Attention THF Alumni: Scott Weiss Scholarship Application NOW OPEN

The T. Howard Foundation meet and greet reception for the 2013 interns at the Silver Spring Civic Center in Silver Spring, MD June 3, 2013.

Scott Weiss, right, speaks with a college student during Summer Intern Orientation. He is THF’s Founder and Chairman Emeritus, and current serves as President & CEO of Speakeasy, Inc.

For the 17th year, the Scott Weiss Scholarship provides eligible former T. Howard Foundation interns with financial assistance for their academic and career pursuits, including college tuition, textbooks and/or expenses related to professional development, such as conferences and workshops that help prepare recipients for a career in the media industry.

The scholarship application is now open! If interested, eligible THF alumni must apply by Wednesday, November 4 at 5 p.m. ET.

The alumni scholarship is named for Scott Weiss, T. Howard Foundation Founder and Chairman Emeritus.

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Alumni Spotlight: Anthony Gallegos, Mr. Reinvention–Part 2

Read Part 1 of Anthony Gallegos’s path through the media industry.

The T Howard Foundation 2013 Intern Orientation at the Silver Spring Civic Center in Silver Spring, MD June 4, 2013.I quit the job and moved back to Philadelphia. I knew, for me, (working for the credit card company) was not why I paid good money to go to college,” recalls Anthony Gallegos, referring to his decision to move back home after losing most of his contacts in the media industry.

Once back on his feet, Anthony landed his first industry job, working as a Production Assistant at ESPN. That position introduced him to life as a full-time employee in the industry, but Anthony didn’t feel that production was his niche.

After almost a year, he left ESPN for an opportunity with Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Company where he could learn marketing and branding techniques. The company is known for its vintage athletic jerseys and had relationships with several music industry stars. In this position, Anthony was able to merge his many interests, including music. He also drew on his advertising experience from his internship at Pegasus Communications.

Mitchell & Ness had a strong celebrity following, and the rapper Jay Z had been a fan of the company. However, Anthony recalls, when Jay Z released his song “What More Can I Say?” on The Black Album, where he states that he doesn’t wear sports jerseys anymore, the company’s outlook changed almost immediately. “With that song and that album, Jay Z changed the dynamics of urban America and the fashion industry. Our jersey sales plummeted by 40 percent, which resulted in a large staff reduction, and once again, I was looking for a job.”

Anthony moved back home to New Jersey to regroup and decided to start graduate school. While in grad school, he landed an internship with IMG. Within two months, he was hired to work on a project in IMG’s media sales division.

After completing the project and approaching the end of grad school in 2008, Anthony’s luck had changed: He had two job opportunities—one at Nike and another with Viacom (MTV Networks). He accepted the offer from Viacom to become a Sales Coordinator. In two years he was promoted to National Sales Coordinator, which was followed by another promotion to National Sales Manager.

In 2009, Anthony sought to reconnect with the T. Howard Foundation. As he built his career, he discovered that his network consisted of other T. Howard alumni and board members. He valued the professional experience and exposure that his THF internship provided for him and wanted to contribute to the organization.

Viacom is one of the Foundation’s internship host companies, and Anthony became a mentor to students assigned to his division.

The T Howard Foundation 2013 Intern Orientation at the Silver Spring Civic Center in Silver Spring, MD June 4, 2013At THF’s 2013 internship orientation, Anthony served as a keynote speaker and recounted his career path and challenges, advising students to understand that “their paths are their own;” and that each individual must focus on his/her career rather than comparing it to others’ careers. He continues to advise students to “think outside the box on how they can grow; be willing to deviate from their plans and be open to moving to other cities and try new things. “

Anthony Gallegos has never feared transition or taking advantage of opportunities to advance his career. This past November, he left Viacom after five years to join NBCUniversal as Manager of Content Distribution. In his new position, his duties include sales, business development and increasing distribution for NBC, NBC Sports, Bravo, Telemundo, Sprout, Esquire and USA networks. True to form, Anthony learned about the opportunity through his now full network of industry contacts. 

T. Howard Foundation Showcases Media Leaders at Diversity Awards

Members of THF’s internship class of 2012 attended last year’s Diversity Awards Dinner.

For the 21st year, the T. Howard Foundation (THF) will bring together top media industry leaders at the Foundation’s Diversity Awards.

