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Michelle Ray
Executive Director
Walter Kaitz Foundation
Looking Back, Looking Forward
In Roman mythology Janus is the god of endings, transitions and new beginnings. He is usually depicted as having two faces since he looks not only to the future but also to the past. And assuming my new role as Executive Director of the Walter Kaitz Foundation entails both a look back and a look forward for an organization charged with leading the discussion around diversity, equity and inclusion.
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The Kaitz Dinner Celebrates Legacy and Charts a Course for the Future
Kaitz Dinner Ballroom The 35th Anniversary Walter Kaitz Foundation Fundraising Dinner offered an opportunity for some introspection while charting the course for the future by celebrating the Foundation's legacy in recognizing past trailblazers while anticipating its future in embracing new leadership. Most importantly, the Foundation raised over $1.4M to continue its work of advancing the contributions of women and multi-ethnic professionals in the media and telecommunications industry.

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Announcing the 10th Annual Hollywood Creative Forum
Hollywood Creative Forum Logo Season 10Images have the power to change perception and ultimately to change reality. For the past 10 years, the Hollywood Creative Forum has stood as the leading programming conference for creators of color by providing access to programming executives who are able to bring their ideas to life.

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The Walter Kaitz Foundation at FITCon Florida
The Foundation's newly appointed executive director, Michelle Ray, joined a group of leading telecommunications executives for a breakfast panel discussion co-hosted by WICT Florida on the evolution of diversity and inclusion in the internet and television industry. The panel was held as part of the second-annual FITCon Florida, hosted by the Florida Internet & Television Association.

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Sony Diversity Program Grooms Industry Directors of Tomorrow
The Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program is geared toward providing storytelling opportunities to talented artists of diverse backgrounds.
How Michael B. Jordan Is Leading the Charge in Hollywood's Diversity Efforts
Michael B. Jordan, the first actor-producer to adopt the inclusion rider, a formal declaration of diverse hiring practices, helped "WarnerMedia" launch its initiative via his upcoming film "Just Mercy."
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