Michelle Ray
Executive Director
Walter Kaitz Foundation
As we enter Diversity Week 2018, the national landscape is much changed. #Metoo, #TimesUp, inclusion riders, inequality in popular films and lack of inclusion in the director's chair all leave us with a sense that progress is elusive and unattainable. But, as an optimist, I'd offer that the opposite is true. The fact that we are having these hard conversations about entrenched issues is in itself progress. The fact that a broad base of people is now included in the conversation, offering ideas, creating programs and partnering with established organizations are all leading to progress that was unthinkable a mere five years ago.
TV One and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to be saluted at 35th Annual Walter Kaitz Foundation Fundraising Dinner
TV One, the network designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult Black viewers, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the national organization that has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens, will be honored for their commitment to diversity and inclusion at the 35th Anniversary Walter Kaitz Foundation Fundraising Dinner on Wednesday, October 17, in New York City.

Profile of a Kaitz Fellow
The Walter Kaitz Foundation was founded in 1981 and the first fundraising dinner was held in 1988 with some of the industry's most senior executives spearheading the Foundation's efforts. At its inception, the Foundation recruited Fellows, many of whom were accomplished in their own careers, to join the burgeoning cable television industry. As the Foundation evolved into a grant-making organization, the emphasis changed to funding the important work of the industry's diversity and inclusion organizations including The Emma L. Bowen Foundation, the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) and Women in Cable & Telecommunications (WICT).

A. Shuanise Washington selected as NAMIC president and CEO
The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) announced A. Shuanise Washington, as the organization's new president and CEO, effective September 27. The announcement comes as NAMIC also prepares for its 32nd Annual Conference in New York City. The theme for this year's conference, which will be held on October 16-17, is "Empower Leaders, Create Superheroes." Ms. Washington will lead the conference and play an integral role as details are finalized.

WICT Global & Greater Philadelphia Chapter delve into the "the age of voice control" at 'Tech It Out'
WICT Global and the WICT Greater Philadelphia Chapter partnered to host the Tech It Out Initiative, a one-day conference at Villanova University's Connelly Center in Philadelphia, this summer. This year's event focused on a technology that is rapidly changing the telecommunications industry voice interface. Entitled "The Age of Voice Control," the event was the largest in the nine-year history of the program. Michelle Ray, executive director of the Walter Kaitz Foundation closed out the program.

WarnerMedia Unveils Diversity Protocols for Movies and TV Shows
Warner Bros to launch 'inclusion rider' diversity policy with Michael B. Jordan film
Building Diversity and Inclusion in the Film Industry
An inclusion producer from the Pervasive Media Studio at Watershed in Bristol, UK visits the Sundance Institute's New Frontier Story Lab
CAA Launches Writers Database to Help Fix Hollywood's Diversity Problem
"No one should be able to say, 'I couldn't find one,'" said the agency's Christy Haubegger about the excuse often used for Hollywood's lack of inclusion in hiring practices.

Insecure star, Yvonne Orji, host of the 34th Annual Kaitz dinner breaks out on her own.


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