October 22, 2018
NAMIC Blog: Exploring the 32nd Annual NAMIC Conference with World Liberty TV
By Lidia Evita, Staff Writer, World Liberty TV
This year’s conference, co-hosted by Honorary Co-Chairs Mediacom’s Executive Vice President Italia Commisso Weinand and TV One’s General Manager Michelle Rice, reinforces NAMIC’s mission to educate, advocate and empower for multi-ethinic diversity in the communications industry by offering extraordinary experiences. Everyday super heroes such as CNN’s Don Lemon, Former BET CEO, Debra L. Lee, REVOLT’s Roma Khanna, Univision’s Janet Rodriguez, ABC’s Juju Chang, The Undefeated’s Soraya Nadia McDonald and more, are participating as either speakers, moderators or panelists to provide attendees with invaluable insight from real-life scenarios and situations. The Following events took place during the 2 day NAMIC Conference
2018: Keynote Address with Don Lemon, Anchor, “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon,” Don Lemon, an accomplished news anchor and Emmy award-winning journalist of “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon,” is bringing an insightful, barrier-breaking story to the conference’s Opening Session. The respected news professional will set the tone for this year’s conference theme, “Empower Leaders, Create Superheroes,” and illuminate multiculturalism by sharing his inspiring journey and thought-provoking insights. This session is sponsored by Charter Communications.
Luncheon – Presented in Partnership with WICT and Sponsored by The Walter Kaitz Foundation Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program Luncheon: Keynote Speaker: John Kobara, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer California Community Foundation. Description: NAMIC initially established the L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program mentorship program in 1993, and in 1997, renamed it in honor of the late L. Patrick Mellon, an executive with ESPN, Inc, one of NAMIC’s founding members, and a respected mentor in the cable industry.
The goal of the L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program is to aid NAMIC members in growing their careers in the telecommunications industry by matching them with mentors who can assist them with their professional advancement strategies. Previous luncheon speakers include Elizabeth Vargas, Norman Lear, Juju Chang, comedian Robert Townsend, Rosie Perez, and Susan Taylor.
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