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Harvard Kennedy School Creates a Student Fellowship in Honor of Lisa Garcia Quiroz

The Harvard Kennedy School announced today the creation of a graduate student fellowship in honor of the late Lisa Garcia Quiroz, a champion of a stronger Latino presence at Harvard for some 30 years. The fellowship is designed for emerging student leaders at HKS with a strong commitment to the Latino community. Its lead donor is Time Warner Inc., where she was until recently its Senior Vice President of Cultural Investments and Chief Diversity Officer.

"This fellowship in Lisa's name represents a very sad but heartwarming story," said David Gergen, director of the School's Center for Public Leadership (CPL), where the fellowship will be housed. "Words hardly capture how much we are honored by our friendship with her and how much we will miss her."

When Ms. Quiroz came to Harvard three decades ago, she was one of the few Latino undergraduates. Before and then after graduation, she served as a minority recruiter for the college, working closely with William Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid. Her path eventually took her to the Harvard Business School where she earned an MBA before joining Time Warner. There she became Senior Vice President of Cultural Investments. In 2004, she was promoted to be the company's Chief Diversity Officer and President of the Time Warner Foundation.

"We had the great good fortune to discover Lisa several years ago and she fast became a wonderful partner for our Center," said Gergen. "She worked tirelessly with us to strengthen the leadership development of Hispanic students and others devoted to that community. Through her, Time Warner has sponsored two conferences on the Latino future.

"Months ago," he continued, "Lisa told us that upon her retirement from Time Warner this winter, she would join us at CPL to become a Hauser Leader in Residence. She was fiercely committed to our mission and to helping us raise funds for students. We were thrilled at the prospect.

"Tragically," said Gergen, "she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and as it progressed, her life was turned upside down. She relocated to Denver, CO, for her final months, where she died on Friday, March 16, surrounded by friends and family.

"Lisa was a model of bravery who was dedicated to the development of young Hispanic leaders. When asked by senior leadership at Time Warner how they might honor her, she immediately asked that they contribute to this new fellowship at the Kennedy School."

Time Warner Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes said, "As leader of Time Warner's Cultural Investments team and the company's first Chief Diversity Officer, Lisa had always been an industry-leading proponent—and shining example—of the benefits of workforce diversity. She was a passionate warrior for social justice and a relentless advocate for underserved and under-represented communities and artists. In recognition of her lifetime of inspirational leadership, we are proud to establish the Lisa Garcia Quiroz Graduate Fellowship."

About the Lisa Garcia Quiroz Graduate Fellowship
Housed at Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership, the Lisa Garcia Quiroz Graduate Fellowship will provide funding for emerging student leaders who have demonstrated an interest in reducing disparities in U.S. Latino and other underserved communities. The fellowship will offer tuition, fees and living expenses to admitted applicants to any of the master's degree programs at HKS and will complement the Center's existing U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship and U.S. Latino Leadership Initiative Program.

The establishment of the Lisa Garcia Quiroz Graduate Fellowship at Harvard Kennedy School will draw emerging leaders who share Lisa's passion for service-oriented leaders committed to serving the public good across sectors.

For more information about the Lisa Garcia Quiroz Graduate Fellowship please contact Erika Carlsen at erika_carlsen@hks.harvard.edu or 617-495-1386.

To contribute to the fund, please contact Jody Sharpe at jody_sharpe@hks.harvard.edu or 617-495-9626.

WarnerMedia Secures Worldwide Media Rights to Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson

Marquee Event Content to Include Shoulder Programming Airing on Turner's TNT & HBO's 24/7 Reality Franchise.

Originally Published by Time Warner.

WarnerMedia's Turner division has secured worldwide media distribution rights to "The Match," a historic head-to-head, 18-hole duel between Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson. The highly anticipated showdown between two golfers – who have won a combined 19 Majors – will be hosted by MGM Resorts International and held Thanksgiving weekend at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. The winner of this blockbuster pairing, featuring these two legends of the game, will walk away with $9 million.

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Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" Celebrates its Tenth Anniversary with An Exclusive Limited Engagement in 70mm IMAX Film in Select Cities

IMAX theatres in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Toronto will showcase the film for one week only, beginning August 24th.

Originally Published by Time Warner.

Ten years ago today, Christopher Nolan's groundbreaking blockbuster "The Dark Knight" was released. Commemorating the 10-year anniversary, Warner Bros. Pictures is bringing the film to four select IMAX® locations for an exclusive, one-week engagement, beginning August 24, 2018. The announcement was made today by Jeff Goldstein, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

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Time Warner: Acclaimed Writer G. Willow Wilson Brings "The Just War" to Wonder Woman this November

Award-Winning Author and Creator Returns to DC as New Ongoing WONDER WOMAN Writer with Artist Cary Nord.

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Originally Published by Time Warner.

Following DC publisher Dan DiDio's surprise reveal on today's episode of DC All Access, celebrated writer G. Willow Wilson will be bringing her incredible storytelling skills to the shores of Themyscira as the new writer of WONDER WOMAN, beginning in November.

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Trump to Reverse Obama-Era Guidelines on Considering Race in College Admissions

Trump's efforts to rescind the affirmative action guidelines just add to the trend to erase landmark accomplishments of the Obama legacy.

