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Black Executive Forums Focus on Leadership Development
« on: March 12, 2011, 02:15:52 pm »
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Black Executive Forums, sponsored by the Black Executive Task Force, foster opportunities for leadership development for both executives and non-executives or "Future Leaders." The forums and subsequent work teams are designed to enrich the Black experience at IBM through all phases of an employee's career - from initial recruiting to executive advancement. The theme of the forums is "Reach Back And Pull Through." This theme addresses the vital issue of the accelerated growth and development of the Black professional pipeline. The forum agendas address this important topic, and other relevant internal and external business issues. The work sessions feature IBM executives as well as selected the most influential Black leaders in America.

Today, four members of the Worldwide Management Council and 14 members of the Senior Leadership Team are Black. Since 1995, Black executives have increased 121 percent.

The three Black Executive Forums have also created opportunities for networking and to establish significant business connections companywide. "In a business like IBM, collaboration is a key to success," says Task Force co-chair Annette Haile, vice president, customer fulfillment, Americas. "The more we can bring together Black executive organizations, the more we can link leadership skills to key initiatives. That's a win-win for IBM."

For the Task Force, that win-win means reaching out to Black-owned businesses. In the United States, 985,000 Black-owned businesses have $688 billion in annual sales. A major goal of the Task Force is to position IBM as the IT vendor of choice for Black-owned businesses. The Partnership Executive/BusinessAlliance program is aligning Black executives with the largest black-owned business to strengthen and increase marketshare.

The Black Executive Forums also address the vital issue of the growth and development of the Black professional pipeline illustrated through their theme of "Reach Back and Pull Through."

As professionals invested in technology, the Task Force also champions responses to the Digital Divide. IBM's National Black Family Technology Awareness Week communicates the importance of technology in daily life, education and career preparation. Also, to feed the talent pipeline, IBM is the largest corporate sponsor of INROADS, a nonprofit organization, which places minority students in business. In addition, the Task Force has implemented a Black Executive Mentoring initiative to aid in the growth and development of IBM professionals. For Annette, these efforts "allow us to reach back and pull others through."
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Re: Black Executive Forums Focus on Leadership Development
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2021, 09:31:59 am »
Wednesday, 15th  September ~Two Thousand & Twenty One
Nikole Hannah-Jones & Sherrilyn Ifill


Nikole Hannah-Jones is larger than life.

She must be, for how else can one describe a journalist who catalyzes the debate over how a nation teaches its history?

This may be the sum effect of Nikole’s greatest work—The 1619 Project, an analysis of the legacy of slavery in the U.S.—but it is certainly not the sum of her.

The journalist from Waterloo, Iowa, contains multitudes.

She is the most emphatic laugh, the consummate ally, the staunchest critic.

On Twitter, she is Ida Bae Wells, an allusion to her most direct antecedent, the trailblazing journalist Ida B. Wells.

In 1892, Ms. Wells spoke across millennia of Ms. Hannah-Jones when she said,

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”

The light Nikole wields is titanic, a blinding beam that illuminates and scorches.

In her light, the wounds of America’s original and subsequent sins are laid bare.

With her light, the serrated flesh of this country’s past is both subject and predicate, a light wielded to both identify wounds and cauterize flesh.

In considering Nikole, my mind drifts to images of James Baldwin and Nina Simone smoking and smiling in an overly bright den.

My mind goes here because like Nikole, Mr. Baldwin and Ms. Simone also wielded light and made plain a truth Nikole has lived—in shining her powerful and painful light in the preservation of Blackness, this wonderful woman is proof and testament to the unshakable spirit of Blackness.

Sherrilyn Ifill is a dazzling intellectual with an uncommon ability to analyze and frame the urgent civil rights issues facing our nation.

As president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, her extraordinary leadership on voting rights, police violence and the legacy of systemic racial injustice—and her powerful insights on what is required of a just democracy—distinguish her at a time when polarization and disinformation are creating unprecedented threats to equality in the U.S.

Sherrilyn’s advocacy creates paths for the unconvinced to understand things they have overlooked—and that may be the real genius of her leadership and skill.

She is the rare strategic lawyer who has the ability to inspire, educate, and disassemble the distortions and misguided analyses that often paralyze policymakers.