At the Foundation’s annual dinner, taking place on Wed., March 26, 2014 at 6 p.m. at Cipriani Wall Street in New York, THF will recognize media corporations and executives for outstanding leadership in the area of diversity. Additionally, the T. Howard Foundation will salute its most recent internship program class and acknowledge their host company partners.

The following media industry leaders will be honored at this year’s Diversity Awards Dinner:

Corporate Excellence Award
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Accepted by John K. Martin, CEO

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. has been a THF media partner since 1994 and has increased financial and internship program support over the years. Turner has demonstrated its commitment to presenting quality programming and content that reflects and respects the diversity of its global audience.

Innovative Program Award
Comcast|NBCUniversal, for Internet Essentials
Accepted by David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation

Internet Essentials is the nation’s most comprehensive broadband adoption program. It provides families with children eligible to receive a free or reduced school lunch the opportunity to purchase low-cost Internet service, a low-cost computer and to participate in digital literacy training either in person, in print or online.

Champion Award
Salaam Coleman Smith, President, Strategic Initiatives, Cable Entertainment Group, NBCUniversal

Ms. Coleman Smith, as past president, led the Style Network, growing it into a prominent cable destination for young, diverse, female audiences.

“The T. Howard Foundation is extremely proud to recognize Turner Broadcasting System, Comcast|NBCUniversal and Salaam Coleman Smith for demonstrating their commitment to diversity in the media industry and the community at large,” said Jo Pamphile, THF President & CEO. “We are also delighted that so many of our internship program alumni are now working full-time in the industry, and we will continue to work with our industry partners to ensure that those numbers continue to increase.”

Chairs for THF’s Diversity Awards Dinner include the following media industry executives: Coleman Breland, President, Turner Network Sales; Jacqueline Hernandez, COO, Telemundo Media; Ray Hopkins, President, Television Networks Distribution, CBS Corporation; and Charisse R. Lillie, Vice President, Community Investment, Comcast Corporation and President, Comcast Foundation.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception and silent auction. Following the 7:30 p.m. dinner and program is a dessert reception.

Individual tickets and corporate tables are available for purchase. To reserve a seat or a table, contact Maria Ducheine at 212.997.0100, ext. 214 or mducheine@projectsplusinc.com.

Alumni Mix & Mingle: NYC

On Tuesday, November 5, T. Howard Foundation Internship Program alumni gathered in New York to mix and mingle.

The “Mix & Mingle” event was an opportunity for THF alumni in the tri-state area to get together to reconnect with former interns who first met during THF orientation sessions, and develop relationships with alumni from various THF classes.

Taylor Henriquez, THF ’10 and ’11, and current Public Relations Coordinator with A+E Networks, spearheaded the planning of the event. “This was a year in the making for me, and it was great to see friends–the people who will hopefully be in the upper echelon of the media industry some day.”

The group networked professionally, but for many attendees, the event served as a way to reconnect with old friends, many of whom are now employed full-time in the media industry.

Look for more alumni events in the near future, as an official THF alumni network is currently being formed.

Questions about the T. Howard Foundation alumni network? Contact LaShika Howard, Career and Alumni Manager.

Scott Weiss Alumni Scholarship Recipients Named

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2013 Scott Weiss Scholarship, an annual merit-based award granted to eligible alumni of the T. Howard Foundation’s Internship Program.

The purpose of the Scott Weiss Scholarship, now in its 15th year, is to provide T. Howard alumni with financial assistance for their academic and career pursuits, including college tuition, textbooks and/or expenses related to professional development, such as professional conferences and workshops that help prepare recipients for a career in the multimedia industry. Individual scholarship awards vary, but can range up to $2,750. This year, THF awarded $15,000 in scholarships.

“Across the country, T. Howard Foundation alumni are making an impact in the multimedia industry at all levels,” said Scott Weiss, THF Founder, Chairman Emeritus and President & CEO of Speakeasy, Inc. “Since our first class of 14 interns during the summer of 1995, we have been the launching pad for success for more than 700 young adults, including those who have reached the executive level at some of the most respected media companies in the world.”

