NAMIC Picks Execs for Training

The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications announced the 2004-05 class of its Executive Leadership Development Program -- 31 representatives from MSOs and programming providers who will spend 10 days at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management.

Intensive personal- and professional-development sessions in the program are designed to help them advance to executive-level positions within the cable industry.

"ELDP prepares people of color for leadership positions in the cable and telecommunications industry, with a unique emphasis on leading in increasingly diverse work and market environments," Manish Jha, president-elect of NAMIC and senior vice president of ESPN Mobile, said in a prepared statement.

"It is our goal with ELDP to ensure that the cable industry has a solid pipeline of diverse professionals who are able, through their leadership, to meet the needs of our audiences," Jha added.

The curriculum addresses the challenges that managers and executives of color face and is focused on cultivating business-acumen skills such as negotiation, trust-building, team leadership and performance management.

It is completed in four two-and-a-half-day sessions, held in October and November 2004 and February and April 2005, and it was developed for NAMIC by Anderson's Office of Executive Education Programs.

The class of ELDP IV: So Young Park, director, electronic commerce and direct marketing, A&E Television Networks; Ava Hall-Mattison, senior director, special projects and creative services, Black Entertainment Television; Darius Walker, senior director, news coverage, Cable News Network; Susan Gonzales, senior director, communications, Comcast Corp.; Jyoti Kulkarni, director, network provisioning and network operating-system software, Comcast; Grace Perry, vice president, compensation and benefits, Comcast; Michael Woods, regional director, marketing communications, Comcast Greater Chicago; Kendrick Reid, VP, on-air design, Comedy Central; Agnes Pena-Rosen, VP, human resources, Court TV; Linda Scanzano, VP, customer-care operations, Cox Communications Inc.; Tonya Dobine, director, human resources, Disney/ABC Cable Networks Group; Michael Fountain, coordinating producer, ESPN; Jonathan Achar, director, creative services, ESPN Networks; Martin Maldonado, director, field sales, Eastern division, ESPN; Brian Robinson, director, development, ESPN Original Entertainment; Radame Rodriguez, director, programming and acquisitions, ESPN Deportes/ESPN HD; Ramsey Naito, VP, Nickelodeon Movies; Carol Cunningham, director, strategic-intelligence research, Scripps Networks; Kimberly Givens, director, sales communications, Showtime Networks Inc.; Keith Brown, VP, news and documentaries, Spike TV; Chelsye Burrows, executive director, corporate communications, Starz Encore Group LLC; Tonia Lee, director, strategy and development, The Weather Channel; Chidi Afulezi, director, voice operations, Time Warner Cable; Lidia Agraz, VP, government and public affairs, Time Warner Cable; Megel Brown, director, business services, Time Warner Cable; Carmen Elliott, director, operations, Time Warner Cable; Leslie Grayson, group VP, operations, Time Warner Cable; Margaret Harris, VP, human resources, Time Warner Cable; Loretta Walker, senior VP, human resources, Turner Broadcasting System Inc.; Luis Bolio, VP, Latin America and special markets, TBS; and Mai-Kim Flournoy, director, program planning, VH1.