NAMIC Announces Roster For Class X of its Executive Leadership Development Program Designed to Increase Diversity in the Communications Industry's C-Suites

Oct 11, 2010, 10:47 ET from NAMIC

NEW YORK, Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) today announced the roster for the tenth class of its Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP).  Presented in partnership with the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management, NAMIC's ELDP has graduated nearly 300 executives of color.  The first session of the 2010-2011 class is scheduled for October 12-15.



Targeting upper-middle executives of color (a minimum of two years at the director level, and above), the curriculum was customized for NAMIC by the Anderson School's Office of Executive Education Programs, responsible for delivering ELDP's rich academic and leadership development content.  In turn, NAMIC has overall stewardship of the program, including the selection of each class from the talented pool of industry nominees.

Over the course of four sessions, the NAMIC ELDP addresses many of the unique challenges faced by executives of color in the workplace and, equally as important, the key business competencies that all executives must acquire to build and sustain successful careers — careers anchored by flexible leadership, enlightened use of power, and skill in mining the riches of diverse teams.

"Over the past decade, ELDP has emerged as one of the most respected leadership development programs in our industry and we are honored to provide this vital resource for increasing the pipeline of executives of color," said Kathy Johnson, NAMIC's president.

The members of ELDP Class X are:

Sissy Abraham, senior director, Human Capital Management Solutions, Comcast

Justin Antony, vice president, Music and Talent, MTV Networks

Lourdes Arocho, vice president, Toys and Games, Nickelodeon Consumer Products

Carlos Astolfi, senior vice president and regional controller, Turner Broadcasting

Kenetta Bailey, senior vice president, Marketing, We tv

Armando Benitez, senior director, Production, ESPN

Paul Biava, area vice president, Operations, Comcast

Brian Broughton, senior production counsel, BET Networks

Selina Campbell, director, Customer Care, Cox Communications

Roxanne Cloutier, vice president, Corporate Applications/Enterprise Applications, Turner Broadcasting

Lynne Davis, director, Public Relations and Talent Development, Scripps Networks/HGTV

Marina Escobar, senior director, ESPN Creative Technology, ESPN

Monica Franklin, director, Human Resources - Michigan Region, Comcast

Lino Garcia, general manager, ESPN Deportes, ESPN

Rachel Gehris, director, Partner Marketing, MTV Networks

Terrill Gosa, senior director of Operations, Time Warner Cable

Renita Griskel, project director, Emerging Media Content, Scripps Networks

Camille Hammond, senior director, Field Sales, Disney & ESPN Networks

Abe Jennings, vice president of Operations, Comcast of Northern Virginia, Comcast

Ajamu Johnson, director, Supplier Diversity, Comcast

Walter Jones, director of Field Services, Cox Communications

Abu Khan, vice president/general manager, Comcast

Andy Ko, finance director, MTV Networks

Alana Moton, director, Field Marketing, Discovery Communications

Takashi Nakano, director, National Accounts, Scripps Networks International

LaTanya Newt, director, Original Programming, BET Networks

Juan Otero, senior director and policy consultant, Comcast

Janet Parker, vice president, Human Resources, Time Warner Cable

Lavatus Powell, vice president and senior counsel, MTV Networks

Tamara Ratliff, director, MTV Networks

Sharmila Ravi, senior director, Communications Product Management, Comcast

Teasa Reeves, director, L&D Operations - Southeast, Comcast

Janelle Rodriguez, director of Programming, CNN

Armando Ruiz, vice president, Engineering, Time Warner Cable

Lateef Sarnor, director, BET Networks

Dhanusha Sivajee, director, Advanced Products & Online/Digital Marketing, HBO

Julie Sun, senior director, Digital Marketing, MTV Networks

Lanze Thompson, vice president, Finance, Turner Broadcasting

Vineet Wadhwa, vice president, Finance, Time Warner Cable

Raymond Wong, finance director, Cox Communications

William Wong, account director, National Accounts Field Ops, Scripps Networks

Meesun Woo, senior director, Sales/Finance and Media Systems, A&E Television Networks

Meghann Wu, senior director, Strategy and Business Development, MTV Networks

For more information on the NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program or other NAMIC education initiatives, visit


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 2,000 professionals belonging to a network of 18 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. For more information on NAMIC, visit