EMMA L. BOWEN FOUNDATION 2013 HIGHLIGHTS
SEVENTY-THREE NEW STUDENTS JOIN THE FOUNDATION IN 2013 – Seventy-three new students from thirty cities around the country were selected from approximately 1,500 applications to participate in the Foundation’s multi-year work/study program. Our current roster includes 265 diverse scholars who follow in the footsteps of more than 550 graduates of the program. Students work each summer at broadcast stations, cable systems, cable program networks, equipment manufacturers and other industry organizations. While in the program, students have an opportunity to learn many aspects of corporate operations and develop company-specific skills. Corporations have an opportunity to train and mentor students with the option of full time employment upon completion of their college degrees. Our unique, multi-year program prepares a diverse group of talented young professionals to enter the workforce with specific job-related skills, knowledge of the corporate environment and a strong foundation for future advancement.
Among the new students selected, 21% are engineering/computer science majors, 20% are business majors, 20% are journalism majors, 15% are communications majors, 7% are marketing or public relations majors, 6% are film majors, and the balance are liberal arts majors. 57% of the students are attending state universities, 25% are attending private colleges and universities, 9% of the students are attending historically black colleges, and 9% are attending Ivy League schools.
NEW MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM IS EXPANDING – The Foundation’s New Media & Technology program continues to gain support with our corporate partners. In 2013, fourteen new internships were created (for a total of 35) that focus on technology. Currently Arbitron, Arris/Motorola, Bright House, Cable Labs, CBS, Charter, Comcast, Fox, Hallmark, HBO, Hearst, Mediacom, NBC, Time Warner Cable and Turner Broadcasting are sponsoring students in the New Media and Technology Program. The Foundation’s Tech Committee, headed by Chris Lammers of Cable Labs, is developing specific programs for our New Media & Technology students to help foster interaction with technical professionals in the industry.
2013 SUMMER CONFERENCE
The opening evening event featured singer/songwriter, Claude Kelly, (pictured left, talking with a Foundation student), courtesy of BMI.
“Personal Finance 101” with CNBC correspondent, financial analyst and author, Sharon Epperson, (right), was the first general session topic of the conference. Students had the opportunity to gain new perspectives about credit card debt, school loans, banking fees, and developing a budget.
|Members of the Class of 2013 with Foundation Chairman, Michael Jack (NBC), Board Member Michael Alicia, and Adam Levy (both of Nielsen), and speakers, Michael Powell (NCTA) and Gio Benitez (ABC).|
Following the general session, the Class of 2013 met with the Foundation’s Board of Directors to express their appreciation and discuss their career plans. Board members joined the students for the annual Awards Luncheon. Michael Powell, (right), President and CEO of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and former FCC Chairman, was the Awards Luncheon keynote speaker. His inspirational speech earned him a standing ovation! Rich Wolf of ABC and a Foundation Board member offered a tribute to Preston Davis, former President of Broadcast Operations and Engineering for ABC who passed away in April 2013. Preston served on the Foundation’s Board from 1995 to 2011. A $25,000 contribution was made in his name by Disney/ABC to the Emma Bowen Foundation. Preston was a mentor, a champion of the Foundation’s mission, and a true ‘prince among men.’ He will be missed by all who knew him.
Oprah Winfrey video-taped a special tribute to the Foundation’s outgoing chairman, Dennis Swanson, which was shown at the luncheon. Nick Garcia and Neima Abdulahi, both Foundation students from Fox Television Stations, talked about how Mr. Swanson touched their lives personally. Dennis Swanson served as the Foundation’s Chairman from 1992 to 2012; he will remain on the Board as Fox Television’s representative. The first of our two afternoon sessions focused on “Behind the Scenes at the Olympics.” Executives from NBC Sports including Alexis Capra (Director HR) Eric Hamilton (Sr. Broadband Producer), Darryl Jefferson (President, Digital Workflow) and Ryan Soucy (Director, Operations) helped students understand the logistics involved in covering the Olympic Games. The panel was moderated by Ethan Loney, VP, Diversity for NBC Universal. We are pleased to note that seven Emma Bowen scholars have been invited to intern at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia throughout the month of February, courtesy of NBC Sports. The final session of the day was our Graduate Panel featuring Gio Benitez of ABC and Nefertiti Jaquez of NBC-Philadelphia. Both spoke about their careers and the importance of maximizing internship opportunities. In the evening, CBS, Comcast/NBC, HBO, Turner & Warner Brothers, and Time Warner Cable hosted receptions for their Emma Bowen students attending the Conference and, for the second year, Hearst Television hosted our Senior Reception for the Class of 2013 at their headquarters.