2013 Scott Weiss Scholarship Award Recipients (including current institution, expected graduation year, THF internship program year and internship host company):

  • Cristina Recino (Penn State University ’14), THF ’13, Viacom
  • Elizabeth Tillman (Hofstra University ’15), THF ’13, HBO
  • My (Roxy) Dinh (SUNY Binghamton ’14), THF ’12 and ’13, AMC Networks, Fox Entertainment Group
  • Tamara Hall (Penn State University ’14), THF ’13, Comcast Corp.
  • Breania Smith (Georgetown University ’14), THF ’12, HBO
  • Kristen Smith (Penn State University ’14), THF ’12 and ’13, AMC Networks, Turner Network Sales
  • Brandon Putnam (Georgetown University ’14), THF ’12, ESPN
  • Rene Payan (Georgetown University ’14), THF ’12, Viacom
  • Amina Smith (University of Miami ’14), THF ’12, DirecTV
  • Annie Wilson (Purdue University ’15), THF ’08, A&E Networks
  • Susan Mei (Fordham University ’14), THF ’13, Showtime Networks

All 2013 scholarship recipients are pursuing undergraduate degrees, except for Brandon Putnam and Annie Wilson, who are graduate students.

“The Foundation’s mission is to diversify the multimedia industry in positions of impact and influence. I’m proud that we can further assist our alumni in developing their skills to prepare for a long career in the field,” said Weiss.

Scott Weiss Scholarships are available to all alumni of the T. Howard Foundation’s Internship Program, regardless of year, who completed an internship with a favorable evaluation from his or her host company supervisor.

Scholarship applicants must also be undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors or seniors), or current graduate students enrolled in an accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 3.2 overall or in academic major and involved in extracurricular activities related to major or career interests.

Alumni Spotlight: Edgar Corona, Marketing Coordinator, National Football League

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Edgar_CoronaTwo key elements for Edgar Corona launching a successful career in the media industry are networking and mentorship. Growing up in Los Angeles, Edgar moved to the East Coast to attend Georgetown University in Washington. DC. At Georgetown, Edgar majored in marketing and international business. In his marketing classes and during an internship experience after his freshman year of college, Edgar says that the roles media promotions and advertising play in marketing grabbed his attention, “I was working with a political marketing team and was able to really see the face-to-face marketing and distribution. That is where my interest in media really began.”

At that time, Edgar shared his interest in media with one of his mentors and she suggested that he pursue an internship with the T. Howard Foundation (THF). Edgar, ever persistent, researched the Foundation and requested an informational interview with Sharise Kent, Senior Project Manager. His meeting with Sharise increased his interest and he applied for the summer internship program during his junior year. After being selected for THF’s Final Talent Pool for summer 2011 opportunities, Edgar then landed an internship with ESPN, in the sports network’s sales and marketing division, located in New York City. During the Foundation’s 2011 Summer Internship Orientation, Edgar continued to network and cultivate mentors. “It was fascinating for me to see and learn how individuals really communicated and contributed to different parts of the media sector.”

The T. Howard Foundation pairs all its interns with a mentor. Bryce Adams, an active THF alumnus who now works for the New York Yankees, was assigned to mentor Edgar. He often turned to his mentor for guidance. “Bryce was experienced in the field, and I was able to talk to him about the experiences I had in my role and how a project would develop, and he gave me pointers and advice on how best to handle a situation.”

After Edgar concluded his internship with ESPN, he returned to Georgetown for his senior year and maintained the relationships he established during the summer and also spread the word about the T. Howard Foundation Internship Program at campus events.

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Edgar Corona at the NFL Draft

After graduation, Edgar secured a position in the NFL’s highly competitive Junior Rotational Program. In July 2012 he began an assignment as a Marketing Coordinator in the NFL’s sponsorship department focusing on entertainment marketing.

“One of the reasons I really like this industry is because it is always changing and it is constantly evolving where you always have the opportunity to learn,” Edgar stated last week. “I have been working with partners, players and agents to understand how players and teams cooperate in promoting the teams.”

Edgar credits the T. Howard Foundation with providing him with the resources and access to individuals that have allowed him to begin his career path. In fact, THF chose Edgar to represent all Internship Program alumni by inviting him to speak at last year’s Diversity Awards Dinner, held annually in New York, and attended by multimedia industry executives.

At the beginning of 2014, he transitioned out of the NFL’s Junior Rotational Program and was promoted to a full-time Marketing Coordinator in the League’s entertainment and promotions department. Edgar encourages students to “take advantage of the opportunities they encounter, whether they are big or small there is always an opportunity to learn; there is always an opportunity to meet new individuals and grow as individuals and professionals. The resources provided by this program (T. Howard Foundation) really make it helpful for individuals and puts you in a position to succeed.”