Session: Ask Me Anything: Lunch with an Executive
Sandra D. Rice is Senior Vice President, National Recruitment and Leadership Development for the Emma L. Bowen Foundation. As Senior Vice President, she recruits minority high school and college students to work in multi-summer paid internships at media companies (including NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, Discovery, HBO and Warner Bros) throughout the United States.
In addition, she consults with partner companies as it relates to recruitment of college interns and college graduates. Rice has been responsible for the foundation’s restructure, making it more responsive to the servicing of its programs. She identifies employment opportunities at media companies, assists candidates and EBF Fellows with training, presentation and communication skills.
Prior to joining the Emma L. Bowen Foundation, Rice was the Marketing Manager for ABC Daytime. In this capacity, she was responsible for the marketing and promotion of programs including All My Children, General Hospital and One Life to Live. Before going to ABC Daytime, Rice was the Director of Television Sales, ABC Cable & International where she was responsible for marketing and sales servicing of Entertainment and News sales made to international broadcasters and video licensees.
Rice began her career as a news production assistant at KOVR-TV (CBS affiliate) in Sacramento, California. She earned a scholarship from KCRA-TV (NBC affiliate) in Sacramento and interned there throughout her college summers and winter breaks.
Rice served two consecutive terms as National President of the Alliance for Women in Media (formerly the American Women in Radio & Television) located in Washington, DC. She is also a former co-chair for the Annual Gracie Allen Awards held in Los Angeles, California.
Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for Union County College Foundation in Cranford, NJ; the Center for Great Expectations in Somerville, New Jersey; an Associate Member of Jack and Jill of America, member of National Coalition of 100 Black Women and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA).
Rice is also a member of the California Girls State Alumni Association. Girls State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. For many years she volunteered as counselor and from 2000-2004, Rice served as Chief Counselor and was responsible for the planning and the implementation of the week-long summer program. Rice has also been a featured speaker at the National Girls Nation conference in Washington, DC and the California Girls State program in Southern California. She served on the Girls Nation Committee 2013-14.
Rice earned her Masters Degree in Media Studies from The New School in New York City and a Bachelors Degree in Journalism, Radio and Television from San Jose State University in California. She was selected amongst outstanding business leaders to attend the executive program at Simmons Graduate School of Management in Boston, Massachusetts and also served on the Simmons College Graduate School of Management Alumni Board.
She has received numerous awards and commendations including the McDonalds Black Media Legends & Trailblazers Award, Tri-State Diversity Council’s Multicultural Leadership Award, Minority in Media Telecommunications Council’s Everett C. Parker Award, and the American Women in Radio and Television Achievement Award.