Jingle and Mingle with NAMIC VA


Fun was had by all as NAMIC VA members took the time to celebrate season with an evening of giveaways, networking, food, and tons of holiday cheer! On top of dynamic networking at the beautiful Noah’s of Chesapeake, attendees won an array of exciting prizes including holiday gifts, Amazon and Visa Gift Cards and an Toshiba 32-inch Amazon HD LED Smart TV with Alexa!! Check out the event picture below!!

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32nd Annual NAMIC Conference

The 32nd Annual NAMIC Conference was an amazing experience for the NAMIC Virginia Team! It’s been a long journey from our May 2017 incorporation but the results are more than worth it! NAMIC VA – Chapter of the Year has a very nice ring to it! Our committees and their leaders are the foundation to everything we do! In addition to the Chapter of the Year honor we are pleased to congratulate our Marketing Chair, Ashley Veal, our Programming Logistics Chair, Jessica Jones and their teams for their time and effort in 2017! The hard work of these amazing teams are the reason @namic_va took home the Marketing Excellence and Event Management Awards for our 2017 performance!

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To see more picture from the event, click HERE.

Join Our Team!!

NAMIC Virginia Members,
As we continue to grow as a chapter there are tons of opportunities for members to be a part of our committees to help us continue to deliver high quality content to our members and grow our membership base. We have openings for a Treasurer as well as our Sponsorship, Membership/Recruiting and Marketing Teams, if you would like to help us promote the NAMIC vision and have a talent for one of the following roles, to contact us click here.


Chapter Treasurer: As a member of the NAMIC Board, the Treasurer is responsible for accounting and maintaining other financial records, overseeing the reporting and revenue generating areas for the chapter. The Treasurer partners with the Chapter President to implement the annual budget and strategic plan. Additionally, the Treasurer provides written monthly financial report in preparation for regular Chapter Board meetings and files year-end financial reporting, budget and financial summary with NAMIC National. The Treasurer will perform other financially related duties as needed and/or assigned. The ideal candidate will have experience or interest in the areas of finance, accounting and/or business operations.

Membership Chair: This NAMIC leader is responsible for developing and executing the Chapter’s recruiting strategy by leading bi-weekly progress meetings with the membership team and serving as a member of the Chapter leadership team which includes meeting with the NAMIC Virginia Board and other Chapter chairs on a bi-weekly basis. The ideal candidate would have a talent for networking and storytelling that would be utilized in merchandising the NAMIC vision to potential members to persuade them to join our dynamic organization.

Sponsorship Team Member: This committee member would be a part of our NAMIC Virginia Sponsorship Team and would be responsible for executing the process of raising funds for NAMIC Virginia through solicitation of corporate sponsors. Committee members are asked to help identify potential sponsoring companies and are required to follow-up with sponsors regarding their sponsorship benefits. Committee members are also asked to help plan, implement and volunteer for chapter fundraising activities such as dining for dollars programs, silent auctions and raffles. The ideal candidate for this committee should be energetic, highly motivated and demonstrate a willingness to present sponsorship information to potential sponsors via phone call, email or face-to-face visits and strive to close the deal.

Marketing Team Member: This committee member would be a part of our NAMIC Virginia Marketing Team and would be responsible for collaborating with other members on social media strategy, member communications and chapter event marketing. The ideal candidate for this committee would have a talent in photography and videography that would be utilized for the branding of our chapters events.

One Year and Counting with NAMIC VA!


On May 31st, NAMIC Virginia members and their colleagues recounted the chapter’s journey to incorporation and action packed first year while enjoying giveaways from our sponsors, refreshments and great networking! The chapter also had the pleasure of hearing from special guest, James C. Jones, Senior Vice President of Education and Diversity Solutions with NAMIC National and Joiava Philpott, NAMIC National Board member and Vice President of Regulatory Affairs with Cox Communications. NAMIC Virginia has had an amazing first year and the celebration of our one year anniversary was just as amazing! Thank you to Regent University for providing a wonderful space for this milestone event!

Check out pictures from the event below!

