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More of The Most Powerful Women in Cable
mentality' within a large
organization, we have been
able to grow the core digital
business without sacrificing
new, transformational ideas
and executions. "
One Word to Describe
Herself: " Curious "
programming agreements and
arrangements. No easy task.
The Most Enjoyable
Aspect of Her Job: " My
colleagues on the programming
team. We belly laugh with each
other in the most adverse of
circumstances-literally, make
each other roll on the floor
laughing. It would be impossible
to sustain the level of
work we do without the respect
we share for each other and
the pervasive good humor. "
Favorite Travel Destination:
" Burgundy, France "
Grace Killelea
SVP, Talent, Comcast Cable
One of the most dynamic
women in cable, Killelea's influence
spreads throughout the industry
from her role as national
facilitator of the Betsy Magness
Leadership Program. She's also
one of the best moderators of
panels we've ever seen.
On Workplace Equality:
" Women comprise 46% of the
US workforce; however, we
aren't represented in senior
leadership roles to match this
number. One measure of success
would be to have more
women in the C-suite. Another
would be for women to have
promotion rates equal to their
male counterparts-we have
more buying and decision
power today than ever and
employers should leverage
these assets more frequently. "
Favorite Travel Destination:
" I travel more than 90K
miles a year on business-so
one of my favorite travel destinations
is back home to center
city Philadelphia. "
through challenges and solutions
with this diverse group
of top-notch communicators is
intellectually stimulating and
highly rewarding. "
Her Non-Professional
Obsession: " I am the proud
'foster parent' of two orphaned
baby elephants, Sabachi and
Kilguni. "
a change agent. It can be
uncomfortable to ask or nudge
people out of their comfort
zone for their own growth and
the company's success. Ultimately,
it is something I like. I
have been drawn to that role
several times in my career. "
Her Non-Professional
Obsession: " Triathlon. I love
the challenge of competing in
an event that is three sports. "
Women to Cable: " Highlighting
the wide range of career
possibilities within the cable
industry. Every possible career
interest can be met within the
cable industry today. And the
opportunities to work on interesting,
complex, and challenging
projects are endless. "
Non-Professional Obsession:
" Yoga "
Suzanne Kolb
President, Marketing, News
and Online, E! and Style
Kolb and E! are having a banner
year, with the Kardashians and
Chelsea Handler on the slate.
On Technology: " It's
the greatest opportunity.
Specifically, the ever-evolving
opportunities new technologies
provide to connect
consumers with media brands
in unprecedented ways. "
Leah LaPlaca
VP, Programming &
Acquisitions, ESPN
LaPlaca, who already oversaw
the NFL and professional golf
for ESPN, took the reins of the
NBA and poker coverage in
2010. For ESPN, this decision
was a good bet considering
the strong track record
LaPlaca has built handling
programming buys at the
worldwide leader in sports.
The Most Enjoyable
Aspect of Her Job: " Having
to 'be a sports fan' as part of
my job description and working
with passionate, smart,
forward-thinking colleagues
and partners to find ways to
better serve our fellow fans. "
Favorite Travel Destination:
" Positano, Italy "
Beth Lawrence
EVP, Ad Sales & Media
Solutions, The Weather
Channel Companies
Relying on her sales and
marketing experience with
online leaders Yahoo! and AOL
Time Warner, Lawrence joined
The Weather Channel at the
start of 2010.
Most Proud of: " Balancing
a pretty high-energy work
responsibility with a hectic
family life in Manhattan that
includes a husband, twin
teenage sons and a dog we
picked up from Central Park.
The twins are my finest accomplishment. "
Favorite
Gadget: " Battery
Operated Chromatic Tuner "
Sharon Levy
EVP, Original Series and
Animation, Spike TV
Levy's known for her instinct
about the young male demo. Her
major effort involves expanding
Spike's roster of originals.
Most Proud of: " Working
with my development team
to build the profile and ratings
of Spike's originals and
turning them into successful
franchises. These include 1000
Ways to Die and Deadliest
Warrior, which have spawned
not only a hit cable series but
a successful video game and
a soon-to-be theatrical film
spearheaded by renowned
director Shawn Levy. "
Top Travel Destination:
" Australia "
Michelle Kim
GVP/Chief Counsel,
Time Warner Cable
As the head legal eagle, Kim
leads negotiations related
to carrier, distribution, and
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Ellen Kroner
EVP, Communications,
Rainbow Media
Kroner juggles many tasks
but after 12 years has successfully
built an impressive
communications strategy that
best represents Rainbow's
diverse selection of network
and programming brands.
The Most Enjoyable
Aspect of Her Job: " The
process of working with my
talented team to arrive at a
consensus on communications
strategies. Working
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Julie Laulis
COO, Cable ONE
Laulis oversees all operating
divisions and call centers for
the 720,000-subscriber Cable
One. She utilizes her 25 years
of experience to efficiently
manage the balancing act of
raising revenue, cutting costs,
and avoiding employee layoffs.
The Most Challenging
Part of Her Job: " Being
Lori LeBas
SVP, Strategy & Business
Operations, ESPN
LeBas manages the strategy
and business operations for
ESPN's sales and marketing
organization and also leads
ESPN's ticketing operations,
as well as rollouts of tools and
processes related to ESPN
platforms.
The Secret to Attracting
November 2010
Charisse R. Lillie
VP, Community
Investment, Comcast/EVP,
Comcast Foundation
Lillie this year spearheaded
the rollout of the Comcast
Digital Connectors program (in
partnership with One Economy
Corporation), which expands
digital literacy and promotes
broadband adoption among
low-income communities.
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