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NAACP ANNOUNCES 53RD NAACP IMAGE AWARDS TO BE HELD IN-PERSON AIRS LIVE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2022 ON BET

the NAACP and BET announced that the “53rd NAACP Image Awards” will broadcast Saturday, February 26, 2022 (at 8:00 PM, live ET/5:00 PM, live PT) on BET. Nominees will be announced on January 11, 2022.

NAACP will also recognize winners in non-televised Image Awards categories February 21- February 23, which will stream on www.naacpimageawards.net and during the NAACP Image Awards Dinner, which will be held February 25 in Los Angeles.

Recognized as the nation’s preeminent multicultural awards show from an African American perspective, the “53rd NAACP Image Awards,” presented by Wells Fargo and sponsored by FedEx, celebrates the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color across more than 80 competitive categories spanning film, television + streaming, music, literature, and podcasts. The “53rd NAACP Image Awards” will also include four new podcast categories:  Outstanding News and Information Podcast; Outstanding Lifestyle / Self-Help Podcast; Outstanding Society and Culture Podcast; and Outstanding Arts and Entertainment Podcast.

“Black artists over the past year have not only showcased our history and uplifted values of progressive change, but have also redefined genres and brought our stories to the screen in so many creative ways,” said Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP. “Now more than ever, we need Black voices to push the envelope, educate, and inspire audiences around the world. We’re proud to once again provide a space that both elevates and celebrates these voices through the 53rd NAACP Image Awards.”

“BET is proud to continue our long-standing partnership with the NAACP and amplify their efforts to honor the extraordinary contributions made by the Black community,” said BET President Scott Mills. “We look forward to recognizing Black excellence at this year’s Image Awards on all of our platforms, celebrating those who help tell our distinctive stories in empowering and engaging ways.” 

Only submitted work will be reviewed for consideration. All entries are evaluated and narrowed to the top five in each category by members of the NAACP Image Awards Nominating Committees, which are comprised of individuals within the entertainment industry (studio/network executives, actors, artists, managers, agents, publicists, journalists, literary agents, and others) and NAACP Board members, NAACP Foundation Trustees, staff, partners and others. The submission deadline is November 22, 2021.

One of the most iconic annual celebrations of Black excellence, the NAACP Image Awards draws the biggest and brightest stars in Hollywood. Previous years’ attendees and winners include Rihanna, Lizzo, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Michael B. Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Foxx, Chloe x Halle, Regé-Jean Page, Michaela Coel, Cliff “Method Man” Smith, Blair Underwood, Will Smith, Taraji P. Henson, Marsai Martin, Viola Davis, Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, Anthony Anderson, Sterling K. Brown, Loni Love, Sheryl Underwood, Mandy Moore, Halle Berry, Common, Dwayne Johnson, Audra Day, John Legend, Lena Waithe, Tracee Ellis Ross, David Oyelowo, Laverne Cox, Octavia Spencer, Issa Rae, Trevor Noah, Yara Shahidi, Danai Gurira, Jacob Latimore, Jill Scott, H.E.R., Jay Pharoah, Jemele Hill, Josh Gad, Loretta Devine, Sylvester Stallone, Meta Golding, Michael Smith, Tyler James Williams, Ava DuVernay, the late Chadwick Boseman, and many more.

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NAACP

Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

About BET:

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African American audience. The primary BET channel is in 125 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET+, the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience; BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.


USPAACC Holds Virtual CelebrASIAN Business Development Conference Part 2

The US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) held its virtual CelebrASIAN Business Development Conference Part 2 as part of its continuing efforts to ensure that Pan Asian American and other diverse businesses grow and thrive in the post-pandemic marketplace.

The first part of CelebrASIAN was held in early June, also using a virtual platform.

The Conference theme, “Synergy Forward,” reflected the collective momentum that is built on trust, togetherness, and partnership.

The 3-day Conference, held November 8 to 10, kicked off with a fireside chat with Wells Fargo CEO and President Charlie Scharf and USPAACC National President & CEO Susan Au Allen. The two discussed a range of issues, including the bank’s diversity and inclusion programs, and how they could help businesses owned by minorities and diverse groups achieve robust growth.

The Synergy Forward Panel was also held, where the 9 leaders representing the country’s top minority and diverse business organizations – Disability:IN; National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC); National Veteran-Owned Business Associations (NaVOBA); The National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC); US Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC); United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC); US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC); and The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) – gathered to discuss key issues on supplier diversity, inclusion, and certification.

The panelists also discussed the value to corporations of partnering with their respective organizations, measuring supplier diversity impact, and creating synergy among the organizations to benefit their unique constituents.

The Conference also held the popular CTO/CIO Forum, Employment Business Resource Group (EBRG) Caucus, Business Express, Business Development Roundtable workshop, “What’s Your Pitch?” national innovation competition, Scholarship Awards, and the Synergy Awards Ceremony.

“We will continue to work hard to further strengthen the synergy created from our shared values and build more invaluable connections: people-to-people, business-to-business, and organization-to-organization,” said USPAACC National President & CEO Susan Au Allen. “Together, we will build a foundation for stronger ties that reflect diversity, inclusion, equality, as well as mutual strategic and business interests.”

On the last day of CelebrASIAN, Allen announced a new USPAACC program, “Supplier Diversity Champions,” that will recognize corporations that show percentage increase in their supplier diversity spend.

This growth-based initiative has been in development for the past couple of years, according to Allen, and it was President Biden’s Executive Order 13985 that has propelled USPAACC to officially announce the program.

For more information about USPAACC and CelebrASIAN Business Development Conference, visit uspaacc.com or celebrasianconference.com


City Of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Launches Financial Assistance Program For Contractors

With the launch of a pilot program to provide better access to capital assistance, small and diverse firms looking to do business with City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works can overcome one of the most common barriers to competing for city contracts — lack of financing.

City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works’ through PACE Financial Corporation and in conjunction with the Contractor Development and Bonding Program (CDABP), is offering financing to small contractors. The pilot program called the Contract Financing Assistance Program (CFAP), provides financing to small construction contractors to be used for meeting construction contract funding requirements. This new program aims to address the financing gap that affects many small and diverse construction contracting firms, which historically have been underserved by conventional lending institutions.

The finance assistance program is designed to increase the pool of contractors enabled to compete and ensure wider access to opportunities at Department of Public Works. “Every hard-working entrepreneur in Los Angeles deserves an equal opportunity to thrive,” said John L. Reamer, Jr., Inspector of Public Works and Director of the Bureau of Contract Administration. “Through the CFAP program, we are another step closer to achieving a more equitable procurement process by breaking down historical barriers to funding and creating more access for small and diverse firms to compete for major contracts on Public Works projects.” CFAP funding offers benefits for both contractors and the City of Los Angeles Department.

For contractors, the program provides an alternative to taking out personal loans or using high interest credit cards. Contractors receiving CFAP funds not only will build capacity to strengthen their businesses but can also use the program to help establish or enhance their credit history, making them more eligible for commercial lending. For City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, the program aims to increase the number of qualified firms that can pursue contracting opportunities which can lead to receiving additional competitive bids.

“Access to contract financing is a game-changer for small contractors in the public works arena,” said Ingrid Merriwether, President and Chief Executive Officer, Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services, Program Administrator. “The CFAP program directly aligns a funding source parallel to a contractor’s cost of performing the work, ensuring peace of mind for both the client and contractor.”

Contractors applying for CFAP funds begin with an assessment of their capacity to meet a bid’s requirements before bidding on it. The assessment identifies what the contract cash flow requirements will be for contract costs such as project labor, materials, and other areas specific to the contract, with a pre-approval for funds issued upon the contractor’s successful completion. CFAP loans are ultimately approved following an awarded contract, with funds released for contract expenses as needed.

Loans are issued at a fixed 6.25% annual percentage rate (APR), plus a 1% origination fee. Funding is available up to $250,000, but larger amounts can be considered on a case-by case basis.

“Providing the region with contract funding support in partnership with City of Los Angeles and the Contractor Development and Bonding Program is a product of Public-Private Partnership innovation to help remedy the systemic lack of capital access to small and minority contractors,” said Kerry Doi, President and Chief Executive Officer, PACE Finance Corporation.

The CFAP is a partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, PACE Finance Corporation and Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services. PACE Finance Corporation provides funding for the program and Merriwether & Williams administers the program with City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works.

For more information about CFAP, contact Merriwether & Williams Insurance Services at (213) 258‐3000 or mwisinfo@imwis.com


National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Participates in Candlelight Vigil Kicking Off Police Weekend

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), along with several other organizations and individuals, will hold a Candlelight Vigil on the National Mall in Washington D.C. to memorialize the hundreds of officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020.

The October 14th vigil, hosted by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, is part of Police Weekend 2021 which runs from Oct. 13 through Oct. 17. The vigil will be a time to remember the 701 fallen law enforcement offices. Their names have been on engraved on the Memorial in the nation’s capital, bringing the total of officers killed in the line of duty to 22,611.

In attendance of the vigil will be family members, high-ranking government officials along with local, state, and federal law enforcement officers including NOBLE National President Frederick L. Thomas, who will be among those reading aloud the names of those 701 killed.

“We honor the fallen brothers and sisters in blue who sacrificed their lives in the name of protecting our communities,” Thomas said. “We pay our deepest respects to these heroes who lived justice by action.”

The event, which takes place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the National Mall between 12th and 14th Streets, NW in Washington, D.C will be live streamed. You can watch from home by visiting Candlelight Vigil – National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (nleomf.org). Those who attend in person are encouraged to wear masks and socially distance.

NOBLE will also hold in remembrance those who died from the No. 1 killer of law enforcement officers in 2020 and 2021, the victims of COVID-19.

Special activities to honor law enforcement this weekend also include the esteemed Destination Zero Conference and the Destination Zero Awards Ceremony, which are sponsored by various organizations.

Download the full statement here.

About the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

Since 1976, The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) has served as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action. NOBLE represents over 3,000 members internationally, who are primarily African American chief executive officers of law enforcement agencies at federal, state, county and municipal levels, other law enforcement administrators, and criminal justice practitioners. For more information, visit www.NOBLENational.org.


AMAC Announces Eboni Wimbush as Its Next President & CEO

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Eboni Wimbush

Washington, DC (October 6, 2021)— After a prolonged national search and vetting process, the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is proud to announce Eboni Wimbush as its President & CEO. She will begin her new role at the end of this month.

“I am honored to be selected as AMAC’s next President & CEO at such a pivotal moment in history. The organization connects my early passion, interest and education in aviation along with my dedication to creating a positive, lasting impact for women and disadvantaged communities. I am ready to serve and prepared to lead and position AMAC for the future, working with the AMAC Board of Directors and National Office to be the voice at the table and to create opportunities and economic mobility for our members.”—Eboni Wimbush, President & CEO, AMAC

Eboni Wimbush most recently served as the Deputy Director of the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Children & Family Success. She was responsible for advancing all of the work across the agency including building and implementing the strategies and systems to operationalize the City’s $100 million eviction prevention program in response to the global pandemic as well as leading the agency’s contracting, human resources, grant compliance and equity strategy. Previously, Eboni served as Chief of Staff at Baltimore City Department of Transportation, where she was responsible for the Office of Communications, the Office of Legislative Affairs and External Affairs. Additionally, she served as a key advisor to the Director in overseeing the day-to-day management, operations and performance activities of the agency’s 1,250 employees and $250 million budget. Prior to joining Baltimore City and over a span of two decades, Eboni had a distinguished private sector career with Fortune 500 companies including FedEx Corporation, Johnson Controls and Siemens where she held leadership roles gaining a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience in developing and building energy infrastructure projects and delivering outcomes. Eboni holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia and is an active member of Alfred Street Baptist Church where she serves as the President of the College Ministry. Eboni is a proud parent of one son.

“Eboni is no stranger to AMAC and brings a wealth of transportation and related leadership and management experience and education. I have been able to witness Eboni’s work over the last few years and am very excited to have her take the helm of AMAC. I am confident that she will bring exceptional leadership to the AMAC National Office and lead our efforts to execute AMAC’s mission. Furthermore, she will serve as a highly respectable and credible representative of AMAC throughout the membership and the industry.”—Ricky Smith, Chair, AMAC Board of Directors, and CEO, Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport.

About the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC)
The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is the only national, non-profit trade association dedicated to advance the full participation of minorities and women in employment and contracting opportunities throughout the aviation and aerospace industries. Since 1984, AMAC has been at the forefront of nearly every national policy initiative impacting the participation of disadvantaged businesses in airport contracting. AMAC works consistently with Congress, the federal government, aviation trade associations and others as a resource for information, education, and guidance on business and employment matters. For more information, visit www.amac-org.com.


Black Professionals Month: Stronger Collaborations, Higher Roles of Leadership and Sustained Wealth

Virtual Interactive Platform Includes a Focus on Career Advancement, Personal Branding, Wealth Generation, Healthy Living, Career and Business Matchmaking, and Much More

Sunrise, FL, September 30, 2021 — “Corporations identified as more diverse and inclusive are 35 percent more likely to outperform their competitors,” according to McKinsey.  October’s inaugural Black Professionals Month (BPM) kicks-off on Friday, October 1 and features a stellar platform of sessions, panels, workshops, and events designed to showcase, develop and advance Black professionals around the world.

“Black Professionals Month is more than a month, it is a movement whose time has come.  A testament to the relevance of our work is supported by our 19-member BPM Advisory Board, 35 speakers who will be presenting at more than 60 virtual events throughout the entire month,” says Jerome Hutchinson, Jr., co-founder, Black Professionals Month and chief servant officer and founder of ICABA World Network, the world’s leading online community enhancing success for Black professionals and entrepreneurs.

