Newsletter 2014

The Emma Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media Celebrates Its 25th Year




Our pipeline of diverse talent for the media industry started with the vision of Emma Bowen and Dr. Everett Parker, the backing of industry icons like Dan Burke, and the leadership and dedication of media executives like Dennis Swanson.  In 1989, fourteen interns began multi-year summer internships with ABC, CBS, FOX, Gannett, ICBC, NBC and Tribune.   Today, the Foundation boasts 250-275 students each summer, more than 700 graduates and 38 sponsoring companies. Over the last fifteen years, the Foundation has added a variety of professional development programs for its students (an annual conference, our Link Mentoring Initiative, a New Media & Technology track) and resource guides for both students and graduates.  Foundation graduates work in positions throughout the media industry in news, programming, business and technology. 

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. 

 25th Anniversary Gala

A 25th Anniversary Gala to celebrate the success of the Foundation’s program and alumni was held on June 24, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt in New York.  

The event was attended by nearly 600 guests including current students, returning graduates, the Foundation’s Board of Directors and industry executives from among our 38 corporate sponsors. 


The Gala’s co-Chairs were David Barrett of the Hearst Corporation (above) and David Cohen of Comcast / NBCUniversal.  The evening’s program was co-hosted by Foundation’s Chairman, Michael Jack of WNBC (left), 


and alumni, Gio Benitez of ABC News, Michael Estimé of WTVQ Lexington, KY, and Nefertiti Jaquez of NBC10 Philadelphia (upper left). 

We are especially appreciative of the support of our Gala Sponsors: 

Diamond Level:    Comcast/NBCUniversal 

Platinum Level:    CBS, HBO, Hearst Television & Walter Kaitz Foundation

Gold Level:           Bright House Networks, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, Cox Media, Graham Media Group & Time Warner Cable

Silver Level:         A+E Networks, Crown Media Holdings, C-SPAN, Discovery Communications, Ion Media Networks, NABEF, NCTA, & Turner Broadcasting



Four companies received the Silver Anniversary Legacy Award for continuously sponsoring students for 25 years.  Accepting on behalf of their companies were Peter Dunn, President of CBS Television Stations; Dennis Swanson, President of Station Operations for Fox Television; Vince Roberts, Chief Technical Officer for Disney ABC Television Group and  David Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast/NBCUniversal for NBC.  Also included among the evening’s honorees were the Foundation’s three co-founders, Emma Bowen, Dr. Everett Parker and Dan Burke, former CEO of Cap Cities/ABC.  

HBO produced a 25th Anniversary video for the evening featuring many of the Foundation’s board members and alumni.  The Gala helped to raise funds for the Foundation’s ongoing operations.     


From top left: Gayle King of CBS and Sandra Rice; Jordan Wertlieb of Hearst Television , Jesus Tapia, and Leo MacCourtney of Katz Media. Rob Kennedy of C-SPAN and David Porter of the Walter Kaitz Foundation;  Phylis Eagle-Oldson with alums, Michael Benjamin, Pierre Roach and AndreGrier. Foundation alumnae;   Loretta Polk of NCTA and Chris Lammers of CableLabs; Pat Jordan of BCFM with alum Najee Ritter. Emily Barr and  Kathy Salazar of  Graham Media Group with  EBF interns; Charisse Lilly and Barb Gee of Comcast with Amber Wright; Janet Manzullo and Mauricio Tellez Nava of Time Warner Cable ; Scott McElhone of HBO and Gene Hawkins of Crown Media Holdings.

2014 Students of the Year Honored

Analia Fiestas and Brandon Garcia were named the co-recipients of the Emma L. Bowen Foundation’s 2014 Student of the Year Awards at the 25th Anniversary Gala.  They were joined on stage by  former Students of the Year Dan Martinez (2003), Kameko Jones (2005), Gio Benitez (2008), Michele Redberg and Michael Estimé (2009),  Rhonesha Byng (2011), Meagan Aguayo (2012) and Melissa Chavez (2013).  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.  Analia is a graduate of Florida International University where she majored in broadcast journalism.  Her corporate sponsor was Graham Media Group (WPLG-Miami) and she will continue working for the station full-time as an associate producer. 

