Group

FX Networks – Corporate Leadership Award
Accepted by John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions

TV One – Family of Champions Award
Accepted by Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson, Radio One
and Alfred C. Liggins, III, CEO, Radio One and Chairman and CEO, TV One

Major League Baseball – Diversity Partner Award
Accepted by Renee E. Tirado, VP of Talent Acquisition and Diversity & Inclusion

Pac-12 Networks – Diversity Partner Award
Accepted by Lydia Murphy-Stephans, President

Read THF’s Fall 2016 Newsletter

Read our Fall 2016 newsletter where we announce the 2017 Diversity Awards Dinner honorees, recap our Diversity Week networking events, spotlight our Internship Program alumni who are making strides in the media industry, and welcome new board members!

t2-copy-thf-2016-fall-newsletter

800 Media Professionals Celebrate Industry Diversity Strides at THF’s Annual Awards Dinner and Fundraiser

Russell Simmons, John Ridley among awards presenters

For the 23rd year, the T. Howard Foundation (THF) brought together top media industry leaders at its annual Diversity Awards Dinner—but this year was different. Nearly 800—a record—media and entertainment professionals attended and supported THF and its programs for minority college students and young professionals seeking careers in media.

At the Diversity Awards Dinner, which took place on Wednesday, March 23 at New York City’s Cipriani Wall Street, THF recognized HBO and ABC for outstanding leadership in the area of diversity. Additionally, THF saluted its most recent internship program class and new hires, and acknowledged the internship host companies and employers.

“In 2015, THF placed 106 students in paid internships in the industry. The same year, 43 THF Internship Program alumni were hired into the industry, with an additional hired outside of media by such respected companies as Accenture, KPMG and Deloitte,” said Jo Pamphile, THF President & CEO.

Jasmine Shockness (THF ’11), Manager of Sales and Business Development at Viacom, spoke to attendees about her journey from THF intern at NBCUniversal to a full-time employee in the media industry. Shockness was acknowledged as THF’s 2016 Rising Star.

Russell Simmons, entrepreneur, author, activist and philanthropist, presented THF’s Corporate Excellence Award to his friend and colleague, Richard Plepler, Chairman & CEO of HBO. Simmons recounted his long-standing friendship with Plepler and professional relationship with HBO.

Accepting the Corporate Champion Award on behalf of Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment, was Academy Award winner John Ridley. Dungey is the first African American to head a major network, and Ridley is the creator and executive producer of ABC’s “American Crime,” for which he has received an Emmy.

Additionally, THF presented two Diversity Partner Awards to Crown Media Family Networks and Microsoft Corporation. Bill Abbott, Crown Media’s President & CEO and Martin Sacchi, General Manager, Business Development, Media & Entertainment Group at Microsoft Corporation accepted the awards. Both companies have supported the Diversity Awards Dinner for more than four consecutive years.

During the evening, THF presented a silent auction with more than 30 items and exciting experiences donated by companies supporting the dinner, including tickets to a seven-day Disney Cruise, 2017 Super Bowl, season finale of “Project Runway,” and tapings of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”

Diversity Awards Dinner emcee, Juju Chang, Co-Anchor of ABC News’s “Nightline” led a live auction during dinner, featuring tickets to the 2017 college football championship game and a private 10-person dinner at the Food Network Kitchen and Studios.

A spontaneous live auction surprise happened when Mark Kang, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Distribution at INSP, took to the stage and auctioned off tickets to a Rihanna concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The generous winner gave the four tickets to THF interns.

Earlier in the day, THF hosted its 2nd annual Diversity Meet & Greet for New York-based Internship Program alumni who are actively seeking full-time positions in the media industry. Human resources representatives and recruiters from AMC Networks, Disney and ESPN Media Networks, Grey Group, HBO, Reuters and Viacom gave presentations and networked with more than 30 THF alumni.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

New Board Members Reflect Foundation’s Reach Beyond Traditional Media

New Board Members Reflect Foundation’s Reach Beyond Traditional Media
Foundation launches Diversity Partners for media-related companies

In an effort to increase opportunities for young minority professionals to build their careers in the media industry, the T. Howard Foundation (THF) is in the process of expanding its reach beyond traditional media to media-related companies.

Following a new development strategy, the THF Board of Directors continues to make a concerted effort to engage additional individuals to serve on the board who represent the public relations and advertising industry. Meeting this objective will also allow THF to serve as a resource to these companies seeking to meet their diversity goals.

The T. Howard Foundation recently welcomed to its Board of Directors Christopher Carroll, Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, Interpublic Group (IPG). IPG is one of the world’s leading organizations of advertising agencies and marketing services companies.

The T. Howard Foundation has a long-standing relationship with sports media companies, and has elected John Malkin, Vice President, Affiliate Distribution, NFL Network as a board member. The NFL has hosted THF interns in its competitive Junior Rotational Program and has supported the Foundation’s mission for several years at its annual Diversity Awards Dinner.

Additional new board members from existing THF partners continue to enhance the Foundation’s mission, reach and direction. Christina Spade, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Showtime Networks, replaces Tom Hayden, President, Smithsonian Networks. Ben Pyne, President, Global Distribution for Disney Media Networks replaces Sean Bratches, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing, ESPN.

Earlier this year, THF welcomed Richard Warren, Executive Vice President, Content Negotiations and Strategy, Turner Network Sales, Inc. to the board. View a full list of the T. Howard Foundation Board of Directors.

Additionally, THF recently launched its Diversity Partners initiative for media-related companies that embrace diversity to support the Foundation’s programs and services. THF’s first registered Diversity Partner is Grey Group, a worldwide advertising and marketing organization.

In addition to hosting THF summer interns, advertising and public relations companies have opportunities to hire from THF’s Internship Program alumni pool. Diversity Partners can also participate in THF professional webinars and interview sessions.

For more information about Diversity Partners, please contact Jo Pamphile, THF President & CEO.