14th Annual Paragon Awards

The National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Philadelphia Chapter hosted its signature event of the year, the 14th Annual Paragon Awards, to honor three remarkable individuals on Monday, November 6th, 2017, for their dedication and commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the communications industry.

NAMIC Philadelphia is one of NAMIC’s 16 chapters designed to educate, advocate, and empower multi-ethnic diversity in the communications industry. NAMIC was founded more than thirty-five years ago to develop a diverse talent pipeline of next-generation communications professionals.

Paragon Industry Award
Sherita Ceasar
Senior Vice President, Engineering Operations, Comcast Cable

Paragon Trailblazer AwardThomas WlodkowskiVice President, Accessibility, Comcast Cable

Paragon Legacy Award
Kenneth Wong
President & CEO of CIG  Asia LTD 


The event took place at the Le Meridien Hotel and began at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception. After NAMIC Philadelphia members, sponsors and supporters networked over drinks and refreshments, attendees moved to the hotel’s ballroom at 6:00 p.m. to recognize the honorees over dinner.

Guests were greeted by the event’s host, NBC10 anchor Denise Nakano. Denise introduced NAMIC-Philadelphia President Mia Beasley-Bonds, who provided opening remarks.  Mia recapped the success of the 8 events the chapter has held in 2017 to foster diversity and inclusion. Mia thanked the event sponsors and congratulated the evening’s honorees.

Eglon Simmons (NAMIC National President & CEO) followed with congratulatory comments for NAMIC Philadelphia’s chapter and for all three Paragon Honorees.

David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corporation, provided brief remarks and personally congratulated each honoree. Afterward each honoree was introduced and addressed the crowd with remarks thanking their families, colleagues, and mentors for their success.  They also shared how their own experiences molded and drove their resolve to become diversity and inclusion champions within their industry, companies, and communities.


After the honoree recognition, Dwayne Bien-Aime NAMIC Philadelphia VP addressed the crowd with closing remarks noting it’s not one thing but everything makes a difference.  Dwayne congratulated the honorees and thanked the attendees, the Philadelphia board, committee leaders and supports for attending the 2017 NAMIC Paragon Awards.

Once again we congratulate the 2017 NAMIC Philadelphia Paragon Award honorees

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