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In Partnership with ViacomCBS and Morgan Stanley

New York, NY (November 25, 2020) — As part of Culture Creators’ ongoing mission to elevate tomorrow’s thought leaders and creatives to celebrate the power of diversity for a bright future, this past weekend (Nov. 21 & 22) Culture Creators returned virtually with the 3rd C2 HBCU+ College Summit: TV, Film & Finance.

The Culture Creators “C2 Summit” is a major initiative to engage, mentor and provide recruitment opportunities to students of color from historically black colleges and universities and all other public and private educational institutions. The summit hosts C-Suite level executives, thought leaders, and leading entrepreneurs across various industries such as business, entertainment, fashion, sports and many more. The C2 Summit experience offers students one-on-one mentorship, recruitment opportunities and career coaching. The program endeavors to recruit a diverse talent pool of young creators as they become the next generation of Culture Creators

Graciously welcoming partners ViacomCBS and Morgan Stanley,Culture Creatorstransitioned to a virtual summit and took place on November 21 and 22. Students were welcomed to virtually participate in an interactive slate of panelsprofessional recruitingmentoring sessions, and Culture Chats. The students also benefited from resume review services provided by HUGE.

Culture Creators is a platform that the entertainment industry needs and it is right on time,” says Courtney Oliver, VP of Human Resources at ViacomCBS. “The C2 Summitcreates a space for students of color to have fellowship and be mentored in a space all their own. By providing students access to professionals, some who look like them and some who don’t, they are fueling the pipeline of future leaders. Joi Brown has built the vehicle and has welcomed us all along for the journey, and companies will no longer be able to say ‘we do not know where to find young professionals of color’ because she is putting them front and center.”

Culture Creators handpicked an impressive list of speakers and produced panels, which covered a wide range of topics, spanning entertainment, career, leadership, finance, and more. Summit partners Morgan Stanley and ViacomCBS hosted panels including “COMING TO CORPORATE AMERICA: Moving from the classroom to the boardroom,” “Mo Money No Mo Problems: Financial Wellness and Literacy,” “Sealing the Deal,” “Always on Brand,” “Decoding the Data: Perspectives, Insight, and the Consumer,” “Making the Perfect Pitch: Create Value,” and “BEHIND THE CAMERA: A Conversation with Television Showrunners.”

DJ Envy, host of Power 105’s The Breakfast Club, joined Morgan Stanley’s Regional Diversity Officer Tiara Chesmer for a Culture Chat discussing “Life Journeys, College, Career, Financial Literacy, and Real Estate.” Additional speakers included Monica Macer, Showrunner for MacGyver (CBS), John Thibodeaux, Writer on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Melissa C. Potter, VP of Social Impact at ViacomCBS, Executive Life Coach Dr. Angela Davis, Celebrity Life Coach Pervis Taylor, writer and actor Malik SanonKelley Garner, VP/EIC Current Series Animation at Nickelodeon, Perika Sampson, Regional Diversity Officer at Morgan Stanley, Tiyale Hayes, SVP of Consumer Insights at BET, Richard Morris, VP of Global Franchise Management & Planning at ViacomCBS Consumer Products, Elena Diaz, SVP of Content Development & Talent at ViacomCBS, Royce Channey, Global Director of Design at Designing for the Autonomous Vehicle Future, Yolanda Cochran, SVP of Productions – Kids and Family at ViacomCBS, Syrinthia Studer, EVP at Nick and Awesomeness Films, Meghan Hooper, EVP and Head of Original Movies & Limited Series at ViacomCBS, Kim Paige, EVP & Chief Brand Officer at BET, and more.

Colleges and Universities Represented: UAB – Stillman College – Talladega College – Miles College – Lawson State Community College (Birmingham) – Alabama State University – Alabama A&M University – Tuskegee University – University of Alabama – Shelton State Community College – Gadsden State Community College – Concordia College – H Council Trenholm State Community College – Oakwood University – JF Drake State Community & Tech – Bishop State Community College – Morehouse College – Clark Atlanta University – Spelman College – Fort Valley State – Albany State University – Rust College – Mississippi Valley State University – Tougaloo College – Jackson State University – Coahoma Community College – Lane College – Meharry Medical College – Tennessee State University – Fisk University – American Baptist College – Le Moyne – Memphis State University 


Culture Creators (CC) is an organization that connects cultural pioneers with the new creators of culture via thought leadership, education, and ideation across passion points to ensure substantive influence and growth. The organization was also created to spotlight and amplify the contributions of individuals who have shaped the global view of Black culture by providing a platform that engages and celebrates their accomplishments. In addition to panel discussions, HBCU summits, networking sessions, and workshops, Culture Creators has become the think-tank, talent incubator, and hub for innovators, creatives, and intellectuals who work to diversify various industries. 


ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC; VIACA) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic consumer brands, its portfolio includes CBS, Showtime Networks, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, CBS All Access, Pluto TV and Simon & Schuster, among others. The company delivers the largest share of the U.S. television audience and boasts one of the industry’s most important and extensive libraries of TV and film titles. In addition to offering innovative streaming services and digital video products, ViacomCBS provides powerful capabilities in production, distribution and advertising solutions for partners on five continents.

For more information about ViacomCBS, please visit www.viacomcbs.com and follow @ViacomCBS on social platforms.


Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, a global leader, provides access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, cash management and lending products and services, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust services. 
Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities, wealth management and investment management services. With offices in more than 41 countries, the firm’s employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals. For more information about Morgan Stanley, please visit www.morganstanley.com

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