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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2009
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Ann Marie Cumming
202-429-5307
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NABEF Expands Leadership Development and Mentoring Program

--50 Openings Now Available for Web-based Program--

WASHINGTON, DC - The NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) is now accepting applications for the Connections Mentoring Initiative, a free, year-long leadership development and mentoring fellowship program. The program, now in its third year, pairs veteran broadcasters with women and people of color who are looking to advance their careers in broadcasting. Previously open to people of diverse backgrounds in middle management positions, the program has expanded to include professionals with three or more years of experience in the broadcasting industry.

"Having a veteran broadcaster on hand to provide advice on career advancement is an invaluable asset, particularly in today's competitive environment," said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander. "We are pleased that the expansion of our program will allow us to help an even larger group of talented professionals achieve a successful career in broadcasting."

The Connections Mentoring Initiative, produced through the support of the McCormick Foundation and NAB, will provide selected fellows with the opportunity to receive career advice from their mentors , as well as a personalized assessment of their work style from an executive development expert. Members of the program will also participate in six Webinars led by specialists in executive management and media trends. Designed to provide additional career development , these Webinars will help participants set their professional and mentoring goals, and will provide the fellows with the tools and resources needed to become more effective and informed leaders within their organizations. At the close of the program, fellows will receive advice on how to continue enhancing their broadcasting careers.

The deadline for mentors and protégés to apply for the program is May 15. Click here for additional information and the program application. Executives interested in serving as mentors should contact Michelle Duke at 202-429-5361 or mduke@nab.org.

About NABEF
The NAB Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the public interest in supporting and advocating: education and training programs, strategies to increase diversity, initiatives stressing the importance of the First Amendment, community service, philanthropy and timely broadcasting issues.

About McCormick Foundation
The McCormick Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening our free, democratic society by investing in children, communities and country. Through its five grantmaking programs, Cantigny Park and Golf, and three world-class museums, the Foundation helps build a more active and engaged citizenry. It was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The McCormick Foundation is one of the nation’s largest charities, with more than $1 billion in assets. For more information, please visit www.McCormickFoundation.org.

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. As the voice of more than 8,300 radio and television stations, NAB advances their interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.