- Programs & Initiatives
Mission & History
The T. Howard Foundationâ€™s mission is to diversify the media and entertainment industry by increasing the number of underrepresented individuals within the industry. This is accomplished via a comprehensive recruiting program for diverse college students. The program includes the following:
-- An internship program that gives students industry knowledge and experience;
-- Professional development that prepares students and internship alumni for the corporate environment;
-- Career awareness makes students aware of career opportunities in the industry; and
The T. Howard Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization located in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. The Foundation conducts activities nationwide working with diverse college students, colleges, universities and media companies to promote the value and benefits of diversity.
In the1990s,television, satellite ad cable were fast becoming an entertainment utopia for subscribers and viewers. New networking and technologies were being developed and launched at an unprecedented pace, targeting and reaching new, diverse audiences.
During an industry trade association board meeting, Scott Weiss, then Executive Vice President at Turner Broadcasting, noted the lack of diversity in the rapidly growing industry. In response, he, along with Turner Broadcasting, garnered support from industry leaders, and in 1994 announced the formation of the T. Howard Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in all facets of the industry.
The T. Howard Foundation was named for H. Taylor Howard, an American scientist, radio engineer, Stanford University professor, visionary and inventor of the technology used today by the cable, satellite and telecommunications industries. His career spanned 50 years, and Howard's involvement in the development of television transmission technology in the '60s and '70s revolutionized the wide television distribution capabilities that we enjoy today. He believed that the very technology he helped to create would one day be instrumental in uniting people from around the world.