March 20, 2023
Academy

From the Chairman

Frank Scherma, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

In February, the Television Academy released its second-annual transparency report on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility. The report is part of our ongoing partnership with consulting firm ReadySet to advance systemic change across the Academy and to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive professional community.

The new report comprises three sections: An updated demographic breakdown of the 2022 Academy membership — now numbering more than 20,000 — according to race, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability and veteran status; progress updates toward the Academy's DEIA commitments; and upcoming DEIA actions.

Data-driven and based on specific DEIA metrics, these transparency reports are an indispensable tool for evaluating current representation among the Academy staff and membership. They help us advance and fine-tune DEIA initiatives and outreach, and to measure improvements in those areas where the Academy leadership has made specific commitments.

In addition, we have revised our Mission Statement to reflect the tenets of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility and our commitment to this journey.

We know that achieving the Academy's DEIA goals is a long-term undertaking, the work will be continuous and progress incremental. These reports help to refocus objectives and inform our next steps.

Our objectives this year include:

  • Increasing membership involvement opportunities;
  • Developing a communications system for members to connect with governors and the Academy;
  • Creating more DEIA learning and training opportunities and resources for members.

The Academy is committed to leading generational change in our industry, and I feel we are ideally positioned to do so. With that in mind, I encourage all members to read the report, which is available on the Academy website, and to seek out ways to become involved in DEIA endeavors in their own professional spheres.

Touching on aspects of all the objectives listed above, particularly the expansion of membership involvement opportunities, is the Academy's forthcoming Peer Circle Program. This new initiative, which will be introduced shortly, is designed to enrich members' experience through the formation of small groups, or "circles," to expand community networks and offer new paths in career development.

Peer Circles will meet virtually at least once a month to create an intimate space to foster connections and provide support that will reverberate in participating members' professional lives. Additional details will be announced soon.

When the program is launched, we hope you will avail yourself of this unique member benefit and contribute your own valuable experience and time to one of the groups.

Frank Scherma
Chairman and CEO, Television Academy

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