While Sherrilyn follows in the footsteps of legendary predecessors Thurgood Marshall and Elaine Jones, she has forged her own path to improve the justice quotient in America at a critical moment when constitutional crises loom and civil rights are so imperiled.

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Re: Black Executive Forums Focus on Leadership Development
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2021, 05:29:36 am »
Thursday, 16th  September   ~Two Thousand & Twenty One
Black News Channel thriving under new President and CEO Princell Hair
by Byron Dobson

The timing couldn’t have been more challenging for Princell Hair.

Last July, he was appointed President and CEO of the Black News Channel, the nation’s first major cable news network with an ambitious mission to provide news and perspective to the country’s Black and brown communities.

After years of planning, the Tallahassee-based network launched that February, just five months before Hair’s arrival under the leadership of its co-founders, former U.S. Representative J.C. Watts and then-CEO Bob Brilliante.

The operation’s primary investor is billionaire Shahid Khan, owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars, among other businesses, who invested millions in the operation, including its  gleaming headquarters and production center off Killearn Center Boulevard.

The most significant challenge for Hair was moving the network forward during the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced workplaces, including major news operations, to reinvent themselves.

But Hair, a native of Fort Lauderdale and veteran executive at major broadcast operations such as CNN, Comcast, CBS and NBC, has turned Black News Channel into the country’s fastest growing cable news network, increasing its access from an initial  reach of 2 million households to now more than 50 million homes and its workforce more than six-fold.

BNC’s launch was the culmination of more than a decade of planning, networking, and securing financing.

“I am more bullish on BNC today than I ever have been, and everything that Princell has brought to the network has a lot to do with that," Watts said.

Since his arrival, Hair and his leadership team have increased the number of employees from 55 to more than 300 and growing.

Of those, between 160 to 170 are based in Tallahassee, most of them relocating to Florida’s capital city from across the country.

It is that kind of growth in audience reach, expansion and the network’s need to attract top talent that has prompted Hair to consider moving the headquarters to Atlanta, one of the nation’s media epicenters.

At the same time, Hair cautions any such move is not imminent and even with a headquarters relocation, the network would maintain a presence in Tallahassee.

Hair recently discussed the network’s growth, mission and its valued relationship with Tallahassee.

What attracted you to the CEO post at Black News Channel?

Hair: “It was really the opportunity to really fulfill a mission. As you know, culturally specific news channels don’t really exist and this was an opportunity to really take something that’s s been near and dear to my heart for a long time and that is news coverage, and provide a perspective and context for the Black community that you really didn’t see anywhere else. So, that opportunity, really, was too great to pass up."

What did you envision when you joined the Black News Channel?

Hair: “When I joined the network, we were available in a little more than 2 million homes, and thanks to a number of agreements we’ve been able to strike with Comcast/Xfinity, Direct TV, Spectrum, DISH, Verizon Fios, we are now available in 50 million homes. The vision for the network is simple – it is to provide a service to Black and brown communities that they couldn’t get anywhere else; to be informative, engaging, to be entertaining on all different platforms, speaking to an audience that’s been underserved.

We certainly have aspirations of expanding internationally, as we believe the stories and the coverage BNC presents is really universal. Many of the issues and challenges in America’s Black and brown communities are experiences taking place in the Caribbean, or South America, in Europe and Africa, all around the world.”

How do you explain the notable growth in viewer access?

Hair: “The 2 million is the number of linear subscribers BNC was available to a year ago. We are now available to 50 million subscribers, 50 million homes. We use the terms interchangeably, but it is a testament to the unbelievable growth we’ve had over the course of the last year, and now we are the fastest growing cable news network in the country.”

What does that growth say about the void Black News Channel fills?

Hair: "I think timing has a lot to do with it. There’s certainly been heightened consciousness and awareness of the plight of Black and brown people in the world since the George Floyd incident from over a year ago. There is a desire to learn more about what’s happening in Black and brown communities, so the timing of our launch of the network has really been fortuitous."

What was your No. 1 goal as far as the programming provided?

Hair: “From a programming perspective, the goal has always been to provide engaging, informative programming from a culturally specific perspective and I wanted to hire hosts of these programs to help drive the narrative for Black and brown communities. We’ve been able to attract some very prominent personalities within our communities who bring a voice to the broadcast that we really haven’t heard from aside from being the occasional guest on the traditional cable news networks."