THF Announces Scott Weiss Alumni Scholarship Recipients

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Jin Kim (University of Michigan- Ann Arbor, Screen Arts & Cultures and Business Administration, ’18), THF ’16 and ’17, NBCUniversal

The T. Howard Foundation (THF) is excited to announce the recipients of the 2017 Scott Weiss Scholarship, an annual merit-based award granted to eligible alumni of THF’s Internship Program.

Now in its 18th year, the scholarship provides alumni financial assistance for their academic and career pursuits including tuition, textbooks and/or expenses related to career development, such as conferences and workshops that help prepare recipients for a career in the media and entertainment industry.

This year, THF awarded $15,000 in scholarships, with each recipient receiving $2500.

The Scott Weiss Scholarship is named after Scott Weiss, T. Howard Foundation founder and Chairman Emeritus. He is currently CEO and owner of Speakeasy, a THF host company.

2017 Scott Weiss Scholarship Award recipients are (including current institution, expected graduation year, THF internship Program year(s) and host company):

  • Tatiana Cadet (New York University, Public Relations and Corporate Communications, ’18), THF ’17, Viacom (BET)
  • Jin Kim (University of Michigan- Ann Arbor, Screen Arts & Cultures and Business Administration, ’18), THF ’16 and ’17, NBCUniversal
  • Cierra Lockett (Loyola Marymount University, Writing and Producing for Television, ’19), THF ’13, Viacom (Nickelodeon)
  • Kevina Newton (New York University, Media, Culture and Communication, ’17), THF ’17, Turner Broadcasting, Inc.
  • Maitlyn Phan (University of Southern California, Business Administration, ’17), THF ’17, Viacom (Nickelodeon)
  • Hongyu Zhou (University of Pennsylvania, Communication, ’18), THF ’17, Facebook

 

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Read THF’s Fall 2017 Newsletter

Read our Fall 2017 newsletter to learn about who will be honored at the 2018 Diversity Awards Dinner, new Diversity Partners and how to become a mentor to a THF intern. We  also recap exclusive intern and alumni events, announce new board members and introduce our newest staff member!

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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!

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Carlos Morcillo: THF Experience Opened Door at Telemundo

carlos-morcillo-telemundoCarlos Morcillo began his career in the media industry in 2012 when he was a T. Howard Foundation intern at Speakeasy. Today, Carlos serves as Manager, Affiliate Marketing at NBCUniversal/Telemundo. He was hired in 2013, shortly after graduating with a degree in advertising and marketing communications from Baruch College in December 2012.

Learn how the T. Howard Foundation introduced Carlos to careers in the competitive media industry, in his own words.

I was first introduced to the T. Howard Foundation (THF) via a career fair at Baruch College, but also through my wife, who was my girlfriend at the time. She forced me to go to the career fair during a time when I was not focused on my career goals and professional development. That is where I met Karla Morrison, Senior Program Manager, Internship Program.

After the rigorous application and interview process, I was lucky enough to intern with Speakeasy in the business development department. Scott Weiss, THF’s founder, is Speakeasy’s CEO. I secured my internship by demonstrating my ability to think outside of the box and ask smart questions.

During my internship, I worked closely with account managers to find business opportunities and also helped with the maintenance of the company’s CRM system.

THF Supports Interns Every Step of the Way
Interning for a communications consulting company gave me the opportunity to develop skills from a professional perspective. I also learned to focus on building my personal brand and improve my communication skills in a corporate environment. Those concepts were stressed from day one at THF’s Summer Intern Orientation. I still use what I learned there on a daily basis.

The support you get from the THF team and the connections you are able to build are priceless. Being a T. Howard Foundation intern and alumnus is something that will be a part of you throughout your entire professional career. The Foundation works tirelessly to expand its partnerships with top companies, and this only helps ensure that its name and reputation grows throughout the years.

Previous Media Experience Opened Full-Time Doors at NBCUniversal
As Manager, Affiliate Marketing, I am the main point of contact for more than 50 Telemundo broadcast affiliate stations in the U.S. for all marketing-related issues.

I work with multiple departments to supply our local stations with promotional strategies and materials for Telemundo’s novelas, specials and live sporting events, including El Señor de los Cielos, Señora Acero, Latin Billboard Awards, FIFA World Cup tournaments and the Summer Olympic Games. I must ensure that deliverables are being developed on schedule for activation, and sometimes that includes creating and delivering promos within hours.

Despite the fast turnaround time, there is no better feeling than seeing your work live and available for the entire world to experience.

THF Offers Professional Growth for Alumni
Over the past two years, I have been able to grow as a mentor, which allows me to serve as a support system and resource to my mentees, friends and colleagues. Being a THF mentor means behaving and thinking differently because my guidance can impact someone’s decisions and their professional development.

Advice for College Students Interested in Media
Television is a fast-paced environment and anything can change when you least expect it. You have to be prepared to adapt to change and maintain a clear mind to ensure a solution is identified immediately. Additionally, being able to anticipate problems and understand how the business works from all perspectives is crucial to ensure everything is working smoothly.

The T. Howard Foundation opens doors for diverse college students seeking careers in the competitive media and entertainment industry. Kick-start your career with a T. Howard Foundation-sponsored internship.

The application for 2017 internships is now open. The early deadline for submission is Monday, October 31. The final deadline is Thursday, December 1.

