Chicago -- The National Association of Minorities in Communications announced
Tuesday that it will launch its first executive-leadership-development program
in September at The Andersen Graduate School of Management at the University of
NAMIC plans to select by early this summer the 25 association members who
will participate in the four-session program, which is set to run from September
2001 through May 2002. Cable programmers, MSOs and suppliers will have a chance
to nominate course candidates at the director level and above.
Students will get crash courses on negotiating, team leadership, performance
management and career management. The tuition has not yet been finalized.
In making the announcement at the association's annual awards breakfast here,
NAMIC president Patricia Andrews-Keenan credited MTV Networks CEO Tom Freston
for his financial support of the new leadership program.
Several years ago, NAMIC launched a mentorship program for young executives.
The leadership program is a further step to help companies within the cable
industry retain talented people of color.
In her keynote speech Tuesday morning, former U.S. Labor Secretary Alexis
Herman noted the importance of persistence and mentoring in her career. Her
earliest mentors, she noted, were her parents. Her mother 'never let others set
lower expectations for me,' Herman said.
Starz Encore Group LLC chairman John Sie accepted the 'Stanley B. Thomas
Lifetime Achievement Award.' He told the audience diversity should extend beyond
the workplace and into the product the industry creates.
AT&T Broadband of Atlanta senior vice president Steve White, in accepting
a 'Friend of NAMIC' award, promised to make his local NAMIC chapter the
strongest in the country. He challenged other NAMIC members to try to do the
same with their own chapters.
White said his mother always told him education and commitment would bring
him to the table. 'She also taught me that sitting at the table can be pretty
lonely if you're sitting there alone,' he said. 'The food tastes much better if
you're sharing it with friends and family.'
Carlsen Research Inc. CEO Ann Carlsen, who received the 'L. Patrick Mellon
Mentorship Award,' said the late Mellon helped her change her belief systems
regarding racial bias.
'Discrimination is a disease of denial,' she added.