EMMA L. BOWEN FOUNDATION 2012 HIGHLIGHTS
SEVENTY-EIGHT NEW STUDENTS JOIN THE FOUNDATION IN 2012 – Seventy-eight new students from forty cities around the country were selected from approximately 2,000 applications to participate in the Foundation’s multi-year work/study program. Included among the students selected were sixteen interns who are participating in the Foundation’s New Media & Technology program. Our current roster of 260 scholars follows in the footsteps of more than 500 graduates of the program. Students work each summer at broadcast stations, cable systems, cable program networks, public broadcast stations, advertising firms, 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.
NEW MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM IS EXPANDING – The Foundation's New Media and Technology program continues to gain support with our corporate partners. In 2012, sixteen new internships were created (for a total of 29) that focus on technology. Currently Arbitron, Bright House, CBS, Comcast Fox, HBO, Motorola, Scripps, Time Warner Cable and Turner Broadcasting have selected students for the technical track. The Foundation’s Tech Committee, headed by Chris Lammers of Cable Labs, will be developing a program for selected to students to attend the Society of Cable Television Engineers Cable/Tech Expo in Orlando in October. Five Foundation interns attended last year’s SCTE conference in Atlanta; their expenses were covered by a grant from the Walter Kaitz Foundation.
SUMMER CONFERENCE 2012 – Foundation students returned to New York City for the Emma Bowen Foundation’s 2012 Summer Conference from June 24-27th at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers. Nearly 225 students attended this year’s conference.
The first morning session included a panel entitled the “When, Where & Why of Graduate School.” The panel was moderated by news commentator and professor Mildred Antenor. The panel included Dr. Lorraine Branham, Dean of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University; David Crossen, SVP, HR at NBC Universal; Bob DeFrank, VP, HR at A+E Networks; and Pauline Jennett, Director of Recruitment and Admissions at Management Leadership for Tomorrow. The panel discussion focused on the personal and professional value of a graduate degree and how to decide when or if you should attend, where to go to school, and the cost/benefit assessment.
Seniors had the opportunity to meet with the Foundation’s Board of Directors and comment on their experiences while in the program. Board members joined the students for the Annual Awards Luncheon.
The keynote speaker for the Foundation’s Annual Awards Luncheon was Emilio Romano, President of Telemundo. Mr. Romano shared the career path that led him to Telemundo and his vision for one of the nation’s largest Spanish-language networks.
One of two afternoon panels focused on “Media Coverage of the Presidential Campaign.” The panel was moderated by Jackie Adams of Strategic Communications. As a former broadcast news journalist, Ms. Adams helped to initiate a lively discussion among the panelists including the legendary Executive Producer, Rick Kaplan, most recently with ABC, Emma Bowen graduate Rodney Hawkins, who covers the Presidential campaign for CBS and the National Journal, and Bonny Ghosh, a reporter with the Associated Press.
This year’s Graduate Panel featured Michael Benjamin, Production Assistant for NBC Sports and the Olympics, Kim Bowser, Project Manager/Public Awareness Initiative at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; Jackie Burgos, Harvard MBA Candidate and Summer Associate with the office of the CEO, Univision, Evelynda Rivera, Director of Physical Production at Wayfare Entertainment and Joe Sutton, National Assignment Editor with CNN. Dr. Willona Olison of DePaul University served as moderator.
Dennis Swanson, our Foundation chairman, was Tuesday morning’s keynote speaker and Rokeia Smith Gravely, an Account Executive with Fox Atlanta (and a Foundation graduate) spoke to the students about the plans for an Emma Bowen Foundation Alumnae Association.
