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Marva is the Global Head of Inclusion Strategy at Viacom and Executive Vice President, Public Affairs & Chief of Staff at Nickelodeon.  Marva has more than three decades of leadership experience in the public and private sectors, and is widely recognized as one of the most influential leaders in media. As Global Head of Inclusion Strategy, Marva reports directly to Viacom’s CEO to drive Diversity & Inclusion worldwide. Her role includes implementing strategic initiatives that support innovation and business results, while creating the next generation of leaders.  She has established Viacom’s Employee Resource Groups globally and has expanded key partnerships in international markets. At Nickelodeon, Marva collaborates closely with the President in managing day-to-day operations, as well as overseeing all corporate responsibility initiatives and relationships with external advocates and regulators. Under her leadership, Viacom has garnered top recognitions by GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign, NAACP and Working Mother, among others. Marva’s commitment to inclusion and positive social change has been honored by numerous national organizations including NAMIC, The National Action Network, and the T. Howard Foundation among others. She established the Marva Smalls Endowment and has awarded more than $1 million to programs providing opportunities to youth and families, along with an endowment for the University of South Carolina’s Ronald McNair Center which offers scholarship and support to engineering students from the under-represented populations. Smalls is a founding member of the Black Economic Alliance and serves on numerous boards including the American Theatre Wing, the International African American Museum, the James Beard Foundation, and Synovus Bank/South Carolina.

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