Mission & History

The T. Howard Foundation’s mission is to promote diversity in media and entertainment by increasing the number of diverse and underrepresented groups and underserved communities within the industry. This is accomplished via comprehensive programs for diverse, underrepresented, and underserved college students. The programs include:
 
-- An internship program that gives students industry knowledge and experience, professional development, and makes them aware of career opportunities in the industry;
-- A talent development program that supports young professionals and recent college graduates to help ensure that they are better prepared and qualified for employment, training and advancement opportunities; and 
-- A diversity advancement program that assists partner companies in their efforts to attract, identify, and secure the best diverse talent for their full-time hiring needs.
 
THF is focused on advancement in the media and entertainment industry of members of diverse and underrepresented groups and underserved communities.
 
THF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization located in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. The Foundation conducts activities nationwide working with diverse and underrepresented college students, as well as colleges, universities and media companies to promote the value and benefits of diversity.

History

In the 1990s, television, satellite, and cable were fast becoming an entertainment utopia for subscribers and viewers. New networking and technologies were being developed and launched at an unprecedented pace, targeting and reaching new, diverse audiences.

During an industry trade association board meeting, Scott Weiss, then Executive Vice President at Turner Broadcasting, noted the lack of diversity in the rapidly growing industry. In response, he, along with Turner Broadcasting, garnered support from industry leaders, and in 1993 announced the formation of THF, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in all facets of the industry.
 

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THF was named for H. Taylor Howard, an American scientist, radio engineer, Stanford University professor, visionary, and inventor of the technology used today by the cable, satellite and telecommunications industries. His career spanned 50 years, and Howard's involvement in the development of television transmission technology in the '60s and '70s revolutionized the wide television distribution capabilities that we enjoy today. He believed that the very technology he helped to create would one day be instrumental in uniting people from around the world.