WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Walter Kaitz Foundation today announced that $1 million will be granted to Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), and the Emma L. Bowen Foundation for their 2011 programs.

As in years past, funding for these grants is generated from the proceeds of the Walter Kaitz Foundation’s Annual Fundraising Dinner held this past September in New York City.  More than 1,000 cable industry executives attended the dinner that collected donations from the purchase of tables, tickets, advertising and other sponsorships.

“The Kaitz Foundation is pleased to provide critical funds for career development, mentoring, and the nurturing of young talent.  We are especially proud this year to create new opportunities for employees of small and mid-size operators who would otherwise be unable to attend NAMIC and WICT leadership programs,” said David Porter, Executive Director of the Walter Kaitz Foundation.  “We thank the entire cable industry for supporting these important diversity programs.”

The funds provide support for specific programs administered by the three key cable diversity organizations, including:

WICT

  • Rising Leaders Scholarship Program for Employees of Small to Mid-Sized Companies

NAMIC

  • L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program
  • Leadership Seminar Program Scholarships for Employees of Small to Mid-Sized Companies
  • Executive Leadership Development Program Scholarships for Employees of Small to Mid-Sized Companies

Emma L. Bowen Foundation

  • Link Mentoring Program
  • 2011 Summer Conference
  • New Media Technology Program

More information on sponsorships and ticket sales for this year’s Walter Kaitz Foundation dinner will be announced this spring.  For information or questions about the dinner, contact the Foundation, at (202) 222-2490, or email Michelle Ray, Senior Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives for the Walter Kaitz Foundation, at mray@walterkaitz.org.

Information about the Walter Kaitz Foundation can be found at www.walterkaitz.org.

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