Discovery Communications was the featured company for our “corporate day” during the conference. Speakers from Discovery corporate, programming, sales, Discovery Education, production and recent ‘interns-turned employees’ were featured. Lisa Williams-Fountroy, Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs provided a corporate overview and Debbie Myers, General Manager of Science and Executive Vice President of Programming provided examples of how content and brand are connected for the Science Channel. Henry Schleiff, President and General Manager for Investigation Discovery, the Military Channel and Destination America spoke to the students about his career, and the value of education and passion for your work. Evan Sternschein, Executive Vice President, Network Advertising Sales, provided an excellent overview of a sales team hierarchy and how ad sales supports the network. Shanika Hope, PhD, Senior Director of Discovery Education talked about how students and schools are incorporating Discovery programming into their curriculums and shared her own personal story. Howard Lee, Senior Vice President TLC Production and Development, captivated the students with his behind-the-scenes look at program development and what makes a hit.
Our 2012 “day of Discovery” was coordinated by a devoted team headed by Adria Alpert-Rom, Senior Executive Vice President, Human Resources and including Tyler Benjamin, Jenny Robinson, Laura Mateus and Jenna Levy. The Foundation truly appreciates their efforts!
CONFERENCE EVENTS - A reception honoring the Class of 2012 was held at Hearst Television’s headquarters. The seniors celebrated the completion of their Emma Bowen Foundation internships and met with Hearst executives including David Barrett, President & CEO. It was a special evening with wonderful food and an amazing view of the city! Other events during the conference included corporate receptions for students at ABC, Comcast and NBC, HBO and Turner, and Time Warner Cable and a party for all participants at the Times Square Bowlmor.
CLASS OF 2012 – We are pleased to report that many of our seniors have already secured full time positions in the media. Among those that have accepted offers are: Meagan Aguayo as a producer with her corporate sponsor, Bright House; Shauna Bennett, Sade Muhammad, Brittany Payne, and Ariel Pratt with the NBC Page program; Anel Disla with her sponsor, NBC-Miami, as an associate producer; Tony Evans, as an associate producer with Time Warner’s News 14 Carolina- Raleigh, his corporate partner; Victoria Fortune joined AEG Live; Andres Gutierrez with the NBC News Reporter Training Program based in Ft. Worth, TX; Cassandra Lam as an assistant media buyer with Universal McCann; Justin Lewis, as a producer with his corporate partner, Comcast; Cherrelle Nicholson with MSNBC, her corporate partner, as a production assistant; Stacia Smith accepted a position with the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal; Oliana Torres as a producer with WFOR, her corporate partner; and Eboni Wingo with Comcast; Alex Coppola was hired as a digital media coordinator at ESPN, his corporate partner; Courtney Tucker was hired by Hearst Television as an HTV content producer at WMUR; Jourdan Shepard as a spot coordinator with CBS Sports; Nephtaly Rivera as a producer with Hearst station, WPTZ; Gabriel Rangasammy as sales assistant with Katz Media; Liane Membis as a reporter with WRNN-TV New York; Jaleesa Myers was hired as a public relations assistant with the MSL Group, Publicis; and Eric Stevenson as media assets service coordinator at A+E Networks, his corporate sponsor.
CAREER FAIR – The Foundation organized its third annual Career Fair on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 after the annual summer conference. Forty-one Foundation students from the Class of 2012 met with representatives from ABC, Bright House Networks, CBS, Comcast, Cox Media, C-SPAN, DeLuxe Entertainment, Discovery, FOX, HBO, Hearst, Katz, NBC, Nielsen, Time Warner Cable, and Turner Broadcasting. The Career Fair was hosted by NBC Universal.
JUNIOR FORUM - The second annual Junior Forum was held to provide Foundation college juniors with an opportunity to meet with corporate recruiters and learn, first hand, about preparing for job searches during their senior year. Eight companies, including ABC, Bright House, Comcast, Discovery, HBO, Hearst, NBC and Time Warner met with 44 students from the Class of 2013.
2012 STUDENTS OF THE YEAR HONORED – Meagan Aguayo and Alex Coppola were named the co-recipients of the Emma L. Bowen Foundation’s 2012 Student of the Year Awards at the annual Board of Directors/Student 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. Meagan is a graduate of University of Tampa where she earned a degree in Communications. She is currently a producer with Bright House Networks, her corporate sponsor. Alex is a graduate of Stone hill College where he earned a majored in Communications Studies and Spanish. Alex is a Digital Media coordinator with ESPN, his corporate partner. A special thanks to Henry Rivera, Esq. of Wiley Rein, Wrisë Booker of Reid Dugger Consulting Group and Nicol Turner Lee of NAMIC for serving as our 2012 judges.
