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A+E Chairman Abbe Raven Joins PENCIL’s Board of Directors

Raven, the former CEO of A+E Networks, has worked with the New York nonprofit for 10 years

Abbe Raven, the chairman of A+E Networks, has joined the board of directors of educational nonprofit PENCIL.

The organization, which Raven has been a part of for 10 years now, works with businesses to create learning opportunities for public school students in New York City.

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For example, Raven has been preparing high school students at Humanities & Arts Magnet High School for opportunities in the television industry. A+E offers a PENCIL fellowship program that trains students in the field during a seek-week, paid summer internship.

Raven began her 30-year career at A+E as a production assistant, and was named CEO in 2005 before becoming chairman in 2013.

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“It’s been a privilege to work with PENCIL over the past decade to use my business and leadership experience to help today’s students succeed,” Raven said in a statement. “Now, more than ever, education must equip students for the world beyond the four walls of their school. As a proud product of New York City public schools, I am honored to be joining PENCIL’s board of directors to help students realize their dreams for continued education and for succeeding in today’s competitive marketplace.”