The 2020 Richard D. Parsons Community Impact Awards Virtual Celebration


We are thrilled to announce our five honorees for the 2020 Richard D. Parsons Community Impact Awards. A tradition at WarnerMedia for more than four decades, these awards recognize colleagues who are doing exceptional volunteer work for the benefit of people and communities around the world. Join us in congratulating Jen Christensen (Writer, CNN Health Unit), Kuae Kelch Mattox (Editorial Producer, CNN/New Day), Grant Nelson (Product Manager, Privacy, Xandr Product Management), Nora Skinner (SVP, HBO Original Programming) and Martha L. Velásquez (Senior Contract Administrator, HBO Distribution Business & Legal Affairs)! These five individuals will each receive a $5,000 contribution to the nonprofit organization of their choice.

This year's virtual celebration, hosted by WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar and CNN’s Don Lemon, streamed live on Tuesday, Oct. 27. The event kicked off with a welcome video featuring Dennis Williams, SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility, and featured a special video message to the honorees from the awards’ namesake, former Time Warner Chairman & CEO, Richard “Dick” Parsons. Throughout the show, Don Lemon interviewed each honoree to learn more about their inspiring stories of service and impact.

Jason Kilar also recognized the incredible contribution of the honorees during the ceremony. “They are unsung heroes and we have the opportunity today to give them the recognition they so richly deserve. They inspire hope, goodwill and compassion, and I couldn’t be prouder of each of them and the impact they are having in our communities each and every day.”

Just before the ceremony ended, Martha L. Velásquez, was announced as the 2020 winner of the “Excellence in Service” award, receiving an additional $5,000 donation to donate to her selected charity, Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF).

Martha has been serving her community in numerous roles since she was a teenager. She is a passionate advocate for the youth and is especially committed to mentoring school-aged children. For more than 20 years, she has taught religious education in her parish church. During her tenure at HBO, Martha has also actively volunteered with numerous organizations, including Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), LPZ Cinetech, Educational Video Center, Room To Grow, Polished Angels, NYC Mentoring Program and The Student Leadership Network.