BPM will present approximately 60 virtual sessions led by expert thought-leaders from around the world, including the U.S., South Africa and Canada.  “As of today, more than 1,000 individuals on LinkedIn have expressed their support of Black Professionals Month, and over 300 have already registered to attend the official kick-off event for this inaugural initiative,” says Hutchinson.

Below are just some of the highlights:

PNC Bank presents the Opening Keynote Address

Dr. Dennis Kimbro, America’s foremost thought leader on Black success and wealth and author of five books including, Think and Grow Rich, a Black Choice and The Wealth Choice. Dr. Kimbro, BPM’s honorary chair, will deliver the keynote address during the BPM kick-off event on Friday, Oct. 1 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST. The theme – “BPM is more than a month. It’s a movement.”

Virtual Sessions

  • Mind Over Matter:  Conquering Anxious Thoughts with Dr. Caleah East, LMHC, chief executive officer, S.M.I.L.E Psychology & Associates will help attendees manage their anxiety on Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. EST.
  • Precious Williams, known as “The Killer Pitch Master,” is the founder of Perfect Pitches by Precious and will help attendees “perfect their pitches” to grow their business, develop their brand and enhance their careers by learning the essential skills to pitch an idea to a business prospect, an investor, an employer on Thursday, Oct. 14 from 12:00 a.m. to 12:45 a.m. EST.
  • Fancy Vegan:  Plant Conscious Living with a Sophisticated Twist with Dr. Reggie Lewis, chief executive officer, Fancy Vegan, LLC, will explore the health benefits of a vegan diet on Wednesday, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13 from 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. EST.
  • Dr. Desiree (Jonas) Strickland, founder, Young Black Professionals LLC, will give insights about Navigating Your Career As A Young Black Professional on Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. EST.
  • Estate Planning and Elder Law Attorney Keith R. Miles, chief executive officer, Keith R. Miles Law Firm, LLC, will lead an informative session focusing on Planning For Generational Wealth in the Black Community on Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. EST.
  • Retired Admiral US Naval Officer Sinclair M. Harris will provide insights about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion In The Sea Service on Thursday, Oct. 14 from 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. EST.

Virtual Workshops

  • The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce presents the four-part BPM Mainstream to Top Tier career advancement workshop series.  Led by BPM’s co-founder and brand strategist Denise Kaigler, this workshop will address personal branding, career blocks, leadership development, and career pathing on Saturday, Oct. 2, Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST.
  • The ICABA World Network is the sponsor for the four-partThink and Grow Rich with best-selling author Dr. Dennis Kimbro will help Black professionals break the generational curse and learn the skills necessary to build wealth in the Black community on Wednesday, Oct. 6, Oct. 13, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27 from 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. EST.

TD Bank Presents the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference and Awards

  • The three-part Diversity Equity and Inclusion conference will explore ways business leaders can achieve a diverse, equal opportunity employment field with ample room for advancement regardless of gender and gender identity, race, sexual orientation or religious belief.
  1. The first session – The Inequity of Equality — will share insights from Nikki Lanier, senior vice president and regional executive, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST.
  1. The second session — Why To Strike While We’re Hot – is a panel being moderated by Barry Callender, senior principal, Korn Ferry, with insights from panelists, including Dr. Theoria, DEI Manager, Cason, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, and Bryony Bouyer, senior vice president, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Multicultural Strategy, Hasbro, Inc. on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. EST.
  1. The third session — Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awards — will be presented in five different categories — corporate leadership, corporate innovation, individual innovation, emerging leader and legacy leader.  James Fripp, chief equity and inclusion officer, YUM! Brands will be the keynote speaker for the awards program on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST. 

YUM! Brands is a host sponsor for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference and Awards.

TD Bank Presents the ICABA Marketplace Career and Business Matchmaker Event

This virtual session will enable employers and business executives to interview Black professionals and entrepreneurs on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

BPM Global 100 Leading Black Professionals

During the entire month of October, BPM will showcase leading Black professionals, spotlight Black Professional organizations and celebrate Black Professional milestone achievements. The Meet the Global 100 Black Professionals on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. EST will unveil the BPM Global 100 publication profiling the BPM leading Black professionals worldwide.

In addition to the virtual sessions, workshops and DEI conference, BPM will host a virtual Faith Works Friday session each Friday beginning Oct. 8 from 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. to explore the role of faith in the careers and personal lives of Black professionals.

“Growing up poor in S.E, Washington, D.C., I didn’t have access to career programs or Black professional thought leaders,” says Denise Kaigler, co-founder, Black Professionals Month, and founder of MDK Brand Management, a brand management company helping individuals and organizations, reach their career or business goals.  “I would not have been able to accomplish the milestones in my career without the support of mentors, sponsors, coaches and career development programs.  Black Professionals Month will provide professional development to help Black professionals stand out and break through.”

The investment to attend Black Professionals Month ranges from $49 for a Day pass to $99 for the Leader package (select BPM programs)  to $199 for the Executive package (full month of all access to BPM programs and events and premium programs).  To learn more about BPM programs, to attend or to become a sponsor, visit Black Professionals Month.

Black Professionals Month has four presenting sponsors — PNC Bank, TD Bank, ICABA World Network, and MDK Brand Management. The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce is the sponsor for BPM’s Mainstream to Top Tier.  YUM! Brands is a host sponsor for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference. Additional sponsors include BizHack Academy, Becker, Comcast Rise, Comprehensive Medical Aesthetics, Tinsley Family Concessions, MI Group Inc., Sociallybuzz, and Westside Gazette, Miami Bayside Foundation, Meister Task, and The Watts Foundation.

About Black Professionals Month

Black Professionals Month celebrates and supports Black professionals worldwide with an entire month of virtual professional recognitions, events and programs designed to assist them to step up, stand out and break through into higher leadership roles and increased wealth.

About The Co-Founders

Black Professionals Month is co-founded by social impact entrepreneur Jerome Hutchinson, Jr. and former C-suite executive Denise Kaigler. Mr. Hutchinson, the chief servant officer of ICABA World Network, (ICABA), and Ms. Kaigler, a brand strategist, career coach, author and principal of MDK Brand Management, joined forces during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to help Black professionals in ways that help them step up, stand out and break through.


National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Extends Thoughts and Prayers to Those Affected by Hurricane Ida

The National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) extends its thoughts and prayers to the law enforcement officers, members, stakeholders and constituents who have been significantly impacted by Hurricane Ida as it continues its deadly path of destruction across the Northeast.

NOBLE acknowledges the selfless dedication of our first responders in helping the citizens of their communities while keeping their own families safe. “I commend our first responders for balancing their personal needs with their professional calling,” said NOBLE National President Frederick L. Thomas. “The impacts of Hurricane Ida are being felt by everyone in the Gulf Coast, including our law enforcement officers while at work and off duty.

A day in the life of an officer currently consists of leaving home and loved ones behind with no power to get on the job and assist others who also have no power.” President Thomas is Captain of the Scotlandville substation at the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana. He is leading rescue efforts shoulder to shoulder with his law enforcement team to keep the peace, make resources available and respond to emergency situations with the highest degree of integrity.

These efforts include:

• Providing resources to family members of law enforcement with meals and essentials during the storm

• Providing security at shelters and providing assistance to help displaced citizens with help from FEMA

• Escorting utility workers to highly impacted communities where the power is out “Recovery will take time and we appreciate the local teams and outside crews who have showed up to clear roads, restore power, rescue citizens and make supplies available,” said President Thomas. The combination of a major hurricane along with the coronavirus pandemic has made a difficult situation even more dangerous and financially damaging. In light of this, NOBLE has identified resources for the Gulf Coast region.

Short-term relief:

If you have internet access, check these pages for updates:

If you are without internet, get updates by phone or text:

Download the full statement here.

About the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

Since 1976, The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) has served as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to justice by action. NOBLE represents over 3,000 members internationally, who are primarily African American chief executive officers of law enforcement agencies at federal, state, county and municipal levels, other law enforcement administrators, and criminal justice practitioners.

For more information, visit www.NOBLENational.org.


WBEC-West Announces National Black Business Pitch Competition Finalists

Winners Announced on August 30 via Facebook Live

Mesa, Arizona-The Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBEC)-West is proud to announce the 30 finalists who competed in the pitch competition finals on August 17-19. The competition connected Black-owned businesses with corporations who are looking to expand and diversify their supply chain with new products and services.

“The response to the National Black Business Pitch has been great,” shared Dr. Pamela Williamson, President and CEO of WBEC-West. “The companies that made the final list are strong businesses that have the ability to scale up as they are connected to new business opportunities. We look forward to celebrating National Black Business Month by shining a spotlight on these small businesses and creating new connections between these businesses and our corporate partners.”

Finalists competed for the chance to win cash prizes of up to $10,000. On August 30, at 11 a.m. PT, WBEC-West will announce the three award winners via Facebook Live. In Phase I of the National Black Business Pitch competition, more than 1,170 small businesses submitted applications to be a part of the inaugural event.

Submissions were reviewed by a panel of judges from the corporate supplier diversity community. In Phase II of the competition, the 30 finalists participated in a three-minute, live pitch in front of a virtual audience of judges that consists of buyers and supplier diversity professionals.

The three winners will be awarded the following cash prizes:

• First Place: $10,000

• Second Place: $5,000

• Third Place: $2,500

2021 National Black Business Pitch Finalists

• Gail Birks, CMA Enterprise Incorporated

• Dorris Bogus, Mega Inc. Lifestyle

• Kneko Burney, Change3 Enterprises, LLC

• Jessica Childress, The Childress Firm PLLC

• Melissa Daley, Divinebase Incorporated dba Orca Intelligence

• Jessica Dew, CLIQQ App, Inc.

• Emily D. Edwards, Emily’s Food, LLC

• Kim Farmer, Mile High Fitness and Wellness

• Eboni Jazzmine, LVNDR GREEN

• Marilyn Johnson, MHJonson & Associates, Inc.

• TaChelle Lawson, FIG Firm, LLC

• Tekisha Lee, DiverseNote

• Maria Lemelle, Platinum Star Public Relations, Inc.

• Michael Lopez, Genius Innovation Group

• Denise Meridith, World’s Best Connectors

• Pamela Mims, Mims Business Consulting

• Sherrill Mosee, MinkeeBlue,LLC

• Kareemah Mustafa, Sabreen Cosmetics

• Courtney Newell, Crowned Marketing & Communications

• Mopelola Oluwadare, Revistory

• Dawn Patton, Try MY T, LLC

• Selena Porter, Lux Pillows Plus LLC

• Cassondra Preer Taylor, Taylored 2 CODE

• Dr. Frances Richards, Arlean Richards LLC

• Ngina Shulman, Lotus Media

• Nekita Sullivan, Yoga Therapy Bar

• Kimberly Starks, Blue Scorpion Reputation Management

• Aria Sutton, Bailey Inspections LLC

• Del-Metri Williams, Rx Interactive, Inc.

• Connie Wyatt, S.A.I.D. Strategy Group Incorporated

To view the Finalist video, click here. If you would like to join us for the National Black Business Pitch live event, join us on August 30, 2021, at 11 a.m. PT on the WBEC-West Facebook page.

About Women’s Business Enterprise Council-West (WBEC-West) WBEC-West is a regional partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), a coalition of corporations, WBEs, and regionally focused women’s business organizations. As an affiliate organization, WBEC-West implements the certification standards of WBENC throughout Arizona, Colorado, Southern California, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, Hawaii, and Guam. WBENC certification is nationally recognized and accepted by more than 10,000 major corporations. We also support corporations in their efforts to include WBENC Certified WBEs in their supplier diversity programs. To learn more about the organization, visit wbec-west.com.


Step Up, Stand Out and Break Through with October’s First-Ever
Black Professionals Month 

An Unprecedented 31 Days of Virtual Programs, Events, and Recognitions to Ignite Leadership Advancement of Black Professionals 

Miami, FL, July 27 2021 – “Black professionals hold only 3.2 percent of all executive or senior leadership roles and less than one percent of all Fortune 500 CEO positions,” according to the Society for Human Resources Management.  The first annual Black Professionals Month (BPM), coming this October, is dedicated to improving those and other statistics by providing black professionals with leadership advancement tools and critical systems of support through virtual workshops, panels, conferences and other programs.

More troubling numbers defining the state of black professionals:

  • Today, Black workers are overrepresented in low-wage entry-level jobs and underrepresented in senior leader and executive roles. In the U.S. private sector, Black workers make up 12 percent of the entry-level workforce and just seven percent of the managerial workforce,” according to McKinsey & Company
  • CNBC/Women at Work survey, as of 2020, “there are a record 37 women leading Fortune 500 companies. Of these women, none are Black.  Of C-Suite leaders, 21 percent are women and just one percent are Black Women.”
  • According to a McKinsey report, “Black employees are 23 percent less likely to say they receive “a lot” or “quite a bit” of support to advance at work, 41 percent less likely to view promotions in their workplace as fair, and 39 percent less likely to believe their company’s diversity and inclusion efforts are effective, compared to their white counterparts working at the same company.”

 

“Since 2007, my companies have connected black professionals to key relationships, information, and opportunities to enhance their career success,” says Jerome Hutchinson, Jr., co-founder,  Black Professionals Month and chief servant officer and founder of ICABA World Network, the world’s leading online community enhancing success for black professionals and entrepreneurs.  “By recognizing and convening black professionals annually, we hope to enhance efforts to increase leadership roles and sustained wealth-building for black professionals.”

