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Executives

Share your wisdom and inspire young talent.

Perhaps you're a seasoned veteran of your particular business field. Maybe you've chosen to rue your competitors, or perhaps, you've been inspired to help young men and women move forward in their disciplines.

One Day Immersion (ODI) provides students and recent graduates access to powerhouse executives to be inspired, gain incredible insights, and prepare themselves for the challenges of our shared future. As an executive, ODI is a terrific give back moment to share what you’ve learned along your career path and inspire young talent.

"I've always been passionate about education and providing learning experiences for students to become aware of the truly exciting career opportunities in the cable industry and beyond. ODI exposes career opportunities no one knows about; or think is unobtainable."
Zenita Henderson
– Zenita Henderson
Director, Marketing Operations and Business Development, SCTE/ISBE

Students are looking for real world advice and insight from those who are making their mark in the industry. These young men and women are willing to meet astronomical standards! Take this unprecedented opportunity to give back to someone who strives to be like you.

We hear so many times from executives that they wished there were opportunities like ODI when they were in college. Students leave inspired and ready to test what they've learned. Executives have been known to connect with students beyond the event through internships and mentoring sessions; an essential element to starting a career.

Take a look at the folks who were in front of the students last year, and let's add you to ODI community roster.


Leerone Anolik
Leerone Anolik
Director, Revenue Strategy & Analytics
iHeart Media

Session: A Conversation with Owen Grover
Leerone Anolik is a Director, Revenue Strategy & Analytics at iHeartMedia. She Oversees the Digital Revenue Management practice and leads a business analytics team, responsible for evaluating business performance and providing strategic direction for optimizing broadcast and digital revenue, as well as guiding national and local sales team on pricing

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Paige Birnbaum
Paige Birnbaum
Training Program Manager
Google

Session: Women You Should Know: Super Women in Tech
As the Training Program Manager at Google, Paige creates scalable e-learnings to teach advertisers how to manage their mobile advertising campaigns, one of Google's largest growth areas. Prior to working in training, she was a Rich Media Solutions Consultant, working directly with advertisers to help them launch their more technical ad campaigns.

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NickBorenstein
Nick Borenstein
Director of Development
First Look Media

Session: Ask Me Anything: Lunch with an Executive
Nick Borenstein is Director of Development for First Look Media, the new media studio behind critically acclaimed films Spotlight and CitizenFour from Pierre Omidyar, the co-founder of eBay. In this role, Nick is responsible for the creation, development and production of premium scripted, non-fiction and digital series under the companies

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Neil Braun
Neil Braun
Dean, Lubin School of Business
Pace University

Sessions: Welcome and Opening Remarks, and Keynote Interviewer
Neil Braun is the Dean of Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in New York. He has been President of the NBC Television Network, and Chairman and CEO of Viacom Entertainment. He has also been an internet and environmental entrepreneur, a film producer and a corporate attorney. Dean Braun serves on the board of directors of IMAX

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Betsy Brightman
Betsy Brightman
Vice President, Content Acquisition
Comcast

Sessions: Ask Me Anything
Betsy Brightman serves on the Board of Directors of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), a national non-profit organization that has been serving women in the cable industry for 30 years.

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Delia Camasca
Delia Camasca

Job Opening Announcements (throughout the day)
Delia Camasca started her career in media as a Broadcast Television Producer working on local news affiliate stations with Univision and Telemundo networks. She's been an On- Air Correspondent for WPIX-TV Channel 11 for a public affairs program called "Best Talk on Location." While at Channel 11 she was also an Associate Producer on a show that won an

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Sherita T. Ceasar
Senior Vice President, EPS, DE, National Video Deployment Engineering
Comcast Communications

Session: Women You Should Know
Sherita T. Ceasar is Senior Vice President of National Video Deployment Engineering for Comcast Communications. In this role, Sherita has transformed unique regional video deployment activities into a National Video Deployment Engineering function that is a critical element of Comcast’s highly regarded video platform. Her foresight and strategy for video

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Karen Chipley
Karen Chipley
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
The Cable Center

Session: Ask Me Anything: Lunch with an Executive
Karen Chipley is SVP/CFO and is responsible for the Business and Finance Office, Human Resources, Facilities, and IT. Karen holds a BS in Accounting from Mississippi State University and an MBA from Mississippi College. She has 25 years of accounting experience and is a CPA with audit experience.

