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Coming Together to Empower Diversity and Inclusion in
Media, Entertainment, and Technology

2021 Virtual Conference

Friday, November 5, 2021

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The Promise of One Diverse Industry

One Day Immersion in Media, Entertainment & Technology, presented by, Exponent, and in partnership with Fordham University's Gabelli School of Business

The Promise of One Diverse Industry

As the media is a reflection of the nation it serves, are we doing enough to ensure that all the voices are heard, and stories are told? What can we do to make sure that we’re listening and reflecting, not just reacting? How can we benefit from the wisdom of experienced leaders while ensuring new voices and perspectives are an essential part of the conversation? 

Learn, listen, and lend your voice to this important series of discussions and keynotes that explore the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in media, technology, and entertainment. 

Sponsored by:

Spectrum Networks
The Cable Center
Fordham Gabelli School of Business
Discovery network logo

Event Schedule and Speakers

MORNING WELCOME
9:00 – 9:05 a.m.

Dolly Wolf and Evan Shapiro with ODI welcome everyone to take part in a day full of career and industry insight, best practices, and opportunities.

WELCOME FROM DEAN DONNA RAPACCIOLI
9:05 – 9:10 a.m.

ODI 2021’s university partner, Dean Rapaccioli from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business kicks off the day with a welcome to this year’s conference.

OPENING Q&A PANEL WITH GEORGE CHEEKS, CBS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, FACILITATED BY MEDIA PUNDIT AND PROFESSOR, EVAN SHAPIRO
9:10 – 9:40 a.m.

George Cheeks, President and CEO at CBS, and the Chief Content Officer, News and Sports, at Paramount+  will sit at the 'roundtable' with college students to talk career insight, advice and the current state of media.

Participating students:

  • Ambar Castillo, CUNY
  • Brian Garrett, Medgar Evers College
  • Deets Sharma, NYU
  • Jennifer Zaurov, Pace University

WELCOME TO THE INDUSTRY
9:45 – 10:20 a.m.

A great way to start the day with an immersive look at some of the variety of roles and those making their mark in an industry that shifts and pivots by the minute.

H.R. BREAKOUT SESSION WITH DISCOVERY'S PEOPLE & CULTURE / RECRUITMENT 
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Join Discovery, Inc's People & Culture Team to learn more about the media industry, talent and recruitment, and Discovery's culture. Available in 220 countries and territories and 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens and services, from linear, free-to-air and pay–TV channels to digital products and streaming services, to social and mobile-first content and formats.

Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, Turbo/Velocity, Animal Planet, and Science Channel, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe.

MOMENT OF ZEN WITH COMEDIAN, ALISE MORALES
10:25 – 10:30 a.m.

Need a break? Add a moment of zen to your day.

KEYNOTE – A CONVERSATION WITH REBEKAH DOPP
10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Rebekah Dopp is Global Head DEI Brand & Reputation, Google Founder & Chair, Exponent

‘TALKING CIRCLE’ FEATURING, VERY SPECIAL GUEST KEYNOTE, GLORIA STEINEM
11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Gloria Steinem is a writer, political activist, and feminist organizer. Five college students will have a dialog of a lifetime with American Icon, Gloria Steinem. 

Participating students:

  • Julia Ururahy Pinto, Fordham University
  • Brittany Lugo, Medgar Evers College
  • Marissa Lambert, Fordham University
  • Franki Rosenthal, Fordham University

GENERATIONS TALK: OUR CAREERS IN MEDIA
11:30 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Doug Holloway co-founded and launched the SyFy Channel and was one of the first black media leaders in the cable industry. Here, Mr. Holloway facilitates a chat with his son, D.J., whose career is moving upward as he creates strategic paths in motion pictures. How do the challenges faced back then inform people of color and marginalized backgrounds to forge successful careers in media?

MOMENT OF ZEN WITH COMEDIAN, ALISE MORALES
12:05 p.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Need a break? Add a moment of zen to your day.

LUNCH + LEARN KEYNOTE: A CONVERSATION WITH DEVIN JOHNSON, COO, The SpringHill Company, co-founded by Lebron James
12:10 – 12:40 p.m.

Elite industry executive Michael Smith will facilitate this conversation with Devin Johnson and his role at The SpringHill Company, a venture co-founded by Lebron James. We’ll learn how they create the most culturally inspired brands, entertainment, and products.

EVERYONE IS A MEDIA COMPANY: NON-TRADITIONAL PLAYERS WHO USE CONTENT AND MEDIA TO CONNECT WITH AUDIENCES
12:40 – 1:15 p.m.

Let's face it, traditional advertising doesn't work. Nowadays, anyone or any company can reach their customer directly, and doing it through content has been proven to be the most effective way to get your message heard. In this panel, content experts from consumer brands will tell you all about the opportunities to help your favorite brands tell their stories. 

THE LOCAL NEWS LANDSCAPE: Launching Your Career in Local News
1:20 - 1:55 p.m.

We all read about what’s going on in the White House, but in many ways what’s happening in your state capital has an even bigger impact on your daily life.

Spectrum Networks is a series of 30+ local TV networks across ten states dedicated to connecting communities through the power of local news.

From on-camera to behind-the-scenes, there are many ways to launch your career in this challenging and exciting industry. Whether you’re interested in news, media, TV, or any related field, Spectrum Networks internal experts will give you an overview of the local news landscape and opportunities for you to get involved.

MOMENT OF ZEN WITH COMEDIAN, ALISE MORALES
2:00 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.

Need a break? Add a moment of zen to your day.

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE:  A CONVERSATION WITH TINA PERRY, PRESIDENT, OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK
2:05 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

The afternoon continues with another phenomenal leader in media, Tina Perry. Her educational achievements and visionary superpowers lead her to a top media post reporting to one of the world's most beloved luminaries, Oprah Winfrey. Her leadership is a driving force behind the network’s ongoing evolution to become the leading destination for Black audiences.

 

CAREERS IN ENTERTAINMENT LAW: THE SPECIALTY OF ADVISING ARTISTS/CREATORS AND ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESSES
2:20 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

If you watch a movie, read a book, or play a video game, an entertainment lawyer has helped get that content to you. This very cool group of diverse entertainment lawyers will walk us through their roles, the evolution of their respective careers and the industry, and share advice for pursuing this highly specialized legal career.

THE NEXT FRONTIER FOR GAMING
3:00 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.

The world of gaming is ripe for content creativity, technology innovation, and career opportunities. Join this team of diverse gaming experts who’ll discuss their perspectives on getting into this space and share their expertise on its future. 

MOMENT OF ZEN WITH COMEDIAN, ALISE MORALES
3:40 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Need a break? Add a moment of zen to your day.

CLOSING KEYNOTE: A CONVERSATION WITH CHERYL WILLS
3:45 - 4:15 p.m.

Who better to close this content-rich day than the inspirational, insightful, original, Ms. Cheryl Wills. Cheryl is a Television Personality, Journalist for NY1/Spectrum News, Author and Emmy award-winner.

CONFERENCE CLOSING REMARKS 
4:15 – 4:20 p.m.

With One Day Immersion Founder and President, Dolly Wolf, and Cheryl Wills of Spectrum Networks.