The Trump administration plans to toss an Obama-era guideline that encourages colleges and universities to consider race as a way of promoting diversity.

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Peter Knag Named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Turner

Knag to report to Pascal Desroches, Chief Financial Officer, WarnerMedia and Turner Administrative Officer.

Originally Published by Time Warner.

Turner has announced the appointment of Peter Knag as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Turner. He will report to Pascal Desroches, who has been elevated to Chief Financial Officer, WarnerMedia and Turner Administrative Officer.

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AT&T Completes Acquisition of Time Warner Inc.

"We're going to bring a fresh approach to how the media and entertainment industry works for consumers, content creators, distributors and advertisers," said Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO of AT&T Inc.

Originally Published by Time Warner Inc.

AT&T Inc. has completed its acquisition of Time Warner Inc., bringing together global media and entertainment leaders Warner Bros., HBO and Turner with AT&T's leadership in technology and its video, mobile and broadband customer relationships.

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With Weeks to Live, Charles Krauthammer Posts Farewell Column

Our journalist, Frank Kineavy, helps us understand Krauthammer's legacy — and what a powerful role model he is to everyone excelling in their career (who has a disability).

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For nearly 30 years Charles Krauthammer has been one of the most stoic and prolific political commentators of his time. First a columnist at the New Republic and the Washington Post, later a talking head for Fox News, this conservative pundit has gained national admiration for his ability to express his opinion in an unapologetic yet dignified manner.

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Time Warner: The Last O.G. Wins Big by Doing Good

Just in time for the season one finale of The Last O.G., the Turner Blog interviewed Turner veteran Gabby Ballard, senior marketing manager-TBS Brand Marketing, who leads the team responsible for bringing viewers to this mega-hit show.

Originally Published by Time Warner.

The Last O.G. has been on it's A-game since day one with the premiere marking TBS' biggest comedy premiere since 2015. Since then it's kept its roll going as 2018's #1 show among all cable comedies this year and reached a multiplatform audience of nearly 25 million viewers. ICYMI, we said ALL of cable.

Just in time for the season one finale of The Last O.G., the Turner Blog interviewed Turner veteran Gabby Ballard, senior marketing manager-TBS Brand Marketing, who leads the team responsible for bringing viewers to this mega-hit show. Her team and the entire brand marketing group are the hub that brings everyone together for one common goal: promote the heck out of their original series. Mission accomplished.

When asked if she was surprised at the immediate success of The Last O.G., Gabby pointed to the all-star cast of Tracy Morgan, Tiffany Haddish and Cedric the Entertainer, among others, as the reason why they knew they had a hit on their hands before an episode even aired. "This talent has incredible and faithful fandom that we were able to tap into, as well as everyone was cheering for Tracy's comeback story," said Gabby.

She also credits major cross-collaboration amongst the TBS and Turner teams. "We were able to have fun with the creative, such as establishing an amazing in-character social media voice, as well as creating content that was humorous as well as insightful, and create a hosted programming stunt."

Additionally, one of the groundbreaking marketing strateg­­ies for helping the show stay on top of the ratings mountain and entice viewers was to leverage Turner's other great influential platforms to promote the show and make the biggest impact possible. "We kicked the campaign off with All-Star Weekend in partnership with TNT, then on to the NCAA Final Four on TBS, and finally the NCAA Championship Game," said Gabby.

The show deals with some very timely and tough topics like gentrification and re-entering society after serving time. Similarly, the marketing needed to be culturally relevant with nearly every facet of the campaign having an element of social responsibility and giving back linked to it. Gabby was eager to point out many examples.

  • As part of the TBS sponsored New York Comedy Festival, Tracy and Cedric the Entertainer hosted "A Toast to the O.G.'s of Comedy," a night of stand-up alongside an array of young comedians, as well as a sit-down conversation with the comics whom they have inspired. The event proceeds (over $14,000) benefited the Fortune Society, a charity that supports successful re-entry from incarceration.
  • Greyston Bakery, the largest social enterprise dedicated to open hiring practices, partnered with the The Last O.G. to release a custom O.G. Fudge Brownie. The O.G. Brownie was in stores for a limited time in 50 locations and 6 cities nationwide.
  • Tracy Morgan returned to his hometown, Brooklyn, N.Y., to dedicate a newly refurbished basketball court to the community. In partnership with TBS, the basketball court at the famous Marcy Playground now includes new asphalt, fresh backboards and a millennial pink, O.G.-inspired mural from artist ASKEW ONE. Over 800 people attended the dedication/block party which included a DJ, stunt dunkers, lots of family activities and local vendors.

As Gabby so eloquently put it, "Through the themes of 'The Last O.G.,' I think it's beautiful to be able to give back and have people benefit from art. You know what I mean?" Yes Gabby, we totally get it.

Finally, Gabby was asked to give us some insider info of what's coming up for season two. Surely, she had some juicy info just for us…

Her response: "A real O.G. never snitches, but we will have some amazing guest stars and the show will continue the great, unique brand of humor that it's established."

Well played Gabby, well played.