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Diane Christman
Diane Christman
SVP-Programs and Development
The Cable Center

Session: Ask Me Anything: Lunch with an Executive
As part of The Cable Center's senior leadership team, Diane is responsible for creating, cultivating, and maintaining strategic relationships and partnerships between The Center and its financial supporters, as well as positioning the organization via marketing and public relations.

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Shari Cleary
Shari Cleary
Senior Vice President of Strategic Insights and Research
Comedy Central

Session: Research Insights
Shari Cleary has more than 17 years of experience in media analytics and is currently the senior vice president of strategic insights and research for Comedy Central. As a key member of the senior leadership team, she is responsible for cross-platform analytics and providing key consumer insights to guide strategy for multi-platform development, programming, and

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Michael Cox
Michael Cox
Senior Vice President, Talent Acquisition
Comcast Cable

Sessions: Ask Me Anything, State of the Industry
Michael is the Senior Vice President, Talent Acquisition for Comcast Cable, the country’s leading provider of video, high-speed internet, and voice services for residential and business customers. In this role, he is responsible for developing and executing Comcast Cable’s talent acquisition strategy to further Comcast’s position as an industry leader and career destination for

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kathleen finch
Kathleen Finch
Chief Programming, Content & Brand Officer
Scripps Networks Interactive

Sessions: The Best Career Advice I Ever Got and Ask Me Anthing: Lunch with an Executive
Kathleen Finch was named chief programming, content and brand officer of Scripps Networks Interactive in 2015. In this role, she is responsible for content creation, scheduling and marketing across all six of Scripps’ networks in the United States.

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Tammy Franklin
Tammy Franklin
Executive Vice President, Digital
Scripps Networks Interactive

Sessions: Women You Should Know: Super Women in Tech and Ask Me Anything: Lunch with an Executive
Elevated to executive vice president of digital at Scripps Networks Interactive in January 2014, Tamara Franklin oversees the company’s digital business units to coordinate overall strategy and activity, focusing on an integrated company-wide approach to digital video production and distribution.

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Peggy  Gionta
Peggy Gionta

Session: Women You Should Know
Peggy Gionta is the President of Partner's Consulting, Inc., a Nationally Certified Women-Owned Business specializing in Information Technology Project and Product Delivery within the Healthcare, Utility, Telecom and Banking industries. Fulfilling a longtime dream and a need to create balance between her career and family life, Peggy built Partner’s Consulting 10 years ago

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Owen Grover
Owen Grover
Executive Vice President, General Manager, Content Development & Distribution
iHeart Media

Session: A Conversation with Owen Grover
An integral part of the iHeartMedia team since he joined the company in 2005, Grover currently serves as Executive Vice President + General Manager, Content Development & Distribution. In this role, he oversees the creation and distribution of content across iHeartMedia’s network of owned & operated digital properties and beyond. He and his team

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Lisa Guess
Lisa Guess
Vice President – System Engineering Americas
Juniper Networks

Session: State of the Industry
Lisa is currently the Vice President Systems Engineers for the Americas at Juniper Networks, providing leadership and driving the technology vision for the Enterprise and Service Provider Sectors. She has over 20 years of networking technology experience in a variety of roles. Prior to joining Juniper in 2008, she held leadership positions in Product Management and Marketing

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Rahsaan Harris
Rahsaan Harris
President and CEO
Emma L. Bowen Foundation

Session: Ask Me Anything: Lunch with an Executive
Dr. Rahsaan Harris is the President and CEO of the Emma L. Bowen Foundation, the nation’s leader in creating career opportunities for people of color within the media industry. The Emma Bowen Foundation, together with its 41 corporate sponsors from leading media outlets around the world, develop and manage programs that focus on scholastic

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zenita henderson
Zenita Henderson
Director, Marketing Operations & Business Development
Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE/ISBE)

Session: Women You Should Know: Super Women in Tech and Ask Me Anything: Lunch with an Executive
Zenita has a passion for technology and has close to thirty years in the telecommunications industry starting with Jerrold/General Instrument, Motorola Mobility (a Google Company), ARRIS and now Society Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE).

