Six Quotes Overheard at Viacom’s Campus to Career Multicultural Media Summit

Earlier this summer, Viacom’s Campus to Career program hosted its inaugural Multicultural Media Summit at the company’s New York City headquarters. The day-long series of executive panels and Q&A sessions focused on the future of television/media, spelled out unwritten rules for career success, and offered inside advice on landing a job or internship at Viacom. Students from universities across the nation presented a pitch to top Viacom leaders, then joined a networking session with executives, Viacom recruiters, and representatives from diversity partner organizations.

Clockwise from bottom left: BET Networks EVP and GM Michael Armstrong addresses the crowd; attendees gather in the amphitheater at Viacom’s world headquarters in Times Square; a brainstorming session after the event.

Here are six of the quotes that best defined the summit’s energy and positive message:

  1. “Whether or not you realize it, today could be your very first day working in media. We hope you learn something. We hope you’re inspired, and we hope you inspire one another.” – Michael Armstrong, Executive Vice President and GM, BET

2. “Be a good storyteller. At the end of the day, even when you were a little kid, all you wanted was for someone to tell you a good story.” – Rob Gregory, President, WHOSAY

Viacom executives at the Campus to Career Multicultural Media Summit. From L to R: Michael Armstrong, BET EVP & GM; Sean Coar, SVP, Data Strategy; Rob Gregory, President, WHOSAY; Zuri Rice, SVP, Original Short Form Content, Viacom Digital Studios – Nickelodeon

3. “Diversity is at the core of business. It makes good business sense to be as broad as possible and to have as many voices building your content as possible.” – Zuri Rice, Senior Vice President, Viacom Digital Studios (Nickelodeon Short-Form Content)

4. “You have to set the tone for yourself. How you show up and the narrative you set for yourself dictates how people will treat you. People will look at you the way you want to be seen. When you know who people are and not just what they do, you win the race.” – Michele Thornton Ghee, Senior Vice President, Ad Sales, BET Her

5. “This summer I had the honor of attending Viacom’s first ever multicultural media summit. At the summit I learned a great deal about Viacom and its subsidiaries. It’s one thing to research a company online, it’s another to come and bear witness to its company culture and character. I am pleased to see that Viacom is everything it says it is.

“I loved working with my peers to create a brand pitch. I had never done a brand pitch before, but with the help of my Viacom mentors, I’m happy to announce that my team and I won the pitch! This was an amazing opportunity that will help us all as we begin our career in media. I am truly grateful for Viacom’s commitment to diversity and most importantly inclusion.” – Azira Azizuddin-McCloud, Howard University, Class of 2019

Campus to Career pitch competition winners (L to R) Brittany Du Bois, Azira Azizuddin-McCloud, and Eboni Walker.

6. “I had the pleasure of networking with honest, hardworking, and authentic professionals from a company that parents television channels that I have watched since I was a child. Thank you, Viacom and Campus to Career, for the knowledge and growth today and for reminding me why I do what I do.” – Náosha Gregg, Brooklyn College, Class of 2020

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