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.
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.
“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.”