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NAB Diversity Symposium | Nov. 3-4, 2021

NAB Diversity Symposium

On November 3-4, 2021, NAB hosted a two-part online diversity symposium designed to help broadcast organizations develop corporate diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategies and embrace diversity in media and the workplace. The webinar is available free for for NAB members and $120 for non-members.

Part I: Developing a Corporate DEI Strategy

Chief Diversity Officer Roundtable: Creating Diversity Programs for Media Organizations
Many organizations – including newsrooms and the media companies that operate them – have recognized the need to put diversity, equity and inclusion at the center of company strategy. So once an organization decides to embrace an DEI program, what does this ongoing work look like? Join a roundtable of chief diversity officers as they walk through the arc of an DEI journey and the tools they’re using to change how their organizations operate. Industry leaders talk about getting comfortable with this ongoing work, aha! moments that have led to change and charting a path for the type of organization you want to be.


  • Michelle Duke, chief diversity officer, NAB, and president, NAB Leadership Foundation


  • Danyelle Wright, vice president, Employment and Labor Law, and chief diversity officer, The E.W. Scripps Company
  • Michele Laven, chief diversity officer and chief human resources officer, iHeartMedia
  • Grady Tripp, chief diversity officer, TEGNA

Building Effective ERGs and DEI Committees

Diversity, equity and inclusion committees and employee resources groups (or affinity groups) are an effective tool for advancing your organization’s DEI business strategy. These groups are most effective when they have the support of leadership and clear objectives that align with the business goals. Hear from diversity practitioners about the best practices and approach to take to create a committee or ERGs that produce results.



  • Yasmine Osborn, senior director, Diversity and Inclusion, Hearst Television Group
  • Mica Alexis, director, HR, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Audacy

Part II: Fostering Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging in Media and the Workplace

More Than a Seat at the Table: The Impact of Inclusive Leadership and Sponsorship
Hear from current diverse leaders of the broadcast media industry as they discuss their paths to leadership positions, the importance of having a voice in the decision-making process and why going beyond diversity to foster a culture of inclusion and belonging in the workplace can have a positive impact on the bottom line.

Fostering a Culture of Belonging: How Inclusive Leadership Bolsters Employee Engagement
A sense of belonging in the workplace allows employees to feel free to be themselves and safe to offer different points of view, which creates a culture of authenticity, acceptance and trust for all. Hear what some broadcasters are doing to build a culture of authenticity, acceptance and belonging in their workplaces. Learn how they cultivate a sense of belonging among employees and develop high-performing teams.

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Michelle Duke

Chief diversity officer, NAB, and president, NAB Leadership Foundation

Michelle Duke has over 25 years of experience in the media industry, working as a journalist and a trade association nonprofit executive.

Currently, she serves as the president of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Leadership Foundation and the chief diversity officer for NAB. As the president of the National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation, she is responsible for setting strategic and tactical direction as well as developing and managing the Foundation’s leadership initiatives.

Duke developed the concept of the Foundation’s continuum of programs, including the creation of several current and previous initiatives, including the Leadership Development Program, Technology Apprenticeship Program and Connections Mentoring Program. As of 2007, she oversees the Broadcast Leadership Training program, designed to train senior-level executive broadcasters to purchase, own and operate stations.

Duke assumed the role of chief diversity officer in July. In this newly created position, Duke is spearheading internal efforts to further equity and inclusion at all levels of the organization and elevate NAB’s external role as a resource to our members in their efforts to increase and promote industry diversity.

Prior to these roles, she held the position of vice president of Diversity and Development at the NAB Leadership Foundation. In this role, she was responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Foundation’s diversity agenda.

Before joining NAB in January 2005, she was the director of Leadership Programs for the Newspaper Association of America. She started her media career as a reporter for now-defunct, afternoon daily The Nashville Banner, previously based in Nashville, Tenn.

For the past ten years, Michelle has been on Radio Ink Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Radio list. She has served on the national board of the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, as the board chair of the Washington Literacy Center and as a board director and volunteer for numerous organizations.

She received her Bachelor of Science in journalism from Middle Tennessee State University.

Danyelle Wright

VP, Employment and Labor Law, and chief diversity officer, The E.W. Scripps Company

Danyelle S.T. Wright is vice president, employment and labor law, and chief diversity officer for The E.W. Scripps Company.

Danyelle leads Scripps’ enterprise-wide diversity and inclusion strategies. She works closely with the company’s human resources leadership to bring these strategies to life and provides guidance to the company’s senior management on employment and labor practices.

Before joining Scripps in 2015, Danyelle served as partner with a Dayton, Ohio-based law firm. She received her bachelor’s degree in government and Africana studies from Cornell University and her doctorate in law from The Ohio State University.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Danyelle is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., The Links, Incorporated and Jack & Jill of America. She is a member of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Leadership Cincinnati Class 41, WE Lead Class 11, and serves on the boards of The Cincinnati Parks Foundation, The Health Collaborative, and the Dayton Art Institute.

Danyelle has received many professional honors, including the Ohio State Bar Foundation Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under in 2009, the Diversity & Inclusion Trailblazers award in 2019 from the Taft firm, and the Gracies Leadership Award in 2019 presented by the The Alliance for Women in Media, among others.

Grady Tripp

Chief diversity officer, TEGNA

Grady Tripp is vice president and chief diversity officer for TEGNA Inc. where he oversees all aspects of TEGNA’s diversity strategy, including attracting, retaining and growing diverse talent at all levels of the company, developing training programs to enhance awareness and accountability in diversity issues, and facilitating the company’s racial diversity and inclusion employee working group.

Since joining TEGNA in 2017, Tripp has been an integral part of the company’s people and culture strategy. As senior director of human resources and talent acquisition, he oversaw strategy and execution for TEGNA’s talent acquisition team, in addition to leading a team of human resources professionals supporting television stations in 15 markets.

Prior to TEGNA, Tripp was a human capital performance and change management leader within Accenture’s talent and organization practice in the United States and Europe and has held human resources leadership roles for companies across five industries.

Tripp holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and an MBA in Finance from Florida A&M University.

Yasmine Osborn

Director, Diveristy and Inclusion, Hearst Television

Yasmine Osborn is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Hearst Television (HTV). In this role, she is responsible for driving the diversity, equity and inclusion strategy across Hearst Television, with the aspiration to recruit, support, and advance a diverse workforce that represents HTV markets and society. With a particular focus on employee resource groups, mentorship and sponsorship programs, employee engagement, training and development programs, talent acquisition strategies and external partnerships, her overarching goal is to cultivate a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community for HTV employees.

Prior to joining Hearst Television, Yasmine was instrumental in developing the diversity and inclusion program at the United States Tennis Association with a focus on attracting, engaging and retaining diverse talent; owning accountability for driving equity and belonging; and enhancing organizational culture, brand reputation and social impact.

Yasmine earned her undergraduate degrees in both Psychology and Sociology from Northwest Missouri State University. At the same time, she captained the women’s tennis team, earned NCAA Division II Female Athlete of the Year honors, and was an NCAA Division II All-American. Yasmine received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Sports Management from the University of Georgia and completed the Diversity and Inclusion Certification program at Cornell University.

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