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Most Influential Minorities in Cable 2010: The Top 75
14. Wonya Lucas
EVP/COO, Discovery
Channel, Science Channel
Lucas leads strategy and
operations for two of Discovery's
marquee properties.
Her job also includes
oversight of research and
marketing.
On Being Mentored:
" Seeking a diverse group
of mentors is important
because they provide
different perspectives. I've
found the mentors who've
helped the most have
strong business, interpersonal
and life skills. They've
all been successful in this
business but they also
share a sense of humility
and enjoy helping others...
I am who I am because of
the women and men
who've taken the time to
know me, encourage me
and challenge me. "
an obligation as a result of
my good fortune. My grandparents,
who are from Spain
and Mexico, instilled in me
the importance of hard
work and education. While
that's been very helpful,
I've also been lucky to find
myself at a great company
like Showtime. I've always
been encouraged by Matt
Blank to get involved with
non-profit and industry
organizations... For women
and minorities, breaking into
senior ranks still isn't easy.
It's incumbent upon us to
try to help others and make
a positive difference. "
16. Salaam
Coleman Smith
President, The Style
Network
15. Ray Gutierrez
EVP, Human Resources,
CBS Television Networks
Talk about multitasking, Gutierrez
heads HR for Showtime,
CBS Sports, CBS College
Sports, CBS News and CBS
TV Nets. A class act, he'll
chair NAMIC's board Nov 1.
On Philanthropy: " Giving
back is something I feel is
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Coleman Smith is one of
the few African-American
women running a cable net
(and one of the youngest).
On her watch, Style has
grown with inspirational
shows like Ruby and fun
fare like Jerseylicious.
On Ruby: " I'm especially
proud of our Emmy-nominated
docu-series Ruby,
which chronicles the life of
a severely obese woman
in Savannah, GA. Ruby's
personal journey to lose
weight and celebrate life has
inspired so many viewers
to make positive changes.
Ruby is incredibly beautiful-inside
and out-and
we've been able to use the
series to create a campaign
to fight obesity. "
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17. Christina Norman
CEO, OWN
Oprah. Need we say more?
The highly anticipated
debut of OWN in '11 will put
Norman to the test. Having
spent years honing her
executive skills at MTV, she
should be up to the task.
OWN's Path: " Our mission
is to create TV with
intention-TV that inspires
and informs, and of course,
entertains and brings our
audience into the conversation.
We aren't just telling
stories; we're sharing stories.
Our launch on 1/1/11
is just the beginning of this
amazing journey into a new
media landscape, where the
viewer is the inspiration, not
just the destination. "
19. Lisa
Williams-Fauntroy
SVP, Business Affairs &
Legal, Discovery Comm
The global media company's
senior African-American
attorney, Williams-Fauntroy
still makes time to mentor students
in DC and lead clothing
drives for the poor.
On Being a Media Lawyer:
" No work day is the same
and such unpredictability
requires me to be nimble;
in just a few hours I might
negotiate TV deal points,
review show content for
legal issues or draft nuanced
provisions in a contract - and
I love it. Discovery's everevolving
businesses keep me
from being too myopic, allow
me to sharpen my skills and
stretch me to places beyond
the traditional role of an attorney.
As a 'closet creative,'
reviewing content and having
daily interaction with programming
and production is
a rewarding outlet. "
18. Loretta Walker
SVP/Chief HR Officer,
Turner Broadcasting
System
Walker has executive oversight
for the gamut of HR
issues and heads Turner's
global HR group. Under her
leadership, TBS has been
recognized for excellence
inside cable, but also by
DiversityInc, Working Mother
and the Society for HR
Management, among
many others.
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20. Doug Gaston
SVP and General Counsel,
Comcast Cable
In case you haven't heard,
Comcast has a few legal
issues pending, including
a potential merger with a
peacock and myriad other
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