Khadijah Sharif-Drinkard, A. Philip Randolph Campus High School ’89: Vice President, Associate General Counsel at Viacom Media Networks
Khadijah Sharif-Drinkard won her first legal case as a Harlem high school student in 1989 after challenging the New York State Department of Education. The case, Sharif vs. New York State Department of Education, fought the state’s SAT scholarship distribution procedures.
Only a year later, she was named the Outstanding Muslim Youth of the Year at the American Muslim Community’s Annual Islamic Convention. Khadijah went on to get her B.A. in Political Science at Columbia University and her J.D. at the Fordham University School of Law, where she received numerous awards, fellowships, and other recognition.
As Vice President, Associate General Counsel for Viacom Media Networks and Black Entertainment Television, Khadijah has tirelessly advocated for diversity, representation, and education; she won the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Luminary Award in 2013 for her work, accepted the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) Award on behalf of Viacom in 2013, and received a NAACP Image Award for her work on “Kasha and the Zulu King,” a children’s animated movie.
Khadijah was previously the Vice President, Senior Counsel at Nickelodeon, where she oversaw talent deal making and worked on shows like “Dora the Explorer”, “Diego”, “The Backyardigans”, “Zoey 101,” and “Spongebob Squarepants.”
Committed to giving back to where she came from, Khadijah created Get Connected, a Viacom company-wide mentoring program for employees to mentor New York City public school students. She is also the Co-Chair Of HERE: Women @ Viacom, the company’s Employee Resource Group that focuses on professional and leadership development for women while promoting diversity and inclusion. Khadijah recently wrote about her experiences as an activist and a Muslim American in a book called Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak. Since her success, Khadijah has been featured in many publications and television outlets, including The New York Times and the cover of NewsWeek magazine.