September 23, 2008

NAMIC Announces Record Attendance at 22nd Annual Conference


Contact: Daphne Leroy, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, of NAMIC, +1-212-594-5985, [email protected]; or Charmaine Chapman of BTB Communications, +1-310-882-5498, [email protected]

NEW YORK, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ --NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications), a leading trade association, which advocates for diversity in the communications industry, today announced record-setting attendance for the 22ndAnnual NAMIC Conference,Diversity: Pipeline to Innovationheld in New York City. The Conference, which took place September 14-16, 2008 was NAMICs largest and one of the most successful to date with nearly 850 professionals in attendance -- a 12 percent increase over 2007.


With our country experiencing such tough economic times, we are overwhelmed by the industry support that has led to the success of this years Conference, said Kathy Johnson, president, NAMIC. The enthusiasm demonstrated by our supporters -- both financially and via attendance, coupled with the evolving composition of our audience is indicative of the industry's commitment to diversity as a business priority."

More than 100 speakers contributed to the three-day event, which was marked by standing room only crowds at Conference sessions focused on Corporate Diversity and Inclusion, Digital Media, Leadership Development and the first-ever Ad Sales track, which featured sessions produced by ADCOLORand the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau. The 22nd Annual NAMIC Conference will be remembered for many highlights including the following:

-- Author and cultural critic, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, kicked things off with an insightful and energizing keynote at the

NAMIC National Membership Meeting. Dysons appearance was

presented via a partnership with MTV Networks.

-- Tony Harris, anchor of CNN Newsroom, was back by popular demand to moderate the Diversity Town Hall Meeting produced to

stimulate dialogue on multi-ethnic diversity and inclusion with

a focus on NAMICs 2008 Employment Research Survey: A Look

Toward Advancement: Multi-ethnic Employment in

Telecommunications. Facilitated in partnership with

DiversityIncmagazine, the comprehensive biennial survey

provides a baseline of statistics about the state of workplace

demographics in the telecommunications industry. Panelists

included DavidCohen, EVP, Comcast Corporation; Debra Lee,

chairman & CEO, BET Networks; John Lansing, president, Scripps

Networks; Robert D. Marcus, Senior EVP & CFO, Time Warner

Cable; Kyle McSlarrow, president & CEO, National Cable

Television Association; Abbe Raven, president & CEO, A&E

Television Networks; Johnathan Rodgers, president & CEO, TV

One; Luke Visconti, co-founder & partner, DiversityInc and

David Zaslav, president & CEO, Discovery

Communications.Audience polling conducted in conjunction with

the Diversity Town Hall Meeting showed session attendees

considered themselves Black (51%), White (24%), Hispanic (13%),

Asian (6%), Native American (0%) and Other (7%). Among those

polled 75% felt that their companies diversity efforts were

primarily focused on race versus gender, while 24% of the

respondents said that diversity is appreciated and encouraged

at the most senior executive level of their companies.

-- NAMIC, in partnership with CNN, presented an extraordinary luncheon, which showcased CNN anchor and special correspondent,

Soledad O'Brien. "A Conversation with Soledad O'Brien

focused on "CNN Presents: Black in America," the network's

landmark, multi-media initiative reported by O'Brien. The

groundbreaking documentary series featured six hours of

programming revealing the state of Black America 40 years after

the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. CNN

correspondent Lola Ogunnaike facilitated the thought-provoking,

in-depth, one-on-one interview.

-- NAMIC continued its tradition of recognizing the cable industry's campaigns that demonstrate best practices in

multi-cultural marketing. Hosted by Fuse TV personality Jared

Cotter and sponsored by ESPN Deportes and the competition's

exclusive media partner, CableFAX Daily, the NAMIC Excellence

In Multi-Cultural Marketing Awards were presented to the cable

industrys top companies, distributors, networks and industry


-- Award-winning journalist and author,Charlayne Hunter-Gault accepted the 2008 Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award,

which is bestowed by NAMIC in honor of the memory of the late

Congressman from Texas and his lifelong advocacy of social

justice and equality for people around the world.

Hunter-Gaults eloquent and riveting acceptance speech set

the tone for a General Session focused on new medias impact

on the political process. Expertly moderated by MTV News

correspondent John Norris, panelists included: Pamela Gentry,

senior political producer, BET Networks; Lee Hawkins,

contributor, CNBC and reporter, Wall Street Journal; Roland

Martin, journalist and syndicated columnist; and Sree

Sreenivasan, dean of Student Affairs, Columbia University

Graduate School of Journalism and tech reporter, WNBC-TV.

-- Two-time NBA All-Star Allan Houston delivered an inspiration-filled and motivational keynote address as part of

the 15thAnniversary L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Luncheon. An

entrepreneur and philanthropist, the former New York Knicks

shooting guard is the founder of the Allan Houston Legacy

Foundation's Business Education and Development Program, which

provides aspiring entrepreneurs with training in negotiation,

networking, economics, marketing and other aspects of business.

The 22nd Annual NAMIC Conference was further highlighted by record-breaking attendance at the adjunct Diversity in Communications Career Expo, which boasted over 750 job seekers matched up with 40 exhibitors representing the communications industrys leading media and entertainment companies. Additionally, excellent networking opportunities were presented via exclusive receptions hosted by Scripps Networks, TV One, Uptown MagazineandNAMIC-New York.

Sponsors of the 22nd Annual NAMIC Conference include Bresnan Communications, Discovery Communications, ESPN Deportes, Scripps Networks, Walter Kaitz Foundation, Russell Reynolds, WE tv, NAMIC- New York, Spark Networks, BET Networks, TV One, A&E Television Networks, Cisco, Disney and ABC Television Group, The Newschannels of Time Warner Cable, Time Warner Cable, Rainbow Media, Univision, Food Network/HGTV, Motorola, NCTA, OlympuSAT, Outdoor Channel, Playboy, TuTv, UCLA, Uptown Magazine, WWE, QVC, The Sportsman Channel, WOW! and The Gilmore Group. Broadcasting and Cable, CableFAX Daily, DiversityInc, Multichannel News, Savoy Professional, TelevisionWeekand The Bridge Media Group served as this years media partners.

For an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the 22nd Annual NAMIC Conference, visit the NAMIC Conference Blog at http:// contact NAMIC, at [email protected]


NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) is the premier organization focusing on multi- ethnic diversity in the communications industry. Founded in 1980 as a non-profit trade association, today NAMIC is comprised of 2,000 professionals belonging to a network of 17 chapters nationwide. Through initiatives that focus on education, advocacy and empowerment, NAMIC champions equity and inclusion in the workforce, with special attention given to ensuring that the leadership cadres of our nation's communications industry giants reflect the multi- ethnic richness of the populations they serve. For more information, please visit


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