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.