Montez Flenoury: THF 2017 Rising Star

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Montez Flenoury at THF’s 2012 Summer Intern Orientation

Montez Flenoury first discovered the T. Howard Foundation’s Internship Program as a freshman at University of Georgia. Find out how THF was instrumental during his college years, and how he landed a full-time position as Associate Booking Producer for NBC’s The Today Show, and chosen as THF’s 2017 Rising Star.

We sat down with Montez at last month’s annual Diversity Awards Dinner, prior to his Rising Star speech.

I was a freshman, pre-journalism major at UGA and joined the National Association of Black Journalists on campus. I knew I had a serious interest in media, and a THF staff member visited campus to present to our group. I thought THF was something I’d be interested in, so I spoke with my career advisor and I applied. I went through the interview process and was selected for an internship. I was initially concerned because I didn’t have experience, but after the semester ended, I was selected for an internship in the sales operations department with Turner Network Sales in Atlanta.

At Turner Network Sales, my responsibilities included working on organization charts. I attended meetings and I met quite a few THF alumni who had become full-time employees. I worked on marketing projects and also attended a number of events.

Two THF Internships Provided Career Clarity

As a rising senior in 2012, I secured another internship with Cartoon Network. I had decided to major in public relations, and sought an internship where I could obtain PR experience, still in the media industry. Since Cartoon Network is part of the Turner family, I spoke with the THF team to see if my internship could be converted to a THF internship. Fusing Cartoon Network and THF, I was able to have a great second internship experience, coupled with the valuable information I received at Summer Intern Orientation.

In my Cartoon Network internship, I worked on a major project from original conception to completion as a true member of the team.

THF Interns are Their Own Network
The word “network” doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves. As a THF intern, there are numerous opportunities to meet, connect and build relationships with a lot of different people. We tend, however, to underestimate the network we have with our THF class interns, in addition to meeting executives. The new THF interns are working in the media industry as well, and can be great resources now and in the future.

With THF, the resources are incredible, and I received a Scott Weiss Scholarship that helped me study abroad. The staff was always there to help me and connect me with others. The staff has so many partners in different business functions within the industry.

THF Alumni Status Opens Doors
Just before graduation from UGA, I attended the 2013 THF Diversity Awards Dinner in New York. I was in the process of interviewing for NBC’s page program at the time, and I spoke with an NBC executive at the dinner. I asked him for suggestions on how to get farther along in the interview process. I think this contact and others helped me to be selected for the page program. That was extremely instrumental to beginning my journey with NBCUniversal.

After working as an NBC page for a year, I became a production assistant for The Today Show. I later worked for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and now I’m back at The Today Show as an Associate Booking Producer. In my current role, I book guests that a team of producers wants to have on the show. These guests range from news guests to people from the world of politics and entertainment.

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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.

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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

2016 THF Diversity Awards Dinner Program Book

The 2016 Diversity Awards Dinner, held at New York’s Cipriani Wall Street on Wednesday, March 23, was attended by 800 media industry professionals–a record-setting number of THF supporters.

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

 

2014 Diversity Awards Dinner Brings Together Media Executives, Interns and Supporters

On Wednesday, March 26, T. Howard Foundation (THF) board and staff welcomed more than 635 media industry representatives for the Foundation’s 21st annual Diversity Awards Dinner, held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

THF recognized media corporations and executives for outstanding leadership in the area of diversity, and saluted the Foundation’s internship class of 2013 and acknowledged the students’ host company partners.

“The T. Howard Foundation is thankful for the support and partnership with so many media companies that enables the organization to provide the priceless gift of opportunity to young people of color,” said Jo Pamphile, THF President & CEO. “I’m proud that in 2013, 103 THF talent pool students gained professional work experiences with our media host company partners. In addition, last year 32 T. Howard alumni were hired for full-time positions in the industry.”

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

thoward-5278Corporate 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.

 

 

thoward-5117Innovative 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.

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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 evening’s program featured a balance of media industry newcomers and veterans, including:

  • THF’s 2013 “Rising Star”: Steven DeShields, THF’ 05 (Viacom), Manager, Point of Sales, Showtime Networks, Inc.
  • Award and tribute presenters:

o   Jacqueline Hernandez, COO, Telemundo Media

o   Nadya Mason, THF ’13 (Comcast Corporation) and University of Pennsylvania student

o   Carlos Morcillo, THF ’12 (Speakeasy), Marketing Analyst, Telemundo Media

o   Camly Nguyen, THF ’13 (Turner Network Sales), Sales Operation Coordinator, Turner Network Sales

o   Cristina Recino, THF ‘13 (Viacom) and Penn State University student

  • Michaela Pereira, CNN News Anchor for “New Day” and Co-Anchor of “@This Hour, emceed the Diversity Awards program.

The T. Howard Foundation’s Diversity Awards Dinner also included a silent auction featuring more than 40 national media-related items and experiences, with all proceeds benefitting the Foundation’s summer internship program.

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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.