Urban One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes Makes History As First African American Woman Inducted Into Broadcasting Radio Hall of Fame
(LOS ANGELES, CA) - April 10, 2019 - Urban One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes made history as the first African American woman to be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Radio Hall of Fame on April 8, in Las Vegas. To date, there have only been three women inducted into the NAB's Broadcasting Radio Hall of Fame in its 42-year history.
Reflecting on the honor, Hughes said, "It is an honor to be recognized by the peers in my industry and I thank God for this incredible blessing as well as the National Association of Broadcasters."
A self-made media pioneer, activist and philanthropist, Hughes grew Urban One, parent company of Radio One, Inc., into the largest African-American owned, diversified media corporation in the nation. Radio One, Inc. will celebrate 40 years in 2020. Urban One is an urban market leader with 59 broadcast stations across the country. Hughes also became the first woman to own a radio station that was ranked number one in a major market. Today, the company is run by her son Alfred Liggins, III.
The NAB Hall of Fame event was hosted by "Entertainment Tonight's" Kevin Frazier, with an induction ceremony where media, entertainment and technology professionals gathered to honor those who have made radio and television a vital part of the American lifestyle - earning them a place in broadcasting history. The event also recognized broadcasters' commitment to innovating and creating new opportunities to deliver their highly valued content to their audiences. Other honorees included the landmark football pre-game show "FOX NFL SUNDAY," which was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame; and Wendy McMahon, President, ABC Owned Television Stations Group, who received The Digital Leadership Award.
On Saturday April 6, 2019, we were thrilled to be in attendance at the Soar Empowerment conference put on by T.D. Jakes and Black Enterprise.
The speakers were excellent and the messaging was timely and on point. Everyone we came in contact with were excited about the information being shared by the presenters.
They are looking to expand the Soar concept and from what we experienced on their inaugural event, we think it will be a great addition to their event lineup.
To learn more about the conference visit: www.BlackEnterprise.com/soar
Select Group Of Black Business Owners Attend Luncheon At The AEI Startup Factory To Strategize For 2019
Blog Post - On Monday, January 28, 2019, a select group of Black business owners who are members of the AEI Startup Factory in Stonecrest, GA. organized a lunch to strategize on collaboration for 2019. The group was comprised of premium members of the fast growing co-working space and incubator.
The lunch served as a way for the members to get to know each other better and to understand how they may be able to use each others skills and talents to increase their individual businesses in 2019.
Mr. Lucester Allen, owner of the AEI Startup Factory, as well as the management team of the AEI Startup Factory were present to give advice and share their plans for the upcoming year.
Businesses represented included: Blake Vision Entertainment, Stephen Wicks Internet Development Company, BBLTV.net, BBLAdnetwork.com, True Mechanical, Inc., AA Financial Services, Fresh Start Financial Services, and Urban Home Entertainment, Faithwerks, BlackBusinessList.Com and more.
There was a spirit of cooperation and unity felt by all who attended. Food was provided by the catering staff of the facility.
Many new collaborations and initiatives were launched as a result of the meeting. Stay tuned for exciting developments coming from this powerful group of entrepreneurs. We'll keep you posted on their progress.
To learn more, visit: www.AEIStartupFactory.com
Blog Post - Stephen Wicks
How engaged are your employees at your company? Are they vested in your company's success? Do they feel valued as employees? Research shows that employees that are given the freedom to be creative are more likely to make decisions that can help your business succeed.
Employees that are restricted and are forced to follow rules without little change are more likely to upset customers and clients. I'll give you an example. Have you ever called a cable company for service? What was the experience like? I remember calling the cable companies on many occasions and having all of the employees that I speak with tell me the same company issued line about my complaint. It was frustrating to speak with people at the company who didn't seem to be able to help me. I thought, maybe if I can get a manager on the phone that the manager could make a decision that's different from the regular agents. This is common in customer service. "May I speak to your manager" is uttered on a daily basis.
But what if the agents were given a list of things that they could do in order to take care of the customers? What if you never had ask for the manager. I think that your customers would be ecstatic that they could get their issue taken care of with the first person that they speak with.
Outstanding customer experiences can only happen if employees are given the freedom to take care of the customer and give extraordinary service.
Company leaders should foster an environment where employees are given opportunities to offer suggestions on how to solve problems or improve your business operations. This will let them know that you value their opinions. This will give them better job satisfaction and you will have higher employee engagement. No one wants to work for tyrants who don't take suggestions. If you don't give your employees freedom to be creative you can pretty much guarantee that they will be constantly on their phones or computers looking for another job. Your customers will be able to tell if your employees are happy or not and it will affect how the customer feels about your business.
Do yourself a favor and research different ways in which you can make your employees feel valued.
Here are a few links:
What are YOUR thoughts? Do you give your employees freedom to be creative? Are you an employee who feels restricted at work? Leave a comment and let's talk about it.
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