2019 NAMIC Conference | Event Schedule
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Event Schedule


12:00pm 5:00pm Registration – 6th Floor Registration Booth

Sponsored by REVOLT

1:00pm 3:00pm Chapter Leadership Workshop ​(by invitation only) – Ziegfeld 4th Floor
3:00pm 4:00pm National Membership Meeting – Ziegfeld 4th Floor
6:30pm 8:00pm Reception for Alumni of the Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP) and Leadership Seminars
(by invitation only) – Manhattan Ballroom, 8th Floor
Sponsored by Comcast | NBCUniversal
8:00pm 10:15pm Chapter Awards Reception and Dinner (​by invitation only)

Sponsored by INSP


8:00am 5:00pm Registration – 6th Floor Registration Booth

Sponsored by REVOLT

8:00am 8:45am Continental Breakfast – 6th Floor Foyer

Sponsored by Cox Communications

9:00am 10:00am Opening General Session: A conversation with NAMIC Conference Honorary Co-Chairs Pat Esser, President, Cox Communications and Michael Powell, President & CEO, NCTA – The Internet and Television Association. Moderated by Joiava Philpott, VP, Regulatory Affairs, Cox Communications and NAMIC Board Chair – Broadway Ballroom, 6th Floor

Sponsored by Charter Communications

10:15am 11:30am Diversity Town Hall Meeting – Presented in partnership with WICT
(Women in Cable Telecommunications) – Broadway Ballroom, 6th Floor

  • Karen Bennett, EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Cox Communications
  • David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corporation
  • Rhonda Crichlow, SVP, Chief Diversity Officer, Charter Communications, Inc.
  • Johnita Due, SVP and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, WarnerMedia News & Sports
  • Adria Alpert Romm, Chief People and Culture Officer, Discovery Communications
  • Lee Schroeder, EVP, Government & Community Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer, Altice USASupported by The Walter Kaitz Foundation
11:30am 11:45am Mid-Morning Refreshment and Networking Break – 6th Floor Foyer

Sponsored by A+E Networks

11:45am 1:00pm Emotional Intelligence (EQ): The Secret Sauce for Culturally Competent Leadership – Shubert Complex, 6th Floor

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the essential element of a strategy that moves the D&I needle in the industry’s efforts to mine the limitless potential of an increasingly diverse workforce. Cultural competence relates to our capacity to bridge the gaps that exist among people who are different from one another. It’s about respect, openness to different perspective and the desire for equity. This session will explore how the ability to accurately perceive your own emotions, positively direct your behavior, value the emotions of others, and use healthy emotions to engage effectively across differences has the potential to produce a seismic shift in how organizations really value difference. A panel comprising industry executives from a variety of sectors and functions will lead the audience in a discussion of the following:

• What is Emotional Intelligence (EQ)? Why is EQ important in the workplace?
• What is Cultural Competence? Why is CQ important in workplace?
• What are some of the implications for EQ when it comes to Interpersonal Relations
• How do individuals and groups make sense of cultural difference
• EQ and D&I: Where do the Roads Cross?
• How do organizations go about leveraging EQ to build D&I Strength?


  • Kimberly S. Reed (moderator), Global Diversity & Inclusion Strategist, Chief Transformational Officer, Reed Development Group
  • Vonya Alleyne, VP, Human Resources, Cox Communications
  • James Brown, EVP, Content Distribution, REVOLT
  • Veronica Molina, VP, News Standards & Practices, CNN Worldwide
  • Christian Ruiz, SVP, Sales and Retention, Charter

Sponsored by WarnerMedia

Surviving Peak TV- Julliard Complex, 5th Floor

Five years ago, John Landgraf, FX CEO at the time, predicted that we had reached a point of “peak TV,” an original programming bubble that would soon burst. Today’s explosive content productions in quantity, quality and platforms have taken the industry by the storm in ways we’ve never seen historically. While Peak TV is serving consumers more choices than they can keep up, the competition vying for eyeballs are becoming incredibly fierce, forcing media companies to scramble to bulk up for survival. How should you prepare your company and yourself to best position for the future during this tumultuous climate?
We invite participants to join us as the industry experts in different facets of our industry candidly discuss their predictions on where we’re headed. What are their companies doing to stay relevant? How are they pivoting to avoid pitfall? And how are they setting themselves up for a successful career?


