News Release
News Release
News Release
News Release
August 14, 2006
Dennis Wharton

Duke To Manage Broadcast Leadership Training Program

WASHINGTON, DC - The NAB Education Foundation has announced that Michelle Duke, director of diversity services, will manage the Broadcast Leadership Training Program. Duke replaces Heather Birks, who is now the executive director of the Broadcast Education Association.

Duke joined NABEF in January 2005. In her position, she has provided broadcasters with diversity strategies and resources to assist them with staffing, retention, and business practices. Duke oversees Broad Reach, a diversity quarterly newsletter for broadcasters, The Connections Mentoring Initiative, as well as professional fellowship programs and career outreach initiatives."Michelle has the expertise, experience and energy to take BLT to an even higher level of excellence," said NABEF Executive Director, Ann Orr. "We are thrilled that someone with her talent will be managing this flagship program."

NABEF developed the BLT program in 2001 to promote diversity and upward mobility for women and minorities in broadcast management. The BLT Program, which is the brainchild of Shooting Star Broadcasting President and CEO Diane Sutter, targets senior level broadcast managers of proven ability who aspire to advance as group executives or station owners.

At NAB2006, the BLT program hosted the first annual "Ownership Mentoring Forum," which was co-sponsored by the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council. The forum provided potential owners the opportunity to have informal face time with broadcasting CEOs, brokers, and financial investors.

The NAB Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the public interest in supporting and advocating: education and training programs, strategies to increase diversity, initiatives stressing the importance of the First Amendment, community service, philanthropy and other timely broadcasting issues.

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