Dr. David Porter

Dr. David Porter is a talented and experienced leader in the media industry, having designed and implemented multiple diversity and leadership development programs. He was previously the Executive Director and CEO of the Walter Kaitz Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community opportunities in the cable, media, and entertainment industries. In this role, he provided strategic advice to the Board of Directors of The Internet and Television Association (NCTA) on the industry’s diversity and inclusion efforts. He also managed the foundation’s administrative, grant, and discretionary budgets, totaling over $3M and ultimately impacting approximately 10,000 diverse leaders across the industry to date.

Dr. Porter created the Foundation’s Hollywood Creative Forum, which united the diversity efforts of companies within the television and film industries with various organizations including the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Writer’s Guild of America, the Producer’s Guild of America, and the Director’s Guild of America. The program was the first of its kind and was designed to match credentialed writers, directors, and producers of color with production companies and television networks.

Previously, he served as the Director of Graduate Programs for the Howard University School of Business and as an Assistant Professor at the Anderson School at UCLA. Dr. Porter’s research has focused on the psychological and sociological underpinnings of unconscious bias and their impact on race and gender issues in the workplace. His research suggests that managers' perceptions of their subordinates are affected by the composition of the work group of which they are a part and by individual differences such as race and gender.

Dr. Porter holds five college degrees: a Ph.D. in organizational behavior and a master’s degree in Sociology from Harvard; as well as a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering, a master’s degree in Sociology, and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.