  • Mike Grebb (moderator), Publisher, Cablefax
  • Meeka Bondy, SVP, Legal Affairs, HBO
  • Mark Kang, SVP, Worldwide Distribution, INSP
  • Brigitte McCray, SVP, Original Programming & Production, TV One
  • Lauren Gellert, EVP, Development & Original Programming, WE TV

10G vs. 5G: The Battle of the G’s – Majestic Complex, 6th Floor

Are they Friends or Foes? Just when we settled in on the emerging 5G buzz promoted by the wireless carriers, up pops another even BIGGER G—10G which was announced earlier this year by the cable giants. What exactly is the difference between 5G and 10G? Is one better than the other? What’s really behind these two technologies? Come out and learn more about cable’s BIG 10G. During this panel, industry experts will break down the technology, the marketing, the gigs, the bits, the gens, and help walk us through the newest BIG thing in our industry.


  • Zenita Henderson (moderator), VP, Marketing and Business Development, SCTE·ISBE
  • Anju Ahuja, VP, Market Development and Product Management, CableLabs
  • Hakim Boubazine, Co-President & COO, Altice USA
  • Dimitri Fernando, Sr. Director, Distribution Strategy, Operations & News Business, Viacom
  • Philip Nutsugah, SVP, Product Development and Management, Cox Communications
1:15pm 2:30pm L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program Luncheon
Presented in partnership with WICT – Broadway Ballroom, 6th Floor
Featured Speaker: Michael Steele, Former Republican National Committee Chairman, Former Maryland Lt. Governor interviewed by Kimberly Brooks, anchor and correspondent, ABC News Live

Sponsored by the Walter Kaitz Foundation and Viacom
2:45pm 4:00pm CLEO Speaks – Majestic Complex, 6th Floor

A video presentation and discussion of CLEO TV’s hot NEW series, CLEO Speaks, featuring April Reign, creator of the viral hashtag-turned-movement,#OscarsSoWhite. Reign’s influence has resulted in the most sweeping changes ever seen in the 80-year history of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Following the video, Reign will join TV One/CLEO TV General Manager, Michelle Rice, and other media executives and influencers for candid conversation about barriers people of color face and break through every day.


  • Tia Brown (moderator), Entertainment and Lifestyle Journalist, Licensed Therapist
  • April Reign, Creator of the hashtag-turned-movement, #OscarsSoWhite
  • Michelle Rice, General Manager, TV One/CLEO TV
  • Marilyn Davis, Area Director, Government Affairs, Altice USA
  • Natasha Alford, Journalist, Producer, and Deputy Director, theGrio


The Spin on Spend – Shubert Complex, 6th Floor

Recent research showed for the first time US adults spend more time on mobile device screens daily than in front of TV screens. The average was listed at three hours and 43 minutes each day on their mobile phones, which is about eight more minutes than they’ll spend watching TV. We’ve been looking at the ever-changing shift to digital streaming services. We all know they’ve been growing but they in fact surpassed Pay subscriptions. From a home-entertainment perspective, digital transactions are overtaking physical spend as well.


  • Ravi Kapur (moderator), Award-winning journalist and Founder & CEO of Diya TV, America’s first South Asian broadcast television network
  • Alexis Johnson, VP, Programming Acquisition, Charter Communications
  • Tony Maldonado, VP, Retention and Base Management, Cox Communications
  • Priti Tanna, SVP, Sales and Strategy, Warner Media
4:00pm 4:15pm Mid-Afternoon Refreshment and Networking Break

Sponsored by A+E Networks

4:15pm 5:30pm Chaz Chats: A Masterclass in Effective Networking – Majestic Complex, 6th Floor

Thousands of networking panels are hosted every year, but rarely do attendees receive the opportunity to dig deeper into specific examples and strategies from the master themselves. Hosted by Chazeem Pemberton, this panel will provide the audience with specific and successful strategies, coupled with the networking tactics that turn our panelists off. The conversation will be followed by a short Q&A session and preceded with icebreakers intended to inspire thoughtful questions for the discussion.


  • Chazeen Pemberton (moderator), Producer and Editor, Music Choice
  • Felton Brown, Senior Creative, Dreamville
  • Lee Moulton, Director of Brand Partnerships at SeatGeek, Angel Investor
  • Tracy G, Host on Sirius Radio – Sway in the Morning
  • Yari Blanco, Sr. Manager, Culture + Diversity, The Wing

Game Face: Corporate Success Strategies of a Trail Blazing Tech Warrior – Shubert Complex, 6th Floor

Presenter shares strategies for creating winning personal and professional life. In this discussion, she will lay out a game plan for how to build professional relationships that can help catapult your career.

