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ODI has expanded our outreach to connect, inform and inspire with a Media Mentors Series to help build your career tool belt!

TWICE A MONTH, we host an executive from the media, entertainment or technology industry to share their insight, advice and best practices to help build your career.

Our goal is to help you navigate your way around this disruptive world with conversations from diverse voices, experiences and roles to help keep the normalcy and make sure you are set up for change in a moments notice.

Adaptable: An ODI Online Series

This is a more intimate online gathering for students, recent grads, faculty and those interested in media.
And it's FREE!

Next Episode

Monday, December 14, 2020

5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT

45 minute overview with Q&A

Nuna Charafeddine

Nuna Charafeddine
Director of Operations
Three Uncanny Four

Nuna Charafeddine is the Director of Operations at the podcast company Three Uncanny Four, a joint venture with Sony Music Entertainment, where she focuses on optimizing and improving processes for both content and business production in alignment with strategic goals. 

Nuna has over 15+ years of experience in the media industry beginning as an intern maintaining portfolios at a small NY photo agency to growing video production start-ups from a few people domestically to 40+ employees internationally. She has previously worked at such places as Zero Point Zero, The Wall Street Journal, and Warner Media, fulfilling anywhere from field producer roles to being a talent casting assistant or live show producer.

Now, she leaves behind the days of the cold control room and dark edit suites and hopes to bring far more empathy and kindness to the industry; in addition to being with Three Uncanny Four, she now pursues her MS in Clinical Counseling after receiving her BFA in Photography. 

Nuna can sip mint tea on a balcony in Beirut with the best of them but now lives in Queens with her partner and cat, where espresso on a stoop can be just as sweet. 

Date: December 14, 2020

Time: 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT

Speakers in the Queue

Tamika LaShay Blockett

Tamika LaShay Blockett
VP, Content Director
UM Studios

Tamika better known as Mika, has an infectious love for innovating and telling stories that serves bottom-line results. As a seasoned Vice President, Content Director, she has shaped numerous award-winning campaigns spanning global Fortune 500 companies such Viacom, The Coca-Cola Company and HERSHEY’S to international brands such as Clio Awards and PBS. Her most recent award winning work includes leading the portfolio work across the Coca-Cola Connections Studio Content Management team for the past 3 and half years. Mika recently transitioned to HERSHEY’S and USPS accounts sweetening the world with meaningful moments. Both teams oversee the media content that extends across general market to key multi-cultural audiences and under her leadership the team has reimagined engaging with more diverse audiences through various mediums to cultivate deeper connections. Mika also serves on UM’s Diversity & Belong Council where she aims to inspire the UM community togetherness through cultural belonging. In her free time, her passion points include volunteering with The Gye Nyame Empowerment Project (GNEP), doodling fashion illustrations and trying new foods while jet setting. A couple of her favorite destinations include Maui, Bali and Tokyo.

Date:  January 20, 2021

Time: 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT



Coming in 2021:Diverse and inclusive work places.

Emory and Alaka are industry veterans who have consistently been recognized for their leadership, and also for their philanthropic efforts to build a diverse and inclusive work place that benefits everyone.

Emory Walton

Emory Walton
Vice President, Content Distribution
A+E Networks

Emory Walton III is Vice President, Content Distribution at A+E Networks. With 20+ years of experience within the cable television and entertainment industry, Walton is one of A+E Network’s distribution team leaders, overseeing business strategy and relationships with U.S. and International based content distributors. He leads his team with a focus on communication, collaboration, accountability, and diversity.

His role involves negotiating long-term carriage agreements across an array of content platforms for A+E’s dynamic portfolio of television networks including A&E, History, Lifetime, and VICE TV. He’s also a member of A+E’s Multicultural Insights Team, which is responsible for advising on and promoting multicultural programming and consumer reach across each of the A+E brands.

He has been recognized as one of the ‘Most Influential Executives for Diversity and Inclusion in Media’ and honored as a ‘NAMIC Luminary’ which recognizes business leaders in the media and entertainment industry for their career successes and commitment to fostering diversity in the workplace. He also is a recipient of the WICT (Women in Cable and Television) Advocate Leader Award.