Brandon is a graduate of Arizona State University where he majored in journalism at the Cronkite School.   His corporate sponsor was Fox Television (Fox 10-Phoenix) and he recently accepted a position as a sports coordinator with Fox Sports.  Each of the honorees received a check for $1,000.  A special thanks to Norma Provencio Pichardo of the Television Academy Foundation, Walteen Swanston, formerly of Unity, and LaJune Montgomery Tabron of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for serving as our 2014 judges.


2014 Summer Conference 

New York was again the site for the Foundation’s 2014 Summer Conference from June 22-25 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.  228 students attended the 2-1/2 day program.

Monday’s schedule included a breakout session for our college freshman and sophomores on “Essential Skills for an Exceptional Career” and a “Resume/Interview Skills” Workshop for our college juniors and seniors.   All students came back together for a general session on “Personal Branding.”

The “Essential Skills” session, facilitated by Wrisё Booker (left) of Reid Dugger Consulting Group, required students to interview two or more executives in their company prior to attending conference and asked them to rank and discuss skills that any executive needs to advance in his/her career.

The “Resume/Interview Skills” Workshop was facilitated by Dionne Muldrow (left), Manager of Campus Pipeline Programs for NBCUniversal.  Volunteers from A+E, CBS, Charter, Comcast, Disney/ABC, Fox, HBO, Katz Media, NBCUniversal, Revolt Media & TV, Scripps Networks Interactive, Time Warner Cable and Univision worked with students on resume content and format and fine-tuning their interview skills.


Branding was a central theme for several of the Monday sessions. 
Our keynote speaker for the Recognition Lunch was Dave Senay, President & CEO of FleishmanHilliard, who spoke about the changing face of public relations and the “Power of True.” 


 The first of two Monday afternoon sessions focused on the Upfronts.  

David Levy of Discovery moderated a panel of prominent media executives in a discussion about the Upfront process and significance in our industry. Included on the panel was Marianne Gambelli of Horizon Media, Peter Olsen of A+E Networks, JoAnn Ross of CBS, Michael Smith of the Cooking Channel, and Keith Turner of Univision. (photo left).

The final session on Monday was our ever-popular Graduate Panel.  This year’s participants (photo right) included Alana Davis of Google; Carolyn Githieya and Arnell Davis of HBO; Lorenzo Hall of WTVR, a CBS affiliate in Richmond, VA; and Nancy Chan of NBCUniversal. They are joined by Foundation students Luisa Garcia and JJ Zavala.  The session provided an opportunity for current students to not only gain valuable insights about their internships from graduates, but network as well.  (Photo left) Jasmine Smoots (center) with Foundation graduates Jasmine Hashi and Carolyn Githieya.  

Monday evening CBS, Comcast /NBCUniversal, HBO/Turner/Warner Brothers, and Univision hosted receptions for their Emma Bowen scholars.  We are very appreciative of the extra effort and planning that goes into making these receptions a success and for the networking opportunities it affords our students.



 Our featured corporate partner for this year’s Conference was Disney/ABC Television Group.  The agenda included presentations on entertainment technology and marketing; a legislative and regulatory update; a digital view of Disney/ABC, and a panel on broadcast operations and news. Panelists included Vince Roberts, EVP, Global Operations & CTO (and a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors);   

Bob Schefferine, VP Production/ABC Entertainment Marketing; Susan Fox, VP, Government Relations; Charissa Gilmore, VP Digital Media; Scott Goldman, Sr. Product Mgr., Media Technology & Strategy; Rick Mandler, VP Strategy and Digital Advertising; Adam Cohen, GM Network Release; Todd Donovan, SVP, Broadcast Operations and Engineering; Pete Gilmore, Digital Media Services; and Brian Kennedy, Exec. Director, News Gathering Operations. The Key Note speaker was Brian Pitts.   



 New Media & Technology Breakfast

The Foundation’s annual “Tech Breakfast” for our New Media and Technology students was held on Tuesday, June 24, at the Grand Hyatt. The focus of this year’s breakfast was Second Screen Technology.  Representatives from ARRIS, Bright House Networks, Disney/ABC, NBCUniversal, and Time Warner Cable spoke to students about current Second Screen technology initiatives within their companies.  Included among the speakers were Anthony Accardo, Director, R&D for Disney/ABC; Fielding Kidd (upper left), Sr. Product Strategy Lead for NBCUniversal; Sean McCarthy(lower left), Engineering Fellow for ARRIS; Kristi Kramersmeier, VP, New Product Development for Bright House Networks, and Greg Calvert (Director Video Product Mgmt) and Kevin Leddy (EVP Corporate Strategy) of Time Warner Cable (upper right).



