Roster For Class XII Of The NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program Announced

Sep 25, 2012, 10:58 ET from NAMIC

NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) today announced the roster for Class XII of its Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP).  The 2012-2013 class marks the official launch of NAMIC's new academic partnership with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.  Presented over a seven-month period, Class XII sessions will be as follows: October 9-12, 2012; December 5-7, 2012; February 20-22, 2013; April 23-26, 2013.

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Graduating a total of 390 executives of color since the program's inception, NAMIC's ELDP targets mid to upper-mid-level (experienced directors and above) executives of color.  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.   The new ELDP curriculum is the culmination of a rigorous needs assessment and evaluation conducted by the Darden design team, whose goal was to leverage the very best of the program's decade of success while bringing the content in alignment with the current state of the industry, coupled with the very latest research-based pedagogy focused on executive development.

"A pillar of the NAMIC mission is to guarantee that the leadership bench-strength is as diverse as the increasingly rich mosaic of the industry's consumers," said James C. Jones, vice president, Education Programs, NAMIC. "While the program definitely addresses the unique challenges faced by executives of color, ELDP places a strong emphasis on the essential business competencies that all executives must master in order to deliver strong results."

The members of ELDP Class XII are:  Audrey Adlam, vice president, Public Relations and Talent Development, HGTV/Scripps Networks Interactive; Damien Alexander, vice president and associate general counsel, BET; Angel Arocho, director, Strategic Services, Comcast; Joe Bernard, vice president, Advertising Sales, NBC Universal; LeVoyd Carter, senior counsel, Cox Communications; Juan Ignacio Cebellos, coordinating producer, ESPN; Dennis Chang, vice president, National Sales manager, Turner; Miranda Chattam, coordinating producer, ESPN; Clement Cheng, vice president, Human Resources, Comcast Spotlight; Sean Coar, group vice president, Strategy and Business Decisions, Time Warner Cable; William Cossey, executive director, Supply Chain, Cox Communications; Samson Desta, senior director, Coverage, Turner; Kyle Dixon, vice president, Public Policy, Time Warner, Inc.; Cheryl Dorsey, vice president, Affiliate Sales, The Africa Channel; Pamela Dover, senior director, Business Development, Comcast; Pamela Ford, director, Communications, NCTA; Jacqueline Gagne, director, Multicultural and College Marketing, HBO; Enoch Glover, senior director, Sustained Engineering and Operations, Time Warner Cable; Lennies Gutierrez, director, Government Affairs, Comcast; Phillip Hayes, engagement executive director, Comcast Assurance and Advisory Teams, Comcast; Michael Hewitt, vice president, Technical Operations, Comcast; Kimberly Hulsey, vice president, Legal Counsel, Scripps Networks Interactive; Eric Jones, executive producer, Spike TV; Navin Kamath, director, Domestic Digital Networks Distribution, HBO; Linda Lee, director, Publishing, Nickelodeon; Adrienne Loung, director, Partner Marketing, Viacom; Derek Low, vice president, Product Management, Scripps; Cherita McIntye, director, Executive Learning, ESPN; Sonya Middleton, deputy assistant general counsel, Cox Communications; Carla Moore, vice president, Domestic Network Distribution, HBO; Sudhir Muralidhar, director, Audience Management, Comcast; Alex Okosi, senior vice president & MD, Viacom International Media Networks; Alessandra Otero-Reiss, vice president, Multicultural Marketing, Time Warner Cable; Sweta Patel, director, Marketing Analysis, Cox Communications; Stephanie Phelps, director, Global Inclusion Strategy, Viacom; David Porter, executive director, The Walter Kaitz Foundation; Gavino Ramos, senior director, Communications, Time Warner Cable; Christopher Rose, senior director, Program Scheduling and Strategy, BET Networks; S. Brinkley Ruffin, senior director, Human Resources, Bright House Networks; Kannan Subramaniam, executive director, Comcast Enterprise Technology, Comcast; Claudia Marcela Tabares, vice president, Strategic Insights, A+E Networks; Jason T. Williams, director, Global Consumer Products and Business Ops, Viacom; Cheryl Wingate, vice president, Talent Acquisition and Movement, Time Warner Cable; and Alex Wong, executive director, Engineering Operations, Comcast. 

"NAMIC proudly announces the new cohort for our signature executive leadership program," said Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee, president and CEO, NAMIC. "Our new partnership with the Darden School is guaranteed to strengthen the critical business competencies that all senior leaders must command to be successful in our evolving business."  

To broaden the reach of ELDP, The Walter Kaitz Foundation has provided a fellowship for eligible executives from smaller industry companies to participate in the program.  This year's Kaitz funded fellowship has been granted to Cheryl Dorsey, vice president, Affiliate Sales, The Africa Channel.

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