ACADEMIC AWARDS PRESENTED – 28 students were presented with the Foundation’s top academic award for earning a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher during the 2011-2012 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:
|Meagan Aguayo, University of Tampa, Bright House
Mea Ashley, Jackson State University, CPB
Jourdyn Alli, University of Maryland, Comcast
George Asare, Oregon State University, Comcast
Jennifer Brooks, Howard University, Hearst TV
Melissa Chavez, American University, Comcast
Alex Childs, University of Maryland, Discovery
Katelin Chow, University of Washington, Comcast
Carlos Cribeiro, Florida State University, NBC
Amanda DeLella, University of Florida, NBC
Adrion Flowers, Hawaii Pacific University, Comcast
Luisa Garcia, College of New Rochelle, CBS
Jenna Hernandez, University of North Texas, Fox
Olivia Johnson, Georgia State Univ., Katz Media
|Cassandra Lam, St. John’s University, Fox
Justin Lewis, Regis University, Comcast
Shelby Maxwell, Fresno City College, ABC
Raven McClendon, University of Oregon, Comcast
Jameson Miller, Morehouse College, Comcast
David Patel, Northeastern University, CBS
Antonia Provost, Spelman College, Comcast
Candace Pugh, Syracuse University, Time Warner
Rajeswari Ramanathan, UC Berkley, NBC
Michelle Secades, University of Florida, Comcast
Indigo Silva, Howard University, NBC
Taylor Turner, UT-Austin, Comcast
Mikella Wickham, Univ. So.California, Comcast
Ama Yates-Ekong, Spelman College, Charter
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS – We especially want to acknowledge the Walter Kaitz Foundation for their ongoing commitment to the Foundation and sponsorship of the 2012 Summer Conference; they have been the major sponsor of the conference since 2004. In addition, the Foundation wishes to acknowledge Adria Alpert-Rom, Tyler Benjamin, Jenny Robinson, Jenna Levy and Laura Mateus for their efforts to develop an excellent program for Discovery Communications Day, for all the speakers and moderators who shared their time and expertise with our students, to the recruiters who participated in the Junior Forum and Career Day events, for our corporate partners who provided gift items for our conference bags, and our Board of Directors who guide and support our efforts.
FOUNDATION GRADUATES FEATURED ON WOR NEWS RADIO - Denise Richardson, journalist, guest lecturer and Director of Communications for the Salvation Army of Greater New York interviewed several Foundation graduates on her radio show, Beyond the Bells, on WOR. Use this link to the Beyond the Bells website and select the July 1 podcast for the interview. http://wor710.com/Beyond-the-Bells-Podcast-Page/11598652 - In addition to the Class of 2012 graduates who joined Ms. Richardson at the studio (left), Bryan Dearry and Bridgett Windham participated by phone.
2012 LINK MENTORING PROGRAM – For the eleventh consecutive year, the Foundation held its annual Link Mentoring Program. In 2012, sessions were held at Discovery’s headquarters in Silver Spring, MD on July 11-13th and in Universal City, California on July 18-20th. The Link workshop is a 2.5-day professional development session that brings together industry executives with Foundations 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 including Michelle Duke of the NABEF, Carrie Storer and Veronica Cajigas of Discovery, Lynn Cason of Stanton Chase, Annie Howell and Leslie Park of Crown Media, Michelle Ray of the Walter Kaitz Foundation, Keith Woods of NPR, Deborah King of Turner Broadcasting, Lisa Wyzlic, Chris Lammers of CableLabs, Diane Ellis of Time Warner, Jim Jones of NAMIC, Michelle Varona and John So of ABC, Eric Claytor of TV One, Susan Kayl of CBS, and Marcia Keegan of ESPN. Graduates in the Washington, DC area were invited to participate in a Link event designed to highlight reception networking skills. Included among the graduates were Joseph Flowers, Britney Empty, Nicole Saxon, Kendra Thomas and De’Rell Bonner.
