Symposium on Diversity: Defining Different in a Changing Society
Thursday, March 29, 2012
One Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD 20190
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
See photos from the event on Flickr here.
Opening Keynoter: Eileen O'Neill, Group President, Discovery and TLC Networks
Luncheon Keynoter: David Porter, Jr., Executive Director, Walter Kaitz Foundation
Panel Topics to Include:
Women on Top
The ultimate in girl talk: join three women who have created successful media careers on their own terms. Learn some of their strategies on what does – and doesn’t – work in terms of getting ahead, gaining leadership and ensuring one maintains a personal life in the balance. We all know that diversity at the top leads to stronger corporate performance – these women are personal examples of how diversity truly is a best practice. Let these women inspire you to write – or break – a few rules of your own in 2012 and beyond.
Moderator: Sheila Brooks, Founder/CEO, SRB Communications, Inc.
Panelists: Adria Alpert Romm, Sr. Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Discovery Communications; Sandy Girard, Vice President of Brand Management, Talk & Entertainment, Sirius XM Radio; Linette Hwu, Vice President, Business Affairs, Travel Channel
Making the Most of Transitions
Did you know the average baby boomer has had 11 different jobs before they reached the age of 44 – and that number is expected to increase for Generations X and Y? Join us for an exploration of generational diversity in rapidly changing times, since within an uncertain economy and within a dynamic economy, transitions are a way of life. Our panelists view them as an opportunity for professional growth - come listen to a diverse group of talented women all in different transitional experiences as they discuss best practices for success.
Moderator: Sarah Foss, CEO, Lift Industries
Panelists: Haley Lesavoy, Student, George Washington University, Susan Ness, Former FCC Commissioner & Founder of Susan Ness Strategies; and Genevieve Roberts, Partner, Titan Group LLC
Diversifying Your Brand
With social media “must” networks growing by the day, how do we best develop, protect and promote our professional brands – and how is that best informed by our personal interests and activities? Is it advantageous for diverse professionals to participate in social networks beyond the mainstream? How can we be sure to seek diverse candidates in an increasingly digital space? Learn the importance of a robust digital brand, see examples of what is and isn’t working, and vow to create a strong Brand You in 2012.
Moderator: Molly Wythes, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Katz Media
Panelists: Kenetta Bailey, TV One; Renessa Boley, America's Premier Life Desinger; Layla Masri, Bean Creative
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