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Donna Latson Gittens

11/18/2008, 3:26 a.m.

Donna Latson Gittens

Donna Latson Gittens, founder and principal of causemedia inc., was honored last month by the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling for her commitment and contributions to both the council and the issue of problem gambling.

Latson Gittens was chosen as one of the Council’s 25 People Who Have Made a Difference for Problem Gamblers and Their Families.

For nearly 10 years, Latson Gittens and causemedia have worked with the council to develop and disseminate messages of hope and support for problem gamblers and those who love them.

Prior to launching causemedia in 1997, Latson Gittens spent 20 years as a corporate executive at WCVB-TV and won numerous awards, including a Gabriel, an Emmy Award and the National Education Association Award.

A Boston native and resident, Latson Gittens has worked with a number of local organizations, including the Boston Public Library Foundation, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Network Advisory Committee and the Freedom Trail Foundation. She is a frequent speaker and panelist on issues of corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurship and leadership, and serves as a senior associate at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, which is dedicated to helping corporations define, plan and implement social responsibility efforts.

Latson Gittens recently received the first Annual Jackie Robinson Award for Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner from the Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball. She is the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce’s 2005 Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurship and was presented the Rebecca Lee Award from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Park University, a master’s degree in business administration from Northeastern University and an honorary degree from Elms College in Chicopee, Mass.

Latson Gittens is married and has two children.