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May 26, 2016
Dear NAMIC Supporter,

Congratulations to the graduates of NAMIC's ELDP Class XV!

NAMIC leadership and industry supporters were on-hand for a recent graduation ceremony held in celebration of Class XV of the Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP). Presented in partnership with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, ELDP is NAMIC's flagship education initiative designed to advance diversity in the communications industry's executive suites. Since its inception in 2001, the program has graduated more than 600 executives of color.    
NAMIC's Executive Leadership Development Program addresses the unique challenges faced by ethnically and culturally diverse professionals, while strengthening the business competencies that all executives must have in order to be successful. The ELDP curriculum explores a range of topics, including corporate strategy, financial and business acumen, customer orientation and innovation, and change leadership that fosters and sustains high-performing, high-engagement corporate culture.
Please join NAMIC in congratulating the ELDP Class XV graduates:
Monica Alexander , director, Care Tools Adoption, Charter Communications; Robin Alston, senior director, Legal and Business Affairs, A+E Networks; Tiffanie Baker, senior counsel, Content Acquisition, Comcast; Leon Barnes, vice president, HR, Comcast; Alix Baudin, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Products and Operations, Scripps Networks Interactive; Pipier Bewley, vice president, HR Business Partner, Cox Communications; Tamara Bowens, vice president, Field Marketing , Charter Communications; Elianna Carlton, senior director, Human Resources, Comcast; Lorelei Davis, executive director, Payment Processing, Comcast; Carlos De Castro, senior director, Sports and VOD Marketing, Charter Communications; Inga Dyer, senior vice president, Legal Business Affairs, REVOLT Media & TV LLC; Clifford Ejikeme, vice president, Finance and Treasurer, A+E Networks; Khanspasha Feaster, senior director, Leadership Development, Charter Communications; Mar'ee Gboleeweefaa, director, Project Management and Communications, Charter Communications; Marc Glenn, vice president, Engineering, A+E Networks; Galen Gordon, coordinating producer, ESPN; Jae-Min Han, senior counsel, Charter Communications; Jamal Haughton, senior vice president and general counsel, Samsung Electronics America, Inc.; Lorelie Johnson, director, Corporate Communications, Brighthouse; Pankaj Kumar, vice president, Media Sciences, Comcast; Francis Legros, senior director, Production Operations, ESPN; Jose Leon, senior director, IP Services, Charter Communications; Cheryl Middleton Jones, vice president, Human Resources, Scripps Networks Interactive; Jen Miller, senior director, Financial Planning and Analysis, Comcast; Jorge Nieves, senior director, Security Operations, Comcast; Emeka Ofodile, senior director, Marketing, ESPN; Danthanh (Kristine) Perillo, director, Client Planning, Viacom Media Networks; Joiava Philpott, vice president, Regulatory Affairs, Cox Communications; Thomas Piggee II, director, Technical Operations, Comcast; Andre Quadra Pereira Da Silva, senior director, International Marketing, ESPN; Punita Ramchandani, senior director, HR Compensation, ESPN; Caralene Robinson, executive vice president, Brand Marketing and Creative - VH1, Viacom/VH1; Shuvankar Roy, executive director, Xhome Business Operations (XFINITY HOME), Comcast; Quentin Sa'lay, senior director, Human Resources, Comcast; Ariel Tan, senior director, Strategy, Viacom; Loi To, director, Strategy and Business Development, Comcast; Vijay Velusamy, director, Software Development and Engineer, Comcast; Nyle Washington, director, Corporate Communications, Viacom/VH1; Madura Wijewardena, executive director, Global Public Policy, Comcast; Barry Williams, executive director, Indirect Channel Sales, Comcast; Antonio Williams, senior director, Government and External Affairs, Comcast.
For more information on the NAMIC ELDP or the organization's other education programs, visit

Upcoming NAMIC programs/events/initiatives:
  • June 1: NAMIC-New York's "Speed Mentoring" event is sold out 
  • June 1: Deadline to take advantage of the 30%-off early registration rate for the 30th Annual NAMIC Conference, September 20-21, 2016 in New York City
  • June 21: Save the date for the NAMIC-Mid-Atlantic and WICT DC/Baltimore present: A Conversation with Henry Schleiff hosted by Discovery Communications.  Henry Schleiff, Group President, Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel & Destination America will join in a conversation with Emmy Award-Winning Journalist, Tony Harris
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