Emory received a BA in Communications Studies with a specialization in Business from UCLA. He also received an MBA from LMU and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma; the international honor society for business schools. In addition, he has completed Harvard University’s Cable Executive Management program and NAMIC’s Leadership Development program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

Alaka Williams

Alaka Williams
Senior Vice President, People & Culture
Discovery, Inc.

Alaka serves as Senior Vice President of People & Culture at Discovery, Inc. She is responsible for the HR leadership of the company’s U.S.-based lifestyle networks by providing organizational, leadership and individual performance counsel to various business units, facilitating change and transition with these units through the assessment, design, facilitation and implementation of appropriate organizational intervention and being in touch with employee needs and human resources communities and systems for her 500+ employee customers.

In addition to her professional work, she’s also involved in the Emma Bowen Foundation’s Youth and Young Professionals program and the Year Up program in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. She serves as a mentor in Discovery’s MentorNet program and in the WICT Southeast Chapter’s Student Mentoring Program as well as the T. Howard Foundation’s Mentor Program for promising college students interested in media.

Alaka has been recognized by NAMIC for her commitment to fostering diversity. She is a proud graduate of NAMIC’s 2016 Executive Leadership Development Program and one of the organization’s 2016 Luminaries. Alaka is a recipient of the WICT Southeast Red Letter Award for mentoring and has been named one of Cablefax’s 2016, 2018 and 2019 Most Influential Minorities.

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AIRED ON October 26, 2020

Chris Tanner

Christy Tanner
Executive Vice President and General Manager
CBS News Digital

Christy Tanner oversees CBS News on all digital platforms, including CBSN, CBS News’ digital streaming news network featuring live, anchored coverage across platforms, as well as CBSNews.com, mobile apps and OTT apps. 
 
Under Tanner’s leadership, CBSN continues to drive strong and sustained viewership growth. Drawing an audience with a median age of 37, CBSN has increased viewership every year since launching in 2014 and set new viewership records in March 2020.
 
During her tenure at CBS News Digital, Tanner has spearheaded the expansion of CBSN’s original content slate and continually broadened distribution to make CBSN available on every major platform.
 
Formerly, Tanner was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of CBS Interactive Media, a group of premier entertainment brands. Tanner joined CBS Interactive through the company’s acquisition of TV Guide Digital, where as CEO she transformed the business for an on-demand, streaming audience. She previously held executive positions with The Washington Post Company, Wolters Kluwer and Reed Elsevier.
 
Tanner currently is a board member and special advisor to the executive committee of Digital Content Next, the leading trade organization serving premium digital content companies, where she previously served as co-chair from 2015-2017.
 
Tanner holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Bits of Wisdom

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AIRED ON October 12, 2020

Katie Lombardi

Katie Lombardi
VP, Digital Spectrum Networks
Charter Communication

As Vice President, Digital for Spectrum Networks, Katie Lombardi oversees content strategy, editorial execution and product development across Spectrum Networks digital properties, including its websites, apps and social media profiles. Leading a team of 100+ digital content creators and product managers, Katie is responsible for driving innovation and building the Networks’ understanding of its consumers’ platform preferences for which discrete content is being created.

Spectrum Networks is the local programming division of Charter Communications, consisting of more than 30 hyperlocal, 24/7 news and sports networks and two regional sports networks.

Prior to joining Charter in 2016, Katie worked at MSG Networks Inc. and The Madison Square Garden Company in various digital and marketing roles. Most recently, she served as the Director of Digital Marketing for MSG Networks. In this role, she developed, implemented and optimized digital marketing programs including social media, mobile and database. Additionally, she partnered in the development of strategic marketing plans for exclusive live local games and other programming of 7 professional sports teams.

Katie graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. She currently resides in New York City.

Date: Monday, October 12, 2020

Time: 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT

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Demystifying Development & Getting your start in Children’s Television

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Time: 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT

9 Story Media Group

9 Story Media Group
Development Team

What does it mean to develop for television? How do production companies take a small seed and grow it into a successful Emmy nominated show? Join the 9 Story New York City development team as they demystify what it means to make children's content.

