BET's Debra Lee Tasked to Co-Chair NAMIC Conference
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BET’s Debra Lee Tasked to Co-Chair NAMIC Conference

Debra Lee
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From September 20-21, 2016, the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) will host its annual conference in New York City. Focusing on innovation through inclusion, the 30th Annual NAMIC Conference will concentrate on three learning tracks: Content and Imagery, Business Solutions, and Leading and Learning. The agenda for the conference also features a breakfast recognizing Cablefax 2016’s Most Influential Minorities in Cable, the L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program luncheon, and the Excellence in Multicultural Marketing Awards ceremony, in addition to evening receptions and other networking opportunities.

Given her extensive legacy of advocating for diversity, it has recently been announced that Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, Debra Lee, has been named honorary co-chair of the NAMIC Conference.

“Ms. Lee is one of our industry’s true visionaries, and we are thrilled to have her provide honorary leadership for this year’s conference,” said Eglon E. Simons, President and CEO, NAMIC, in a released statement. “BET Networks and Ms. Lee have established a legacy of advocating for diversity and inclusion. NAMIC is honored to have their continued support.”

Lee expressed her excitement about the opportunity in a recent press release, “I am pleased to serve as honorary co-chair for this year’s NAMIC Conference, which presents a perfect opportunity to highlight diversity and inclusion as central to all aspects of our business. Congratulations to NAMIC, as it celebrates 30 years of producing a forum that supports our industry’s goal of maintaining a robust pipeline for professionals of color.”

A graduate of John F. Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School, Lee has pushed a diversity agenda for decades. Before taking the reigns as CEO in 2005, Lee joined BET in 1986 as Vice President of the legal affairs department and general counsel. Currently, she sits on the board of directors for several companies, including Twitter and WGL holdings.

For more information about the 30th Annual NAMIC Conference, visit