Walk of Fame is an inspiring celebration of the influential leaders in cable. Each year hundreds gather to honor veteran leaders, up-and-coming talent, and game-changing industry contributors who exemplify WICT’s Touchstones of Leadership. This evening event attracts industry attendance from all levels, including national C-suite executives. Honorees embody WICT’s vision to advance careers and enrich lives through professional development and leadership opportunities. WICT Rocky Mountain’s annual Walk of Fame is one of our signature events. To sponsor a table please see the Registration and Sponsorship Packages section.
Date and Time:
Thursday, May 25, 2017
5:30pm – 6:30pm Reception
6:30pm – 9:00pm Dinner and Awards
Denver Marriott Tech Center
4900 S. Syracuse Street
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2017 WICT Rocky Mountain Honorees
Woman of the Year: Robyn Tolva, Charter Communications
Woman in Technology: Arianne Hinds, CableLabs
Mentor of the Year: Rich Jennings, Comcast
Industry Partner of the Year: Slalom Consulting
Young Woman to Watch: Ashley Berry
Women to Watch:
Frances Augustine, Comcast
Kinsey Civili, Charter
Kei Foo, Charter
Lisa Vandemark, CSG
Robin Veit, Starz
Emily Wingers, Comcast
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AwardsEach year, WICT Rocky Mountain awards its highest honors at Walk of Fame:
Woman of the Year
A leader who is passionate about the industry and is a representative to the broader business community. An admired mentor with a history of supporting other women and being actively engaged in developing people at all levels within her organization. Someone who holds an executive-level position (Executive Director and above) within the industry.
Woman in Technology
A woman who has made significant contributions to her organization’s success and the industry through her impressive technical knowledge and accomplishments or her expertise in bringing new products or businesses to fruition (Director and above). Someone who is passionate about the continued growth of women pursuing careers in technology.
Mentor of the Year
A role model with a strong history of mentoring others throughout her/his career. A leader (Executive Director and above) who contributes significantly to organizational success and whose interpersonal skills inspire others to strive for excellence. An individual who supports the development and/or expansion of mentorship programs within her/his company as well as the industry.
Industry Partner of the Year
A person who demonstrates strong leadership skills, business savvy and is a non-operator or a programmer. Someone who through their passion, words, and actions, consistently enables other women to achieve their full potential. An individual who leads by example and is a role model to those around them. An individual who takes initiative, embraces diversity and individuality, and raises the bar for themselves and those around their group (Executive Director and above).
Woman to Watch
A leader and a mentor who is highly regarded by her superiors, peers and subordinates. A woman who has a significant impact on her organization’s success and shows great potential for future career growth. Someone who inspires, supports and motivates others. Someone who is a rising leader in the industry (entry level to Senior Director).
Young Woman to Watch
This year, the WICT Rocky Mountain Chapter will recognize a “Young Woman to Watch.” The new award honorsa high school or college student who demonstrates remarkable potential through her extraordinary leadership,creative problem-solving and courage in the face of life’s challenges.
The WICT Touchstones of Leadership are a primary criterion used for selecting the award winners. Please review the Touchstones of Leadership below and incorporate them into your nomination.
Winners will be selected by a committee of past honorees and current WICT RM Board Members, based on the criteria outlined on the nomination form.
Award Recipient/Honoree Notification:
Honorees will be notified by a personal phone call in March.
WICT Touchstones of Leadership
KNOW YOURSELF and what you stand for and where you are headed
You must understand who you are before you can decide who you want to be. Take stock of your strengths and weaknesses, and understand your limitations. Set realistic goals for yourself, keeping in mind that a balance between work and life makes for a healthy leader. Maintain your own morals, values and ethics, so you can hold yourself to the high standards you set. Unleash the leader within you, taking control of your career and steering it in the precise direction you want to go.
COMMUNICATE with passion and poise, in writing and in-person.
The strongest communicators do more than just talk. Aspire to deliver a speech powerful enough to inspire an entire auditorium or to put pen to paper in such a way that others can be rallied into action through the power of your words. Learn to negotiate for the best possible outcomes with both logic and compassion. The ability to do all this will make you a communicator who embodies conviction and passion – qualities a great leader needs to succeed.
LISTEN with more than just your ears.
Strive to be an active listener who processes what is being conveyed and learn from people through their words. It is by listening with your heart, as well as your head, that you will build lasting relationships strengthening your cohort and helping others around you to grow along the way.
CONNECT to your peers, your industry, and everything around you.
You cannot move forward without a keen understanding of your network – the people you work with and the industry you work in. Immerse yourself in the economics and business practices that affect your company, clients, and colleagues. Keep your ear to the ground. Be aware of your competition and gain the upper hand. Build a support system for yourself and those within your community. Great leaders get connected and stay connected, using every ounce of information to their advantage.
BE A CATALYST and set the wheels of change in motion.
Progress is never made by standing still or by relying on the same old ideas. As a leader you must push the envelope to transform our industry with innovative concepts that are bigger and better than ever before. Take initiative. Raise the bar. Demand equality on all fronts and embrace diversity. Above all, never accept less respect than you offer others, because change can only take hold if it is grounded in respect.
BE FEARLESS and confident in your convictions as you take risks and bring others along.