9 Story Media Group is a leading creator, producer and distributor of award-winning animated and live action content for audiences around the world. From development right through to consumer products, 9 Story Media Group is one of the world’s leading kids and family content companies. Home to Blue’s Clues & You!, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Charlie’s Colorforms City and much more.

We'll talk with Crystal Williams (an ODI alum), Yunah Chung, and Sarah Wallendjack.

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AIRED ON September 14, 2020

Cassie Brown

Cassie Brown

President and Founder, SHRM-SCP 
Cassie Brown HR Consulting

Read More about Cassie Brown

Cassie Brown is a nationally certified human resources leader with over 18 years of experience. Spending 20 years with Scripps Networks Interactive, a leader in lifestyle content, she was a part of the amazing transformation and growth of the company and it's people. She'll share best practices on navigating moves from university to the workplace, and what it takes to be a top candidate.

Date: Monday, September 14, 2020

Time: 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT



AIRED ON August 31, 2020

Zenita Henderson

Zenita Henderson
Vice President,
Business Development & Marketing, SCTE / ISBE

Zenita has been in the tech world focusing on marketing and business development for over thirty years. She is an industry icon, a people connector and relationship builder; and has been recognized by multiple organizations for her award-winning community and industry relations activism supporting education, arts, science, technology and math (STEM/STEAM) initiatives, healthcare, diversity and inclusion programs in the cable industry.

Jasmine Serano

Jasmine Serano
Microsoft
Chief of Staff office

Jasmine graduated from Villanova University in 2016 with her Bachelor’s in Computer Science and then did an additional year to attain her Master’s degree in Computer science. She then started her career at Microsoft in July of 2017 as a member of the MACH program (now Microsoft Aspire) as a Support Engineer for the Azure Identity team and has had several roles throughout her three years at the company and currently works within the Chief of Staff Office.

Crystal Williams

Crystal Williams
9 Story Media Group
Development Assistant

Proudly hailing from Eastern and Western Upstate New York, Crystal Williams is the assistant to the 9 Story Development Team in NYC. She’s a passionate storyteller with a heart for issues surrounding community, representation, and building the next generation of kids. Crystal’s background is rooted in broadcasting and audio engineering. Before receiving her Master’s degree in television at Syracuse University, she was a news producer for Spectrum News.

Bits of Wisdom

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AIRED ON July 27, 2020

Michael Smith

Michael Smith
Chief Marketing Officer
NPR

Read More About Michael Smith

Michael Smith IS A SUPER STAR media executive, advisor and mentor, and has more than 30 years of experience in entertainment brand marketing content, digital, and revenue generating brand extensions. He's created, launched, and branded multiple TV networks (including Cooking Channel and Food Network), and streaming services, developed and produced 80+ TV series, created many successful marketing campaigns, and extended TV brands into consumer products and experiences.

Michael has been an integral part of ODI's development since we launched, and one of his most favorite things about the program is engaging with you - our future leaders.

Michael earned his MBA in Marketing and Finance from the UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, and received his bachelor's degree in Science, Technology and Society from Stanford University.

Date: Monday, August 17, 2020

Time: 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT

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AIRED ON July 27, 2020

Brian McLaughlin

Brian McLaughlin
Co-President
Emerald Elephant Entertainment

Read More about Brian McLaughlin

Brian McLaughlin has produced four feature films, all acquired for distribution, two are on Amazon Prime Video. He and his producing partner, Penelope Korff, have eight feature films in development, three of which are currently being shopped around Hollywood. He is a mentor in the Producers Guild of America’s Diversity Workshop and on the PGA Education and Mentoring Committees. He was a visiting film professor at the University of Notre Dame, instructor at The Los Angeles Film School, media production advisor to General Petraeus in Afghanistan, and former army paratrooper commander. He graduated from Notre Dame and earned an MBA from Boston University.

