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Michelle Ray
Executive Director
Walter Kaitz Foundation

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: The Reset

During his recent testimony on the state of the television and video marketplace before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, NCTA's President and CEO, Michael Powell proffered, "we are awash with content of every genre, to satisfy every conceivable preference. And every company is grappling with the disorienting and fast changes that are twisting with creative destruction."


Jackie Szmaja and Jennifer Berger

Walter Kaitz Foundation Welcomes
New Team Members

The Walter Kaitz Foundation (WKF) is pleased to welcome two new members to the team. Jennifer Berger joins the WKF in the newly created role of Director of Marketing and Strategic Initiatives and Jackie Szmaja (pronounced Sm-eye-a) serves as Senior Marketing Manager for the Foundation. Jennifer and Jackie joined the WKF on May 28th and both report to Executive Director, Michelle Ray. Also joining the team for the summer and making her mark was T. Howard Foundation intern, Tingwei Hsu.

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Nyambi Nyambi, Danielle Young, Delroy Lindo

WKF Joins the ABFF in Championing the "Good Fight"

The Walter Kaitz Foundation's (WKF) mission of advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in media and entertainment is achieved in part through partnering with organizations with similar missions. One such group is the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), founded by Jeff Friday. The mission of ABFF is to empower black artists and showcase quality film and television content by and about people of African descent. Their annual festival is the largest gathering of Black film and TV enthusiasts in the country.


T. Howard Foundation's 26th Annual Diversity Awards Dinner
March 27
Cipriani Wall Street
New York, NY

National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Leadership Foundation Celebration of Service to America Awards
June 11,
Washington, DC

Michelle Ray (left) and Jennifer Berger with John Legend who received the Service to America Award.
Multicultural Media Correspondents Dinner
July 9, Washington, DC
Jennifer Berger and Jackie Szmaja attended the gathering of policy makers, corporate and advocacy organization executives to honor media industry luminaries of color and highlight the need for greater diversity in media. Kym Whitley and Sherri Shepherd served as co-hosts. Tom Joyner, Eun Yang, Parker Morse and Congresswoman Val Demings (D-FL) are among our honorees.

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Sarah Brown, Cowgirls

Cowgirls Takes Viewers on the
RIDE of Their Lives

There's a new kind of rodeo in town and it's one your dad likely never envisioned. Bronc riding involves holding on, for eight dangerous seconds, to a 1,200 pound bucking horse. RIDE TV's series Cowgirls shows how grit and determination are not limited by gender. The Walter Kaitz Foundation (WKF) took a little time to catch up to the team at RIDE TV about how viewers are reacting to this new iteration of one the oldest forms of extreme sports.

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WICT's Flagship Program Achieves Milestone with 1000th Graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute
Women in Cable & Telecommunication (WICT) announced that it graduated its landmark one-thousandth participant in the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute (BMLI) during its session in Park City, Utah this year. Comcast's Sara Dionne, VP, Human Resources, Strategy & Operations, Northeast Division, is the milestone graduate. She joins an impressive cohort of BMLI alumnae, totaling 1,021 women worldwide.
'Hadestown' and diversity big winners at 2019 Tony Awards
Ali Stroker, the first actor in a wheelchair to win, is among dozens of women recognized at the 2019 Tony Awards. Buoyant winners used their acceptance speeches as platforms to highlight inclusivity and diversity as the way forward for Broadway.
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