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Get FREE Inside Access to Careers in Media, Entertainment & Technology!

One Day Immersion in Media, Entertainment & Technology in partnership with Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business, will be held online November 13, 2020.

You don’t want to miss this exclusive event.

From COVID-19 to calls for social change to dramatic changes in the media industry, the leaders of tomorrow need help from leaders of today.

Through keynote speakers, panel discussions, and one-on-one conversations, students from all around the country get savvy direction from industry leaders to build their careers in media. This year’s virtual conference taps into resilience to break through barriers in our disrupted world.

November 13, 2020
10 am - 3:30 pm ET
9 am - 2:30 pm CT
8 am - 1:30 pm MT
7 am - 12:30 pm PT

Virtual Live Stream
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Event Schedule and Speakers

schedule subject to change

Event Schedule and Speakers

Session Topic and Time (ET)
Who's Speaking
MORNING WELCOME

10:00 am – 10:05 am
(pre-recorded)

ODI Board of Directors and Programming Committee


Session Topic and Time (ET)
Who's Speaking
Welcome from Dr. Donna Rapaccioli:
Dean of the Gabelli School of Business

10:05 am – 10:10 am
(pre-recorded)

 


Session Topic and Time (ET)
Who's Speaking
BREAKTHROUGH:
THE BRILLIANCE OF RESILIENCE

10:10 am – 10:25 am
(live)

Kicking off the show with an introspective around resilience is our favorite emcee, the super talented, Emmy award winning, risk-taking, bold and in your face, truthful, political, giving and kind hearted, Evan Shapiro.   


Session Topic and Time (ET)
Who's Speaking
GEN Z: WE WANT YOU AND YOUR VOICE IN LOCAL NEWS!

10:30 am – 11:00 am
(live)

Local news is making a huge pivot towards a digital strategy and Spectrum Networks is taking the lead in building a young audience and adding the Gen Z perspective to their workforce. Find out what that means to you, and BTW, they're hiring!

Presented by Spectrum Networks - Sponsor

Spectrum logo


Session Topic and Time (ET)
Who's Speaking
LET'S BREAK:
STRETCH + BREATHE PART 1

11:00 am – 11:05 am
(pre-recorded)

This simple breathing practice will give you energy for the day and help you focus.


Session Topic and Time (ET)
Who's Speaking
MEDIA + RACE
11:05 am – 11:45 am
(live)

A panel of highly regarded media experts will discuss how they have managed their careers, dealt with challenges, and been resilient in impacting a comprehensive awareness of racial equity and inclusion within the media industry. They will also share the competencies needed to successfully launch your own media career amid the current social-political climate.  

Moderated by Sandy Nunez, ESPN

Emory Walton, A+E Networks

Tamika Blockett, UM Studios

Uzo Ometu, Content and Technology Professional


Session Topic and Time (ET)
Who's Speaking
Mavericks Lunch and Learn: Resilience and Leadership with Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global

11:50 am – 12:20 pm
(pre-recorded)

In this fireside chat, Cable Center president and CEO, Jana Henthorn, and Liberty Global CEO, Mike Fries, discuss the challenges media and tech industry leaders have continued to face in the ongoing global pandemic and the importance of resilience and positive leadership in this unprecedented business paradigm.


Session Topic and Time (ET)
Who's Speaking
COMEDY RELIEF
ROAST OF YOUR COLLEGE SELF

12:20 pm - 12:50 pm
(pre-recorded)

The Roast of Your Teenage Self (formerly the Roast of Your 15-Year-Old Self) is a Brooklyn comedy staple wherein some of NYC's funniest comedians come together for one night only to roast the one person everybody loves to hate: themselves in high school. Creator, comic, comedy writer and 'Roastcoming Queen', Alise Morales has altered the roast to focus on college, and brings the funny to ODI with comic and actor, Al Madrigal. Started by Alise in 2015, the Roast has been featured in the New York Times, Time Out New York, Comedy Cake, and the New York Comedy Festival. The Roast became a podcast in 2019. 


Session Topic and Time (ET)
Who's Speaking
LET'S BREAK:
STRETCH + BREATHE PART 2

12:50 pm – 12:55 pm
(pre-recorded)

Sitting all morning at computer? The exercise I'm going to teach you helps with
eye strain. But first, letʼs stand up and stretch!


Session Topic and Time (ET)
Who's Speaking
KEYNOTE/FIRESIDE CHAT

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
(live)

Life changing events and a career in journalism. Vlad Duthiers, Correspondent, CBS News, interviewed by Evan Shapiro, President, National Lampoon.


Session Topic and Time (ET)
Who's Speaking
Roundtable: Future of Ad Supported Media:
Endless Opportunities

1:35 pm – 2:05 pm
(live)

In a world of ad-free SVODs, advertising supported media is actually making a comeback. For good reason, too. Advertising has been powering media from the beginning, so it's no surprise that exciting technology developments have created new experiences and opportunities for advertisers and publishers alike. This diverse panel of experts will help demystify the world of advertising and ad tech in media. What it is and why it matters for an industry as a whole. Discover the key areas of the ad tech space. This just may be the right career fit for you.

Moderated by Mike Richter, Jukin Media


Session Topic and Time (ET)
Who's Speaking
LET'S BREAK:
STRETCH + BREATHE PART 3

2:10 pm – 2:15 pm
(pre-recorded)

This is a great way to end your day, my favorite yoga pose. It is great to do at the end of your work day, or before bed. I like to listen to a guided meditation or mantra while resting in this pose.


Session Topic and Time (ET)
Who's Speaking
KEYNOTE WITH WONYA LUCAS, CEO CROWN MEDIA NETWORKS

2:20 pm - 2:50 pm
(live)

Industry veteran and self-proclaimed 'mathlete', Wonya Lucas will share her amazing life story that let her into the media industry. Interviewed by the equally talented and revered Michael Smith, Chief Marketing Officer, NPR.


Session Topic and Time (ET)
Who's Speaking
INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIVITY:
HOW THE WORLD BECOMES SMALLER

2:55 pm – 3:25 pm
(pre-recorded)

Want to see the world? As our connected world brings us all closer together, many media companies see huge growth and opportunity outside the US. This panel explores the overseas opportunities and challenges facing global companies, and helps you understand what you should be thinking about if you want to pursue a career with an international component.   

Laurie Stewart, Mindless Academy and LEGO

Cameron Saless, Jukin

Irina Shames, 3BLACKDOT

Moderated by Ben Lister, Sinclair  


Session Topic and Time (ET)
Who's Speaking
CONFERENCE CLOSING REMARKS

3:25 pm – 3:30 pm
(pre-recorded)

ODI Board of Directors and Programming Committee


Sponsored by:

Spectrum logo

Warner Media logo

The Cable Center logo

Discovery logo