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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Management Consultant
Corporate Executive
Communications Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France, Morocco
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/25/1947
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Management Consultant
Corporate Executive
Communications Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France, Morocco
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/25/1947
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Communications executive Toni Fay was born on April 25, 1947 to George E. and Allie C. (Smith) Fay. Fay received her B.A. degree from Duquesne University in 1968. She obtained her M.S.W. degree, four years later, from the University of Pittsburgh. She also received her M.Ed. degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1973. Fay began her professional career in 1968 when she was hired as a caseworker for the New York City Department of Welfare. She was then named the director of social services for the Pittsburgh Drug Abuse Center in 1972. Fay was also appointed regional commissioner of the Governor's Council on Drugs & Alcohol for the state of Pennsylvania, serving in that capacity from 1973 to 1976. In 1977, she was named director of planning and development for the National Council of Negro Women. She was then hired as an executive vice president of D. Parke Gibson Associates, a public relations firm.

In 1982, Fay was named manager of community relations for Time-Warner, Inc. in New York. After only a year with the media conglomerate, she was promoted to the position of director of corporate community relations and affirmative action. She would go on to serve in that role for ten years before being appointed Time Warner’s vice president and corporation officer. After eight years as vice president, Fay launched her own management consultant firm TGF Associates in Englewood, New Jersey.

In addition to her corporate career, Fay was a member of the transition team for former U.S. President William Clinton in 1992. She was also appointed by President Clinton to the boards of the National Institute for Literacy and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Fay has served on a number of boards for civic, social and educational entities, including that of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, UNICEF, the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and Library, the Apollo Theatre Foundation, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Bethune Cookman College, the Coro Foundation, the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society and the Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation, among many others.

Toni Fay was interviewed by the The HistoryMakers on August 1, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Toni Fay's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Toni Fay lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Toni Fay describes her maternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Toni Fay describes how her maternal grandparents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Toni Fay describes her maternal grandfather and great uncle's occupations
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Toni Fay remembers visiting her grandfather in New Jersey after the 1967 Newark riots
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Toni Fay describes her maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Toni Fay talks about her family's relationship to the Presbyterian Church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Toni Fay recaps her maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Toni Fay describes her mother's childhood in Harlem, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Toni Fay talks about her father and paternal family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Toni Fay talks about her father and paternal family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Toni Fay describes her father's personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Toni Fay talks about her father's start of an African American high school football league
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Toni Fay talks about her father's draft into the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Toni Fay describes her family's perspective toward the draft
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Toni Fay explains how her parent met and fell in love
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Toni Fay describes her childhood home in Harlem, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Toni Fay describes her parents' dispositions and considers her likeness to them
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Toni Fay describes experiencing discrimination in the Teaneck, New Jersey schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Toni Fay recalls her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Toni Fay describes her childhood activities in Harlem, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Toni Fay describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood in Harlem, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Toni Fay remembers beating Roosevelt "Rosey" Brown in ping pong
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Toni Fay talks about the distinction between Harlem and Washington Heights
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Toni Fay describes her experience at P.S. 169 elementary school in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Toni Fay describes her experience at Stitt Junior High School and moving to Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Toni Fay describes playing in the band at Stitt Junior High School in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Toni Fay describes leaving New York City for Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Toni Fay describes how she avoided being held back from the eighth grade
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Toni Fay talks about her neighbors in Teaneck, Jersey, including the Isley family, and northern migration to the suburbs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Toni Fay describes attending summer camp and other structured activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Toni Fay describes the racial discrimination she experienced in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Toni Fay talks about entertaining her parents' friends
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Toni Fay talks about her father's establishment of a football team in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Toni Fay recalls attending the March on Washington in 1963 and boycotting companies that were segregationist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Toni Fay talks about Malcolm X and remembers visiting "Southern" cousins in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Toni Fay talks about her decision to attend Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Toni Fay explains why she elected not to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Toni Fay describes her undergraduate experience at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Toni Fay talks about HistoryMaker Ronald Davenport, then-professor in the Duquesne University School of Law
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Toni Fay describes being accepted into graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Toni Fay talks about her graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Toni Fay talks about her graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Toni Fay talks about heading the Governor's Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Toni Fay talks about her parents' mentorship
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Toni Fay talks about C. Delores Tucker, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Toni Fay describes moving to San Francisco, California briefly after leaving her job in Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Toni Fay talks about C. Delores Tucker, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Toni Fay talks about moving back home after spending one year in San Francisco, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Toni Fay describes interviewing with and being hired by HistoryMaker Dorothy Height
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Toni Fay describes initiatives she oversaw at the National Council of Negro Women
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Toni Fay describes being hired by the D. Parke Gibson Association public relations firm
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Toni Fay describes being hired at Time Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Toni Fay describes her experience at Time Inc. and relationship with executive William J. Trent, Jr.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Toni Fay describes making connections with Betty Shabazz, Coretta Scott King, and others through the Black Leadership Family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Toni Fay talks about the members, requirements and objectives at the Black Leadership Academy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Toni Fay describes the development of her literacy program at Time Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Toni Fay describes the literacy program she developed at Time Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Toni Fay talks about Time Inc.'s merger with Warner Communications Inc. in 1990
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Toni Fay describes working on 'Songs of My People' photography book
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Toni Fay describes meeting HistoryMaker Quincy Jones and her involvement in the Listen Up Foundation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Toni Fay talks about becoming Time Warner's first African American officer
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Toni Fay describes working on 'Americanos: Latino Life in the United States' and Gordon Parks' 'Half Past Autumn' at Time Warner
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Toni Fay talks about the external projects she worked on, including the Business Policy Review Council
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Toni Fay explains why the Business Policy Review Council stopped operating
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Toni Fay talks about her retirement from Time Warner
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Toni Fay talks about challenges surrounding the preservation of the Apollo Theater
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Toni Fay talks about her role in the revitalization of the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Toni Fay remembers HistoryMaker Ossie Davis
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Toni Fay describes her role on President Bill Clinton's transition team
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Toni Fay describes her literacy work with the Clinton Administration and Time Warner Inc.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Toni Fay lists various boards she has served on over the years
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Toni Fay describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Toni Fay reflects considers what she might have done differently
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Toni Fay considers her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Toni Fay talks about her family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Toni Fay shares her advice to young professionals
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Toni Fay describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 12 - Toni Fay narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Toni Fay narrates her photographs, pt. 2