We especially want to acknowledge the Walter Kaitz Foundation for their ongoing commitment to the Foundation and sponsorship of the 2014 Summer Conference; they have been the major sponsor of the conference since 2004. 

In addition, the Foundation wishes to acknowledge: Vince Roberts of Disney/ABC for his 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. 



Thirty-five students were presented with the Foundation’s top academic award for earning a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher during the 2013-2014 school year.  Each award winner received a certificate and a cash award during the Foundation’s Recognition Luncheon. 

Following is a list of the award recipients:

Jourdyn Alli, University of Maryland

Tomas Barron, University of Florida

Sydney Bowden, Western Mich. Univ.

Brian Cheung, Syracuse University

Tanya Chichester, Franciscan University

Aimee Cho, Cornell University

Pierce Conway, USC

Sean Crenshaw, Virginia Polytechnic

Carlos Cribeiro, Florida State University

Barbara Daughenbaugh, Univ. of Utah

Amanda DiLella, University of Florida

Jillian Duran, Arizona State University

Kirsten Elliot, University of Florida

Parker Enix-Ross, Union County College

Luisa Garcia, College of New Rochelle

Nicole Godreau, Ithaca College

Jourdan Henry, Howard University

Olivia Johnson, Georgia State University

Megan Kee, Hampton University

Jennifer Lee, College of William & Mary

Justina Lee, Brown University

Raven McClendon, University of Oregon

Dave Patel, Northeastern University

Christina Perry, Ohio University

Ayana Phoenix, Rutgers University

Rachel Scott, USC

Erica Shaper, Kennesaw University

Isaiah Sierra-Baron, Univ. of CO.

Scott Tang, USC

Murugi Thande, American University

Taylor Turner, Univ. of TX, Austin

Beth Vang, College of St. Benedict

Drew Washington, New York University

Erin Winters, Howard University


Career Fair

The Foundation organized its fifth annual Career Fair on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 following the annual Summer Conference.  Twenty-six Foundation students from the Class of 2014 and five Foundation alumni met with representatives from CBS, Comcast, Cox Media, C-SPAN, Discovery, Disney/ABC, FOX Television Stations, HBO, Hearst Television, Katz Media, NBCUniversal, Nielsen, Scripps Networks Interactive, Time Warner Cable, Turner Broadcasting, and Univision to discuss job opportunities and career planning.   The Career Fair was hosted by NBC Universal.



 Class of 2014


We are pleased to report that many of our Class of 2014 gradutes have already accepted full time positions in the media industry.  Included among these are:  Jean Casimir is a graduate of Millersville University where he majored in Speech Communications.  His corporate partner was NBC Universal and he has accepted a position with NBC Sports.  Mariah Crews, a graduate of Hampton University where she majored in Journalism.  Her corporate partner was C-SPAN and she accepted a position as a production assistant with C-SPAN.   Analia Fiestas, a graduate of Florida International University where she majored in Journalism. Her corporate sponsor is Graham Media Group and she is currently working at their station in Miami as an associate producer.  Brandon Garcia, a graduate of Arizona State University where he majored in Journalism.  His corporate partner was Fox Television Stations and he accepted a position with Fox Sports as a sports coordinator. Luisa Garcia, a graduate of the College of New Rochelle where she majored in Communications and Political Science.  Her corporate partner was CBS and she has been accepted into the CBS News Associates program. Danielle Lockhart is a graduate of Providence College where she majored in Marketing.  Her corporate partner was Comcast and she has been accepted in the NBC Page Program.  She also interned at HBO during the summer.  Delia McGee is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she majored in Engineering.  Her corporate partner was HBO and she has accepted a position with HBO as a coordinator of process management in Media Tech Operations.  Mayra Quintano is a graduate of Occidental College where she majored in Economics.  Her corporate partner was CBS and she is currently a recruitment coordinator with Beats by Dr. Dre.  Julia Sanchez is a graduate of University of Texas-Arlington where she majored in Broadcast Journalism.  Her corporate partner was NBCUniversal and she will work as a news and sports editor for NBC Telemundo in Dallas.  Alexandra Thompson is a graduate of the University of Central Florida where she majored in Advertising/Public Relations.  Her corporate sponsor was Graham Media Group and she has accepted a position as an associate producer in Creative Services with her sponsoring station. Jesus  Tapia is a graduate of Boston College where he majored in Communications.  His corporate partner was NBCUniversal and he accepted a position with Katz Media.




