NAMIC Announces Roster For Class XIII Of Its Executive Leadership Development Program

Flagship Executive Education Initiative Designed To Increase Diversity Within The Communications Industry's C-Suites

Sep 24, 2013, 11:30 ET from NAMIC

NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) today announced the roster for Class XIII of its Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP).  Presented in partnership with the University Of Virginia Darden School Of Business, NAMIC's education partner, ELDP Class XIII will be facilitated over the course of four sessions.  Scheduled for October and December of 2013, and February and April of 2014, all sessions take place on the Darden grounds in Charlottesville, Virginia.   

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Graduating a total of 434 executives of color since the program's inception, NAMIC's ELDP targets upper middle managers of color (directors with a minimum of two years at that level and above). The program's central goal is to develop business leaders of color who will be well prepared to assume the top roles within the communications industry. ELDP was created in response to some of the industry's most persistent challenges: increasing the diversity of the industry's executive suites; retention of executives of color; and maximizing the ROI of a diverse workforce in a business environment that demands strategic leadership agility and creative innovation. Emphasizing professional growth, the program addresses the unique challenges faced by executives of color, while strengthening the business competencies that all executives must have in order to be successful. The ELDP curriculum explores a range of topics and business functions such as strategy, finance, marketing, innovation, and leadership agility, presented as integrated components of a holistic learning experience.

"NAMIC is honored to continue collaborating with Darden, our academic partner, and with all of the companies that support ELDP," said James C. Jones, NAMIC's Vice President, Education Programs and Diversity Solutions. "Our common goal of achieving diversity at the top echelons of the cable telecommunications industry can be realized by helping to cultivate savvy, results-driven problem solvers who thrive on diversity of thought, diversity of culture, and diversity of world-view."

The members of ELDP Class XIII are: Angela Albert, Region Vice President, Human Resources, Comcast; Malek Robert Amirshahi, Vice President, Public Relations, Nickelodeon;  Bryen Aoyama, Director, Digital Project Management (Digital Advertising); Yvette Badua, Director, Traffic Operations, Time Warner Cable; Rickey Austyn Biggers, Senior Director, Development, BET; Tanique Blair, Senior Director,   Nickelodeon; Christine Chong, Executive Director, Workforce Management, Comcast; Deretta Cole, Vice President, Human Resources, Turner Broadcasting; Anthony DiCosmo, Vice President, Sports Marketing, Nickelodeon; Yvette Encarnacion, Vice President and Senior Counsel, Viacom Media Networks; Claire Evans, Director, Marketing and Product Sales, Comcast, Ricky Frazier, Regional Vice President, Customer Care, Comcast; Amit Garg, Senior Director, Comcast; Iris Gonzalez, Corporate Director of Multicultural Strategies, Bright House Networks; Thomas Grayman, Senior Director, Spike TV Brand and Consumer Research, Viacom Media Networks; Tamara Gregory, Senior Director, Development & Production, BET/Viacom; Howie Hodges II, Vice President, External Affairs, Time Warner Cable; Christine Hong, Senior Director, Asset Management, ESPN; Meghan Hooper White, Vice President, Acquisitions, Lifetime Network, A+E Networks; Tamera Hylton, Senior Counsel, Turner Broadcasting; Renard Jenkins, Senior Director, Post Production and Network Operations, PBS; Alexis Johnson, Vice President, Content Acquisition, Time Warner Cable; Lawrence Jung, Director, Research, Scripps Networks Interactive; Sonia Koo, Director, Corporate Communications, BET; Robert Lewis, Senior Director, Production, BET; David Maharaj, Executive Director, IT, Cox Communications; Marisol Martinez, Senior Director, Time Warner Cable; Rajat Maulay, Captain/Pilot, Comcast Corporation; Phillip McKibbins, Senior Director, Emerging Technology, ESPN; Cheryl Middleton Jones, Vice President, Human Resources, Scripps Networks Interactive; Wanita Niehaus, Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Scripps Networks Interactive; Kia Painter, Vice President, Human Resources, Cox Communications; Leslie Pearce, Vice President, Sales and Retention Operations, Comcast; Monique Prince, Director, Fashion Basics and Footwear, Nickelodeon; Jacquelyn Puente, Senior Director, External Affairs, Comcast Corporation; Munzer Qaddourah, Vice President, Cox Media; Lucia Rodriguez, Senior Director, Multicultural Retention Marketing, Comcast; Ximena Rogers, Director, Marketing, Comcast; Satish Sampangiramiah, Principal Engineer - II, Comcast; Sudhanshu Sharma, Director, Video Engineering, Comcast; Joyclan Sumpter, Director, Distribution Operations, The Weather Channel Companies; Chantal Thomas, Director, Search Engine Optimization, MTV; Jose E. Velez Silva, Senior Director, Marketing Communications, Comcast; Keirsten Wanamaker, Senior Director of Photography, Press Art and Styling Group, Viacom Media Networks; Janet West, Vice President of Marketing, Southwest Region, Cox Communications; Kimberly Wilson, Vice President, Affiliate Marketing, Disney and ESPN Media Networks.

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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 comprises 2,200 professionals belonging to a network of 16 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, please visit and stay connected to NAMIC on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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