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By The Emma Bowen Foundation Alumni Association
[This podcast is sponsored by Crown Media and Fox Television Stations]

Emboldened's mission and vision is to bring the Emma Bowen Foundation community together. So that means you.

By giving listeners exclusive access to trailblazers and influential decision makers in the media industry.
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Neima Abdulahi and Marquise Reflect on Season 2
Neima and Marquise look back on another blockbuster season of conversations with Emma Bowen Foundation alumni, board members, and supporters of the foundation. Our first two seasons packed with insights, lessons, and fun anecdotes from some of the most influential and powerful people in the media business. 
November 05, 2021
Rob Kennedy - Innovation, Evolution, Self Development
Our guest today is none other than Rob Kennedy, President and co-Chief Executive Officer of C-SPAN. Mr. Kennedy wrote the company's first business plan for the startup cable network during its inception. He's also a long time Emma Bowen Foundation board member, friend and supporter. 
October 28, 2021
Rachel Scott - Balance, Drive, Faith
Our guest today is a proud alum of the Emma Bowen Foundation. Rachel Scott is the Congressional Correspondent reporting from Capitol hill across all ABC News programs and platforms.
October 22, 2021
William Strahan - Connection, Optimism, Insights
Our guest today is William Strahan, Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Comcast. He's responsible for all aspects of HR from talent compensation, benefits, learning employee and labor relations.  Bill has been involved in various aspects of Human Resources work for over 35 years. He began his career with over a decade of work at Macy’s Department Stores and Riggs National Bank. The second decade of Bill’s work included practicing law in Washington, D.C. in the area of Compensation and Benefits – mostly in the context of mergers and acquisitions and in initial public offerings. For nine years, Bill was a consultant and manager at Mercer HR Consulting. Bill holds a B.A. in Religion from Villanova University; and a Juris Doctorate from the George Mason University School of Law. He is an Active Member of the Virginia State Bar.
October 13, 2021
Asjia Garner - Gratitude, Paying it Forward, Work/Life Balance
Our guest today is Asjia Garner, Communications Coordinator to the First Lady of the United States. She focuses on strategic communications in elevating Mrs. Biden's message.  Asjia graduated from California State University in 2019 in just two years she has done so much in a little bit of time. While at EBF, she interned at Warner Brothers for three summers and even snagged an internship at NBC through NAHJ.
October 07, 2021
Dr. Rahsaan Harris - Innovation, Growth, and Family
Dr. Rahsaan Harris, CEO of the Citizens Committee for NYC, and former CEO and President of the Emma Bowen Foundation. Dr. Harris, who has more than 20 years of experience leading nonprofits and international grantmaking, partnering with communities to make local investments, and promoting community organizing, is Citizens Committee’s first black CEO in the organization’s 45-year history. More...
September 29, 2021
Katherine Barnett - Courage, Dedication, and Legacy
Chairwoman of the Emma Bowen Foundation board of directors, Katherine Barnett was promoted in 2019 to senior vice president of human resources for Hearst Television after having served as vice president of human resources for Hearst Television since June 2013. She joined the company in 2012 as senior director of human resources. She oversees the company’s efforts in the areas of recruiting, personnel management and employee relations, and has significantly expanded the company’s efforts in the areas of diversity and military recruitment.
September 22, 2021
Delia McGee: Commitment, Mentoring, Lifting Others
Our guest today is none other than DeliaMcGee, Senior Business Analyst, Portfolio Operations at Peacock for NBC Universal. Prior to that, she spent five years at HBO, but you all know her as the current President of the Emma Bowen Alumni Foundation.  EXPERIENCE October 19 - Present Senior Business Analyst, Peacock TV March 2017 - October 2019 Associate Business Analyst, HBO September 2014 - March 2017 Process Management Coordinator May 2010 - June 2014 Scholar, Emma Bowen Foundation
September 15, 2021
Sue Suh: Curiosity, Journey, and Culture
Sue Suh is the Chief People Officer of TIME, the iconic media company where she focuses on culture, building recruitment, human resources, and so much more. Experience Dec 2018 - Present Chief People Officer, TIME Oct 2014 - Dec 2018 Various roles as Interim Director, Chief Talent Officer, Acting Director of Employee Services, and Managing Director Bellagio and Fellows program - The Rockefeller Foundation 2010-2012 Director of Community Outreach, Board of Directors, The Kind Exchange 2009-2012 Member, Operational Advisory Council, Impact Investment Exchange Asia May 2006 - Feb 2009 Various roles as Special Assistant and Director, And Interim Director - The Rockefeller Foundation 2001-2006 Multiple roles at U.S. Department of State Jan 2002 - Aug 2002 Presidential Management Fellow, U.S. Department of Defense 1996 - 1997 Fullbright, Korea [This podcast is sponsored by Crown Media and Fox Television Stations]
September 08, 2021
Meet the hosts: Neima Abdulahi and Marquise Francis
We've been introducing significant people in the last few months on the podcast. Now it's time to introduce ourselves as the co-hosts of the Emboldened podcast, and talk about just how much the foundation has not only shaped us, but this industry.