Our 2013 Link Mentoring program is sponsored through the generosity of the Walter Kaitz Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Discovery Communications, Time Warner, Inc., and Comcast.
COMCAST HOSTS ‘SPIRIT OF COMCAST’ EVENT FOR EMMA BOWEN INTERNS – Junior and senior Emma Bowen Foundation interns were invited to participate in a two-day “Spirit of Comcast” leadership development event at corporate headquarters in Philadelphia on July 31st and August 1st. The program was facilitated by Grace Killelea and a wide variety of development topics were covered by Comcast executives including Tom Karinshak, Barb Cowan, Ron Phillips, Dana Wilson, Kristen Siegel, Kevin Smith, Art Block, Charisse Lilly and several Emma Bowen graduates currently working at Comcast, including Adrianne Cordero, Lauren Jackson and Brittany Jean-Baptiste. Ashley Johnson, a reporter with WPHL -17 and a Foundation graduate, also participated in the program. Following is a link to a video highlighting comments from current Comcast interns and graduates: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDbK066ONWM&feature=player_embedded One of the features of the leadership development workshop was a team building exercise that tapped the cooking skills and creativity of the students. The judges had a difficult time selecting a winner from several outstanding entries!
PARENTS’ NIGHTS – The Foundation hosted Parents’ Night events in Washington, DC, New York City, Philadelphia and Los Angeles this summer. Parents of recently selected Emma Bowen scholars had the opportunity to learn more about the program and students were able to network with both staff and other Foundation scholars. The events were hosted by A+E Networks in New York, CBS in Philadelphia, Comcast in Washington, DC and HBO is Los Angeles. Emma Bowen Foundation alumnae and current students joined us in each city to offer advice and answer questions.
EMMA BOWEN FOUNDATION FEATURED IN U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT MEETINGS WITH INTERNATIONAL MEDIA EXECUTIVES - The Emma Bowen Foundation was invited by the U.S. State Department to meet with a group of French media executives to discuss best practices for diversity and inclusion. Phylis Eagle-Oldson, Foundation President & CEO, and Sandra Rice, Senior Vice President Eastern Region and National Recruitment spoke with representatives from the French press, city officials and non-profit executives. The meeting was hosted at CBS’ offices in Manhattan.
On May 9th, the Foundation participated in the International Visitor’s Leadership program, also sponsored by the U.S. State Department. The program, America’s Multi-Ethnic Society and the Role of the Successor Generation, was held in several cities across the United States. Phylis Eagle-Oldson was joined by Foundation graduate, Aaron Sinclair, a producer at WRC-NBC Washington, on a panel to discuss the Foundation’s program, its mission, challenges and successes. The audience included media, academic and government representatives from Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Norway, Romania, Serbia, Spain and the United Kingdom.
EMMA BOWEN FOUNDATION PARTICIPATES IN UNITED NATIONAL INDIAN TRIBAL YOUTH (UNITY) CONFERENCE – The Emma Bowen Foundation joined representatives from NBC Universal and Comcast for two workshops during the Unity conference held in Phoenix, AZ on July 9, 2012 to discuss careers in the media. More than 1,200 Native youth and youth council advisors from 20 states attended the annual conference. Foundation student, Brandon Garcia, who interns at the Fox station in Phoenix, participated in the workshop as well. Students learned about a wide variety of career options and internships available throughout the industry.
FOUNDATION ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION IS LAUNCHED – Through the efforts of Emma Bowen Foundation graduate, Rokeia Smith Gravely, an Account Executive with WAGA-Fox Atlanta, a formal Alumnae Association has been launched. Foundation graduates are encouraged to join for a nominal annual membership fee ($25/year). Funds will be used to support local chapter activities for graduates in New York, Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles. It is hoped that other chapters will be established in future years. Benefits of membership include networking opportunities, availability of job opening notices from Foundation corporate partners, and the opportunity to support current Foundation students and activities. Ms. Gravely presented the plan to the Foundation’s Board of Directors at its June meeting.
