It's our pleasure to introduce you to our tribe member and CMS 2017 speaker, Keni Thacker. Check out how Keni "Plays Well With Others" to make a difference and eliminate stereotypes.
About Keni Thacker: Keni is a pioneer of change and is committed to expanding and championing diversity efforts across NYC. As an award-winning influencer and diversity advocate devoted to outreach programs and mentorship, he has made a tremendous impact on future leaders. By day, he is the Sr. Event Technology Specialist at J. Walter Thompson New York. By night, he is the KREATOR at his own diversity-centric production company called K.R.E.A.T.E. (Kulture is a Relevant Element To Achieve Total Equality), which produces content that focuses on highlighting the achievements of incredible people changing the face of their respective industries, while dismissing the perception of negativity and stereotypes when it pertains to people of color.
Question: If you could solve/cure ONE of the world's biggest challenges, what would it be?
Answer: Hate. Everything else would follow suit naturally.
Question: What is your most pressing agenda item for this calendar year?
Answer: Providing exposure and opportunities to those that need them most in the workplace.
Question: What are the main cause(s) you work on currently?
Answer: Discover Outdoors Foundation
Question: Do you see the need for funding and support increasing or decreasing over the next five years?
Answer: It all depends on government now, unfortunately.
Question: What do you work tirelessly on to further your mission?
Answer: I care about those who may not have been afforded the opportunities and pure luck I have had in my lifetime.
Question: How can we (the CMS Tribe) help you?
Answer: Align me with organizations that could use my expertise.
Question: What are some of the tools you use to do business?
Answer: Social media, video, and photography.
Question: Will you share a video you're most proud of producing and promoting?
Answer: The New Stereotype, featuring men who are using fashion as a vessel to celebrate black life and change the stereotype associated with people of color.
Question: Tell me something good (describe something positive) that has happened since CMS NYC last Spring.
Answer: I continue to rock with CMS.
Question: Will you share the last picture you took of your pet?
MTV's Former Head of Public Affairs, Ronnie Cho, presented at our 2016 CMS event on their "Look Different" Campaign which urges young people to recognize and challenge hidden bias that exists around us all.