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Theresa Hennesy
Theresa Hennesy
Senior Vice President, Group Technical Advisor
Comcast Cable

Session: Moderator for Women You Should Know: Super Women in Tech
Theresa Hennesy leads Comcast’s technology initiatives across Engineering & Platform Services (EPS), and manages the strategic roadmap for network, security and infrastructure. Theresa also oversees technology business continuity planning, directs the employee innovation initiative, manages the EPS intellectual property and patent portfolio, and serves on the company’s

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Mark Hess
Mark Hess
SVP of Business and Industry Affairs, Office of the CTO
Comcast Cable

Session: Welcome Remarks
In this role Mark is responsible for the management of a number of joint ventures and strategic development agreements with Comcast’s key vendors and industry partners. He works closely with the CTO to manage key vendor relationships and works with various industry associations including CTAM, Cable Labs, NCTA and SCTE. In addition his team leads efforts on key

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Thao Hoang
Thao Hoang
Head of Distribution, Partnerships and Corporate Development
DEFY Media

Session: Over the Top
Thao Hoang serves as Head of Distribution and Partnerships for DEFY Media, a top digital producer and programmer focused on the influential 13-34 audience. DEFY produces 75 weekly/bi-weekly shows and is home to popular brands such as AWEme, Break, Clevver, Screen Junkies and SMOSH which have earned over 100MM social media followers.

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Sandra K. Howe
Sandra K. Howe
SVP & GM, Consumer Products Group
ARRIS Group, Inc.

Sessions: Women You Should Know, Ask Me Anything
Sandy Howe is Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Consumer Products Group for ARRIS. In this capacity, she establishes and directs all elements of the Company’s retail business, including P&L, new product introduction, and customer engagement and driving growth for all ARRIS products in global retail markets. Howe brings over 20 years of direct

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Grace Killelea
Grace Killelea

Session: The Confidence Effect
For over 20 years, Grace Killelea has been keenly focused on developing, supporting, mentoring, coaching, and connecting women. An accomplished human resource and talent executive, she retired as an SVP from a Fortune 50 company and in 2013 founded Half The Sky, a leadership development program for high potential women. The program now has

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Stephen Kimmerling
Stephen J. Kimmerling
Senior Consultant

Session: Moderator for The Best Career Advice I Ever Got
Stephen J. Kimmerling is a business development, marketing, and educational programming executive with a prominent, international law firm. He also provides client advice, business development, and management services for the firm’s Cuba Practice. Prior roles include serving Senator Bob Kerrey as Director of Public Programming in the Office of

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Tracey Kopper-Hourin
Tracey Kopper-Hourin
Executive Director, Human Resources for the Engineering Platform Services
Comcast

Sessions: Welcome Remarks, Closing Remarks
Tracey Kopper-Hourin, Executive Director, Human Resources for the Engineering Platform Services organization at Comcast, is responsible for designing and developing the strategy, tactics and key practices that enable the innovation and change critical to compete in today's technology sector.

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Craig Leddy
Craig Leddy
Cable and Interactive Media Analyst, Writer, Lecturer, Consultant
Interactive TV Works

Session: Interactive Launch Competition
Craig Leddy is a leading authority, writer, lecturer and consultant for the cable and broadband industry, specializing in business and technology education about advanced television, Internet, interactive media and emerging innovations.

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Kimberly Maxwell
Kimberly Maxwell
Vice President, Consumer Insights & Analytics
NBC News

Sessions: Research Insights and Ask Me Anything: Lunch with an Executive
With a balance of quantitative and qualitative research tools, Kimberly interprets numbers and decode themes to reveal the consumer mindset. Whether measuring ad engagement, tracking a brand’s health, studying co-viewing couples or cross-platform engagement, her work entails digging deeper into the rationale behind the numbers. Insights can't always reveal themselves

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Melissa Merriman
Melissa Merriman
Account Executive
Cisco

Sessions: Ask Me Anything
Melissa Merriman is an Account Executive at Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking. In her 9 years at Cisco Melissa has been dedicated to supporting customers in the service provider and telecommunications space leading teams to strategically develop and tactfully implement solutions that support business goals and objectives.

