Mavericks at Michigan!
Rich DiGeronimo, EVP of Product & Strategy at Spectrum/Charter Communications, Speaks at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business
The Cable Center team traveled to beautiful Ann Arbor to the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business for a Mavericks Lecture on October 4. The lecture featured cable executive and UMich alum Rich DiGeronimo, EVP of Product & Strategy at Spectrum/Charter Communications. Rich, who is also a Cable Center Innovation Laureate, spoke to business students about the cable industry and shared the story of his career journey from UMich to Spectrum. With the help of our Cable Center summer intern and current UMich student, Katharine Carpenter (class of ’21), our UMich Student Sponsors (who helped promote the event on campus), and the Spectrum University team (who also hosted a career and internship recruitment table at the business school during the day), the Mavericks Lecture received over 70 student attendees and was a huge success. The students were fascinated by Rich’s engaging presentation, and asked many thoughtful questions about the industry and the exciting career opportunities it offers. After the presentation, everyone enjoyed pizza and took some fun photos together. Thank you, Rich, for a magnificent Mavericks Lecture to remember. The lecture will be available as a podcast on The Cable Center website in the near future (stay tuned). Go Blue!
Hats Off, Grads! Intrapreneurship Academy Fall 2018 Class Recap
Now that it’s fall, back-to-school season is in full swing – including here at The Cable Center’s Intrapreneurship Academy. The fall 2018 class kicked off in August and culminated in a capstone and graduation ceremony from October 9 - 10. This session brought together cable industry rising stars from several different disciplines from a variety of cable industry organizations. Over the 9-week program, led by innovation expert and dean, Robyn Bolton, the Intrapreneurs advanced real-life projects utilizing the innovation process.
During a guest panel at the capstone, Leslie Ellis, president, Ellis Edits Inc., and Ken Klaer, senior vice president, Comcast Technology Solutions and Strategic Infrastructure, spoke to the class about their experiences innovating throughout their careers. Coleman Breland, president, content and experiences, Turner Classic Movies and FilmStruck, gave the graduation keynote, telling industry stories and giving advice to the new graduates.
We look forward to the positive change, growth, and success our Intrapreneurship Academy graduates bring to their organizations and the industry at large.
Stephanie Gall, Product Manager, 605
Lisa Warther, Senior Project Manager, CableLabs
Jacob Ferlin, Manager Product Reporting, Residential, Charter Communications
Austin Flynn, Senior Manager, Product Management Residential, Charter Communications
Hanna Frisendahl, Senior Video Products Analyst, Charter Communications,
Avinash Sammeta, Software Principal 1, Software Development Ops, Charter Communications
Ann Sookswat, Senior Manager Business Development, Charter Communications
John Sweet, Manager Accessibility, Charter Communications
Kym Semmens, Senior Program Manager SDM & Portfolio Management, Charter Communications
Lisa Wiles, Manager Product Customer Identity, Charter Communications
Tess Wolf, Product Manager, Charter Communications
Ulugbek Ergashev, Senior Product Analyst - Machine Q, Comcast
Tjeerd Simons, Engineer 4, Comcast
Sarah Sprague, Office Manager, Comcast
Cody Stansbery, Senior Manager Enterprise Tech Support, Comcast
Whitney Fennell, VP - Retail Sales & Distribution, CWC/FLOW
Lagwana Tyler, Director, Field Support Center, Mediacom
Stephen Vaccaro, Manager, Data Analytics, Mediacom
Joseph Rysavy, Consumer Products Manager, Midco
Kelly Carper, Director of Marketing, WOW!
Liz Kennedy, Director of Planning, Analysis and QA, WOW!
Michelle MacFee, Director of Residential Products, WOW!
Cable Center President & CEO Jana Henthorn Named One of Cablefax’s Most Powerful Women
We are thrilled to announce that Cable Center President & CEO, Jana Henthorn, has been named one of Cablefax’s Most Powerful Women of 2018.