Created by and for black professionals, Black Professionals Month is framed by 31-consecutive days of signature recognitions, events, and programs, including the launch of the 12-month BPM Leadership & Coaching program for emerging black leaders.

Other highlights of the month-long series of programs include the following:

  • Hear inspirational words of wisdom from established black professionals during the in-person and live streamed opening keynote address in Miami, Florida on October 1.
  • Participate in interactive BPM Mainstream to Top Tier career-advancement workshops focusing on personal branding, leadership development and career pathing.
  • Learn about issues affecting black professionals in the workplace and help honor diversity leaders during the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conference and Awards.
  • Network with company leaders during BPM Industry Spotlights to learn about and explore potential career opportunities across select industries highlighted during BPM.
  • Attend Subject-Matter Expert events to deepen the understanding of critical areas that can impact the growth and advancement of black professionals.
  • Nurture the soul and energize the spiritual journey while supporting and celebrating the growth of other BPM attendees during Faith Works Friday.
  • Celebrate the BPM Global 100 Leading Black Professionals who have been nominated by their peers for their accomplishments within their respective industry.

“As a black woman and former C-suite executive, I am deeply passionate about developing programs that can help black professionals overcome challenges and reach their career goals,” says Ms. Kaigler, co-founder, Black Professionals Month, and founder of MDK Brand Management, a brand management company helping individuals and companies reach their career or business goals.  “BPM will help black professionals ignite their professional journey, build their personal brand and leadership skills.”

The cost of registering to attend Black Professionals Month ranges from $49 for a day pass to $99 for the leader package (selectBPM programs)  to $199 for the executive package (full month of all access to BPM programs and events and premium programs).  

About Black Professionals Month
Black Professionals Month celebrates and supports black professionals worldwide with an entire month of virtual professional recognitions, events and programs designed to assist them to step up, stand out and break through into higher leadership roles and increased wealth.

About The Co-Founders
Black Professionals Month is co-founded by serial entrepreneur Jerome Hutchinson, Jr. and former C-suite executive Denise Kaigler. Mr. Hutchinson, the chief servant officer of ICABA World Network, (International Career and Business Alliance), and Ms. Kaigler, a brand strategist, career coach, author and principal of MDK Brand Management, joined forces during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to help black professionals in ways that help them step up, stand out and break through.


36th Annual AMAC Airport Business Diversity Conference: Honoring the Legacy, Perfecting the Present & Building for the Future Highlights

AMAC Airport Directors’ 20/20 Vision Forum: Addressing the Economic and Health Impact of COVID-19 on the Aviation Industry

The Airport Directors’ 20/20 Vision provided a relaxed environment for the diverse group of Airport Directors to explore and discuss the positive and negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on aviation operations, health, air service, economic development, job creation, tourism and trade. The forum was moderated by Marshall J. Taggart, Jr., Chair, AMAC Airport Leadership Collective / At-Large Director, AMAC Board of Directors / Former Executive Airport Director, Montgomery Regional Airport. Panelists included: Balram Bheodari, General Manager, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; Mario Diaz, Airport Director, Houston Airport System; Cynthia Guidry, Vice Chair, AMAC Airport Leadership Collective / Director, Long Beach Airport; Ron Mathieu, President & CEO, Birmingham Airport Authority; Perry Miller, Vice Chair, AMAC Airport Leadership Collective / President & Chief Executive Officer, Richmond International Airport; and Jamie L. Rhee, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Aviation

AMAC Catalyst Awards

The AMAC Catalyst Awards honors AMAC members who have made outstanding contributions to further AMAC’s goals and mission. AMAC members were invited in advance to nominate individuals or organizations—award recipients were honored at the live virtual event.

AMAC Advocate of the Year Award: Courtney Thornton, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Hudson Group

AMAC Airport of the Year Award: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

AMAC Airport Concessions Innovation and Inclusion Award: Jackmont Hospitality

AMAC Airport Design Innovation and Inclusion Award – Los Angeles World Airports

AMAC Chairman’s Award: Angela Gittens, (Retired) Former Director General, Airports Council International

AMAC Hall of Fame Award: Derryl Benton, Executive Vice President, Business Development, HMSHost

AMAC Inclusive Leadership Award: SP Plus Airport Services

AMAC Local Small Business Champion Award: William “Bill” Swift, Treasurer, AMAC Board of Directors / Owner, Business Traveler Services, Inc. and Swift Services, Inc.

AMAC Small Business Partner Award: CI2 Aviation

AMAC Foundation Celebrating Women in Aviation

Bishop Vashti McKenzie keynoted this annual program that is designed to foster, promote and applaud the success of women in aviation and aerospace-related businesses and career achievements. This year’s honorees featured:

AMAC Foundation Pinnacle Award: Myrna White, Assistant General Manager, Office of Public Affairs, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

AMAC Foundation Emerging Leader Award: Mori Russell, Business Development Manager, Concessions International

AMAC Foundation Local Industry Leader Award: Tina Houston, Vice President, Metro Market Leader GA/AL for AECOM

AMAC Legislative & Policy Updates

Pete Buttigieg, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation provided remarks on the importance of minority businesses and commitment to the Biden Administration Infrastructure Plan. Maxine Waters, U.S. Representative, California 43rd Congressional District, also highlighted the importance of small and minority businesses.

AMAC Emerging Leaders: Going Up! Crafting Your Elevator Pitch

Pinky Cole, Founder and Owner of Slutty Vegan ATL provided valuable techniques on crafting your elevator pitch and positioning yourself/business for success.

Save the Date! AMAC and the Chicago Department of Aviation will present the 37th Annual AMAC Airport Business Diversity Conference: Redefining Aviation Opportunities Together from June 20–22, 2022 in Chicago, IL. Please stay tuned for additional details at www.amac-org.com/annualconference.


The Annual BDPA Technology and Career Fair – Win Scholarship in the “Design A Mobile App Showcase’!

You will design, pitch and demo the app to a panel of judges for the chance to win a scholarship.

Hi Students,

The National Mobile App showcase is a great opportunity to improve your programming skills in the language of your choice and learn about product development.

Design and build any application you are passionate about and learn how to give a compelling pitch to an audience of companies looking for students like you!

This competition is here for independent, driven students.

We will provide lightweight checkpoints to help you think through your app, troubleshoot, and finish a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) by the end of the summer.

Build your app at your own pace.

Register Here!

During the Annual BDPA Conference on August 12-14, 2021, you will pitch and demo the app to a panel of judges for the chance to win a scholarship upward We’ve got great prizes this year.

1st Place College Scholarship $3,000

2nd Place College Scholarship $2,000

3rd Place College Scholarship $1,250

1st Place High School $1,750

2nd Place High School $1,250

3rd Place High Scholarship $750

Hope to see you there!

Best,

The Mobile App Showcase Team

mobileapps@bdpa.org


WBEC-West Announces New Pitch Competition for Black-Owned Businesses

Mesa, Arizona–  The Women’s Business Enterprise Council(WBEC)-West is proud to launch its newest competition, the National Black Business Pitch (NBBP). This national competition, scheduled for August 17-19, is designed to connect Black-owned businesses to corporations who are looking to expand and diversify their supply chain with new products and services. Participants have the opportunity to compete for cash prizes of up to $10,000. Applications are being accepted at www.nationalblackbusinesspitch.com through June 1, 2021.

“Through the National Black Business Pitch, we want to do more than provide a seat at the table,” said Dr. Pamela Williamson, President & CEO of WEBC-West. “Our main objective is to help Black-owned businesses open doors and build relationships that can lead to long-term, sustainable contracts for business owners. As August is National Black Business Month, we thought it would be the best time to begin the creation of a Black business network that corporations can access and do business with, thereby creating more opportunities for an often disenfranchised group of business owners.”

The National Black Business Pitch competition will be comprised of two phases. In Phase I, interested businesses may submit an application, a business capability statement, and a three-minute video that will be reviewed by a panel of judges from the corporate supplier diversity community. The panel will select 30 companies that will proceed to Phase II.

In Phase II of the competition, the 30 businesses will have an opportunity to win one of three cash prizes by participating in the live finals by participating in a three-minute, live pitch in front of a virtual audience of judges comprised of buyers and supplier diversity professionals. Three winners will be awarded cash prizes as allocated below:

  • First Place:         $10,000
  • Second Place:     $5,000
  • Third Place:        $2,500

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and serve as the majority owner, founder, or controlling shareholder of a Black-owned business in the United States that has been in operation for at least three months. For more details and the chance to win up to $10,000 in cash prizes, applicants should visit www.nationalblackbusinesspitch.com and complete the application by July 1, 2021.

About Women’s Business Enterprise Council- West (WBEC-West)

WBEC-West is a regional partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), a coalition of corporations, WBEs, and regionally focused women’s business organizations. As an affiliate organization, WBEC-West implements the certification standards of WBENC throughout Arizona, Colorado, Southern California, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, Hawaii, and Guam. WBENC certification is nationally recognized and accepted by more than 10,000 major corporations. We also support corporations in their efforts to include WBENC Certified WBEs in their supplier diversity programs. To learn more about the organization, visit wbec-west.com.


National Urban League Unveils “21 Pillars,” A Comprehensive Framework for Redefining Public Safety

The National Urban League today released a comprehensive framework for criminal justice advocacy that takes a holistic approach to public safety, the restoration of trust between communities and law enforcement, and a path forward for meaningful change.

21 Pillars for Redefining Public Safety and Restoring Community Trust centers on five key themes that are fundamental to the protection and preservation of life, dignity, and trust, while also building safer communities.

“For too long the lives, safety, and freedom of communities around the nation, particularly Black communities, have been threatened by discriminatory and violent policing,” National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial said. “Our communities deserve to feel safe in their homes, in their cars, and on their streets, including safe from police violence. The 21 Pillars is a vision of what is possible – a path forward. Public safety must be redefined.”

Each of the 21 Pillars addresses one of five goals for transforming public safety and includes several recommendations for achieving them on the national, state, and local levels:

  • Collaborate with communities to build a restorative system
    • Empower communities to re-envision public safety in an equitable and just way
    • End broken windows policing and implement community policing models
    • Prohibit profiling based on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or immigration status
    • Address the needs of individuals experiencing mental health crises
  • Accountability
    • Hold police accountable in court
    • Prevent police union contracts from blocking accountability
    • Investigate police misconduct
    • Create or strengthen independent all-civilian community-based review boards with final authority
  • Change divisive policing policies
    • Revise use of force policies
    • Ban chokeholds, no-knock warrants, and shooting at moving vehicles
    • Eliminate police from schools
    • Demilitarize the police force
    • Ban civil asset forfeiture
  • Require transparency, reporting, and data collection
    • Collect data on police misconduct and use-of-force
    • Mandate use of dashboard and body-worn cameras and provide access to footage
    • Conduct financial and operational audits of police departments
    • Require transparency and community input with predictive policing facial recognition and any new technologies
  • Improve hiring standards and training
    • Adopt a national police accreditation system
    • Expand the National Decertification Index
    • Strengthen police hiring standards and improve training to build integrity and trust
    • Increase diversity and equity in both the leadership and ranks of local, state, and federal law enforcement

“The effects of unjust policing often reverberate beyond the criminal justice system, undermining social progress,” Morial said. “ Social parity, economic empowerment, and civil rights cannot be achieved in a world of unjust policing. Our 21 Pillars represent solutions that will move us closer to a world where community safety is real, and not aspirational.”

Read more about the 21 Pillars here: https://nul.org/21Pillars


LeBron James Receives NAACP President’s Award, Anthony Anderson Returns As Host of 52nd Image Awards

NAACP SIX-TIME IMAGE AWARD RECIPIENT ANTHONY ANDERSON RETURNS AS HOST THE STAR-STUDDED TWO-HOUR LIVE TV SPECIAL TO FEATURE APPEARANCES AND PERFORMANCES BY ALICIA KEYS, ANDRA DAY, ARSENIO HALL, CYNTHIA ERIVO, JAZMINE SULLIVAN, LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, MAXWELL, MC LYTE, MICHELLE OBAMA, MISTY COPELAND, REGINA KING, SAMUEL L. JACKSON, THE CAST OF “TYLER PERRY’S SISTAS,” SWIZZ BEATS, AND TRACY MORGAN

BEVERLY HILLS, CA (March 25, 2021) – The NAACP today announced that NBA superstar, business entrepreneur, and philanthropist, LeBron James, will receive the prestigious President’s Award during the 52nd NAACP Image Awards. Additionally, six-time NAACP Image Awards Winner, Anthony Anderson, will return as host of this year’s two-hour LIVE TV special, which will air on BET, Saturday, March 27th at 8/7c, and will be simulcast across ViacomCBS networks including CBS, BET Her, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV, MTV2, Paramount, Pop, Smithsonian, TV Land, VH1, BET PLUTO, and CMT.

Marking his eighth consecutive year as host, Anthony Anderson is an Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor and currently the star and Executive Producer of ABC’s multi-award winning sitcom, “black-ish.” He also holds the record for the most wins in the NAACP Image Award category of Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series with six wins.

The President’s Award is presented in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service, with previous recipients including Rihanna, Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, Jesse Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Soledad O’Brien, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and Muhammad Ali, among others. “LeBron James is one of the greatest athletes of his generation, and through his work both on and off the court, has transcended beyond sports to become a cultural icon,” said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson, who will present the award to LeBron James during the LIVE TV special. “This is nowhere more evident than over the past year, where LeBron has used his platform to speak out on issues that were directly affecting the Black community including voting initiatives, police brutality, and racial inequality. LeBron epitomizes the type of leadership, sportsmanship, and commitment to social justice that we seek to highlight with our President’s Award.”

