Each year, the Viacommunity Award recognizes two Viacom employees who have gone above and beyond to make an impact in their communities with a $10,000 donation to the organizations of their choice. With more than a hundred submissions from colleagues across the company, it was truly a difficult decision to pick just two winners.
This year, Viacom is proud to present the coveted Viacommunity Awards to Kevin Chalk and Hasani Henderson for their incredible efforts with two amazing organizations, Back on My Feet and #TheTakeBack.
When four teams of Viacom employees convened with Viacommunity and various nonprofit organizations at company headquarters in Times Square, they welcomed the celebratory event as an opportunity to reflect back on their endeavors. Over the past few months, these handpicked groups of employees joined forces across the brands on Viacommunity Talent For Good projects, dedicating their time and skills to supporting the initiatives of causes that they care about. The four team projects explored a variety of pro-bono volunteer work. Whether it was providing a social media plan, creating a brochure, developing a communications strategy, or producing a promotional video, all of the groups made lasting connections with their nonprofit partners.
Check out the video created for Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Name Change Project.
The event switched to an arena for the presentations that each group worked on. Teams discussed the various challenges, processes, and assets that they acquired throughout the course of their three to four month long projects. As a special treat, each corresponding nonprofit also had the chance to share their points of view and project experiences. Emotions ran strong as each nonprofit expressed its sincere gratitude to their Viacom team members, making the event a truly inspiring one.
Throughout the rest of the evening, the Viacom teams mingled, swapping anecdotes here and there about their project experiences. A common sentiment from many of the team members that night was that Talent For Good connected employees with others at Viacom that they normally do not get the chance to work with on a daily basis. In such a large company, it was refreshing to meet new peers and learn about the different work that goes into each department and brand. It was clear that not only did these close-knit partnerships create outlets for each employee to strengthen his or her skills to benefit great causes, but through these collaborative efforts, cross-brand friendships were forged as well.
Viacommunity Award Finalists, from left: Emmy-winning Mike Henneberger, Production Coordinator at Comedy Central; Gary Pagano, Sr. Director of Special Events; and Sarah Ray, Manager for Partner Marketing.
The Viacommunity Award honors two employees who’ve made an outstanding impact in their communities with a $10,000 donation to the organization of their choice. At our Town Hall yesterday, CEO Philippe Dauman presented the first award to Malika Quemerais, Manager of Music & Celebrity Talent at MTV, in honor of her inspiring work with M-LISADAand the children of the M-LISADA orphanage in Uganda — where she spent eight weeks this past summer volunteering on the ground. COO Tom Dooley presented the second award to Malik Simmonds, Director of Human Resources at Nickelodeon, for his incredible efforts on behalf of the Wall Street Alphas Charitable Foundation, a mentoring program that he started 10 years ago to guide African-American and Latino high school boys in their personal and professional development. He’s helped send over 50 young men to college through his mentorship – planning college tours and basketball tournaments, prepping for the SATs and picking out tuxes for the prom.
But it was truly tough to narrow down the more than 100 extraordinary submissions we received. We wanted to take a moment to recognize our finalists for the award, below, in no particular order – from Jeff King who takes his lunch break on Fridays to deliver food to the less fortunate to Sarah Ray who rallied people to raise nearly $200,000 in 10 weeks as part of a fundraising campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In reading about their great work, we hope you’re as inspired as we were. Read More
This Friday, the majority of Viacom employees put on their out-of-office autoreplies, made their way to a community service project of choice, and rolled up their sleeves to do something good – as is tradition on Viacommunity Day, our company-wide day to give back. All around the world, droves of Viacom employees dispersed across hundreds of volunteer sites — another year of record numbers, as participation steadily grows. This year, employees worked on everything from packing goody bags for Boston First Responders, to rebuilding sites still devastated from Hurricane Sandy, and conducting mock interviews for the unemployed in need of such training.
In honor of Viacom’s service onViacommunity Day, Viacom President and Chief Executive Officer Philippe Dauman and a group of employees rang the NASDAQ opening bell Monday morning. Following the bell ringing, I sat down with Dauman to hear his take on the Company’s corporate conscience and why this day of service is so important. Here’s what he had to say. Read More
Viacom’s year-long commitment to giving back culminates each year in Viacommunity Day, the Company’s annual day of volunteer service, during which we put on our out-of-office autoreplies, make our way to a volunteer project of our choice, and roll up our sleeves to do something good. Read More