Scripps Networks Interactive was the featured company for our “Corporate Day” during the Conference. The agenda included presentations covering sales, content distribution, programming, digital, and social media. Speakers included Michael Smith (pictured left) (SVP/GM Cooking Channel), Greg Regis (SVP Ad Sales, Travel Channel & GAC), Robert Madden, (GM, SVP Digital Food), Kathleen Finch (SVP/GM, HGTV, DIY), Andy Singer (SVP/GM Travel Channel), Bob Tuschman (SVP, GM Food Network), Sunny Anderson, Celebrity Chef, Cooking for Real (pictured right with Foundation students), Mallory Viscardi, (Social Media Manager, Food Network), Susie Fogelson, (SVP Marketing & Brand Strategy), Amanda Melnick (VP Marketing, New Business Integration, Food Network), and Katie Ilch, (VP, On/Off Air Media Strategy.) The Food Network marketing team, headed by Susie Fogelson (pictured right) developed an exciting marketing challenge for three teams of Foundation students. The teams had the opportunity to present ideas for “The Shed,” a show launched in August, 2013. Our 2013 Scripps Network Interactive Day was coordinated by Melissa Sykes, Vice President, Content Diversity, and a great team at Scripps Networks Interactive. The Foundation truly appreciated their efforts!
New Media & Technology Breakfast - On the second day of the Conference, 30 students and 18 executives participated in a “Tech Breakfast” for our New Media and Technology students. Bob Zitter, (left), EVP and Chief Technology Officer for HBO, was the keynote speaker. It was the students’ first ‘power breakfast” with top technical professionals from Arbitron, ARRIS, Cable Labs, Disney/ABC, HBO, Hearst Television, NBC Universal, and Time Warner Cable. The breakfast was sponsored by the Walter Kaitz Foundation. On Tuesday evening, thanks to the generosity of CBS and Aramark Corporation, students enjoyed a light supper at CBS headquarters, before attending “The Lion King” on Broadway.
Our annual Junior Forum was held on Tuesday of the Conference. Eleven companies, including CBS, Comcast, Discovery, Disney/ABC, Fox, HBO, Hearst Television, NBC Universal, Nielsen, Time Warner Cable and Univision met with the Class of 2014 to discuss job opportunities, various post-college programs, and when and how to apply for positions. The Forum also provided recruiters with a preview of the next year’s graduating class.
The Foundation organized its fourth annual Career Fair on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 following the annual Summer Conference. Thirty-two Foundation students from the Class of 2013 met with representatives from A+E Networks, CBS, Comcast, Cox Media, C-SPAN, Discovery, Disney/ABC, Fox, HBO, Hearst Television, Katz Media, NBC Universal, Scripps Networks Interactive, Time Warner Cable, Turner Broadcasting and Univision. The Career Fair was hosted by NBC Universal.
CLASS OF 2013
We are pleased to report that many of our seniors have secured full-time positions in the media industry since graduation. Neima Abdulahi accepted a position as a reporter for WJZY, a Fox station in Charlotte, NC; her corporate sponsor was Fox Television. Camille Bernier-Green was accepted into the NBC Page Program; her sponsor was NBC Universal. Melissa Chavez accepted a position as a social media coordinator for PBS Kids Sprout; her corporate sponsor was Comcast. Colin Evans accepted a position with Hearst Television (WMUR-TV) as a news producer; her corporate sponsor was CBS. Joseph Dillard accepted a position as an Account Strategist with the PR firm, Influence & Co.; his sponsor was Fox Television. Marquis Francis accepted a position as a production assistant with MSNBC; his corporate sponsor was NBC Universal. Nick Garcia accepted a position as an associate producer/coordinator for Fox Television in Los Angeles, his corporate sponsor. Monica Longoria was accepted into Cox Media’s Digital Associates Program; her sponsor was Comcast. Brionna Lopez accepted a position with CableLabs, her corporate sponsor. Camille Massey accepted a position as a marketing coordinator in the Marketing Strategy Department at NBC Entertainment in Universal City. Shelby Maxwell accepted a position in the news department at KFSN30, her corporate partner. Mayowa Oyebadejo was accepted in the NBC Page Program; his corporate sponsor was Comcast. Asia Sanders accepted a position as a sales assistant with Discovery Communications; her corporate partner was YES Network. Maria Williams was accepted into the NBC Page program; her corporate sponsor was NABEF. Neil Yonzon accepted a position as a website coordinator for Disney Consumer Products; his corporate sponsor was NBC.
