Women of Royalty Wednesday: Nia Batts

nia-12edit_bNia Batts is currently the Director of Strategic Partnerships & Social Impact for Viacom Inc., one of the world’s largest media conglomerates comprising MTV, BET and Paramount Pictures. In this position she oversees cause marketing and corporate responsibility practices while managing relationships with various partners and foundations to help the company leave a positive social impact.  One of her most successful cross- divisional projects was the launch of Get Schooled, a national education initiative created by Viacom and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Batts has always been interested in entertainment, programming and the impact that the screen can have on someone. Before joining Viacom, she worked at Warner Music Group and Def Jam, working with media powerhouse and record executive Kevin Liles. She got the opportunity to work on music videos, talent showcases and handling administrative responsibilities for Mr. Liles.

With a passion for social impact, Batts is very active in the community, as seen by her volunteer work with The East Harlem School and her position on their Young Volunteers Committee Executive Board. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Louis Carr Internship Foundation. Batts is very passionate about education reform and hopes to continue to focus on the need as she progresses in her career.

In an interview with Black Enterprise, she offered valuable advice to college grads: “You don’t have to plan your entire life at 22 but you do owe it to yourself to live presently and learn from the opportunities in front of you.”

Batts earned a B.A. in Film Studies from Columbia University and holds a professional certificate in Film Producing from New York University, SCPS. In 2012 the 27 year old change-agent was included on Black Enterprise’s list of 40 Rising Stars Under 40: The Next Generation of Women in Power.

Woman of Royalty Wednesday: Teneshia A. Warner

We love Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and even Beyonce Knowles — as each woman established her brand and continues to serve as a role model for young African-American women. But there are countless other women who are not recognized for setting examples on a smaller scale.

The purpose of Queen to Queen, Inc.’s Woman of Royalty Wednesday’s is to spotlight former HBCU Queens and African-American professional women who embody our definition of a Queen: an exemplary Black woman gracefully showcasing her beauty while making an impact from a professional standpoint as well as in her community.

Our first Woman of Royalty Wednesday spotlight is Teneshia A. Warner, a former HBCU Queen at Teneshia and marketing professional. She is the Founder and current Chief Creative Officer of Egami Consulting Group, a woman-owned, marketing firm with an expertise in linking corporate brands to urban consumers. Egami serves as the diversity marketing partner to the MSL Group, which is the third largest communications firm in the world. Together the dynamic force has created award-winning client work for some of the world’s largest brands including P&G Bounty and My Black is Beautiful, Verizon Wireless, General Motors, Western Union and more.

Not many people can say that they were mentored by media mogul Russell Simmons, but Warner established a close professional relationship with the industry- proclaimed Godfather of Hip Hop through her work at RUSH Communications before she started Egami in 2004. During her involvement there, she was a part of marketing projects that raised awareness about social initiatives including the ‘Get Out the Vote’ Campaign and ‘Hip Hop Reader,’ a literary initiative.

Warner’s presence can be felt in the community as well as in the media world.

In March 2013, Warner and the Egami Consulting Group hosted The Dream Project Symposium, which was an empowerment conference to connect entrepreneurs and small business owners with resources and contacts that can help propel their business.

Warner is also a motivational speaker and published author of the book, “Profit With Purpose: A Marketer’s Guide to Deliver Purpose-Driven Campaigns to Multicultural Audiences.” The book guides readers through the process of creating purpose- driven marketing strategies around causes that they are passionate about and initiatives that extend beyond the products or services they provide.

Warner won several business awards including Black Enterprise 40 Rising Stars 40 and Under in 2010, 2012, and 2013 and the Network Journal 40 Under 40 Award for U.S. African-American achievers.