Shefik Honored With Communitas Award for Volunteerism and Philanthropy
NEW YORK — Throughout history, a defining human attribute has been a sense of communitas — a Latin term, meaning "people coming together for the good of a community". Communitas is inspired by the vision of a better world, and it is an attempt to do something about it through volunteerism, philanthropy, and ethical, sustainable business practices. Today, communitas is thriving in businesses, organizations, and individuals dedicated to community service and social responsibility.
Communitas Awards is an international effort to recognize the spirit of "communitas". Winners of Communitas Awards unselfishly give of themselves and their resources, and are changing the way they do business to benefit their communities. Media personality and technology maven Shefik (http://shefik.info) has been honored with a Communitas Award, under the category "Community Service and Corporate Social Responsibility: Leadership in Community Service and Corporate Social Responsibility". Some businesses, organizations, and individuals that complete for an award are also recognized as Leadership winners, because of their excellence in multiple programs. As such, Shefik has been named a Leadership winner in 2018, alongside his brand "Shefik presents Invocation" (http://invocation.co).
Nominees of Communitas Awards are evaluated, based on the extent and effectiveness of their program(s). The size and potential scope of the nominee is also taken into consideration. Winners range from a one-person design firm donating $35,000 in services to help improve the diets of inner-city students, to an online retailer enlisting help from vendor-partners to design and create teddy bears that have helped cheer-up 20,000 recovery room patients at a children's hospital, to a Fortune 500 business that sponsors community work days for all its employees. Winners are located throughout the world and include such recognizable companies as MasterCard, Honeywell, Dow Chemical, Toyota, and Vonage.
Communitas Awards was started in 2010, as an outgrowth of the pro bono recognition program of the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP), a several-thousand member group that honors creative achievement and fosters partnerships with charities and community organizations. As part of its mission, AMCP gives grants to community organizations and underwrites a large portion of expenses for the Communitas Awards.
"By recognizing individuals, organizations, and companies for their volunteerism and socially responsible business practices, we are hoping to not only bring attention to create programs, but are working with community minded leaders to make the spirit of communitas an essential element of every business," says Ed Dalheim, Executive Director at AMCP.
Throughout 2017, Shefik was very active in the community. He served as a judge for a local Miss America competition (http://invocation.co/about/press-release/shefik-named-official-judge-at-miss-america-organization), aiding in the 2018 crowning of Miss Northern Highlands, Miss Northern Lakes, and Miss North Jersey. The winners will move on to compete for the state title of Miss New Jersey 2018.
"Shefik was an asset to our judge's panel at the Triple Crown Local Pageant within the Miss New Jersey and Miss America Organization," says Heather Lata, Executive Director at Northern Scholarship Program, Miss America Organization. "Shefik was passionate about his responsibilities and conducted himself in a professional manner. Former Miss America 2000 Heather French Henry states, 'Volunteering is at the very core of being a human. No one has made it through life without someone else's help.' Volunteers, such as Shefik and (his crew), were key elements in running a successful event and growing programs like ours. I appreciate his support very much."
Shefik also served as moderator at a panel discussion on "Equity & Diversity: Community Dialogue" (Washington, D.C.) (http://invocation.co/about/press-release/shefik-to-moderate-panel-on-equity-and-diversity-in-washington-dc), and he was named Master of Ceremonies for various charitable events to benefit Autism New Jersey (Lakewood, NJ) (http://invocation.co/about/press-release/shefik-named-master-of-ceremonies-at-benefit-for-autism-new-jersey), and Eastern Shore Self-Advocacy Project (Chestertown, MD) (http://invocation.co/about/press-release/shefik-named-master-of-ceremonies-at-self-advocacy-project), as well as a key participant in industry leading events: Maarkah New York Fashion Week SS18 (New York, NY) (http://invocation.co/about/press-release/shefik-and-eloisa-diaz-sanz-to-host-maarkah-new-york-fashion-week-ss18), Lehigh Valley Fashion Week (Bethlehem, PA) (http://invocation.co/about/press-release/shefik-named-master-of-ceremonies-at-lehigh-valley-fashion-week), and the pageants for Miss Fashion Week Lehigh Valley and Miss Fashion Week Philadelphia (Allentown, PA) (http://invocation.co/about/press-release/shefik-named-certified-judge-for-miss-fashion-week-pageant).