Alongside his incredible achievements on the court – which include four NBA MVP Awards, four NBA Championships, four NBA Finals MVP Awards, and two Olympic gold medals – off the court, LeBron has used his platform to inspire and uplift others through the LeBron James Family Foundation, which invests its time, resources and passion into creating generational change for kids and families through a focus on education and co-curricular educational initiatives including the groundbreaking, public I PROMISE School, I PROMISE Village by Graduate Hotels that provides transitional housing for families, and House Three Thirty that will offer job training and financial health programming, as well as More Than A Vote, a coalition of Black athletes and artists LeBron founded in 2020 that is dedicated to educating, energizing and protecting Black voters.

As a business entrepreneur, James has infused his commitment to empowering others into the business and entertainment sectors through The SpringHill Company, which unites three companies he co-founded with Maverick Carter including UNINTERRUPTED, the athlete empowerment media and consumer product company, SpringHill Entertainment, the premium scripted and unscripted film and television production company and The Robot Company, the brand and culture consultancy. With a diverse team committed to creating the most culturally inspired brands, entertainment and products, The SpringHill Company is telling important stories, empowering diverse creators, and connecting brands and consumers to culture and entertainment. Coupled with his achievements in sports, business, philanthropy and activism, James’ diverse business portfolio of innovative partnerships and investments has established him as one of the most influential figures in the world.

As previously reported, the LIVE broadcast of the 52nd NAACP Image Awards will feature performances from Image Award Outstanding Female Artist nominee Jazmine Sullivan who will perform–along with Grammy Award-winning singer Maxwell, who will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his debut album Urban Hang Suite. Throughout the evening there will be appearances from Alicia Keys, Andra Day, Arsenio Hall, Cynthia Erivo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Michelle Obama, Misty Copeland, Regina King, Samuel L. Jackson, the cast of Tyler Perry’s Sistas, Swizz Beatz, and Tracy Morgan. MC Lyte will serve at the night’s Voice Over announcer.

Earlier this week, the NAACP Image Awards kicked-off its’ Virtual Experience, which is streaming at naacpimageawards.net. The celebration of “Black Excellence” has included a portion of the non-televised awards, virtual red carpet, curated conversation series, a theatre featuring past performances and speeches and much more. Following the LIVE broadcast on Saturday, the Virtual Experience will host an after party which will feature classic cuts by DJ Questlove, current cuts by DJ Kiss, and a Jazz Lounge performance by Robert Glasper and Lalah Hathaway.

The 52nd NAACP Image Awards is presented by Wells Fargo, and sponsored by AT&T, FedEx, Nike, Bank of America, American Airlines, Airbnb, Alaska Airlines, AARP, Ford, and Hilton.

The NAACP Image Awards honors the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature, and film and also recognizes individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

The 52nd NAACP Image Awards is produced by Hudlin Entertainment and The Gurin Company. Executive Producers Connie Orlando, Reggie Hudlin and Phil Gurin, Co-Executive Producer Byron Phillips, and Producer Robin Reinhardt.

For all information and the latest news, please follow NAACP Image Awards on Instagram @NAACPImageAwards.

NAACP

Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP but separated in 1957 to become a completely separate entity. It is recognized as the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization, and shares our commitment to equal rights.

About BET:

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.


Dance Cuba!

The National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates (NAAAS) invites you to join Dance Cuba, a heritage and cultural event.

Classes and dance styles for everyone!

Coming to Havana, Cuba July 9-16, 2022 and July 16-23, 2022.

Get the details here!

The National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates (NAAAS) Virtual Conference Wrap-Up


NAAAS hosted its first virtual conference February 15-20, 2021.The conference hosted more then 300 researchers who represented colleges and universities from across the United States and several foreign countries. The international scholars represented South Africa, China, Nigeria, Ghana, Mexico, Mozambique, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, Taiwan, Canada, England and Germany. These participants have gone on to submit an application for membership. Additionally, several conference participants have registered for other specialized programs hosted by NAAAS & Affiliates.

Attendees were also fortunate to have the opportunity to interact with special guests whose careers have reached global recognition. Ms. Ela Gandhi, the granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi and chairperson of the Gandhi Development Trust, delivered an outstanding overview of the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi. Detailed description of Gandhi’s training for Satyagraha and 15 points to remember contributed to interaction with attendees and the broader community who were viewing the presentation. Other special guests included Dr.Viktor Sebek, CEO and President of South South Cooperation Council. This organization has focused attention of humanitarian, social and environmental events that reflect communities of color. Ms.Hedva Ser, Goodwill Ambassador to UNESCO, Paris, France and Dr. Carlos Tapia of Saint Peter’s University (New Jersey) also engaged with the attendees via plenary sessions.

The closing speaker for the conference was Ms. Meaghan Parker, Executive Director of the Society of Environmental Journalists. Ms. Parker provided a wealth of information based on past experiences and activities associated with the position. Her award winning documentary trilogy “Healthy People, Healthy Environment”, three short films filmed in Tanzania, Nepal and Ethiopia encouraged everyone to become aware of environmental issues that have global implications.

NAAAS & Affiliates has been impacted by COVID like persons and organizations across the globe. However, the leadership continues to look into the future. The next national conference will be structured to accommodate scholars on site and virtually. More specifically, persons interested in presenting her/his research virtually will be scheduled for a presentation during the period of February 14-19, 2022. Scholars and students interested in on site participation will appear February 17-19, 2022. This dual structure will allow participants options that provide secure engagement as we address safety regulations related to the pandemic.This approach will also assist in the delivery of program sessions to many school districts across the country. As part of the associations’ outreach policy, public and private secondary schools may apply for complimentary access to all research and special sessions. As with the 2021 conference, NAAAS anticipates delivering sessions to more then 30,000 secondary school students.

The outlook for international programs scheduled for 2022 in China, Panama City, Panama, Cuba, and Colombia will be posted on the NAAAS web at www.naaas.org.


LGBTQ+-OWNED AEQUALITAS MEDIA LAUNCHES NEW BRAND OUTvoices

● Aequalitas Media rebrands legacy LGBTQ+ publications as OUTvoices ● The multiplatform entity includes print, digital, TV, radio, and more ● All assets owned by Aequalitas Media, which is NGLCC Certified

Chicago, Illinois​ — ​​Following the 2020 acquisitions of legacy LGBTQ+ titles ​Echo Magazine Phoenix​ (​ 31 years); ​Out & About Nashville Magazine​ (16 years); and ​CAMP Kansas City Magazine​ (17 years), ​Aequalitas Media​ has launched ​OUTvoices​, a new national LGBTQ+ brand. The ​OUTvoices ​brand will deliver diverse, fresh, and original LGBTQ+ print, digital, audio and video content.

The publications will be rebranded under the OUTvoices umbrella.​ ​Effective April 2nd 2021, all titles currently owned and published by Aequalitas Media with the exception of Gaycation Magazine​, will be renamed to reflect their inclusion in the OUTvoices network.

Echo magazine will become OUTvoices Phoenix, ​OUT & ABOUT Nashville​ will become OUTvoices Nashville, and ​CAMP​ will become OUTvoices Kansas City. “I couldn’t be more thrilled with the introduction of OUTvoices and the conversion of the titles we own underneath this new, truly inclusive brand — a one-stop opportunity for brands to easily and effectively advertise to this lucrative market,” ​said DJ Doran, CEO of Aequalitas Media. LGBTQ+ veteran journalist and former Editor in Chief of ​Curve​ Magazine, Merryn Johns will join our editorial team to steer content under the new OUTvoices brand beginning April 2nd 2021.

The ​OUTvoices ​brand will deliver diverse, fresh, and original LGBTQ+ print, digital, audio and video content. The publications will be rebranded under the OUTvoices umbrella.​ ​Effective April 2nd 2021, all titles currently owned and published by Aequalitas Media with the exception of Gaycation Magazine​, will be renamed to reflect their inclusion in the OUTvoices network. ​Echo magazine will become OUTvoices Phoenix, ​OUT & ABOUT Nashville​ will become OUTvoices Nashville, and ​CAMP​ will become OUTvoices Kansas City.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled with the introduction of OUTvoices and the conversion of the titles we own underneath this new, truly inclusive brand — a one-stop opportunity for brands to easily and effectively advertise to this lucrative market,” ​said DJ Doran, CEO of Aequalitas Media.

LGBTQ+ veteran journalist and former Editor in Chief of ​Curve​ Magazine, Merryn Johns will join our editorial team to steer content under the new OUTvoices brand beginning April 2nd 2021.

“​I am thrilled to bring my passion for serving LGBTQ+ readers to OUTvoices and to bring them the best quality content possible, nationwide​,” ​said Johns​.

Additionally,​ OUTvoices Chicago​ will go live in Q2 of 2021. The new LGBTQ+ news and lifestyle website will feature originally produced articles and stories from the LGBTQ+ community in Chicago as well as curated content from other members of the OUTvoices network. Visitors to the new ​OUTvoices.us​ ​website and many other LGBTQ+ websites will be able to listen to ​OUTvoices Radio​, 24/7 LGBTQ+ talk radio.

OUTvoices Radio​, scheduled to launch later in March 2021, will be the first internet-based streaming LGBTQ+ talk radio station offering listeners pre-recorded and live programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The lineup includes shows from LGBTQ+ thought leaders, entertainers, entrepreneurs, musicians, and more. The OUTvoices Radio widget will be offered to ALL LGBTQ+ websites at no cost. “​It is part of our company philosophy of supporting other LGBTQ+ medias by sharing content for FREE,” said Doran.

It will be followed by ​OUTvoices TV ​in late Q2 of 2021 and will feature originally produced series such as The Gaycation Travel Show with host Ravi Roth. Season 1 will begin airing new episodes airing every Friday beginning May 14th. OUTvoicesTV is currently filming The Gay Gourmet, a cooking show with Oprah Winfrey’s former personal Chef Art Smith and Joe Eats World Chef Joe Morales as hosts.

OUTvoices TV​ will offer viewers access via our YouTube channel to high quality shows that reflect the depth and breadth of talent within the LGBTQ+ community in News, Opinion, Fashion, Travel, Food, and more.

The nationally focused website ​OUTvoices.us​ domain has been chosen as a reflection of ​us​, the LGBTQ+ community. As a website, it will encourage small-to-medium LGBTQ+ sites to unite under the OUTvoices domain. This will allow smaller sites that may have been overlooked by major brands and agencies to combine their audiences and analytics to be more attractive to advertisers. The OUTvoices network will also allow other members to share and benefit from resources, content, and exposure in beneficial ways.

Other Aequalitas acquisitions and initiatives for 2021 include:

  • ● LGBTQ+ Media Acquisitions, Aequalitas Media​ currently has three LGBTQ+ media assets in the pipeline which are scheduled to close sometime in 2021.
  • The Gay Travel Business Network, a new business-to-business travel organization led by LGBTQ+ travel expert and Executive Director Ed Salvato and a board of travel luminaries helping tourism, hospitality and travel-related businesses and brands better connect with other like-minded businesses desiring to do business with each other.
  • Aequalitas Content Creators Association​,​ a​ 501c6 organization for LGBTQ+ content creators to gather at an annual conference in late August in Cedar Rapids IA to network with each other and listen to industry experts and exchange ideas and best practices toward increasing reach and revenue as the industry continues to evolve.
  • NGLCC(National LGBT Chamber of Commerce) Certification, ​Aequalitas Media ​and all of the assets under its umbrella have been certified as LGBT business enterprises by the NGLCC.

“The expanding portfolio of LGBTQ+ media assets and these new ventures strengthen Aequalitas Mediaand create additional value for our advertisers, clients and partners as well as contribute to the revitalization of LGBTQ+ media in 2021 and beyond​,” ​said Doran​.

ABOUT AEQUALITAS MEDIA

Aequalitas Media​​ [​pronounced e-QUAL-i-tas​] is one of the fastest growing LGBTQ+ media companies in the U.S., from spanning print, digital publishing and media buying to managing a 24/7 LGBTQ+ talk radio station and a national network of LGBTQ+ websites. ​Aequalitas Media​ is well positioned for growth in 2021 and beyond. Our company’s Advisory Board is made up of some of the best and brightest in LGBTQ+ media and business giving us a distinctive edge over our competitors when it comes to delivering results and evolving opportunities to expand our reach.


Eddie Murphy To Be Inducted Into The NAACP Image Awards Hall Of Fame—Awards Show Week Coming Soon!

The NAACP recently revealed that legendary entertainer, film icon and two-time Image Award recipient Eddie Murphy will be inducted into the acclaimed NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame during this year’s ceremony.

Additionally announced, Image Award Outstanding Female Artist nominee Jazmine Sullivan will perform–along with Grammy Award-winning singer Maxwell, who will celebrate the 25th anniversary of his debut album Urban Hang Suite–during the 52nd NAACP Image Awards airing LIVE on BET and simulcast across ViacomCBS Networks including CBS, BET Her, VH1, MTV, MTV2, and LOGO on Saturday, March 27th, 2021 at 8/7c.

The Hall of Fame Award, which will be presented by Eddie Murphy’s collaborator and long-time friend Arsenio Hall, is bestowed on an individual who is a pioneer in his or her respective field and whose influence will shape the profession for generations to come. As one of the most commercially successful actors in the history of the motion picture business, Murphy has entertained and kept audiences laughing for over 40 years.

