Dr. Mierzejewska holds an M.A. in Economics from Warsaw School of Economics from Warsaw School of Economics in Poland, and earned her Ph.D. in management at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Her research and teaching focuses on media management and digitisation and its impact on media organizations and media workers.
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.
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 strategy for History en Español securing the network's first carriage deal.
With over twenty five years of experience helping companies receive the attention they deserve, Joanne Dant brings an extensive background in all aspects of audience engagement to The Primavera Group. Her experience includes work with national and international media content, distribution and technology clients, as well as a number of non-profits.
Kathleen Finch is Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer at Discovery, where she oversees the management oversight of HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel, Discovery Life, American Heroes Channel, Destination America, Great American Country and Lifestyle Digital Studios in the U.S.
Leerone Anolik is a Strategy and Operations Manager at Google, providing thought leadership, insights, strategic and operational support to Google’s Global Business Development team.
Lucy Holsonbake is a pioneer in the field of education with over thirty years of varied experience. Whether building an award-winning theatre arts program in an inner city school labeled “at risk,” piloting the Dallas Public Schools’ first Talented and Gifted Program, or heading outstanding theatre and speech/debate departments in highly competitive college preparatory private academies, Lucy has a proven track record!
Michael Smith advises startup and established companies in the TV/OTT, digital media, video content, and technology sectors. As an accomplished executive and recognized thought leader in OTT streaming, he is known for strategic vision and direction in the development and launch of video content and brands that have continually leveraged the new ways people consume content across an increasingly diverse audience population.
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
Emma L. Bowen Foundation
Dr. Rahsaan Harris is the President and CEO of the Emma Bowen Foundation (EBF). Founded in 1989, EBF connects promising students of color to internships, advocates for best practices in hiring, retention, and advancement in the media & technology industries.