September 30, 2020
Rodney Hawkins: Mentorship, Diversity, Opportunity
Our guest today is Rodney Hawkins, CBS News Producer, and one of Emma Bowen's newest board members. Since 2011, Rodney has risen up the ranks at CBS from a broadcast associate to a 2012 Joe Biden off-air reporter to an associate producer at CBS this morning to a full blown national producer. EXPERIENCE CBS News 2016 - Present, Producer 2014 - 2016, Associate Producer 2013 - Digital Journalist 2012 - Presidential Election Off-Air Reporter 2011 - Broadcast Associate Emma Bowen Foundation Fellow 2007 -  2010, Fox Television Stations New York Times 2010 - Video Journalist
September 23, 2020
Michael Powell: Opportunity, Vision, Moral Character
We are so lucky to have Michael Powell today. CEO of  the Internet and Television Association, formally the National Cable and Telecommunications Association.  "Michael K. Powell is the former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), nominated by President Bill Clinton and sworn in on November 3, 1997. He served as a member of the FCC for eight years during which time he was designated its chair by President George W. Bush in January 2001 and continued in that capacity until April 2005. During his time as FCC chair, Chairman Powell oversaw the rapid transformation of communications markets into the Digital Age. During his tenure, the Internet came into widespread commercial use, as did smart phones, Wi-Fi networks and satellite radio. In his current role as President & CEO of NCTA - The Internet & Television Association, Mr. Powell leads one of the largest trade associations in Washington, D.C., representing the communications and content industries. Prior public service includes Chief of Staff of the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Defense and service as an armored cavalry officer in U.S. Army. In the private sector he practiced law and was a senior advisor in a private equity firm. Chairman Powell also served on the boards of Cisco and AOL. Chairman Powell serves on several nonprofit boards, including the Mayo Clinic, The William and Mary Foundation and America’s Promise Alliance. At America’s Promise, he co-chairs the Grad Nation project, an effort to address the high school dropout crisis. Powell received his bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William and Mary and also holds an honorary doctorate from the College. He also served as Rector of the school’s Board of Visitors. He received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center." - NCTA EXPERIENCE President and CEO, NCTA April 2011 - present Chairman, FCC 1997-2001
September 16, 2020
Patricia Jordan: Positive, Determined, Focused
Our guest today is one of the founding board members of the Emma Bowen foundation, Ms. Patricia Jordan. Patricia Jordan is also the board chairperson of the Emma Bowen community service center, which is committed to fulfilling Emma Bowman's lifelong mission to creating an environment where people feel welcomed. The Harlem based center is a nonprofit that has empowered thousands of individuals over the years, and families to effectively cope with mental health.
September 09, 2020
Henry Rivera: Foundation, Mentorship, Stewardship
Henry is an internationally recognized communications expert, author, speaker, and conference leader. A former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner, this highly experienced practitioner has been named one of the District of Columbia’s “Super Lawyers,” among The Best Lawyers in America in Communications Law and named by Lawdragon as one of “500 Leading Lawyers in America.” He has also been singled out as a “Leading Lawyer” by Chambers USA and named among the top 12 Telecom experts in the U.S. by Legal Media Group’s Best of the Best. EXPERIENCE Partner, Wiley Rein LLP Member, Federal Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, U.S. Department of State Chairman and Member, Federal Advisory Committee on Diversity in the Digital Age, Federal Communications Commission Co-Head, Agency Review Team, Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team Member, Advanced Television Field Test Technical Oversight Committee, Federal Communications Commission Member, Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service, Federal Communications Commission Federal Communications Commission -> Member, Federal-State Joint Board on Separations -> Commissioner -> Chairman, Advisory Committee on Alternative Financing for Minority Opportunities in Telecommunication -> Supervisory Commissioner, Telecommunications Industry Advisory Group to Revise Uniform System of Acc
September 02, 2020
Nikki Bethel: Vision, Unafraid, Vulnerable
We welcome our guest Nikki Bethel. Ms. Bethel is the current interim CEO of the Emma Bowen Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation she was the Senior Vice President of talent management for HBO and responsible for overseeing the areas of talent, acquisition, employee engagement, and organizational effectiveness. Nikki helped with recruitment and engagement, executive leadership, coaching management, training, and professional development. She also oversaw culture and talent assessments, succession planning, and organizational strategy and team development. EXPERIENCE HBO, SVP Talent Management 2003- Present A-List Inc., Consultant 2001-2003 Morgan Stanley, Associate, Global Diversity 2000-2001 Merril Lynch, Human Resources Associate 1998-2000
August 26, 2020
Pat Younge: Improve, Be Open, Push
Our guest today is media executive, Patrick Younge. He launched his own consultancy and content production company, Cardiff Productions, after running BBC productions, the world's largest TV content creation business. Prior to BBC, he led a successful joint venture transaction of the Travel Channel Media valuing business at 1 billion in 2009. And while at BBC, he was the most senior black executive for the company, and has always believed there's more that can be done to increase diversity at all levels. Mr. Younge is an executive with international experience at senior levels in journalism,  production, public service, television, digital media, and more EXPERIENCE Travel Channel Media, President/General Manager Discovery, President/General Manager BBC, Producer