He began his career doing stand-up comedy as a teenager and later joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. At age 21, Murphy starred in the box-office hit 48 Hours, and went on to star in more than 70 films including Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop, Coming to America, Harlem Nights, The Nutty Professor, Dr. Dolittle Shrek, Dreamgirls, Dolemite Is My Name, and Coming 2 America–which secured the #1 opening weekend of any streaming movie in the past year. An Academy Award nominee, he has been recognized for his work with two NAACP Image Awards, as well as Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, and Grammy Awards.

“We are honored to celebrate one of the most influential comedic geniuses in the entertainment industry and an individual who has inspired a generation of Black talent,” said Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP. “To this day, Eddie Murphy’s work continues to bring joy and laughter to individuals around the world, and he is an amazing example of Black excellence, creativity, and artistry.”

Presenters for the LIVE show include Alicia Keys, Andra Day, Arsenio Hall, Cynthia Erivo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Michelle Obama, Misty Copeland, Regina King, Samuel L. Jackson, the cast of Tyler Perry’s Sistas, Swizz Beatz, and Tracy Morgan.

The non-televised award categories will be announced virtually March 22-26. Presenters include the cast of BET’s Bigger (Tanisha Long, Angell Conwell, Rasheda Crockett, Tristen J. Winger, and Chase Anthony,) CeCe Winans, Damson Idris, Daymond John, Javicia Leslie, JB Smoove, Leslie Jones, Madalen Mills, MAJOR., Marcus Scribner, Method Man, Nicole Beharie, Retta, Reno Wilson, Susan Kelechi Watson, Tamar Braxton and Terrence Terrell.

Earlier this week, nominees for the inaugural Outstanding Social Media Personality award were announced, which included Desi Banks (@iamdesibanks), Karlton Humes (@notKarltonBanks), Kevin Fredricks (@KevOnStage), Tabitha Brown(@iamtabithabrown), and Tiffany Aliche (@thebudgetnista).

The 52nd NAACP Image Awards is presented by Wells Fargo, and sponsored by AT&T, FedEx, Nike, Bank of America, Alaska Airlines.

The NAACP Image Awards honors the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature, and film and also recognizes individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

For all information and the latest news, please follow NAACP Image Awards on Instagram @NAACPImageAwards.

NAACP

Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP but separated in 1957 to become a completely separate entity. It is recognized as the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization, and shares our commitment to equal rights.

About BET:

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leadingprovider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.


HBCU PORTAL: INFORMATION SESSIONS

Your gateway to HBCU Students

Host a private virtual information session with 15 to 25 high-quality HBCU students looking to learn about your organization and opportunities. The information session can be used to target students in specific majors and thus help you meet recruiting and diversity requirements.

We work with over 40 HBCU Schools from around the country to promote your information session. Therefore, this is the perfect opportunity to get in front of high-quality HBCU students.

For more information, please go to www.thehbcuportal.com or contact Mario Cestoni at mcestoni@hbcucareermarket.org


WBEC SOUTH RECEIVES $1 MILLION GRANT FROM THE MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

Organization Hires Procurement Leader Tiffany Carter as Program Director

The Women’s Business Enterprise Council South (WBEC South), a regional partner organization of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), announces that it has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency to operate a MBDA Enterprising Women of Color Business Center. The grant will be used to establish cutting-edge training, access to capital assistance, networking and procurement opportunities for minority women-owned business enterprises.

Procurement and small business contracting expert, Tiffany Carter, has been hired as the Director for the Enterprising Women of Color Business Center. Most recently, Tiffany served as Director of Procurement at the Port of New Orleans and New Orleans Public Belt Railroad procurement and small business contracting. She has more than 20 years of experience across industries and her efforts secured more than $35 million in small business spend in various industries. Tiffany’s small business engagement efforts include work with the National Urban League, Louisiana Department of Transportation, United Way of Southeastern Louisiana and the Regional Transit Authority.

Close up of Tiffany Carter, WBEC South
Tiffany Carter, Program Director

“We are thrilled to welcome Tiffany to our team,” said WBEC South CEO Phala Mire. “She brings a wealth of experience that will power our efforts to connect with minority women entrepreneurs starting or successfully running their business, and introduce them to business development resources including the WBEC South network that provides certification, corporate contracting and business opportunities.”

About MBDA The Minority Business Development Agency, a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce, promotes the growth and global competitiveness of minority business enterprises. The vision of MBDA’s Enterprising Women of Color initiative is to connect women entrepreneurs to a community of wealth-building resources to grow networks, expand their client base and connect to entrepreneurial ecosystems.

About Women’s Business Enterprise Council South For more than 25 years, the mission of the Women’s Business Enterprise Council South (WBEC South) is to advance and enhance business opportunities between corporations and women-owned businesses through a reputable certification program, education and professional growth opportunities. WBEC South facilitates the nationally recognized and most relied upon certification program, WBENC Certification, for the states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and the Florida Panhandle. Learn more at https://wbecsouth.org/.


National Urban League And NFL Working Together To Inspire Change And Transform Lives

Marc H. Morial President and CEO National Urban League

“Confronting recent systemic racism with tangible and productive steps is absolutely essential. We will not relent in our work. We will redouble our efforts to be catalysts for the urgent and sustainable change that our society and communities so desperately need. I’m so proud of everyone across our league and others who have taken a stand using their voices and platforms to continue to shine the spotlight on things that must change. By listening and working and understanding with our players, we built the foundation for tangible change through our Inspire Change initiative.” –NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell A Philadelphia woman whose careful journey to homeownership was almost derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Chicago man emerging from 18 years in prison with almost no hope of finding employment. These are just two Americans whose lives were transformed as a result of a unique partnership between the National Urban League and the National Football League. The partnership is part Inspire Change, the NFL’s social justice initiative, which is investing $250 million over the next ten years in projects and organizations like the National Urban League to combat systemic racism and support the battle against injustices faced by African Americans.

The NFL’s support allows for the expansion of counseling services to assist homeowners and renters find and maintain affordable, accessible housing, and our urban reentry efforts that help the thousands leaving the criminal justice system find employment and successfully re-establish themselves in society.

The National Urban League’s Comprehensive Housing Counseling provides a range of services that makes housing options more accessible and sustainable for African American and other minority renters, homeowners, and the homeless. Stephanie Edgecombe, a senior citizen and frontline worker, enrolled in the Philadelphia Urban League’s pre-purchase counseling program in June of 2019.

Her hope was to become a homeowner within a year. With the help of her housing counselor, she was able to address several credit issues, increase her savings and properly manage her household budget. The path seemed cleared until the pandemic hit. The Philadelphia Urban League was able to connect her with programs offering financial assistance for first-time homebuyers, including the City of Philadelphia’s Philly First Home Grant, as well as a $5,000 NFL-backed grant toward her down payment.

She was able to close on her new home at the end of September. For many Americans, re-entering the workforce after a period of incarceration can be challenging.

This hits communities of color, who are disproportionately represented in the prison system, particularly hard. The National Urban League, which has served formerly incarcerated adults for more than 50 years, created the Urban Reentry Jobs Program to address this inequity. For Sedgwick Johnson, life after being incarcerated for 18 years was like entering a new world. Getting back on his feet meant finding work and stability. The Chicago Urban League was committed to helping him get a fresh start.

A Workforce Development team member enrolled Sedgwick in the NFL Social Justice Initiative project that provides soft skills coaching, digital and financial literacy, vocational training, supportive services, and job search assistance. Now certified in forklift safety and operation certification, he was able to secure a stable, full-time job with Amazon.

Since the launch of this partnership last fall, the NFL has funded five Urban League affiliates to help families impacted by COVID-19 get back on their feet. The partnership has already created 10 new homeowners with the help of down payment assistance, and we look forward to changing many more lives. The NFL and the NUL are committed to empowering communities struggling to overcome the economic challenge of the COVID-19 crisis, and the history of systemic disenfranchisement to individuals who need and deserve opportunities to move toward equality.


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US Organizations Receive Diversity Impact Awards at ERG Leadership Summit

Greensboro, NC (October, 2020) — The Association of ERGs & Councils (a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and Talent Dimensions) recognized the outstanding achievements of Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils and other DE&I initiatives at the Diversity Impact Awards™ ceremonies during the USC Marshall Center for Effective Organizations 2020 ERG Leadership Summit Week:  A Virtual Event October 19 – October 24.

Each evening of the conference included award ceremonies honoring the Top 25 US Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERGs, Top 10 Diversity Action and Executive Sponsor of the Year Recognition Awards.  “The virtual event didn’t dampen the spirit and excitement of the award winners as they celebrated the incredible accomplishments of their teams,” said Lynn Cowart, Principle and Chief Operations Officer at Talent Dimensions.

The Diversity Impact Awards™ was launched in 2020 and is the next iteration of the ERG & Council Honors Award™.  The ERG & Council Honors Award™ was the first, and until recently, the only annual national award that recognized and honored the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. It was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm, PRISM International, Inc.

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ were reimagined to leverage a data-driven and scientifically-validated model developed by Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne, Will and Maggie Brooke Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Alabama and CEO of eePulse, to ensure buy-in from key stakeholders and drive greater learning.  The awards were segmented to create a level playing field for individual ERGs, enterprise-wide ERG programs and non-ERG Diversity initiatives.  For the second year, we are honoring the important work of Executive Sponsors.

“While we were excited to launch the new Diversity Impact Awards after almost a year of research and gaining input, launching a new awards structure during COVID-19 was challenging to say the least.  We considered taking a hiatus given what organizations were experiencing.  We quickly realized that this work was far too important and the individuals volunteering countless hours to create organizations where ALL people felt engaged, included and that they belong, must be recognized,” said Cile Johnson, Principle and Chief Business Officer at Talent Dimensions.

Congratulations to all our Diversity Impact Award winners!

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 25 ERG Award recipients:

  1. Blue Cross NC – GlobalNet
  2. Novant Health – Women’s Business Resource Group
  3. Northwestern Mutual – Asian Employee Resource Group
  4. Rockwell Automation – Cultures Connected
  5. Northwestern Mutual – Women’s Employee Resource Group
  6. ChristianaCare – Women’s Employee Network (WEN)
  7. Mount Sinai Health System – Heritage of Latino Alliance Employee Resource Group
  8. Northwestern Mutual – Hispanic Employee Resource Group
  9. Northwestern Mutual – Mutual disAbility Alliance
  10. NextEra Energy – African American Employee Professional Group
  11. Novant Health – Persons with Abilities Business Resource Group
  12. Novant Health – Black/African American Business Resource Group
  13. Southern California Edison – Latinos for Engagement, Advancement and Development (LEAD)
  14. Erie Insurance – Women’s Affinity Group
  15. Bank of America – LEAD for Women
  16. Northwestern Mutual – Military Veteran Employee Resource Group (MVERG)
  17. NextEra Energy – Women in Energy
  18. Novant Health – Pride Business Resource Group
  19. State Street – Professional Women’s Network Massachusetts Chapter (PWN-MA)
  20. Novant Health – Veterans’ Business Resource Group
  21. JetBlue – JetBlue African Diaspora Experience (JADE)
  22. Dominion Energy – We3
  23. American Airlines – Latin Diversity Network EBRG
  24. Halliburton – Women Sharing Excellence
  25. American Airlines – Professional Women in Aviation EBRG

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERG Award recipients:

  1. Bank of America – Bank of America Enterprise ERGs
  2. Northern Trust – Northern Trust Business Resource Council Advisory Council (BRCAC)
  3. Asurion – Asurion ERGs
  4. Cigna – Power of Connections Wellness Circles
  5. Southern Company Gas – 2019 ERG Program Expansion/Evolution
  6. Banner Health – Team Member Resource Group (TMRGs) Launch
  7. University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – Diversity Council and Employee Networks
  8. Perdue Farms, Inc. – “Day of Understanding”
  9. Tennessee Valley Authority – TVA ERG Collaboration
  10. American Airlines – Abraham’s Tent – Christian, Jewish and Muslim EBRGs

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards Top 10 Diversity Action Award recipients:

  1. Mount Sinai Beth Israel – Go Red Event
  2. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
  3. Froedtert Health – Disability Etiquette
  4. Ricoh – International Women’s Day
  5. Halliburton – Focus on Family
  6. NASCAR – Heritage History Series
  7. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana – Strategic Plan
  8. Novant Health – Health Equity Council
  9. American Airlines – Virtual Inclusion Week
  10. Novant Health – Cross Cultural Communications Program

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards Executive Sponsor of the Year recipients in alphabetical order:

  • Dominion Energy – Wendy Wellener, Vice President – Shared Services
  • NextEra Energy, Inc. – Kate Stengle, Vice President Internal Audit
  • Northern Trust – Shundrawn Thomas, President of Northern Trust Asset Management (NTAM)
  • Novant Health – Chere Gregory, MD, SVP Chief Health Equity Officer Diversity & Inclusion

About the Diversity Impact Awards™
The Diversity Impact Awards™ program was launched in 2020 and is the next iteration of the ERG & Council Honors Award™.  The ERG & Council Honors Award™ was the first, and until recently, the only annual national award that recognized and honored the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils.  The new award process leverages a data-driven and scientifically validated model to create collective learning within and across organizations.  The honor award was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm, PRISM International, Inc.

About the ERG & Council Conference™
ERGs and Diversity Councils are vital links for improving organizational results. However, to remain impactful and effective, they need opportunities to increase their skills and knowledge and to learn and share best practices. They need opportunities to network, celebrate and grow. This was the purpose of the first annual conference designed specifically for ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting http://www.ergcouncilconference.com.