2013 STUDENTS OF THE YEAR HONORED
Melissa Chavez and Nick Garcia were named the co-recipients of the Emma L. Bowen Foundation’s 2013 Student of the Year Awards at the Awards Luncheon held in conjunction with the annual Summer Conference in New York City. The awards recognize the achievements of an outstanding male and female senior. Criteria for the award include outstanding work quality; noteworthy professional and personal growth and integrity; academic excellence; creativity and initiative; and special contributions to his/her company, college and/or community. Melissa, (pictured left with Barbara Gee of Comcast and Michael Jack of NBC Universal), is a graduate of American University where she majored in journalism and marketing. Her corporate sponsor was Comcast and she is currently working as social media coordinator for PBS Kids Sprout. Nick, (pictured right with Dennis Swanson of Fox Television Stations), is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University where he majored in Studio Arts and Graphic Design. His corporate sponsor was Fox Television and he recently accepted a position as an Associate Producer/Coordinator with his sponsor, Fox Los Angeles. A special thanks to Jackie Burgos, Foundation alumnae and Harvard MBA candidate, Walteen Swanston of Unity, and Alicin Williamson of the Rabin Group for serving as our 2013 judges.
ACADEMIC AWARDS PRESENTED
38 students were presented with the Foundation’s top academic award for earning a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher during the 2012-2013 school year. Each award winner received a certificate and a cash award during the Foundation’s Awards Luncheon. Following is a list of the award recipients: Ayanna Alleyne, The George Washington University Jourdyn Alli, University of Maryland, College Park Camille Bernier-Green, Barnard College Sydney Bowden, Western Michigan University Jane Burnett, American University Rana Campbell, Princeton University Melissa Chavez, American University Brian Cheung, Syracuse University Tanya Chichester, Franciscan University Carlos Cribeiro, Florida State University Barbara Daughenbaugh, University of Utah Marnice Davis, Temple University Jennifer Lee, College of William & Mary Amanda Di Lella, University of Florida Adrion Flowers, Hawaii Pacific University Luisa Garcia, College of New Rochelle Chanel Geter, Wellesley College Olivia Johnson, Georgia State University Kelly Kasulis, Emerson College Meghan Kee, Hampton University Justina Lee, Brown University Kristin Mamanta, Seton Hall University Jerry Martinez, NJ Institute of Technology Raven McClendon, University of Oregon Jameson Miller, Morehouse College Ayana Phoenix, Rutgers University Antonia Provost, Spelman College Candace Pugh, Syracuse University Lanissa Reale, Lee University Julian Roberson, Amherst College Rachel Scott, University of Southern California Scott Tang, Cal Poly, Pomona Victoria Thompson, Howard University Taylor Turner, Univ. of Texas, Austin Drew Washington, New York University Mikella Wickham, University of Southern California Erin Williams, Howard University Erin Winters, Howard University
We especially want to acknowledge the Walter Kaitz Foundation for their ongoing commitment to the Foundation and sponsorship of the 2013 Summer Conference; they have been the major sponsor of the conference since 2004. In addition, the Foundation wishes to acknowledge: Scripps Networks Interactive for their efforts to develop an excellent program for our Corporate Sponsor Day, the speakers and moderators who shared their time and expertise with our students, the recruiters who participated in the Junior Forum and Career Day events, our corporate partners who provided gift items for our conference bags, and our Board of Directors who guide and support our efforts.
2013 LINK MENTORING PROGRAM
For the twelfth consecutive year, the Foundation held its annual Link Mentoring Program. In 2013, sessions were held at Belo Corporation’s headquarters in Dallas, TX on July 8-10th and at Turner Broadcasting’s headquarters in Atlanta, GA on July 17-19th. The Link workshop is a 2.5-day professional development session that brings together industry executives with Foundation students to introduce such concepts as diverse work styles (utilizing the DiSC assessment tool), group dynamics, unspoken corporate rules, managing up, leadership when you are not in charge, and the challenges of professionals of color in the workplace. Guided by a professional facilitator, Wrisë Booker of Reid Dugger Consulting Group, mentors work with teams of 3-5 students to answer their questions and concentrate on strategies that build strong careers.
This year’s nearly sixty students worked with mentors from across the industry. Included among the mentors in Atlanta were: Lisa Blackshear and Tina Simmons of Comcast, Wally Bakare and Kimberly Shovlain of Time Warner Cable, Mike Bramel of Continental TV Sales, Lyn Cason of Stanton Chase International, Michelle Duke of the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation, Deborah King and Krandall Jones of Turner Broadcasting, and Chris Lammers of CableLabs. In Dallas, mentors included Mike Berry and Ethan Loney of NBC, Deborah Buhles and Shari Rouleau-Hellhake of Comcast, Clara Carneiro of Arbitron, Jim Jones of NAMIC, Marcia Keegan of ESPN, Iesha Mason of Fox Television, Michael Weiss of Eagle Television Sales and Keith Woods of NPR. Graduates in the Atlanta area were invited to participate in a Link event designed to highlight reception networking skills. Our 2013 Link program was generously sponsored by the Walter Kaitz Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Belo Corporation and Turner Broadcasting.Keith Woods of NPR with Link mentees Taylor Turner, Bria Bell and Alejandra Arrequin in Dallas.