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Robert Miner
Robert Miner

Sessions: Moderator for Research Insights and Ask Me Anything: Lunch with an Executive
At Miner & Co. Studio, Robert leads a team of  strategic research, marketing and brand consultants with a proven track record in guiding brand positioning, brand experience, marketing communications, new product development, digital content development and TV programs and concepts.

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Stephanie Mitchko-Beale
Stephanie Mitchko-Beale

Session: Women You Should Know: Super Women in Tech
As the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Cross MediaWorks Stephanie Mitchko-Beale provides day-to-day leadership in the development and execution of strategic initiatives. She is leading the Operations and IT teams to champion change efforts and design stream-lined, standardized processes to ensure

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Craig Parks
Craig Parks
Vice President, Programming
Comcast

Sessions: Ask Me Anything: Lunch with an Executive and Co-Moderator for the Over the Top Panel
Craig Parks is the VP of Programming, Editorial, and Operations for Watchable, Comcast’s over-the-top video platform dedicated to the best digital shows and brands. At Watchable, Parks leads the team that identifies and on-boards new shows and partners, and programs the content via playlists and featured placement across Watchable’s web, mobile, and TV

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Richard Plepler
Richard Plepler
Chairman and CEO
HBO

Session: Keynote Interview
Richard Plepler is Chairman and CEO of Home Box Office, Inc., responsible for the overall management of the world’s most successful pay TV service, which provides the two television networks – HBO and Cinemax – to over 131 million subscribers in over 60 countries and its programming into over 180 territories. He was named to this position in

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Shane Rahmani
Shane Rahmani
Executive Vice President and General Manager
Electus Digital

Session: Over the Top
Electus Digital includes CollegeHumor, Dorkly and the growing portfolio of emerging digital brands within Electus. Electus is the first integrated multimedia entertainment studio to unite producers, creators, advertisers and distributors under one roof to produce all forms of content for distribution across a variety of platforms around the world, including: broadcast, cable,

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Stone Roberts
Stone Roberts
Senior Vice President of Global Video Strategy
Refinery29

Session: Over the Top
Stone Roberts serves as the Senior Vice President of Global Video Strategy at Refinery29, the number-one destination for stylish, intelligent women who crave thought-provoking conversation around limitless ideas.

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Rob Rockell
Rob Rockell
Vice President, Network Engineering
Comcast

Sessions: Ask Me Anything
Robert Rockell serves as the Vice President of Regional Engineering Operations at Comcast, where he and his team design build and operate Comcast’s converged regional networks, supporting all of Comcast’s Residential and Business products.

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Julie Rohmer
Julie Rohmer
Vice President, Customer Experience
Comcast Cable

Session: Ask Me Anything
Julie Rohmer is Vice President with Comcast Cable’s Customer Experience team, where she is focused on executing the company-wide strategy for transforming the company’s customer experience. In this role, she is responsible for aligning and driving the initiatives that are striving to make customer experience Comcast’s best product.

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Ebonne L. Ruffins
Ebonne L. Ruffins
Vice President, Local Media Development
Comcast

Session: Moderator, Women You Should Know
Ebonne L. Ruffins became Vice President of Local Media Development (LMD) at Comcast in March of 2016. Her team’s mission is to provide Comcast with a local business advantage through technologies and programming that reach customers down to the neighborhood level. Ebonne leads the company-wide strategy, creative vision, and technical execution of LMD’s

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evan shapiro
Evan Shapiro
Co-Chair, One Day Immersion
Executive Vice President, Digital Enterprises: NBCUniversal, SeeSo

