Joni Madison more than left her mark here at McKinney. From her start as our one-woman broadcast department to becoming COO, she combined an unyielding spirit of bravery with a commitment to hard work and fair play. More than that, she created and fostered a culture of inclusion to make sure LGBTQIA and minority groups were protected here at McKinney.

And before she left to become chief operating officer and chief of staff for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in Washington, D.C., the agency honored her by creating the Joni Madison Mtern Diversity Scholarship. The scholarship helps students from underrepresented minority groups and the LGBTQIA community learn from working as interns at the agency with the bigger aim of helping diversify the ad industry.

In a WRAL TechWire article that traces the arc of Joni’s life and career, and the lasting impact of her time here at McKinney, it is clear what it means to means to stand up not only for yourself but for what’s right.

You can read the entire TechWire article here.