This year, under Jana’s leadership, The Cable Center has had many achievements. With The Center’s innovative and forward-looking initiative called The Community of Innovators (COI), Jana has taken bold steps to promote innovation and advance intrapreneurship within the industry. Some of Jana’s greatest achievements this year include:
- 2018 spring and fall sessions of The Cable Center’s Intrapreneurship Academy
- The Cable Center’s Mavericks Lecture Series at the University of Michigan with Spectrum’s Rich DiGeronimo
- The Cable Center’s 2018 Cable Hall of Fame – held at a new location in New York City, the elegant Ziegfeld Ballroom – was the most successful yet
- WICT Rocky Mountain’s Woman of the Year
Jana’s enthusiasm for cable and telecom and her determination to go many extra miles in pursuit of a brighter future for our industry, The Cable Center, women, and young people, is inspiring. One of Jana’s favorite quotes and words of wisdom is from the great Warren Buffet: “Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” Jana’s leadership values embody this quote, and she has built her career on planting trees and nurturing their growth.
Congratulations, Jana! We are so proud to call you our leader and friend.
Tomorrow’s Innovators Start Today: Early Bird Registration for Winter 2019 Class of the Intrapreneurship Academy!
The winter session of the Intrapreneurship Academy is around the corner – don’t miss this opportunity to take your career to the next level and become an innovator in the industry! The winter session spans from February 5 to March 7, 2019, and the Early Bird pricing and application deadline ends November 30, 2018.
The Intrapreneurship Academy at The Cable Center gives cable industry rising leaders the tools to become Intrapreneurs by teaching the process of innovation and applying it to a real-world project within their companies. Participants engage with an instructor, each other, and a company sponsor so they can master the skills to drive innovation within their roles. This program is motivating for the Intrapreneurs and a great way for companies to invest in the future.
Register online today! Prices go up December 1, 2018. Learn more at www.cablecenter.org/programs/intrapreneurship-academy-tcc-ia.
Save the Budget and Save the Date: The Cable Hall of Fame is May 2, 2019!
Mark your calendars and your budgets for the 2019 Cable Hall of Fame Celebration, which will take place on May 2, 2019, at the elegant Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City.
We look forward to seeing you there and celebrating the 2019 Honorees, which will be announced soon.
For sponsorship package inquiries and more information about the Cable Hall of Fame, please visit our website www.cablehalloffame.com.
Blast from the Past: SVP Diane Christman and President & CEO Jana Henthorn Share Their Favorite Cable Hall of Fame Memories
We sat down with Jana and Diane to hear their favorite highlights from Cable Hall of Fame celebrations past. As a 14 year veteran of The Cable Center, Jana has also attended 14 Cable Hall of Fames, while Diane, who began her career at The Cable Center in 2006, has attended 12. From memorable moments to delicious dishes, here are Jana and Diane’s favorite highlights from one of the industry’s most celebrated and exclusive events.
Favorite Cable Hall of Fame Moment:
Jana: “The Cable Hall of Fame is such a moving program that highlights for me every year why this is such a wonderful industry. Every Cable Hall of Fame I have attended has been special for me and close to my heart. I’m honored to be a part of this event and tradition, and to be able to celebrate new and past inductees with our cable industry family.”
Diane: “My favorite Cable Hall of Fame moment – although very bittersweet – was in 2010, when we honored Bill Bresnan with a tribute video and the Bresnan Ethics in Business Award. Bill was our biggest champion and a great mentor to me. So, of course, the tribute video had to genuinely convey the love, warmth, and respect that people have always had for Bill, and had to fully reflect Bill’s values. Lela Cocoros, a great friend of The Cable Center’s, and I spent months together working with Bill’s family and close colleagues to develop the award and the video. At the 2010 Cable Hall of Fame, when we finally unveiled the tribute video and announced the award, the emotions among the crowd were overwhelming. I felt we really got it right.”
Favorite Cable Hall of Fame Dessert:
Jana: “The delicious key lime tarts that we had at the 2018 Cable Hall of Fame at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City! That graham cracker crust — true love in dessert form.”
Diane: “Definitely the strawberry shortcake at the 2015 Cable Hall of Fame in Boston! That shortcake was out of this world! Maybe we can bring it back for 2019?!”
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