Vicki Hamilton, Executive Technology Consultant

5:30pm 6:30pm Shared Connections – Cocktail Hour – 6th Floor Foyer
7:00pm 8:30pm Cablefax Diversity List Reception (Separate ticket required) – Viacom: Whitebox 1515 Broadway (45th Street Entrance) New York, NY 10036

Presenting Sponsor: NCTA – The Internet & Television Association

Host Sponsor: Viacom

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8:00pm 10:00pm NAMIC-NY After Party (Separate ticket required) – 48 Lounge – 1221 6th Ave New York, NY 10020

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8:00am 12:00pm Registration – 6th Floor Registration Booth

Sponsored by REVOLT

8:00am 9:00am Continental Breakfast – 5th Floor Foyer

Sponsored by Cox Communications

9:15am 10:30am General Session: Startup Pitch Competition – Westside Ballroom, 5th Floor

NAMIC and Sava360 are teaming up for the 4th year to host the Startup Pitch Competition. Finalists present business ideas to a panel of diverse and progressive advisors, investors and media executives.

Opening Remarks: David L. Cohen, Senior EVP and Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast


  • Atul Prashar (moderator), Founder & CEO, Sava360
  • Bobby Sharma, Partner, GACP Sports & Founding Partner, Electronic Sports Group
  • Amani Toomer, NFL Super Bowl Champion, NY Giants, Startup Investor
  • Chris Witherspoon, Entertainment Correspondent, Startup Advisor
  • Karen Hunter, SiriusXm radio host, Karen Hunter Show
  • Maria Weaver, Chief Marketing Officer, Comcast Advertising

Sponsored by Comcast | NBC Universal

10:30am 10:45am Mid-Morning Refreshment and Networking Break – 5th Floor Foyer
10:45am 12:00pm Creating a Passionate Inventory: How to Live, Learn and Lead from your core- Julliard Complex, 5th Floor

Life is tough and change is constant. Now let’s get on with it! A writer once posed the question, “Who am I, and how do I become who I am?” On any given day, in any give transaction, in anticipation of any major decision, and finally after any ground-shaking company or industry shift, many (if not most) pf us struggle with how to tune out the voices of self-doubt, the fear of failure, and the anguish of being exposed as not up to the task. This session will delve into 4 powerful aspects of the Passionate Inventory as an engine of change:

• What do I have? (Competencies/Self-Knowledge)
• What do I need? (Skills Acquisition)
• What do I value? (Passions)
• What do I do about it? (Strategy for Change)

Panelists will discuss what led them to create their own Passionate Inventories. In addition, they will reflect on how that process continues to inform their choices—personal and professional—as they steer through the kinds of choppy career waters not even conceived of when each participated in her/his version of Leadership 101.


  • David H. Jackson (moderator), PhD, Partner, Mercer
  • Rahman Khan, VP, Community Impact, Charter Communications
  • Angela Bundradt Turner, SVP, Affiliate and Consumer Marketing, REVOLT

“Global Evolution of the Industry” – Lyceum Complex, 5th Floor

The telecommunications industry has become global, requiring us to think outside of our traditional ways of getting work done. Moving the industry ahead, competing successfully and returning shareholder value require multi-ethnic, multi-time zone and multi-language teams. Join us in this discussion with Marlene Braga, Principal, Woman on the Verge Productions and Chirag Trivedi, VP, Global Professional Services at CommScope, as they share their experiences in building global, multi-ethnic teams.


  • Sean Cohan (moderator), President, Wheelhouse Entertainment & Chief Business Officer, Wheelhouse Group
  • Chirag Trivedi, VP, Professional Services, CommScope
  • Marlene Braga, Principal, Women on the Verge Productions
12:00pm 1:30pm Annual Awards Luncheon – Westside Ballroom, 5th Floor

Honoring Next Generation Leaders: Keith Holmes, SVP, Residential Sales, Cox Communications; Rashida Jones, SVP of Specials, NBC News and MSNBC, NBCUniversal; and Satya Parimi, Group VP, Enterprise Data, Products & Smart Cities, Charter Communications.

Luminaries: Ricky Frazier Jr., Division VP, Customer Service Strategy and Retention, Comcast; Jae-Min Han, VP, Law, Chief Counsel, Charter Communications; Alexis Johnson, VP, Programming Acquisition, Charter Communications; Camille Joseph, Regional VP, State Government Affairs, Charter Communications; Patricia Estrada Martin, SVP, Service Assurance, Cox Communications; Marcella Milliet Sciorra, VP, Ad Sales & Product Marketing, Charter Communications; and Wayne Thompson, VP, Telecoms, Connectivity and Capacity Management, Altice USA.

The recipient of the Mickey Leland Humanitarian Achievement Award: Cathy Hughes, Founder & Chairwoman, URBAN ONE, Inc.

Sponsored by Univision Communications, Inc.