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September 12, 2006
Dennis Wharton
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NABEF Education Foundation Launches Mentoring Program

WASHINGTON, DC - The NAB Education Foundation launched its "Connections Mentoring Initiative" at NAB headquarters in Washington, DC last week. The yearlong leadership development and mentoring program will prepare top performing mid-level broadcast managers, who are women or people of color, for the executive ranks of the broadcast industry.

Critical to the success of the initiative is the commitment demonstrated by 10 senior-level broadcast executives who are actively serving as mentors. The inaugural class includes the following mentors and fellows:

Allison Barnes
Business Manager
KCYE (Beasley Broadcasting Group)
Susan Patrick
Executive Vice President/Co-Owner
Legend Communications
V. Alex Clarke
Assistant Operations Manager
NY Times Broadcast Media Group
Jim Keelor
Former President and COO
Liberty Corporation
Allyson DiPalma
General Sales Manager
Jim Conschafter
Sr. Vice President, Broadcast Stations
Media General Broadcast Group
Michael Isip
Exec. Director, TV Production and Programming
KQED Public Broadcasting
William B. Peterson
Sr. Vice President, Television Station Group
The E. W. Scripps Co.
Paul Levingtson, III
Strategic Marketing Manager
Lyle Banks
President and CEO
Banks Broadcasting, Inc.
Michele Morin
Senior Executive Producer
KIRO Television (Cox Enterprises)
Marci Burdick
Senior VP-Broadcast
Schurz Communications, Inc.
Joy E. Patten
Station Manager/Sales Manager
Lincoln Radio KFOR (Three Eagles)
Susan Davenport-Austin
Sheridan Gospel Network
Katherine Ramirez
National Sales Manager
WBUW/ACME Communications
Gary Chapman
Chairman, President and CEO Emeritus
LIN Television
Rosetta Rolan
Community Affairs Director
Ginny Morris
Hubbard Radio
Donovan Welsh
General Sales Manager
WBAB-FM (Cox Radio)
Charles Warfield
President and COO
ICBC Broadcast Holdings, Inc.

After an extensive review of applications received from broadcast professionals across the country, NABEF selected 10 fellows identified as top leaders by their supervisors. The fellows each are paired in a mentoring partnership with a senior-level broadcasting executive. In addition to the mentoring sessions, prior to completing the program each fellow will complete a strategic project to be implemented for the benefit of his or her station, known as a "Connections Action Plan." The mentoring sessions were facilitated by Wrise D. Booker, president of Reid Dugger Consulting Group.

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 other timely broadcasting issues.

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