EMMA BOWEN FOUNDATION INTERNS TRAVEL TO THE LONDON OLYMPICS – Six Emma Bowen Foundation interns had the opportunity to work at the London Olympics in July: Nephtaly Rivera, a recent Foundation graduate, Carolina Gonzalez-Llanos, an intern at the Golf Channel, Denise Pyfrom, Rashaud Thomas and Amanda with NBC, and Adrienne White with Bright House.
We asked Carolina Gonzalez-Llanos about her experience while in London: “I was assigned the Tennis Venue at Wimbledon's All England Lawn Tennis Club as a Production Associate, so my duties ranged from giving tours of the location, to making sure everyone had a hot meal for lunch and dinner. The highlight of my experience at Wimbledon was when our Director gave me a DSLR camera and told me to take pictures of the Gold Medal matches. It was an absolute dream to get to be so close to the action and take pictures of such an important moment in these players' lives. I met a wonderful group of people that I hope to work with some time in the near future, and even got to meet Serena Williams very briefly.”
EMMA BOWEN FOUNDATION GRADUATES PARTICIPATE IN WALTER KAITZ FOUNDATION’S CABLE CARES ABOUT DIVERSITY MILLENIALS PROGRAM AT THE NCTA SHOW IN BOSTON – Foundation graduates Jackie Burgos (HBO), Jarred Hill (NBC), and Adrienne Cordero (Comcast) served as panelists during an exclusive, day-long program that seeks to help diverse college students identify cable industry career opportunities and meet with executives in the cable industry. The program was held on May 23, 2012 at the Boston Convention Center in conjunction with NCTA’s annual conference. Panelists discussed their experiences as Emma Bowen Foundation interns and how those experiences influenced their current careers.
SANDRA RICE RECOGNIZED BY THE TRI-STATE DIVERSITY COUNCIL WITH A MULTICULTURAL LEADERSHIP AWARD – Sandra Rice, the Foundation’s Senior Vice President for the Eastern Region and National Recruitment was included among the recipients of the Tri-State Diversity Council’s 2012 Multicultural Leadership Awards which recognize individuals who uphold and promote the principles of diversity and personify those principals. The Award was presented at the 2012 Tri-State Diversity Conference on Friday, September 28, 2012, at the Flatotel in New York.
FOUNDATION STUDENTS AND ALUMNAE ATTEND PRODUCTION OF “FLY” AT FORD’S THEATRE IN WASHINGTON, DC. - Foundation students, alumnae and staff will not soon forget a special evening at the Ford’s Theater’s where they saw the play “Fly” about the challenges faced by the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.
The play is part of the Lincoln Legacy Project - an effort to create dialogue around the issues of tolerance, equality and acceptance. Foundation students participated in a discussion with the “Fly”cast and Ford Theater staff following the play to discuss the history behind the play and how the Tuskegee Airmen influenced the American military, the Civil Rights Movement and related contemporary social issues.
PROMOTING SOCIAL COHESION THROUGH BROADCAST MEDIA – The U.S. State Department and its Embassy in Belgium invited the Emma Bowen Foundation, the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications, and NBC Universal to meet with media executives from Belgium to discuss “Social Cohesion Through Broadcast Media.” Mr. Jean-Paul Philippot, Administrator-general, “Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française”, RTBF (Belgian Francophone Public Broadcaster)” and Ms. Hadja Lahbib, Journalist/News Anchor/Filmmaker, RTBF (Belgian Francophone Public Broadcaster) joined Foundation President & CEO, Phylis Eagle-Oldson, Foundation graduate, Aaron Sinclair (currently a PhD candidate at Howard University), NAMIC President, Dr. Nicol Turner Lee, and NBC Universal’s Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Margaret Tobey, Esq., to discuss how broadcast media in the U.S. recruit, retain, and promote diversity in their staffing; how industry associations and advocacy groups help to promote diversity in the broadcast news media in both staffing and programming; and how U.S. broadcast media promote social cohesion through their programming. The group met at the Comcast/NBC offices in Washington, DC.