Bloomberg New Voices Launches 2023 Black Executive Cohort at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Bloomberg TV anchor Kailey Leinz in conversation with Ray McGuire, President at Lazard.

WASHINGTON, DC– Bloomberg New Voices announced the launch of a new cohort of media training for Black executives with an event at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Thursday.

The celebration featured a conversation with Ray McGuire, President of Lazard, moderated by Bloomberg TV anchor Kailey Leinz. During the conversation, McGuire discussed a wide range of issues including financial regulation, AI, monitoring regional banks, the importance of representation, and more.

Speaking at the event, McGuire said, “Let me first observe the importance of a gathering like this, and observe the commitment, the vision, and the investment that is being made by Bloomberg.” He continued, “Five years ago, if I were to look at my TV screen relative to today, I see a much more diverse people behind the microphone, behind the camera and people in front of the camera. So that kind of advancement is the kind of advancement that simply sets the standard.”

There were remarks from senior newsroom leaders including Laura Zelenko, New Voices founder and Bloomberg News Senior Executive Editor; Washington DC Bureau Chief Peggy Collins; Mario Parker, Team Leader for White House and U.S. Politics coverage; Shartia Brantley, Head of Inclusive Programming for Bloomberg Media Editorial; and Akayla Gardner, White House Correspondent.

In her opening remarks, Zelenko said, “We simply can not deliver fair,accurate, balanced and complete coverage without having inclusive representation on every one of our platforms.” Zelenko continued, “We have to bring more female experts into our coverage, we have to bring more experts of color into our coverage, we have to be intentional and work harder to identify and surface the under-represented executives in business and finance who haven’t had access to financial media and amplify their views.”

Bloomberg’s New Voices program works to increase the representation of women and other under-represented expert sources across media platforms. Founded in 2018, The program sponsors media training for female executives worldwide and Black and Latinx executives of all gender identities in the U.S. The program has been sponsoring media training for Black executives every year since 2020.

More than 500 executives worldwide have participated in the program in 15 cities, including Frankfurt, London, New York, San Francisco, Dubai, and many more. Learn more about New Voices, how to apply, and sign up to the New Voices mailing list at