Philippe Dauman, President and CEO of Viacom, accepted the Steven J. Ross Humanitarian Award from the UJA Federation of New York at this week’s Entertainment, Media and Communications Leadership Awards Dinner. To get the celebration started dynamic, comedic duo Jenny McCarthy and Nick Cannon hosted the program, while popular neo-soul /pop band Fitz and the Tantrums, took the stage to personally congratulate Dauman and rock the room with their upbeat rhythms and harmonies.
Dozens from the Viacom family were on hand to congratulate Dauman and applaud his commitment to championing social causes and utilizing the full power of the Viacom portfolio for doing good. With a deep commitment to education Dauman partnered with Bill Gates to launch Get Schooled, a nationwide initiative to improve classroom attendance and increase graduation rates. Beyond Viacom, he is a board member of the KIPP Foundation, a national network of college-prep schools in underserved communities. He is Vice Chair of the Partnership for New York City, and sits on executive boards for the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Lenox Hill Hospital, and Columbia Law School.
The evening kicked off with a few words from the UJA-Federation’s Entertainment, Media & Communications Division chairs Michael Kassan, Aryeh Bourkoff and Michael Fricklas, who serves as EVP, General Counsel & Secretary of Viacom in his day job. The committee chairs spoke of the UJA’s work serving 4.5 million in New York and around the globe, providing food, medicine and essential services to those in need.
Viacom COO, Tom Dooley delivered a warm and very personal introduction for his good friend and colleague, reflecting on Dauman’s passion for empowering communities and his steadfast work ethic. “His efforts… along with the efforts of our fantastic team at Viacom… ensure that we do more than entertain our audiences – we empower them to change their communities here and around the world” Dooley said.
Dauman accepted the humanitarian award thanking his colleagues and family for their continued support, while taking time to celebrate the Viacom family for leading numerous pro-social efforts and being powerful champions for change in their communities. In his acceptance remarks Dauman communicated his deep appreciation to the UJA for this honor and lauded the organization’s influential work across a diverse spectrum of issues and organizations.
“UJA takes the values of Judaism – kindness, compassion, community – and applies them to impact the lives of millions people of all religions, races and backgrounds across the world. Its network tackles an astonishing diversity of causes – care for the aging… the ill and disabled… child and family services… disaster relief and poverty aid… and, of course, unemployment services. I’m very proud to have a personal connection to that work, and to know that Viacom remains affiliated with the UJA both locally and globally. And I’m deeply honored to receive the Steven J. Ross Humanitarian Award. Steve Ross was a visionary leader, as are so many who’ve received this award before me. It is truly humbling to be in their company.” – Philippe Dauman