About the Association of ERGs & Councils
The Association of ERGs & Councils is a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and Talent Dimensions and the premier resource for transforming Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils and Employee Network Groups to impact key organizational and business objectives. Learn more by visiting www.ergcouncil.com.

About PRISM International, Inc.
PRISM, a Talent Dimensions company, is a full-service provider of innovative and proven consulting, training and products for leveraging diversity and inclusion, addressing unconscious bias, increasing cross-cultural competencies and creating more effective ERGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting www.prismdiversity.com.


Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) and the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Collaborate in Advancing Diversity and Business Opportunities in Aviation

The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) and the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that commits the organizations to formally collaborate in advancing diversity and promoting opportunities for companies within the aviation industry by leveraging their collective membership and training resources.

Both organizations seek to promote best practices and opportunities for their member companies to succeed in airport development pursuits. The MOU states that the organizations “recognize that increased diversity within the airport development industry will foster benefits and help fill the pipeline of future development experts.”

Under the terms of the MOU, AMAC and ACC will endeavor to: • Identify and implement specific actions to identify and promote best practices in airport development projects;

  • Educate their respective members and airports on teaming, procurement, contracting and business best practices in general;
  • Identify opportunities to attract more students into airport development careers;
  • Promote diversity in the industry; and
  • Educate their respective members and airports on best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion as it relates to increasing aviation industry business and career opportunities for diverse/underrepresented individuals and companies.

AMAC Chief Operating Officer Anthony Barnes noted, “For 36 years, AMAC has been the driving force of eliminating barriers minority and women-owned companies face when seeking to engage in airport business and employment opportunities. Partnering with like-minded organizations, like ACC, will strengthen our impact in promoting a diverse and inclusive airport environment that fuels innovation and creativity when building our airports for the future.”

“ACC has always appreciated the close partnership and shared goals we have with AMAC over the years,” said ACC President T.J. Schulz. “The signing of this MOU codifies this partnership and ACC’s commitment to advance airport development companies of all sizes in this challenging time for aviation. We also look forward to taking steps to work with AMAC on increasing opportunities for minorities to engage and succeed in this industry at this important time in our society.”

About the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is the only national, non-profit trade association dedicated to advance the full participation of minorities and women in employment and contracting opportunities throughout the aviation and aerospace industries. Since 1984, AMAC has been at the forefront of nearly every national policy initiative impacting the participation of disadvantaged businesses in airport contracting. AMAC works consistently with Congress, the federal government, aviation trade associations and others as a resource for information, education, and guidance on business and employment matters. For more information, visit amac-org.com

About the Airport Consultants Council (ACC) The Airport Consultants Council (ACC) is the global trade association that represents private businesses involved in the development and operations of airports and related facilities, focusing on the business interests of firms with airport-related technical expertise.


Reclaim Your Vote | 2020 Election PSA

The 2020 Election is right around the corner and we MUST make our voices heard! Get your voting plan ready today.

 

Follow these 5 steps to #ReclaimYourVote

1. Register to vote

2. Check your voting options

3. Find your polling location

4. Know the candidates & the issues

5. VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!

Find more info & resources at reclaimyourvote.org.


Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) and BET Announce Partnership to Broadcast “CBCF Sunday” to Conclude Virtual Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) 

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) recently announced a partnership with BET to broadcast “CBCF Sunday.” The broadcast will feature two signature events, the Phoenix Awards and Day of Healing, for CBCF’s first-ever Virtual Annual Legislative Conference (ALC).

Viewers will be able to tune-in Sunday, October 11 at 10:00 a.m. ET to watch a pre-taped airing of the Day of Healing, followed by the Phoenix Awards at 8:00 p.m. ET on BET and BET Her. Viewers can also watch each show online.

This year, CBCF will celebrate virtually a Day of Healing, to kick-off CBCF Sunday on BET, in lieu of its annual traditional Prayer Breakfast. Similar to former prayer breakfasts, CBCF’s Day of Healing will feature spiritual inspiration with a host of celebrities, political leaders, top gospel artists and ministers.

Gospel superstar Kirk Franklin will host the Day of Healing and the message will be delivered by T.D. Jakes, Bishop of The Potter’s House Church. 

Taraji P. Henson will host the virtual annual Phoenix Awards, which supports the CBCF’s Leadership Institute. The Virtual ALC Phoenix Awards will recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to society.

This year’s virtual Phoenix awards will feature a lineup of notable speakers including remarks by former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris. Additionally, the members of the Congressional Black Caucus will be honored for their service, accomplishments, and efforts to eliminate the many disparities that continue to exist for millions of Black Americans. 

Past Phoenix Award honorees have included President Barack Obama, civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton, Representative Barbara Lee, The Exonerated Five: Dr. Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, and Antron McCray, and the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis.

The 2020 Phoenix Awards honorees and more special guests will be announced in the weeks ahead.

This year, Virtual ALC, held August 31 – October 2, allows attendees to customize their own agenda, select from more than 80 sessions based on their interests, and experience the ALC programming they have become accustomed to from the comfort and safety of their homes. Registration for programming is provided at no cost, and can be completed on the virtual conference site at cbcfinc.org/alc


US Organizations to Receive Diversity Impact Awards at October Conference

The Association of ERGs & Councils (a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and Talent Dimensions) released their annual list of the Top 25 US Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERGs, Top 10 Diversity Action and Executive Sponsor Recognition Awards.  These groups will be recognized at an award ceremony during the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations 2020 ERG Leadership Summit Week: A Virtual Event October 19 – October 24, 2020.

The Diversity Impact Awards™ was launched in 2020 and is the next iteration of the ERG & Council Honors Award™.  The ERG & Council Honors Award™ was the first, and until recently, the only annual national award that recognized and honored the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. It was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm PRISM International, Inc.

In 2018, PRISM International was acquired by Talent Dimensions to help organizations weave Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) into the fabric of its culture.  “This can only happen if the organization develops a DE&I strategy aligned to the business strategy and the appropriate structure exists to ensure successful implementation.  Diversity Councils and ERGs (BRGs, Affinity Groups, Networks, etc.) serve as one of the most important levers to drive the tactical execution of that strategy,” shares Lynn Cowart, Principle and Chief Operations Office at Talent Dimensions.

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ were reimagined to leverage a data driven and scientifically validated model developed by Dr. Theresa Welbourne, Senior Affiliate Research Scientist at the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations, Will and Maggie Brooke Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Alabama, and CEO of eePulse, to ensure buy-in from key stakeholders and drive greater learning.  The awards were segmented to create a level playing field for individual ERGs, enterprise-wide ERG programs and non-ERG Diversity initiatives.  For the second year, we are honoring the important work of Executive Sponsors.

“While we were excited to launch the new Diversity Impact Awards after almost a year of research and gaining input, launching a new awards structure during COVID-19 was challenging to say the least.  We considered taking a hiatus given what organizations were experiencing.  We quickly realized that this work was far too important and the individuals volunteering countless hours to create organizations where ALL people felt engaged, included and that they belong, must be recognized,” said Cile Johnson, Principle and Chief Business Officer at Talent Dimensions. “Our partnership with the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations further supported the importance of the recognition of leaders and organizations.”

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards recipient rankings will be revealed at USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective (CEO) Organizations ERG Leadership Summit Week October 19 – October 24.

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 25 ERG Award recipients in alphabetical order include:

  • American Airlines – Professional Women in Aviation EBRG
  • American Airlines – Latin Diversity Network EBRG
  • Bank of America – LEAD for Women
  • Blue Cross NC – GlobalNet
  • ChristianaCare – Women’s Employee Network (WEN)
  • Dominion Energy – We3
  • Erie Insurance – Women’s Affinity Group
  • Halliburton – Women Sharing Excellence
  • JetBlue – JetBlue African Diaspora Experience (JADE)
  • Mount Sinai Health System – Heritage of Latino Alliance Employee Resource Group
  • NextEra Energy – African American Employee Professional Group
  • NextEra Energy – Women in Energy
  • Northwestern Mutual – Asian Employee Resource Group
  • Northwestern Mutual – Women’s Employee Resource Group
  • Northwestern Mutual – Hispanic Employee Resource Group
  • Northwestern Mutual – Mutual disAbility Alliance
  • Northwestern Mutual – Military Veteran Employee Resource Group (MVERG)
  • Novant Health – Women’s Business Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Persons with Abilities Busines Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Black/African American Business Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Pride Business Resource Group
  • Novant Health – Veterans’ Business Resource Group
  • Rockwell Automation – Cultures Connected
  • Southern California Edison, Latinos for Engagement Advancement and Development (LEAD)
  • State Street – Professional Women’s Network Massachusetts Chapter (PWN-MA)

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards™ Top 10 Enterprise-Wide ERG Award recipients in alphabetical order include:

  • American Airlines – Abraham’s Tent – Christian, Jewish, and Muslim EBRGs
  • Asurion – Asurion ERGs
  • Bank of America – Bank of America Enterprise ERGs
  • Banner Health – Team Member Resource Group (TMRGs) Launch
  • Cigna – Employee Resource Groups
  • Northern Trust – Northern Trust Business Resource Council Advisory Council (BRCAC)
  • Perdue Farms, Inc. – “Day of Understanding”
  • Southern Company Gas – 2019 ERG Program Expansion/Evolution
  • Tennessee Valley Authority – TVA ERG Collaboration
  • University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center – Diversity Council and Employee Networks

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards Top 10 Diversity Action Award recipients in alphabetical order include:

  • American Airlines – Virtual Inclusion Week
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana – Strategic Plan
  • Froedtert Health – Disability Etiquette
  • Halliburton – Focus on Family
  • Mount Sinai Beth Israel – Go Red Event
  • NASCAR – Heritage History Series
  • Novant Health – Health Equity Council
  • Novant Health – Cross Cultural Communications Program
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard – Disability Etiquette: Perspective Changing
  • Ricoh – International Women’s Day

The 2020 Diversity Impact Awards Executive Sponsor of the Year recipients in alphabetical order:

  • Dominion Energy – Wendy Wellener, Vice President – Shared Services
  • NextEra Energy, Inc. – Kate Stengle, Vice President Internal Audit
  • Northern Trust – Shundrawn Thomas, President of Northern Trust Asset Management (NTAM)
  • Novant Health – Chere Gregory, MD, SVP Chief Health Equity Officer Diversity & Inclusion

About the Diversity Impact Awards™
The Diversity Impact Awards™ program was launched in 2020 and is the next iteration of the ERG & Council Honors Award™.  The ERG & Council Honors Award™ was the first, and until recently, the only annual national award that recognized and honored the outstanding contributions and achievements of ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils.  The new award process leverages a data driven and scientifically validated model to create collective learning within and across organizations.  The honor award was established in 2008 by the Association of ERGs & Councils, a practice group of diversity and inclusion consulting and training firm PRISM International, Inc.

About the ERG & Council Conference™
ERGs and Diversity Councils are vital links for improving organizational results. However, to remain impactful and effective, they need opportunities to increase their skills and knowledge and to learn and share best practices. They need opportunities to network, celebrate and grow. This was the purpose of the first annual conference designed specifically for ERGs, BRGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting http://www.ergcouncilconference.com.

About the Association of ERGs & Councils
The Association of ERGs & Councils is a practice group of PRISM International, Inc. and the premier resource for transforming Employee Resource Groups, Diversity Councils and Employee Network Groups to impact key organizational and business objectives. Learn more by visiting www.ergcouncil.com.

About PRISM International, Inc.
PRISM, a Talent Dimensions company, is a full-service provider of innovative and proven consulting, training and products for leveraging diversity and inclusion, addressing unconscious bias, increasing cross-cultural competencies and creating more effective ERGs and Diversity Councils. Learn more by visiting www.prismdiversity.com.

About USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations
Since its founding over 40 years ago, the Center for Effective Organizations (CEO), a research center in the USC Marshall School of Business, is world-renowned for its breakthrough research and insights on organizational performance, effectiveness and talent management. Today, CEO is at the forefront, discovering and creating the latest knowledge in the design and management of organizations for companies that range from mid-sized to the Global 500. CEO’s worldwide network includes research scientists, faculty experts, best-selling authors, and corporate partners. Working together, they provide forward-thinking leaders with trusted insights and the hands-on learning they need to help them solve complex problems and build highly effective, sustainable organizations.


Congratulations AMAC Board Chair Ricky Smith, Recipient of the Leon C. Watkins “Guardian Award”

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) recently announced the recipient of the 2020 ACI-NA Leon C. Watkins “Guardian Award” for Excellence in Business Diversity: Ricky Smith, CEO of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)

The new Guardian Award recognizes a business diversity leader who has promoted the growth and evolution of minority and women-owned businesses and suppliers, while also fostering the advancement of civil rights and equal opportunities for all within the airport business environment.

“I am deeply grateful and humbled by this honor, which is named on behalf of Leon C. Watkins, a giant in our industry for his long standing commitment and lifetime of work supporting diversity and inclusion,” said CEO Smith. “Throughout his life, he courageously worked to foster equality and encourage full opportunities for minorities and women in employment, professional development and business participation. Leon was a friend and mentor to me. Thank you to ACI-NA for this recognition, and for memorializing Leon Watkins’ legacy in such profound manner.”

For more information and to read the full announcement, click here.


CALL TO ACTION | “Your Vote Matters.”

By Blacks In Government (BIG) Honorable Toni Pearson, Chair, Project BIG Vote

Voting is a critical function of our democracy. Many things in the federal, state, and local levels are decided by Voting and the resultant elected official pursuing their platform issues. It’s, therefore, surprising that many people stay away from the ballot; even though they could determine the future of their local community, state government and our federal government. No matter what side of the political divide you subscribe to, your voice via your Vote is important.