For the thirteenth consecutive year, the Foundation held its annual Link Mentoring Program.  In 2014, the workshop was held in Newark, New Jersey for forty-seven mentees and ten mentors.  The Link workshop is a 1.5-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 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 fifty students worked with mentors from across the industry.  Included among the mentors are Eric Claytor of Entertainment Studios, Michelle Duke of the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation, Francisco Estrada of Univision Communications, Marisa Famulare of HBO, Chris Lammers of CableLabs,  Ethan Loney of NBC, Michael Smith of Scripps Networks Interactive; Sharon O’Sullivan of Discovery, Michael Weiss of Eagle Television Sales and Keith Woods of NPR.  Our 2014 Link program was generously sponsored by the Walter Kaitz Foundation.




The Washington Media Scholars Foundation recently announced that five Emma Bowen Scholars were awarded scholarships following a very competitive selection process.  The awardees are:

Lourdes Amante         San Jose State         Class of 2016    NBC Universal

Tony Chau                  New York University  Class of 2015    NBC Universal

Amanda Di Lella        University of Florida   Class of 2015    NBC Universal

Meghan Kee               Hampton University   Class of 2015    Comcast

Erin Winters               Howard University     Class of 2016    Fox Television



The Alliance for Women in Media also announced their 2014 Gracie Scholars.  Emma Bowen students Indigo Silva (Howard University Class of 2014) and Murugi Thande (American University Class of 2017) both were provided with travel stipends to attend the 2014 Gracie Awards Luncheon in New York on June 11, 2014 at the New York Hilton. Among the Emma Bowen students and grads that attended the lunch are Jackie Burgos, Kellee Blades, Sade Mohammed, Murugi Thande, and Jane Burnett.  





Two new sponsors joined the Emma Bowen Foundation in 2014 and created six new multi-year internship positions for our students.  Revolt Media & TV, a new cable network owned by Ditty Combs and Comcast/NBCUniveral, is sponsoring a student at their offices in Los Angeles.  Staci
, Sr. Director, Human Resources, has joined the Foundation’s Board of Directors as Revolt’s representative. 

 The Public Media Consortium includes six public media organizations including NPR, PBS, CPB, Wisconsin Public Television, KECT in St. Louis and WBHT in Boston.   Five students were selected to work NPR, PBS, WPT, KCET and WBGH.   Malcolm Brett, Director of Broadcasting and Media Innovations at Wisconsin Public Television will represent the Consortium on the Foundation’s Board of Directors. 



Forty-seven new students from twenty-five cities around the country were selected for multi-year internship opportunities with twenty-one media companies around the country.   Our current roster includes 241 diverse scholars who follow in the footsteps of more than 600 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, 23% are engineering/computer science majors, 5% are business majors, 16% are journalism majors, 27% are communications majors, 11% are marketing or public relations majors, 9% are film majors, and the balance are liberal arts majors. 61% of the new students are attending state universities, and 22% are attending private colleges and universities, 17% of the students are attending historically black colleges. 



For the third time in recent years, Emma Bowen scholars were selected to attend the Olympics to work as interns.  For the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, seven students and two Foundation graduates worked with the NBC Sports & Olympic team during January and February. “Team Emma Bowen” included Mayra Quintano, Luisa Garcia, Vivian Nweze, Jean Casimir, Mariah Crews, Carolina Gonzalez Llanos, Paige Travis, Danielle Bembry and Jourdan Shepard.  Foundation students also worked at the Olympics in Beijing, London and Vancouver. Our thanks to NBC for making this incredible opportunity available to our students and graduates.


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