EMMA BOWEN FOUNDATION MEETS WITH FCC OFFICIALS AND ITS ADVSIORY COMMITTEE ON DIVERSITY
Foundation President, Phylis Eagle-Oldson, met with FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai and Priscilla Delgado Argeris and Valery Galasso of Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel’s staff to introduce the Foundation’s program to the two newest FCC Commissioners and their staff. She was joined by Henry Rivera, a Foundation board member and chairman of the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity, and Jarred Hill, an Emma Bowen alumnus (pictured left). The Foundation was also invited to make a presentation to the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity at its meeting on April 25, 2013. After a brief overview of the program and its corporate sponsors, Jarred spoke of his experience as an Emma Bowen Foundation intern at C-SPAN and how the experience helped to launch his career …first as an NBC Page, then with NBC’s Dateline and currently as a producer/reporter with WMDT 47 in Salisbury, Maryland.
TWO FOUNDATION STUDENTS AWARDED AWM SCHOLARSHIPS
Emma Bowen Foundation students Marisch Perera and Anna Lee were awarded $2500 scholarships by the Alliance for Women in Media and the Ford Motor Company. The “Emerging Voices” Scholarships were presented at AWM’s Gracie Awards Luncheon in New York on June 26, 2013. Both students will provide journalistic content for AWM’s website based on assigned topics. Marisch is a junior at Pace University and interns at CBS. Anna is a sophomore at New York University and also interns at CBS.Pictured right: Elizabeth Brakebill of Ford Motor Co. Fund, Anna Lee, Marisch Perera, and Erin Fuller of AWM
EMMA L. BOWEN FOUNDATION STUDENTS AND GRADUATES ATTEND THE 30TH ANNUAL WALTER KAITZ FOUNDATION DINNER AS GUESTS OF BRIGHT HOUSE NETWORKS
Eleven Emma Bowen Foundation alumnae were the guests of Bright House Networks at the 30th Annual Walter Kaitz Foundation Dinner on October 9, 2014 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York. The Annual Walter Kaitz Foundation Fundraising Dinner is the cable industry’s most prestigious fundraising event. More than 1,000 industry executives attended the dinner.
Each year, the dinner typically raises more than $1 million to fund diversity-oriented programs and initiatives for three industry-based diversity organizations: the Emma L. Bowen Foundation; NAMIC; and WICT.In 2013, the dinner raised more than $1.7 million.
Actor and entertainer, Mario Lopez, hosted the program. Oscar-winning actress and Grammy-award winning singer Jennifer Hudson, entertained dinner guests, along with silhouette and shadow dancers, Le Ombre. An After Party featured performances by Chaka Khan, Chante Moore and KeKe Wyatt.
The reception and dinner offered a wonderful opportunity for the Emma Bowen Foundation to showcase our program, students and graduates and an equally great opportunity for our students and graduates to network among top industry leaders.
DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS SELECTS THE EMMA BOWEN FOUNDATION FOR ITS CREATING CHANGE MARATHON EVENT
Discovery Communications hosts an annual creative marathon for selected non-profits to “utilize the power of its employee workforce” to fulfill marketing, design and communications initiatives. The Emma Bowen Foundation was among the non-profits selected in 2013 and “our team” offered their expertise to assist with our 25th Anniversary Gala.
Discovery’s team offered suggestions covering arange of topics for the Gala including social media, sponsorships, video production, awards, publicity, timetables, updates to our website and those all important event details!Discovery also hosted a one-day seminar for non-profits on marketing, branding, millennials, and social media.
Our thanks to Adria Alpert-Romm, Discovery’s Senior Executive Vice President, Human Resources and a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, for her support and that of all the employees at Discovery who donated their time and expertise!
EMMA L. BOWEN FOUNDATION RECOGNIZED AMONG HIGHEST-RATED INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS
The Emma L. Bowen Foundation has been rated among the “Best Overall Internship” programs for 2014, according to a national survey of current and former interns conducted by Vault, an influential provider of information and solutions for professionals and students who are pursuing and managing high-potential careers. The Foundation ranked #11 among overall best internships and #4 among best internships for marketing and communications majors.
As the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for Minority Interest in Media prepares to embark on our 25th anniversary year, we are proud to be rated among the nation’s best internship programs,” said Phylis Eagle-Oldson, President and CEO of the Emma Bowen Foundation. This honor is a testament to the tremendous support of our corporate partners, as well as the outstanding success of our many interns, who have led the way in delivering on the Foundation’s mission of expanding minority representation in the media industry.
Vault rankings are based on surveys of thousands of current and former interns about their internship programs. Respondents rated their experiences in five areas: Quality of Life; Compensation & Benefits; Interview Process; Career Development; Full-time Employment Prospects. The ratings were averaged to determine an overall score for each program. Vault’s Best Overall Internships reflect the highest-rated internship programs across the survey pool. For more information, visit http://www.vault.com/internship-rankings.