The primary step to address the resultant lack of social and medical services delivery in our communities, COVID19 mortality imbalance and the unjust judicial system burden experienced by many in the Black and Brown communities is to Register and Vote. Now is the time to Vote at the Local (school boards, city councils, local elected offices, etc.) State, (legislature representatives, top state offices, judges, etc.) and National elections (Congress, President whom all come with influential appointees) to affect the needed life experience changes.

Elections have consequences that effect us all. Now is the time to speak loudly and specifically claim what you expect/demand from “our” elected representatives that serve us. Assure all your family members, friends and acquaintances are Registered and Vote to enact the requisite changes necessary to guarantee the quality of life services our communities need to not only survive but to exceed our existing expectations, and live the quality of life we have earned and deserve!

This is a rare opportunity in our lives where all age groups, ethnicities in the United States and around the Globe are showing up and showing out by expressing their common outrage to systemic racism exhibited by law enforcement, reflected in the lack of requisite quality medical services/providers allowed by “our” elected officials. So many of our ancestors have paid the ultimate price for our ability to Vote, be counted and speak truth to power.

We can’t Vote if we don’t timely Register. If you don’t Vote, sit down and don’t complain. Every states’ Election Center with voter registration requirements, guidance and process is posted on www.BIGnet.org under Project BIG Vote.

Our 2020 mantra now and must consistently be Register and Vote in Local, Statewide and National elections.

If not now, then when?

Visit: bignet.org


First Virtual Conference to Feature Rev. William Barber; Rep. Terri Sewell; Civil Rights Veteran Ruby Sales; Poet Sonia Sanchez, others; Celebrates 2020 Theme: “African Americans and the Vote”

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In these extraordinary times, The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is proud to announce that its 105th Annual Conference will take place virtually via Zoom in September. With a world-wide pandemic ongoing, with The Black Lives Matter global movement having brought about a call to action for social justice and reform, and with a national election fast approaching in November, ASALH’s theme of “African Americans and the Vote” has never been timelier.

The conference will feature a rich program of scholarly sessions, professional workshops, riveting plenaries, an exciting film festival, and many other events that illuminate the importance of the vote in the Black experience. The 2020 conference theme “African Americans and the Vote” will take center stage throughout the entire month of September on Thursdays and Saturdays with amazing speakers such as Congresswoman Terri Sewell of Alabama’s 7th District; Professor Carol Anderson of Emory University; the Reverend William Barber II, President and Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach and Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival; the Reverend Floyd Thompkins, Jr., of the San Francisco Theological Seminary and Chief Executive Officer of the Justice and Peace Foundation; representatives from the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA); civil rights veteran Ruby Sales; Philadelphia’s first poet laureate Sonia Sanchez; LaTosha Brown and Cliff Albright, co-founders of Black Voters Matter; Democratic strategist and creator of “Woke Vote” DeJuana Thompson; and a host of others.

The year 2020 marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement. The year 2020 also marks the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War. The conference will explore these important milestones and their relevance to the political landscape of today. As Dr. Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, ASALH’s National President has stated, “ASALH, as we call our organization, was established in 1915 by the Harvard-trained historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), who believed that accurate knowledge of the past was crucial to the struggle for racial equality and social justice. Woodson was a pathbreaking thinker at a time when our nation’s courts upheld the legality of Jim Crow segregation, the denial of the vote in the southern states, and mass incarceration of black men, women, and children through the convict-lease system…Blacks lived as second-class citizens—without adequate schools, equal employment, access to healthcare, and protection from rampant racial violence in the form of lynching.”

Beginning on September 3rd through September 26, 2020, conference activities will be broadcast every Thursday and Saturday via Zoom and ASALH TV. Our 50 (fifty) minute-session format will convene on Thursdays in September starting at 12:30 p.m. EST and run until 6:00 p.m. EST. Saturday sessions will run from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. A closing finale will take place Wednesday, September 30th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST. Anyone can register for the conference at the following address: asalh.org


Trans and non-binary people in STEM: Apply for a Ben Barres Fellowship, deadline 9/30/2020

NOGLSTP is proud to offer the Ben Barres Fellowship. The fellowship is a $2000-$5000 award for professional development of trans, intersex, and non-binary graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The Ben Barres Fellowship is a merit-based award, and the support provided is intended, broadly construed, for the recipient’s professional development. Examples of eligible purposes include research support; conference/workshop attendance, or research travel; equipment/supplies; research assistant or translation services; and/or other professional uses. The fund is not intended to support personal expenses unrelated to research, such as food or rent.

To apply for The Ben Barres Fellowship, applicants will provide a brief description of their current research and research/career goals, a 2-3 paragraph funding proposal, a personal statement, their CV, and answers to demographics questions. Each application must have one letter of support, which may be written by any of the following: PI, Mentor, Advisor, or Colleague. The letter of support will be submitted by the recommender (not the applicant). Applications will be evaluated on clarity of written proposal, impact of proposed funding on applicant’s career, contributions to STEM and LGBTQ+ communities, and strength of support letter. If awarded funds, the recipient will upload a brief report and expense receipts within 6 months of receiving the award.

Apply here: https://www.noglstp.org/programs-projects/ben-barres-fellowship/

Recipients of the fellowship will retain the option of remaining anonymous in public announcements of the award. Alternatively, they may choose to be publicly acknowledged in NOGLSTP’s publicity campaigns. Awards will range from $2000 to $5000 per recipient. Application deadline for the first round of awards is September 30,2020. Award decisions will be announced the first week of December. If any money is left, there will be additional rounds of awards until all the money has been awarded.

About NOGLSTP

NOGLSTP was established in 1980, incorporated in the State of California in 1991, and was granted IRS 501 (c) 3 non-profit status in 1992. NOGLSTP’s mission is to educate the scientific and general communities about the presence and accomplishments of LGBT individuals in STEM professions. NOGLSTP presents educational symposia and workshops nationwide. NOGLSTP fosters dialog with other professional societies, academia, and industry to facilitate diversity and inclusion in the workplace. NOGLSTP is an affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is a participating professional society member of MentorNet®, a sustaining member of the National Postdoctoral Association, a partner with the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and a founding member of the E-Week Diversity Council.

For more information, visit the website at www.noglstp.org


Ricky D. Smith of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Elected National Chair of AMAC’s Board of Directors

The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is pleased to announce the election of Ricky D. Smith, Chief Executive Officer of BWI Marshall Airport as the National Chair of its Board of Directors.

A 30-year transportation professional, Smith was appointed to lead the Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) in 2015, where he oversees the management and operations of BWI Marshall Airport, Martin State Airport, and regional aviation activities throughout the State of Maryland. He has also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Airport System, as well as leadership roles in the private sector with recognizable companies such as International Business Machines, H&R Block Business Services, and The May Company.

Smith’s experience and accolades make him an ideal leader to navigate AMAC through the current social and business climate. He has been recognized as ‘Man of the Year’ by Women Transportation Seminar, ‘Power 10 CEO’ by the Baltimore Business Journal (2018), ‘People Who Move America’ by the Boys Scouts of America (2018), ‘Thomas G. Newsome Founder’s Leadership Award’ by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (2018), ‘Influential Marylander’ by The Daily Record (2017), the Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association ‘Black History Hero’ award (2017), ‘Most Influential CEO in Northeast Ohio’ by Crain’s Magazine (2014, 2013), ‘National Executive of the Year’ by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (2010), and ‘Congressional Achievement Award’ from Congressman Elijah Cummings (2006).

“During this period of unprecedented public health challenges and heightened awareness around social injustices, I could not be prouder and more humbled by the AMAC community’s confidence in my leadership,” Executive Director Smith said. “I am joined by a Board of Directors that is committed to addressing the myriad of challenges affecting women and minorities in the aviation industry.

“We are keen on our charge to reposition AMAC as one of the more influential and consequential trade organizations in the industry as we enhance our response to the membership, strengthen our alliance with like-minded organizations, and expand our connection with the many under-represented minority-owned businesses and professionals across the industry,” he said. “I look forward to leading through these challenges and opportunities.”

About the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC)
The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is the only national, non-profit trade association dedicated to advance the full participation of minorities and women in employment and contracting opportunities throughout the aviation and aerospace industries. Since 1984, AMAC has been at the forefront of nearly every national policy initiative impacting the participation of disadvantaged businesses in airport contracting. AMAC works consistently with Congress, the federal government, aviation trade associations and others as a resource for information, education, and guidance on business and employment matters. For more information, visit www.amac-org.com

CBCF Welcomes Public Affairs Strategist and Marketing Leader as New President and CEO

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) announced today that Tonya Veasey, communications and marketing agency founder and CEO will lead the organization as its new president and chief executive officer.

For more than 20 years, Veasey has provided award-winning counsel to top corporations, nonprofits, public entities and elected officials in issues management, crisis communications, corporate social responsibility; and diversity, equity and inclusion strategy.

“I am proud to welcome Mrs. Veasey as the new president and CEO of CBCF,” said Rep. Cedric L. Richmond, chair, CBCF board of directors. “As interim president and CEO she has streamlined operations, increased fundraising, created innovative programming and led the organization during a global pandemic and an unprecedented moment in the movement for equity for Black lives.”

Veasey is the founder and CEO of Open Channels Group (OCG+), a purpose driven full-service communications and marketing agency based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Founded in 2006, OCG+ has grown into a multi-million dollar company. The agency has represented brands including AT&T, Bell Helicopter, and Sodexo.

As CBCF president and CEO, among many responsibilities, Veasey will spearhead strategic planning and vision as the organization adapts to changing socioeconomic landscapes. She will also lead the CBCF mission to advance the global Black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public.

Veasey earned an Executive MBA at Texas Christian University and a bachelor’s degree from Paul Quinn College.

To receive updates on CBCF’s social justice initiatives as they are rolled out over the summer, subscribe to receive the e-newsletter and follow @CBCFinc on Twitter and Instagram

About the CBCF

Established in 1976, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and educational institute committed to advancing the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public. For more information, visit cbcfinc.org.

The NUL Virtual 17th Annual Legislative Policy Conference (LPC) is just around the corner!

We’ve adapted it to meet the present moment but the core of the Conference remains the same: an opportunity to engage around the pressing issues facing our communities. LPC brings together young professionals, lawmakers and Congressional leaders, corporate executives, influencers and motivational speakers, and more voices for collective dialogue and concrete next steps. Powered by Verizon.

Coming to a screen near you on June 15 & 16! Tune in & engage in the virtual event about #COVID19, criminal justice reform, voting rights & so much more. More info here: https://bit.ly/LPCJune2020. #LPC2020.

▪ Our nation is transforming before our very eyes and it’s up to us to shape its future. Join @NatUrbanLeague for a critical 2-day look at where we’re headed. Sign up & tune into the virtual Legislative Policy Conference, June 15-16! https://bit.ly/LPCJune2020. #LPC2020


GLAAACC Chair Appointed to LA County Resiliency Task Force

The County of Los Angeles has created a Resiliency Task Force made up of business leaders and experts that will help shape business reopening county wide.

The Greater Los Angeles Area African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC) is proud to announce that Gene Hale, GLAAACC Chair, has been selected to serve on the task force.

Thank you for your outstanding leadership and commitment.

Congratulations Gene!


NAACP Town Halls

Our first coronavirus virtual town hall on March 15, featured Surgeon General Jerome Adams, and a recent town hall featured Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Whip Jim Clyburn. Not only has President Johnson spoken out consistently about the need for data, but NAACP policy experts have briefed congressional leaders on the key equity considerations as they work on relief and recovery legislation. President Johnson has also been in regular communication with SG Adams about the virus impact on the African American community. View these Town Hall messages below:

Texas Black Expo provides emergency micro-grants for small businesses affected by coronavirus

Through its Texas Small Business Emergency Micro-Grant Source, the nonprofit is offering grants to small business owners affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Texas Black Expo partnered with several major corporations, including H-E-B, Enterprise Holdings, Chevron, and UPS, in an ongoing effort to support small businesses.

At least 100 qualifying companies will receive $1,000 each in grant funds, according to Texas Black Expo.

The grant portal is currently open. The first round of funding will be distributed by April 30.

Read more…


News for NGLCC

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HELPING THE LGBT BUSINESS COMMUNITY THROUGH THE COVID-19 CRISIS

In our recent email blast we shared that NGLCC will always continue to work for you and our communities. We ask all stakeholders to check NGLCC’s social media pages for updates on business development webinars and trainings; online matchmakers, both B2B and corporate; support with drafting capability statements and RFPs; and much, much more to help our businesses and community stay strong and ready for the year ahead.

We encourage all stakeholders to regularly check our landing page for Coronavirus relief and other essential updates: NGLCC Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). There you will find resources from the Small Business Administration, as well as NGLCC Corporate Partners, to assist small businesses with their recovery.

Additionally, many NGLCC local affiliate chambers have regional information an economic recovery opportunities available. To find your closest local affiliate, click here.

Special Resources:

1) NGLCC COVID-19 Resource Hub for the LGBT Business Community

2) LGBTBE Business Webinars And Video Resources During Covid-19

LGBTBE BUSINESS WEBINARS

AND VIDEO RESOURCES DURING COVID-19

Questions? Webinars@nglcc.org

This page is dedicated to our network of exceptional, innovative Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® (Certified LGBTBE®) suppliers in the NGLCC network.  Here you will find information on business development webinars and trainings; online matchmakers, both B2B and corporate; support with drafting capability statements and RFPs; and much, much more to help our businesses and community stay strong and ready for the year ahead.

