Two young ladies representing the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club of the Bronx takes in a worth of knowledge from VH1 Publicity Manager, Nyle Washington(far right in photo
As the Oath Project against bullying continues to grow within the community, Saving Our Daughters has now officially launched another mentoring component for teen girls called, Lunch N Learn. The program focuses on young teen girls from select Boys & Girls Clubs teamed up with behind the scenes women from the entertainment world and powerful leaders in all industries.
The first lunch was in May with VH1 Publicity Manager, Nyle Washington who joined as a mentor back in March. The Lunch N Learn session was in collaboration with Unit Director of Kips Bay Boys Girls Clubs of the Bronx, Yolonda Brisbane (far left in photo) and was held at Brooklyn Diner of Times Square.
Read what our first young women had to say about meeting Nyle and what they are up to for their educational future:
Aquinas High School, Bronx, New York
College: Syracuse University (Fall 2012).
Career Goal: Entertainment law/public relations:
“The luncheon with Ms.Nyle was extremely informative and inspiring. As a aspiring communication major, she was able to advise me with choosing which aspect of communications would be beneficial for me as I plan on becoming an entertainment lawyer in the future. She has a warm personality and was full of energy. It was a pleasure meeting a successful woman in the field of communications.”
Saint Catharine Academy, Bronx, New York
College: State University of New York at Old Westbury
Career Goal: Toxicology/Forensics
“The lunch was a great experience. I learned a lot about the insights of college and also about the drive that kept Ms. Washington going until she reached where she is today.”
About our Lunch N Learn Celebrity Mentor
A self admitted news junkie, Nyle Washington knew she was destined to be fixture in the media world. Nyle grew up in Moorestown, NJ and was a fixture in the theater department from elementary to high school. Being onstage helped to build her confidence, which helped her get to where she is today.
After graduating from Moorestown High School with a theater scholarship, Nyle enrolled in Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia as an English major. While at Hampton she participated in Student Government, the Student Leadership Program, Student Union Board, Student Recruitment Team and was the President of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society. Nyle took an interest in the television industry and acquired several internships including one in the newsroom at KYW-News in Philadelphia and another working with the senior segment producer at Good Morning America. During her junior year, Nyle had the opportunity to study British Literature at Bath and Oxford Universities in England. In 2003 she graduated Magna Cum Laude and enrolled in a masters of Mass Media and Broadcasting program at Temple University with hopes of pursuing her dream to become a broadcaster.
While obtaining her masters degree, Nyle jumped at the chance to intern at HARPO studios in Chicago, IL in the publicity department for the “Oprah Winfrey Show.” While at HARPO, Nyle learned the ins and outs of public relations (pitching, press releases, press junkets, news clippings) and was instantly enthralled. While at HARPO, Nyle worked on the 13th season of “ The Oprah Winfrey Show” during which Oprah gave away cars to her audience members. The media frenzy that ensued served to solidify Nyle’s thought that she belonged in public relations. She was hooked.
After graduating from Temple University with a Masters of Arts degree in Mass Media, Nyle landed at MSNBC as an anchor producer in 2005 during a harrowing news years. She covered and produced segments on news events including Hurricane Katrina, Bird Flu, and the Iraq War. The publicity bug hit again and two years later Nyle went to work at Susan Blond, Inc., a publicity firm in New York City.
While at Susan Blond, Inc. Nyle worked her way up from a publicity coordinator to an account executive in less than two years. Her clients included Usher, Sean Paul, Ne-Yo, Keyshia Cole, Avant, and Lyfe Jennings among many others. In addition to escorting celebrities down red carpets for the Grammy Awards, VH1 Hip Hop Honors, VH1 Save the Music Foundation Gala, Fashion Rocks Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and The MTV VMA’s, she simultaneously promoted their various career ventures including Usher’s Broadway debut in “Chicago,” Ne-Yo’s movie debut in “Stomp The Yard” and the first season of Keyshia Cole’s BET reality show “Keyshia Cole: That’s the Way it Is.”
After three years at Susan Blond Inc, Nyle moved on to be a senior publicist at VH1 in 2008 where she currently works to publicize various shows and specials for the channel including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Save the Music Foundation, and events such as VH1 Hip Hop Honors, VH1 Divas Live, Critics Choice Awards, VH1 Rock Honors, VH1 Soul stage, and shows such as “Best Week Ever”, “ Behind the Music”, “Storytellers,” “Unplugged,” “La La’s Full Court Life” “Basketball Wives,” and “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle” along with the Emmy-award winning VH1 Rock Doc franchise including “Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America,” “Woodstock: Now & Then” and “Lords of the Revolution.”