The media industry came together in New York City this week for conferences and events aimed at advancing diversity and making the industry stronger as part of cable’s annual Diversity Week. Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT), the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) and the Walter Kaitz Foundation hosted the week’s events, which honored many of our Discovery family members.
Marjorie Kaplan, Group President of Animal Planet, Science and Velocity, was honored as a WICT “Woman to Watch” at the event. The “Woman to Watch” Award is bestowed upon two women in cable who show tremendous promise for transforming the industry through their professional accomplishments. David Zaslav, CEO of Discovery Communications, was on hand to give a heartfelt introduction to Marjorie and to present her with this honor.
Additionally, several Discovery employees were recognized at the NAMIC Breakfast honoring CableFAX’s Most Influential Minorities in Cable. Vera Buzanello, Carolina Lightcap, Veronica Cajigas, Sumeet Seam, Guhan Selvaretnam, Savalle Sims, Lisa Williams-Fauntroy, Luis Silberwasser, Henry Martinez, Ivan Bargueiras, Roger Henry and Howard Lee were among those honored for their personal achievements.
As well, Adria Alpert Romm, Senior Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Global Diversity, participated in a panel at the joint WICT/NAMIC Diversity Town Hall to address the latest findings of the joint NAMIC/WICT workforce diversity survey. Adria joined several other key media executives including David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation; Rhonda Taylor, Chief People Officer, Cox, and Jacqueline Hernandez COO, Telemundo, in a panel moderated by CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux.
DCI talent also participated in key panels over the week, including Iyanla Vanzant, Host of OWN’s Iyanla: Fix My Life who was a panelist on the ‘Pearls of Wisdom: Innovation, Imagination & Initiative General Session’ and Randy Fenoli, star of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress and Randy to the Rescue, who participated in one of NAMIC’s LGBT learning tracks.
Congratulations to all those honored during this week’s events!