NAMIC Announces 2007-2008 Class Roster For Executive Leadership Development Program Increased Industry Demand Results In Record Number Of Participants For

Specialized Curriculum Designed To Develop Executives of Color

    NEW YORK, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- NAMIC (National Association for
 Multi-ethnicity in Communications) today announced the class roster for the
 2007-2008 term of its Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP). Now
 in its seventh year, the NAMIC ELDP is presented in partnership with the
 UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. In response to industry
 demand, the class size for the 2007-2008 program has been expanded from 30
 to 40 participants.
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     Since its inception, the NAMIC ELDP has accrued 178 alumni. Targeting
 upper middle managers of color (director-level and above), the curriculum
 was customized for NAMIC by the Anderson School's Office of Executive
 Education Programs, which is renowned for its Leadership Institutes focused
 specifically on African-American, Latino and Asian populations. The
 Anderson School administers the program's academic curriculum, while NAMIC
 maintains management responsibility for the overall program. Over the
 course of four sessions, the NAMIC ELDP addresses the unique challenges
 faced by executives of color in the workplace in addition to the business
 acumen skills that all executives need to succeed. While emphasizing
 professional growth, the ELDP structure includes in-depth personal growth
 assessments and guidance pertaining to career planning and managing diverse
     "With our focus on developing a new generation of executive leadership,
 the NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program offers a platform for
 self- discovery, professional growth, empowerment and promise," said Kathy
 Johnson, president, NAMIC. "We are encouraged by the industry's commitment
 to our mission of accelerating minority advancement at the executive level,
 which has led to increased interest and participation amongst professionals
 of color."
     The 2007-2008 NAMIC ELDP class members are:
     Tina Allen, Director, Web Development, The Weather Channel
     Nicole Anderson, Senior Director, Communications & New Product Delivery,
      Comcast Cable
     Willie Arrendondo, Senior Director, Marketing, MTV TR3S, MTV Networks
     Ilan Ben-Hanan, Director, Programming & Acquisitions, ESPN
     Erica Branch-Ridley, Director/Executive Producer, TV Land Online, MTV
     Monica Cannon, Senior Director, Field Sales, Disney & ESPN Media Networks
     Earl Cokley, VP, Interactive Systems Development, Scripps Networks
     Sophia Cranshaw, Senior Director, On Air Promos, MTV
     Meeri Cunniff, VP, Programming, The N, MTV Networks, Kids and Family
     Bakori Davis, Senior Director, National Accounts, Content Distribution,
      MTV Networks
     Denise Davis, Senior Director, Customer Operations, Time Warner Cable
     Rosalyn Durant, VP, Programming & Acquisitions, ESPN
     Bruce Evans, SVP, Current Series, NBC Universal
     Tamara Franklin, VP, New Business Development, Turner Broadcasting System,
     Warren Garner, VP, Affiliate Marketing, Disney & ESPN Media Networks
     Jeffrey Green, VP, CNN Sports Productions, CNN
     Naz Haider, VP, Business Management, ABC Family
     Rhonda Holt, VP, Infrastructure & Operations, Turner Broadcasting System,
     Tony Hung, VP, Business Development, ESPN, Inc.
     Arturo Interian, VP, Original Movies, Lifetime Entertainment
     Sakeena Irish, VP, Program Planning & Strategy, Nicktoons Networks, MTV
     Jose Jiminez, Executive Director, Policy & Industry Relations, Cox
      Communications, Inc.
     Charmaine Leary, Regional Director, Affiliate Sales & Marketing, Comcast
     Daphne Leroy, Director, Marketing & Communications, NAMIC
     Kena Lewis, Senior Director, Public Affairs & Communications, Bright House
      Networks, Florida Group
     Elmer Martinez, Director, Technical Operations, Time Warner Cable of NYC
     Liza-Marie Merida, Regional Director, Learning & Development/Internal
      Communications, Comcast
     Pooja Midha, VP, Business Development, MTV Networks Digital
     Christal Morris, Regional Director, Human Resources/Learning &
      Development, Time Warner Cable
     J.D. Myers, II, VP, Cox Business Services, Cox Communications, Inc.
     Peter Negrete, Divisional VP, Comcast University, Comcast
     Bret Perkins, VP, Government Affairs, Comcast Cable Communications
     Ronald Phillips, Division VP, Human Resources, Comcast
     Nedelka Phillips, Area Director, Marketing, Miami-Dade-Keys, Comcast
     Tyrome Smith, VP, Organizational Effectiveness, Home Box Office
     Steven Takeuchi, Senior Director, Sales Planning, ESPN
     Pradip Tripathy, Senior Director, Quality Assurance, MTV Networks/Viacom
     Woody Victor, Director, On-Air Operations, BET
     Amryl Ward, VP, Human Resources, Time Warner Cable
     Dawn Williamson, VP, Sales Manager, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
     Kim Williamson, Director, Prime Time Programming, Food Network, Scripps
     For more information on the Executive Leadership Development Program or
 other NAMIC initiatives, visit
     About NAMIC
     NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) is
 the premier organization focusing on multi-ethnic diversity in the
 communications industry. Founded in 1980 as a non-profit trade association,
 today NAMIC is comprised of nearly 2,000 professionals belonging to a
 network of 17 chapters nationwide. Through initiatives that focus on
 education, advocacy and empowerment, NAMIC champions equity and inclusion
 in the workforce, with special attention given to ensuring that the
 leadership cadres of our nation's communications industry giants reflect
 the multi-ethnic richness of the populations they serve.


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