NAMIC Conference: Leroy Takes Key NAMIC Position

Sep 11, 2006  •  Post A Comment

By Allison J. Waldman

Special to TelevisionWeek

Daphne M. Leroy has been appointed director of marketing and communications for the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications.

As a NAMIC member for more than a decade and a former president of the New York chapter, Ms. Leroy brings a wealth of experience to her new role-as well as enthusiasm. “I’m extremely excited to be joining the NAMIC team. I look forward to increasing NAMIC’s visibility and forming alliances with other organizations, both internally and externally, in the communications industry,” Ms. Leroy said.

Kathy Johnson, president of NAMIC, made the announcement Sept. 1. “Daphne’s experience in clearly defining and developing marketing solutions will allow us to proactively maintain our existing partnerships and initiate new alliances,” Ms. Johnson said.

Ms. Leroy, who will attend this week’s gathering at the Waldorf-Astoria, is a strong believer in the conference. “The annual conference is truly a unique example of how NAMIC brings value to its members, corporate sponsors, partners and the industry, because it’s a special forum to discuss the issues of the day that are affecting diversity. It’s one of a kind,” said Ms. Leroy. “The fact that it’s been going on and that it’s increased diversity in terms of attendance and speakers and corporate sponsors is a reflection of how NAMIC has changed and grown over the past 20 years of this conference.”

Ms. Leroy joins NAMIC from CBS Corp. and Viacom, where she held the position of manager of the global initiative on HIV/AIDS within corporate relations, office of the chairman. Earlier in her career, she held marketing positions at Time Inc., Time Warner and MTV Networks.

Ms. Leroy plans to build on her experience in her new position. “I’ve had the opportunities to work in various areas of marketing, and this will be a chance for me to maximize all of those experiences. And it will also tap into the relationships and the experiences I’ve had within the communications industry,” she said. For NAMIC, she will manage all facets of corporate communications and will be responsible for developing and implementing integrated marketing campaigns and branding initiatives aimed at building awareness of the group and its mission.

“As a member, I’ve experienced firsthand the value that NAMIC brings to its members,” Ms. Leroy said. “So it’s a wonderful opportunity for me now to be an official member of the NAMIC team and to be able not just to give back but to bring my experience to the table.”