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.
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.
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
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
President and CEO, NCTA
April 2011 - present
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.
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.
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
-> Chairman, Advisory Committee on Alternative Financing for Minority Opportunities in Telecommunication
-> Supervisory Commissioner, Telecommunications Industry Advisory Group to Revise Uniform System of Acc
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.
HBO, SVP Talent Management
A-List Inc., Consultant
Morgan Stanley, Associate, Global Diversity
Merril Lynch, Human Resources Associate
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
Travel Channel Media, President/General Manager
Discovery, President/General Manager
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.
Mar 2020 – Present
2013 – Present
2009 – 2013
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!
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."
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."
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
MARKETING MANAGER—ABC DAYTIME
Sep 1992 – Nov 1997
Sep 1984 – Sep 1992
COORDINATOR OF AWARDS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS
Sep 1980 – Sep 1984
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.
President & CEO, Retired
Emma Bowen Foundation
1999 – 2014
Member Board Of Directors
2004 – 2013
Member of Audit (Chair), Compensation, and Nominating Committees.
VP Adm and Finance
National Cable and Telecommunications Association
1980 – 1999
The George Washington University - School of Business
Bachelor of Accountancy with Honors
Podcast Hosts: Neima Abdulahi and Marquise Francis
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