THF MEN Meet & Greet Hosted by A+E Networks

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Brynton Lett, THF Associate Manager, Internship Program (center) is pictured with THF Internship Program alumni from various years.

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016, the T. Howard Foundation hosted a MEN (Mentor, Engage, Network) meet & greet at A+E Networks in New York City. THF’s male recruitment event provided a space for Internship Program alumni to reconnect with each other and the Foundation, while also bridging the connection with prospective intern candidates.

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L to R: Alexis Johnson, VP, Programming, Charter Communications; Rich Warren, EVP, Content Negotiations & Strategy, Turner Content Distribution; Jo Pamphile, President & CEO, T. Howard Foundation; Mark Garner, SVP, Distribution Business Development; A+E Networks; David Zagin, President, Distribution, A+E Networks

 

The event, part of the media industry’s Diversity Week, was held in A+E’s loft space. THF board members, David Zagin, A+E Networks’ President, Distribution, and Rich Warren, Executive Vice President, Content Negotiations & Strategy for Turner Content Distribution, both made presentations to the group.  Presentations were followed by a networking reception for executives, A+E HR professionals, THF alumni, prospective interns and special guests.

 

 

 

T. Howard Foundation 2016 Summer Intern Orientation (VIDEO)

Nearly 80 minority college students from top institutions across the country joined together for the T. Howard Foundation’s Summer Intern Orientation (June 6-8, 2016) in Silver Spring, Md.

Billed as a “Media Industry Boot Camp” (#THFSQUAD), the students selected for THF’s highly competitive internship program participated in interactive sessions to fully prepare for their summer media industry internships and future careers.

Following orientation, the students traveled to their internship cities to begin their career journeys in the media industry—well prepared and motivated.

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.

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2015 Diversity Awards Dinner Program

The 2015 Diversity Awards Dinner, held at New York’s Cipriani Wall Street on Wednesday, March 25, was attended by more than 720 media industry professionals.

The Diversity Awards Dinner is the primary source of funding for the T. Howard Foundation’s programs and services, and is also a premier industry networking event.

T. Howard Foundation Introduces Record Number of Minority Interns to Media Industry

The T. Howard Foundation welcomes a record number of minority college students to the media and entertainment industry through its Summer Internship Program. Representing 52 colleges and universities throughout the United States, a record 97 college juniors, seniors and graduate students have been placed in internship positions at 34 media companies in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Atlanta and Charlotte.

Since 1994, the T. Howard Foundation (THF) has served as a resource to both the media industry as well as nearly 800 minority college students interested in pursuing careers in the industry. By introducing the students directly to industry human resources professionals and recruiters via the Internship Program, more than 150 THF alumni have gone on to gain full-time employment in various media and entertainment industry business functions following college graduation.

The Foundation continues to grow its relationships with media and entertainment organizations and has extended its reach to non-traditional sites as the industry continues to evolve. This year’s 34 internship host sites include traditional media companies, as well as two new partners: the National Basketball Association and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ digital media department.

This year’s internship class convened in Silver Spring, Md. from June 2-4 for THF’s annual Summer Intern Orientation. Media industry professionals facilitated interactive personal and professional development sessions, including:

  • Leon Harris, News Anchor, WJLA-TV (Washington, DC)
  • Keith Woods, Vice President, Diversity in News & Operations, NPR
  • Jullien Gordon, Founder & CEO, New Higher and author of The Innerview

Sessions were presented on the evolution of both the consumer and the media industry; an overview of the many departments and business functions within the industry; career options in specific fields; effective networking techniques; understanding the recruitment process and how to stand out amongst the competition while job searching and interviewing; interpersonal communication and business writing; financial planning; and THF alumni (and current industry employees) offered tips for students to maximize their internships and prepare for careers in the industry.

View a slideshow below of this year’s Summer Intern Orientation.

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THF Serves Companies Seeking Qualified Minority Candidates

In order to increase the hiring of full-time minority professionals in the cable and telecommunications industries, the T. Howard Foundation recently began a comprehensive diversity recruitment initiative: the Diversity Advancement Program (DAP).

DAP is a recruitment service for media industry human resources representatives seeking minority professionals to fill entry-to mid-level roles. The program grows out of an ad-hoc service the Foundation has been fulfilling for several years, utilizing its database of hundreds of minority professionals who have participated in its college internship program.

“In light of the findings of the recent industry diversity survey, the Foundation is even more committed to continue working in partnership with media companies and organizations to improve outcomes for minority candidates eager to gain employment and move up in the industry,” said Jo Pamphile, T. Howard Foundation President & CEO.

THF has responded to requests from media companies to assist in filling full-time positions with qualified minority candidates over the past several years. Just in 2013 alone, the Foundation has helped 25 candidates gain employment in the media and entertainment industry, and is now formalizing the program.

With the announcement of DAP, now in pilot stage, the Foundation will provide media and entertainment companies with access to skilled minority professionals across business functions. THF will work with recruiters to source, identify and submit qualified candidates for full-time positions. In addition, THF career development specialists will assist, advise and provide feedback to multi-ethnic candidates and recruiters throughout the interview process.

For the pilot, the T. Howard Foundation is working with AMC Networks and Time Warner Cable to identify minority candidates for positions in those companies. THF will fully launch the program in spring 2014.