Sponsored by: Cox Communications, HBO, Showtime and Regent University!


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Make Smart Money Moves with NAMIC VA!

On April 30th, our partners at SunTrust Bank helped members invest in your financial future! During the “Retirement – Planning for a Life Well Spent” presentation participants were able to assess whether they are on track to reach your savings goals, begin planning for retirement, and learn about he challenges retirees face when they aren’t prepared.

Check out pictures from the event below!

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Yankee Candle Fundraiser


Help us raise money with Yankee Candle Fundraisers!

Yankee Candle® Fundraising will give NAMIC Virginia supporters a product that they recognize, trust and will be proud to give as a gift or a treat for themselves. The products are priced comparable to the retail stores and NAMIC Virginia earns 40% profit. The NAMIC Virginia Chapter is requesting that interested members please sign up for a seller account following the instruction below at: https://www.yankeecandlefundraising.com/

  1. Click on “Seller Login”
  2. On the “Sign up to be a Seller” section enter Group Number 999979883 and your date of birth
  3. Hit “Submit”
  4. Enter Name and email address
  5. Enter contact settings
  6. Hit “Submit”
  7. Complete confirmation by clicking on the email you receive from Yankee Candle
  8. Sign back into the portal to send family and friends the link to our shopping page via email or social media.

You can also make an individual purchase using the Group Number 999979883.

Thanks in advance for your participation!

Sit Down with Joiava (“Joi”) Philpott, NAMIC National Board Member and VP of Regulatory Affairs at Cox Communications!

In honor of Black History Month, Cox Communications continues to celebrate the achievements and honor the contributions of African Americans throughout history in various ways. As a part of that commitment, Cox sat down with it’s VP of Regulatory Affairs, Joiava (Joi) Philpott, to talk about her recent election to chairperson of the NAMIC National Board and what it means to her role. Check out Joiava’s interview below courtesy of our partner Cox Communications.

Today, we hear from Joiava (“Joi”) Philpott, VP of Regulatory Affairs at CCI. Philpott, Joi-2016.jpgJoi’s team is responsible for guiding the business as it relates to regulations regarding data, voice and video. They are also tasked with advocating for Cox when it comes to our best interest at the FCC and state public utilities commissions.

Not only does Joi spend her days advocating for Cox, she was recently elected (January 2018) as chairperson of the national board of directors of the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). Check out Joi’s perspective on being a member of NAMIC and what it means to her role here at Cox.

Q: Is this your first time sitting on the board of the NAMIC organization?
A: I was a member of the national board of NAMIC a decade ago when I worked for another company. I’ve been at Cox for about six years, and rejoined the board a year ago. However, this is my first time actually chairing it.

Q: What is your role as board chair and what does it mean to you?
A: On a personal level, it means the incredible opportunity to help contribute to the goal of diversity in the workplace, not just at Cox, but in the communications industry as well.

Q: How about on a professional level?
A: The board chair is responsible for carrying out NAMIC’s mission which is to educate, advocate and empower for multi-ethnic diversity. This role allows me to learn and contribute alongside some of the best and the brightest in the industry where together, we can work to advance Diversity & Inclusion goals at every company we serve. I feel a large sense of commitment in the communications sector for Diversity & Inclusion efforts that I am proud to be a part of.

Q: Considering this is Black History Month (BHM), does serving on this board hold any type of special significance?
A: Cox has continually ranked well in DiversityInc’s Top 50 companies for diversity, which is important not just during specific heritage months like BHM, but all year long to promote multi-ethnicity throughout the workplace.

Q: Do you have any advice you would like to share with your fellow colleagues around Diversity & Inclusion and how everyone can get involved?
A: The best advice I can give to my fellow colleagues is to learn as much as possible about one another. Embrace one another’s differences, and don’t be afraid to cross different types of groups. I’m also a huge advocate of the ERGs here at Cox – it absolutely doesn’t matter if you don’t associate with a certain group; join anyway, educate yourself and support your peers.

Source: The Current – Cox Communications, February 27, 2018

Author: Christina Thompson – Sr. Communications Specialist at Cox Communications

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