David Porter, PhD

David Porter, PhD


GEM Alumnus, Dr. David M. Porter, Jr. served as the Opening Keynote for GEM’s 2010 Annual Board Meeting.  Dr. Porter is the Executive Director of the Walter Kaitz Foundation, the cable television industry’s advocacy organization for diversity. In his role as the chief executive of the organization, Porter advises the industry’s CEO’s on matters of workforce and supplier diversity, leads large-scale fundraising efforts, manages grant administration, and oversees numerous initiatives and programs to support the industry’s diversity objectives.

Prior to joining the Kaitz Foundation, Dr. Porter served as Director, Office of Graduate Programs for Howard University’s School of Business. In this role he successfully increased enrollment by 90% in his first year in office and led efforts to redesign and launch a cutting-edge supply chain management MBA curriculum and undergraduate major.

Dr. Porter is a thought leader in the field of workforce diversity in corporate America. He has advised numerous companies on leadership development and diversity, including Wells Fargo, IBM, State Farm, Time Warner, Intel, Pepsico and Raytheon.

Prior to his role at Howard, Porter distinguished himself as   Assistant Professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management.  During this time, Porter was Co-Creator of the first executive education leadership program designed specifically for African Americans at a major school of business. He subsequently co-created the NAMIC (National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communication) Executive Leadership Development Program, the first executive education leadership program for people of color designed specifically for the cable industry. Through his visionary leadership, Porter’s programs have educated over 2000 executives from Fortune 400 companies.

Dr. Porter served on the National Academy of Engineering Committee on Diversity in the Engineering Workforce. In addition, he recently served on the National Advisory Board of the National Society of Black Engineers.

Dr. Porter has a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and an A.M. in Sociology from Harvard University. In addition, he holds an MS in Industrial Engineering, an MA in Sociology and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.

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