August 19, 2020
Gio Benitez: Proud, Appreciation, Onward and Upward
ABC News Correspondent, Gio Benitez, is our esteemed guest today. He is currently the transportation correspondent for ABC News based in both New York and Washington, D C., and he may be one of the first reporters to shoot a story on an iPhone?  Gio is the epitome of what makes the Emma Bowen foundation. Great. He works hard. He started working at a local station in Florida working his way up to NYC. And now the sky is the limit. EXPERIENCE ABC News Transportation Correspondent Mar 2020 – Present Correspondent 2013 – Present WFOR Reporter 2009 – 2013
August 12, 2020
Jack Abernethy, CEO, FOX Television Stations
FOX Television Stations is a founding partner of the Emma Bowen Foundation's program and have been integral to the success of the program.  FTS has consistently taken on the largest number of fellows each summer, and they have given over 65 alumni their start in the industry as interns. Over thirty-five alumni have continued their careers at FTS. The company has the highest number of Student of the Year winners, 34%, since the award has been given out in 2001. Our guest today is Jack Abernathy, CEO of Fox Television Stations since 2004. In this role, he oversees 29 owned and operated FOX Television Stations in the nation's largest television markets. The FOX Television Stations are industry leaders based on the growth and success of locally produced programming, which have more than doubled under Abernathy's leadership with over 1000 hours of locally produced news each week, and more than any other owned and operated broadcast group. We would like recognize and thank FTS for sponsoring the EBF virtual summer conference and this podcast!
August 05, 2020
Robert Apter: Hope, Integrity, Devotion
Our special guest this week is one of the founding members of the foundation. Robert Apter is the former senior vice president for finance and administration at ABC Sports.  Mr. Apter ensured the foundation was off to a good start and on solid ground for thirty years. As the treasurer and finance committee chair he is responsible for making sure the funding is coming in, accounted for, and spent in a responsible way to ensure the longevity of the foundation.  He has also mentored many students in the program and still keeps touch with them to this day. The foundation means a lot to Mr. Apter and it is his hope that "people who listen to this podcast can get a sense of how devoted we all are to it."
July 29, 2020
Sanda Rice: Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Sandra Rice has served as the senior vice president of national recruitment at the Emma Bowen Foundation for 22 years. In October of 2019 she moved on to a new role to serve as the senior vice president of outreach and strategic partnerships for the Center for Talent Innovation. In this episode she will share her why. Why she got involved with the foundation, and why she dedicated her life to building up the next generation of talented minorities interested in the media industry. Any fellow from the program will undoubtedly have a story or two or three to share about Ms. Rice. Quite a few of them include receiving an email with a subject line of "Please call me...". There is no doubt that each student called Sandra as soon as possible. Sandra remembers many of the fellows when they were in the program, what they were like as they were growing up, and maintains a connection with them well into their careers at major media organizations.  She shares why she was so dedicated to the success of the fellows, the partners, and the programs. "I wanted our Emma Bowen and any other interns to feel like they belong to that company and how that, how they could bring their best selves to fill up so they could climb the ladder and, and succeed." EXPERIENCE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, OUTREACH AND STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS The Center for Talent Innovation Dec 2019 – Present Emma Bowen Foundation SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT—NATIONAL RECRUITMENT AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Jan 2012 – Nov 2019 VICE PRESIDENT—EASTERN REGION Sep 2000 – Feb 2012 REGIONAL DIRECTOR—WESTERN REGION Nov 1997 – Sep 2000 ABC Television MARKETING MANAGER—ABC DAYTIME Sep 1992 – Nov 1997 MANAGER—DISTRIBUTION Sep 1984 – Sep 1992 COORDINATOR OF AWARDS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS Sep 1980 – Sep 1984
July 22, 2020
Phylis Eagle-Oldson: Evolution, Quality, Family
Our inaugural guest is an instrumental figure in the Emma Bowen foundation. Phylis Eagle-Oldson has served as EBF president and CEO from 1999-2014. Today she is giving us a backstory on the foundation's history, her involvement over the years, and advice she has for young professionals in the industry. Experience President & CEO, Retired Emma Bowen Foundation 1999 – 2014 Member Board Of Directors Wegener Communications 2004 – 2013 Member of Audit (Chair), Compensation, and Nominating Committees. VP Adm and Finance National Cable and Telecommunications Association 1980 – 1999 Education The George Washington University - School of Business Bachelor of Accountancy with Honors Source: LinkedIn Podcast Hosts: Neima Abdulahi and Marquise Francis
July 15, 2020
Emboldened Trailer
Emboldened's mission and vision is to bring the Emma Bowen foundation community together. So that means you. By giving listeners exclusive access to trailblazers and influential decision makers in the media industry.
July 07, 2020