For funding and economic relief information, please visit our hub: NGLCC Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Additionally, many NGLCC local affiliate chambers have regional information an economic recovery opportunities available. To find your closest local affiliate, click here.


NMSDC  – A Message From The President

Like everyone in the network, NMSDC’s national office is innovating every day to keep our mission and our work moving forward during the COVID-19 virus emergency.

Take a look at this new update from NMSDC President/CEO Adrienne C. Trimble about how the NMSDC is working in this environment – and how that is reshaping our plans for 2020.

NMSDC is mobilizing on the virtual level. Our national office and our regional affiliates are all operating remotely, in safety and security, but we are still conducting business as usual. We are here for you, as always.

We hope you are participating in our new, weekly virtual Town Halls – online every Thursday afternoon.  Join us this week for our live stream on YouTube: How CPOs Are Responding: The Corporate Perspective on the COVID-19 Business Challenges. 
Technology is allowing NMSDC to keep the conversation going between MBEs and corporate members, even as we are all isolated. Engagement so far in the Town Halls has been vigorous, thought-provoking, and helpful in these difficult days. Stay tuned to your email and social media for more information on these can’t-miss events.

Sadly, as you know, the health emergency has forced the postponement of Leadership Week and the Leadership Awards gala. We hope to reschedule or otherwise make the planned content and meetings available to you.

We are also monitoring developments to see how they might affect our “destination” events later in 2020 – notably, the Program Managers’ Seminar July 14-16 in Orlando, and the annual Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange October 25-28 in Phoenix.

We will keep you apprised of developments as they occur.

Staying in touch is vital during this crisis. Never has it been more important for all of us to remember that, even from a distance …
#WeAreNMSDC!


Airport Restaurateurs, Retailers and Small/Minority Businesses Urge Airports and Congress to Provide Financial Relief Industry Experiencing Unprecedented Business Impact

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WASHINGTON, DC (March 18, 2020) – The Airport Restaurant & Retail Association (ARRA) and Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) urged airports and Congress to quickly pass financial relief for airport restaurateurs and retailers given the unprecedented business impact caused by the spread of the Coronavirus and resultant COVID-19 pandemic.

Members of both organizations, which include restaurants, gift shops and retail stores, have been seriously impacted given the rapid decline in airline bookings and passenger counts which are falling at unprecedented rates. Further, several state and municipalities are closing restaurants, including at airports, to help contain the spread of COVID-19. All stakeholders in the industry—airlines, airports, airport retailers and restaurateurs, and other related companies—are financially suffering.

The associations represent a $10 billion industry made up of firms of varying sizes, including many small and local businesses which contribute $2.5 billion to airport revenue streams. Together these businesses employ more than 125,000 workers in U.S. airports. The restaurants and retail shops are a vital part of the airline passenger’s travel experience, and a major revenue source on which airports depend for their operations, development and bond financing.

John Clark, Chair of AMAC commented, “Our members are suffering tremendous sales losses exceeding 50% and in some cases as high as 90%. The industry is facing a major financial crisis. Many businesses, including those classified as small and/or disadvantaged, may not be able to continue operations.”

Restaurateurs and retailers in the aviation sector are contracted by airports, airlines and third-party developers to provide passengers a full range of food, beverage and retail services. Pat Murray, Chair of the ARRA explained, “our members’ ability to retain and pay employees, as well as pay rents to airports, has been seriously jeopardized. Some of our members will likely be unable to meet our debt obligations and will be forced out of business if quick action is not taken to provide relief.”

The two associations urged airports to engage with their members quickly and adopt mitigating actions to save the businesses:

• Waive rent, other fees and the imposition of penalties for at least six (6) months with the opportunity to extend depending on the extent and impact of the crisis.
• Suspend and defer concessionaires’ capital investment requirements.
• Provide operational flexibility including, but not limited to adjustments to operating hours, locations and menus/product selections as well as selective temporary closing of stores and restaurants in order to better align with passenger volumes and flows and reduce the impact on employees.

ARRA and AMAC strongly support the airports’ request for emergency financial assistance and flexibility to help sustain operations, preserve jobs and bonds, including assistance and flexibility for concessionaires during this critical time. ARRA and AMAC urged Congress and the Administration to also provide financial relief and assistance to airport concessionaires to ensure business continuity, secure loans and make debt service payments. Specific measures ARRA and AMAC urge Congress and the Administration to act upon are:

• Provide grants and low-interest or interest-free loans to concessionaires to allow concessionaires to cover operating expenses.
• Provide loan guarantees to concessionaires to assure their ability to continue making debt service payments and secure loans for their ongoing capital investment requirements.

About Airport Restaurant & Retail Association
The Association’s mission is to work collaboratively with aviation-industry trade associations and the airport community on matters of policy decision-making with a collective impact on restaurant/retail members. As members of the airport communities we serve, ARRA members have an expertise and understanding of best practices in the complex aviation restaurant and retail operational environment. Our knowledge can ultimately deliver powerful solutions of benefit to our airport partners.

About the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC)
The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is the only national, non-profit trade association dedicated to advance the full participation of minorities and women in employment and contracting opportunities throughout the aviation and aerospace industries. Since 1984, AMAC has been at the forefront of nearly every national policy initiative impacting the participation of disadvantaged businesses in airport contracting. AMAC works consistently with Congress, the Federal government, aviation trade associations and others as a resource for information, education and guidance on business and employment matters. For more information, visit amac-org.com.

 

Health Care HR Week 2020 Sponsored by ASHHRA

Health Care Human Resources Week takes place March 16-20, 2020. It is designated to recognize human resources professionals in health care organizations across the nation for their important role across the continuum of care.

For more information visit ashhra.org/HCHRWeek.

 

2020 Marks the 13ᵗʰ Anniversary of the Women Presidents’ Organization 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies™ Sponsored by American Express

50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companiesᵀᴹ Deadline Extended to March 1, 2020!

 

To be eligible, companies must be:

• Privately owned

• Women-owned/led

• The business must have generated at least $500,000 (USD) in 2015 revenue (and every subsequent year)

• Revenues must be converted to USD

Applicants are not required to be WPO members.

International businesses are encouraged to apply.

Click HERE to apply!

GOVERNOR MEETS WITH AFRICAN AMERICAN COALITION AT GENE HALE’S OFFICE

On October 23rd, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsome met with the African American Empowerment Committee, a coalition of African American businesses and civic leaders from Northern and Southern California for a second time at Governor Newsome and community membersthe offices of Gene Hale, President of G&C Equipment Corporation and Chairman of the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC) to discuss a range of issues impacting the African American community, including but not limited to criminal justice reform, homelessness, education, government appointments, and business process reforms for state agencies dealing with providing economic fairness to the African American community. The committee is chaired by Alice Huffman and Pastor Edgar Boyd. Gene Hale is the chair of the small business committee.

The Governor said he is serious about the items the coalition has submitted to him. He explained that his African American appointees include the Director of Caltrans, his Judicial Secretary, Inspector General for Caltrans, Legislative Secretary, Legal Affairs Secretary, Senior Policy Advisor for Higher Education, and other high profile positions. He is still looking to fill middle managers positions because they are the ones that interact with the people on the ground and are more sensitive to the needs of the African American communities.

“The coalition believes the Governor is on the right track to making substantial changes and will meet with the coalition to discuss the progress at the next meeting in San Francisco,” said Ms. Huffman. Gene Hale, chair of the small business committee, said he agrees with the current progress, but there is still a long way to go.

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Professional Development Conference in San Diego Inspired More Than 400 Black Technical Professionals

NSBE Professionals, the 4,000-member organization for STEM practitioners within the National Society of Black Engineers, recently hosted its annual Professional Development Conference in San Diego, California. The five-day event, held at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley Hotel, attracted more than 400 attendees and provided a healthy atmosphere for networking, employee recruitment and technical training.

The conference began with a “Welcome to San Diego” networking event sponsored by Solar Turbines. Other activities included a reception hosted by NSBE’s Healthcare Innovation Special Interest Group (HISIG) and sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific, and a meet and mingle event hosted by NSBE’s Information Technology Think Tank Special Interest Group. Amazon and Facebook sponsored hospitality suites.

Amazon, the Platinum Sponsor of the conference, also hosted a networking mixer, a web service training course and a Tech Talk Series, which offered knowledge about recent technical innovations. An Executive Leadership Luncheon sponsored by the company provided an overview of cutting-edge technologies.

A workshop presented by United Technologies Corporation discussed data and access applications for developing geospatial information systems (GIS) technologies. Other workshop sessions covered topics such as corporate leadership as a black professional and creating start-up businesses. Communication-related workshops included understanding personalities; interview preparation, presented by Dialpad; and branding via LinkedIn and social media. Panel discussions covered diversity topics and included a Mentoring Series.

Baxter Healthcare Corporation, longtime partner with NSBE’s HISIG, shared strategies to navigate challenges in medical device development and discussed healthcare disparities in the black community. HISIG also organized a tour of global medical technology company Becton Dickinson (BD).

The conference’s Luncheon & Distinguished Speaker Series featured William (“Billy”) Cohn, M.D., of Johnson & Johnson, who shared his experiences in running with an idea, assembling a team and raising capital.

The Aerospace Industry Exchange and Collaboration Circle discussed how to leverage industry research to support innovative solutions. Ghana Innovation and STEM Entrepreneurship Centre was present to provide an environment for innovators to build relationships.

Three of NSBE’s 11 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) hosted informational meetings offering opportunities for attendees to get involved with the groups: Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE), Environmental Engineering and Transportation.

A main conference event, the Career Expo, gave employers and academic institutions the opportunity to recruit talented technical professionals. Exhibitors included Accenture, Amazon, Dialpad, DropBox, Ingredion, Ingersoll Rand, Rockwell Automation, RTI, Solar Turbines Incorporated, ThermoFisher, United Technologies Corporation and the University of Washington Bothell – School of STEM Graduate Programs.

To “positively impact the community” is a mandate for NSBE members, and the conference fulfilled that with its #Community Matters: NSBE Public Policy Roundtable and a community outreach event named Self-ESTEM, which exposed middle school and high school students to engineering professionals and science activities.

The conference’s culminating event, the Evening of Excellence Scholarship Gala, raised funds to support NSBE’s Edward Barnette Jr. Community Impact Scholarship, which benefits select NSBE members pursuing STEM education. The gala also celebrated the achievements of some of the best and brightest individuals and organizations in the STEM fields and in the broader community.

To learn about NSBE’s 2020 Professional Development Conference in Miami, Florida, visit the website, pdc.nsbe.org or the Facebook page, facebook.com/nsbepdc .

Next Level Business: 2019 Texas Black Expo

Our goal for the 2019 Texas Black Expo (TBE) was to take the event to the next level while simultaneously inspiring other business owners to go higher in their own companies because we believe strong businesses yield strong communities.

We are proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish at this year’s Summer Celebration and other events throughout the year to help positively change people’s lives. With a theme of “Next Level Business: Educating. Investing. Expanding.” we endeavored to connect the dots for small businesses, community members and our youth.

More than 120 businesses from various industries exhibited their products and services before thousands of attendees at the 2019 Summer Celebration. Over the course of two days, business owners came face-to-face with a large pool of customers and potential customers as they displayed their wares and demonstrated their services. Through their appearance at the Expo, exhibitors were able to increase brand awareness, network with other business owners, sell their products and other offerings, and receive valuable, on-the-spot feedback from an engaged customer base.

Businessmen and women at the top of their game shared secrets to their success as entrepreneurs and highlights on how they thrive in business. Attendees enjoyed a light breakfast while learning strategies for their companies.

Top business leaders and organizations that work to foster entrepreneurship and economic empowerment were honored at the Corporate Awards Luncheon. This year’s honorees included Ed Ryland (Arvo Realty Advisors), McDonald’s Houston, Dr. Umekei Smith (US Dentistry), Jerry Martin (KPRC Channel 2).An inspiring keynote address was delivered by the President of Business Operations for the Houston Astros, Mr. Reid Ryan. The event was sponsored by HEB, Enterprise, KPRC Channel 2 and Myrtle Consulting Group.

New this year, was the Aspire Youth Entrepreneur Camp. The camp took place June 17 – 28,2019, and its purpose was to promote entrepreneurial awareness for young, future businessowners. The program got underway with a fun and exciting pep rally, followed by a series of speakers, field trips, and hands-on projects. Students received a business plan format, tools for effective presentations and exposure to dozens of businesses in various industries. The Camp was hosted at HCC’S North East campus and sponsored by the Minority Business Development Agency.

Technology is an important part of every aspect of our lives, so for the 16th annual event, we introduced the Texas Black Expo mobile app! The app allowed attendees to stay updated on all of the weekend’s activities, get descriptions of the panels and even purchase tickets to ancillary events. For the Corporate Award Luncheon, a digital version of the program was made available on Issuu.com, where it was viewed by 226 people during the 90-minute event. The TBE Summer Celebration weekend has massive social media engagement, with Facebook and Instagram being the top platforms for our audience.

Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to working together next year.

 

 

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Upcoming Events

  1. City Career Fair
    January 19, 2022 - November 4, 2022
  2. The Small Business Expo–Multiple Event Dates
    February 17, 2022 - December 1, 2022
  3. CSUN Center on Disabilities 2022 Conference
    March 13, 2022 - March 18, 2022

Upcoming Events

  1. City Career Fair
    January 19, 2022 - November 4, 2022
  2. The Small Business Expo–Multiple Event Dates
    February 17, 2022 - December 1, 2022
  3. CSUN Center on Disabilities 2022 Conference
    March 13, 2022 - March 18, 2022