NAMIC Names Next Generation Leaders

NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) has named the 2014 class of Next Generation Leaders Awards. Honoring emerging executives for their professional acumen and achievements in fostering multi-ethnic diversity and inclusion within the communications industry, the awards will be presented at the NAMIC Annual Awards Breakfast scheduled for May 1 in conjunction with the National Cable Telecommunications Association’s Cable Show. This year’s NAMIC breakfast will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Concourse Hall, 8-9:30 a.m. PDT. 

Recipients of the 2014 Next Generation Leaders Awards are: Sean Coar, group vice president, Strategy and Business Decisions, Media, Time Warner Cable; Isaac Lee, CEO, Fusion, and president, Univision News; Nodir Nazarov, vice president, IP Network Technology, Cablevision Systems Corporation and Shana C. Waterman, senior vice president, Event Series Development & Production, FOX Broadcasting Company.   

Presented in partnership with Multichannel News, the Next Generation Leaders Awards honor executives of color age 45 and under in four categories: Cable MSO, Cable Programmer, Technology Company or Discipline and Creative Discipline. Coar (MSO); Lee (Programmer); Nazarov (Technology Company or Discipline) and Waterman (Creative Discipline) were selected from a group of distinguished nominees. 

“NAMIC is committed to developing as well as recognizing the pipeline of diverse professionals within the communications industry through our flagship programs, initiatives and events,” Alicin Williamson, interim president of NAMIC and principal, The Raben Group, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to celebrate the accomplishments of this distinguished group of leaders that are making innovative, creative and strategic business contributions while exemplifying NAMIC’s mission to educate, advocate and empower to advance diversity and inclusion within their companies.”

Ten additional emerging executives will be recognized as NAMIC Luminaries. Since the inception of the awards program in 2006, NAMIC has recognized 31 Next Generation Leaders and 71 Luminaries.

Selected for their business achievements and commitment to fostering diversity, the 2014 NAMIC Luminary Class is: Makesha Benson, vice president, Customer Marketing, Retention, Comcast; Angela Cannon, vice president, National Accounts, Affiliate Marketing, UP Entertainment, LLC; Veronica Cajigas, senior vice president, Global Business Operations, Discovery Communications; Sameer Deen, president, CityEats, Scripps Networks Interactive; Terrill Gosa, vice president, Systems Engineering Operations, Time Warner Cable; Damon Phillips, vice president, WatchESPN & ESPN3, ESPN; Michael Quigley, vice president, Business Development and Multi-Platform Distribution, Turner Broadcasting System; Savalle Sims, senior vice president, Litigation, Intellectual Property, Discovery Communications; Madhu Goel Southworth, vice president, Legal & Business Affairs, AMC Networks, and Sola Winley, executive vice president, Corporate Strategy & Planning, A+E Networks. 

Online registration for the May 1 event can be accessed at



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.