Additionally, Shefik appeared as a guest speaker at various uplifting events, such as a holiday fundraiser for YWCA Yonkers (Yonkers, NY) (http://invocation.co/about/press-release/shefik-named-guest-speaker-at-ywca-yonkers), the 7th Annual Broadway Sings for Pride (New York, NY) (http://invocation.co/about/press-release/shefik-named-guest-speaker-at-the-7th-annual-broadway-sings-for-pride), and Global Tech Meets Fashion Affair Fundraiser (Brooklyn, NY) (http://invocation.co/about/press-release/shefik-to-speak-at-global-tech-meets-fashion-affair-fundraiser).
Recently, Shefik was appointed Official Member to the Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only community for world-class CIOs, CTOs, and technology executives. Membership is based upon professional accomplishments, and the council is comprised of a diverse, innovative, and extremely well-connected network of top-flight technologists.
Shefik joins other Forbes Technology Council members, who are hand-selected, to become part of a curated network of successful peers and get access to a variety of exclusive benefits and resources, including the opportunity to submit thought leadership articles and short tips on industry-related topics for publishing on forbes.com.
"As I continue in my life journey, I am committed to helping others in any feasible manner," says Shefik.
Shefik is currently celebrating over 20 years in the professional workforce. He began his career as an entertainment publicist, working with companies such as Motown Music Publishing, Island Black Music (Island Records), and Double XXposure, as well as high-profile recording artists, such as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee The Isley Brothers, 5-time Grammy Award winner Dionne Warwick, and Tony Award winner and 4-time Grammy Award nominee Melba Moore.
Shefik later expanded his skillset to technology, where he worked as Technical Producer at TIME magazine. Afterwards, he worked as Web Developer and Engineer at Condé Nast Digital (Vanity Fair, GQ, Wired), Vimeo, Columbia Law School (Columbia University), Publicis Modem (LG, Sanofi Pasteur), HUGE, and Penton Media, among others. Additionally, he has held senior-level positions at many celebrated brands, including IBM, NBCUniversal (CNBC, Syfy, Chiller), MTV World, Merck, Merriam-Webster, and Wolters Kluwer. Shefik currently serves as Lead Web Architect at Nonprofit Solutions Network.
It is apparent that Shefik is on the cutting edge of multimedia, as he also serves as Executive Producer and Host of the nationally syndicated radio show and internationally syndicated video series, "Shefik presents Invocation" (invocation.co). Shefik uses this media platform to amplify the voices and acknowledge the thought patterns of people across a variety of ages, ethnicities, occupations, creeds, and belief systems. The radio show is oftentimes aligned with Shefik's various philanthropic endeavors and alliances with non-profit organizations. As of this writing, "Shefik presents Invocation" has won a total of 29 industry awards (for audio, video, and website), many of which were awarded at the highest level.
When packaged as the radio show, "Shefik presents Invocation" is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking journey through musical discovery and appreciation that spans the decades. Each one-hour episode, executive-produced and hosted by Shefik, highlights one relatable focal point (chosen by Shefik), along with an accompanying playlist of songs (curated by Shefik), encompassing a unique thematic concept that invigorates the audience with creative impact. Top recording artists, actors, business executives, politicians, community leaders, and other special guests are invited to offer their own commentary on the topic, as a supplement to Shefik's engaging mindset. The radio show is currently broadcast on 21 terrestrial radio stations and frequencies throughout the United States. The radio show's online hub at invocation.co serves as a conduit for discussion of the show, while featuring related videos and auxiliary content.
Through various distribution agreements, Shefik also produces accompanying video content (similarly titled "Shefik presents Invocation"), which can be viewed internationally on Amazon, in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan, as well as via other notable outlets worldwide. The video content can also be viewed throughout the United States via a variety of outlets, inclusive of storefronts, medical offices, car dealerships, restaurants, salons, urgent care centers, pharmacies, malls, sports arenas, and more. Particularly, Shefik's video content can be viewed at heavily trafficked locations, such as the 10,000 seat Webster Bank Arena (Bridgeport, CT), and the casino Mohegan Sun (Uncasville, CT).
As an award-wining videographer and producer, Shefik's work has been featured in television broadcasts and video productions for TIME magazine, The Washington Center, "Unsung" (TV One), Broadway World, and a major news station in New York City. Additionally, his photography has been featured in print and online publications, such as Daily Mail, Harvard Kennedy School Magazine, Playbill, and China Press.
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