Sessions: Ask Me Anything: Lunch with an Executive and Co-Moderator for the Over the Top Panel
Evan Shapiro serves as Executive Vice President, Digital Enterprises at NBCUniversal. Shapiro spearheaded the launch of Seeso, the company’s ad-free streaming comedy channel, and works on the company-wide strategic development of digital opportunities to reach emerging audiences, including alternative platforms and direct to consumer

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Michael Smith
Michael Smith
General Manager & Senior Vice President
Cooking Channel

Sessions: The Best Career Advice I Ever Got and Ask Me Anything: Lunch with an Executive
Michael Smith is General Manager & Senior Vice President, Cooking Channel at Scripps Networks Interactive, where he oversees programming and marketing for the Food Network spin-off Cooking Channel. Michael has been with Scripps Networks for the last 15 years, guiding the creative, advertising and brand strategies in marketing and creative roles,

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Martha Soehren
Martha Soehren
Chief Talent Development Officer and Senior Vice President
Comcast University and Comcast Cable

Session: Welcome Remarks
Martha Soehren is the Chief Talent Development Officer and Senior Vice President for Comcast University and Comcast Cable. Her career encompasses 16 years in the telecommunications industry; 25 years in the defense industry; and 13 years as an adjunct professor and research/academic advisor. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees

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Anita Visalli
Anita Visalli
Regional Manager of Cloud & Platforms
Cisco Systems, Inc.

Session: Ask Me Anything
Anita Visalli is a Regional Manager of Cloud & Platforms for Cisco Systems, Inc. In her current role, she is responsible for business development and new franchise/service creation for Comcast with the Cisco portfolio of products and services. Anita manages a team that aligns Cisco Business Units, Corporate Development and Finance with Comcast plans and associated

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Jennifer Yohe Wagner
Jennifer Yohe Wagner
Senior Vice President, Procurement
Comcast

Session: Women You Should Know
Ms. Jennifer Yohe Wagner has successfully served the business and financial needs of prominent cable-related organizations for more than a decade. Her strong leadership and entrepreneurial attitude have consistently generated innovative ideas that impact heavily on the cable industry. Through her application of dynamic strategies along with her exceptional

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Emory Walton
Emory Walton
Vice President, Distribution
A&E Networks

Session: Ask Me Anything: Lunch with an Executive
Emory Walton is Vice President, Distribution at A+E Networks. Walton has been with A+E for over 15 years, starting his career as an Assistant in Affiliate Sales and then advancing to Account Representative followed by Account Manager and Account Director. In these roles, he managed sales and marketing, demographic research, and contributed to the launch

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Mike Williams
Mike Williams
Research Manager
Showtime

Session: Research Insights
Mike Williams is currently a research manager at Showtime, where he spends most of his time thinking about multi-platform measurement, the notion of "Peak TV," and the upcoming season of Twin Peaks.

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Monica Williams
Monica Williams
VP, Business Operations, Technology & Strategy
NBCUniversal Business Development & Digital Distribution

Session: Women You Should Know: Super Women in Tech
Monica Williams is Vice President of Business Operations, Technology & Strategy, Business Development & Digital Distribution, where she oversees business operations, delivery and emerging technology for the Digital Distribution group at NBCUniversal. Digital Distribution is responsible for distribution and monetization of NBCU television content across digital

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Dolly Wolf
Dolly Wolf
Co-Chair, One Day Immersion
Owner: Dolly Wolf Enterprises, LLC

Session: Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dolly Wolf is an experienced program creator/director with outstanding program and project management track record. She is able to bridge diverse communities, resulting in high-impact collaboration and communication among all participants. She has proven success in all aspects of program development, including idea and strategy; project planning and

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David Zagin
David Zagin
President, Distribution
A+E Networks

Session: Ask Me Anything: Lunch with an Executive
As President of Distribution for A+E Networks, David Zagin oversees all affiliate sales revenue, domestic distribution and affiliate marketing for A&E® Network, HISTORY®, Lifetime®, LMN®, FYI®, H2™, Lifetime Real Women®, Military HISTORY™, HISTORY en Español™, and Crime & Investigation Network®. Zagin also oversees all revenue,

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