Date: Monday, July 27, 2020

Time: 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT

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AIRED ON July 13, 2020

Leerone Anolik

Board Member, One Day Immersion Inc.
Strategy & Operations Manager, Global Business Development, Google

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.

Prior to Google, Leerone held a number of roles at iHeartMedia, where she oversaw the Digital Revenue Management practice and worked collaboratively with executives and key senior leaders to develop and successfully deliver on projects critical to the company’s short and long term growth. She also worked as a Media Planner for Universal McCann Israel, managed major advertisers’ media budgets and television advertising campaigns.

Leerone holds a BSc in Mathematics with extended study units in Economics and Psychology from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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AIRED ON June 29, 2020

Melanie Ruderman

Melanie Ruderman
Sales Manager, Social Sales Forbes

https://www.linkedin.com/in/melanieruderman/

From ODI alum, to interning with one of the top media execs in the industry, to early career posts with Discovery, and now with Forbes, Melanie has just scratched the surface on building her career. She'll share her best practices on moving from college (Lafayette College), to the workplace, and her goals beyond.

Date: Monday, June 29, 2020

Time: 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT

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AIRED ON MAY 18, 2020

Jonathan Skogmo
Founder & CEO, Jukin Media
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jskogmo/

Under Jonathan's' leadership, Jukin Media has grown to more than 170 employees with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, and New Delhi. Jukin is the world’s first media company that’s powered entirely by user-generated video content.

Skogmo has been named to The Hollywood Reporter’s Next-Gen 35 Under 35 list, the Cynopsis “Digital It” list, and the Multichannel News 40 Under 40 list; in April 2016 he was dubbed the “King of Viral Video” by VideoInk.

With more than a decade of industry experience, Skogmo has produced more than two hundred hours of linear TV programming for networks such as FOX, MTV, Discovery, TruTV, and Channel 5 (UK).

Skogmo's industry affiliations include The Producer's Guild of America (Co-Chair of the Online Video Committee), The Young Presidents' Organization (Malibu Chapter), and the Association of Media Content Users and Providers. He was a finalist in the 2019 EY Entrepreneur of the Year program for the Greater Los Angeles region. He holds a degree in Film and Television from Columbia College. He resides in Los Angeles.

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AIRED ON APRIL 27, 2020

Uzo Ometu

Uzo Ometu
Content and Technology Professional, formerly with Google and YouTube 

Uzo Ometu will walk through the meandering road that has been his career in media technology. From writing for business magazines and freelancing for ESPN, to leading operations for a nationwide media sales effort and leading YouTube's venture into local news, Uzo's pathway from journalist to start-up founder has been up and down, roundabout and never easy to predict. He's learned a lot about how the business of media works, how technology has changed the industry, and most importantly, how things actually get done. He'll go over those lessons, important milestones in his career, and how he thinks his past has prepared him for his future in media entrepreneurship.

He'll share insights on how the business of media works, how technology has changed the industry, and most importantly, how things actually get done.

Get a glimpse into how his past has prepared him for his future in media entrepreneurship.

Bits of Wisdom

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AIRED ON MARCH 30, 2020

Evan Shapiro

Evan Shapiro
President, National Lampoon
Chairman, One Day Immersion Inc. 

Evan Shapiro is the President of National Lampoon, a Comedy Studio for Live Performance, Film, TV, Social and Audio. Shapiro, an Emmy and Peabody Award Winner, has produced or created more than 150 television series, specials or documentaries, including Portlandia, Comedy Bang Bang, Please Like Me, Take My Wife, Shrink, Trapped In The Closet, Harmonquest, Laurie Kilmartin’s 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad, HitRecord, Fortitude, Carlos, Bollywood Hero, My Brother My Brother & Me, Brick City, This Film Is Not Yet Rated and more.

He most recently executive produced the comedy special Funny Women of A Certain Age for Showtime, and Trump Bites, the Webby Award winner for Best Animated Series. He is a Professor for TV and Media at NYU/Stern School Of Business, and will be teaching Fall, 2020 at Fordham University, Gabelli School of Business.

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