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:
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.
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.