To be a great leader, look fear in the eye and turn it to your advantage as the force driving you into uncharted territory. Use the adrenaline to keep climbing the corporate ladder. Don’t surrender or retreat. Commit to your vision and believe in it above everything else. Others will sense your conviction and be willing to follow – without fear.
INSPIRE and others will follow.
Rally those around you to support your vision. Be a mentor, a guide, and a role model – one who learns from what she teaches. Help those around you achieve their full potential with a helping hand that paves the way for future leaders. Be dynamic and strong, and you will inspire others to embrace your vision as the one they want to be part of, and the one they choose to follow.
Why Attend?Walk of Fame is a wonderful way to support your colleagues and an excellent opportunity to network with a variety of professionals and leaders in the industry. The evening begins with a cocktail hour open to all guests and includes dinner and an awards ceremony. It is also a great opportunity to gain insights from honorees and keynote speakers on leadership, personal development, lessons learned and more.
History of Walk of FameWICT Rocky Mountain held its first Walk of Fame event in 2000 as a small awards ceremony for WICT members and industry professionals. Today, the Walk of Fame has grown to become the annual “who’s who” event for professionals in the cable telecommunications industry, attracting more than 600 guests each year. Honorees are announced in advance of the Walk of Fame event and their achievements are highly publicized throughout the industry. This even sells out every year, so get your tickets early!
Learn MoreTo learn more about Walk of Fame please contact email@example.com
Past Walk of Fame Honorees and Inductees2000 Inductees
Colleen Abdoulah, President and CEO WOW! Internet and Cable
June Travis, WICT National Past President National Cable TV Museum
Ruth Warren, Formerly of Jones Intercable
Ann Carlsen, Founder and CEO Carlsen Resources, Inc.
Pat Thompson, Senior Vice President Daniels & Associates
Jillaina Wachendorf, Starz Encore Group
Joanne Lintjer, Daniels & Associates
Nancy Murphy, AT&T Broadband
Midge Pierce, VP Programming Starz Encore Group
Mary White, SVP Comcast Cable, Colorado Market
Linda Williams, VP Human Resources Time Warner Cable National Division
Lee Clayton Roper, SVP Operations Midwest Division Charter Communications
Charlotte Field, Senior Vice President Comcast
Ellen Filipiak, SVP Customer Care Adelphia Communications
Lisa Lee, CEO Broadband Insights LLC
Michelle Sie Whitten, President and CEO Encore International
Leslie Grayson, Group VP Operations Time Warner Cable, National Division
Catherine Kilstrom, SVP Customer Care Comcast West Division
Ron Cooper, President & COO Adelphia Communications
Rebecca Lim, Senior Director of Advanced Services Starz Entertainment Group
Debbie Egner, SVP Affiliate Sales and Support Starz Entertainment
Nancy McGee, SVP Marketing and Sales Adelphia Communications
Louise Atkinson, SVP Communications Media Teletech
Connie Campbell, SVP Operations Finance Adelphia Communications
Bonnie Cleaver, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives Comcast Media Center
Ed Nafus, CEO & President CSG Systems, Inc.
Nancy Sanders, VP Group Operations & Division Marketing Time Warner
Judi Allen, President ALLEN Strategies
Cathy Fogler, VP, Video Programming & Product Management Charter Communications
Cindy Bennett, President Organic People, Inc.
Brad Dusto, President Comcast West Division
Leslie Ellis, Independent Analyst, Columnist, Author Ellis Edits
Tracy Baumgartner, Vice President Public Relations Comcast West Division
Grace Egan, VP Product Engineering Time Warner Cable
Marwan Fawaz, Chief Technology Officer and EVP Charter Communications
Sherisse Hawkins, VP Software Engineering Time Warner Cable
Jana Henthorn, SVP Programs and Education The Cable Center
Kelly Bumann VP, Brand Strategy & Marketing Communications Starz Entertainment
Jill Stark, Vice President, West Operating Group Charter Communications
Tom Feige, Regional Vice President of Northeast/National Division Time Warner Cable
Dr. Richard R. Green, President and CEO CableLabs
Sara Baack, Senior Vice President, Voice Services Level 3 Communications
Abby Pfeiffe,r Senior Vice President, Human Resources Charter Communications
Scott Binder, Senior Vice President Mile High Region Comcast
Carol McBride, Senior Director, New Product Technology Development Comcast Spotlight
Gary Traver, Senior Vice President and COO Comcast Media Center
Cynthia Carpenter, Vice President, Marketing Americas iBAHN
Maria Popo, President, Americas Ubee Interactive
Michael Hayashi, EVP Architecture Time Warner Cable
Marti Moore, VP of Web Technology – Customer Experience Charter Communications
Cindy Parson,s VP of Public Relations Mile High Region Comcast
Ruth Rohs, Manager of Community Relations Mile High Region, Comcast
Cathy Kuo, Chief Marketing Officer WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone
Debbie Fitzgerald, Principal Architect CableLabs
Shelly Harper, Senior Vice President, Programming & Production Altitude Sports & Entertainment
Steve Raymond, Senior Vice President, National Accounts Disney ESPN Media Networks
Joe Rooney, Senior Vice President Brand Marketing, Social Media & Advertising Cox Communications
Amy Blair, Senior Vice President and Chief HR Officer Liberty Global
Billi Capra, Vice President, Broadcast Services Kroenke Sports & Entertainment
Nancy Davoust, Distinguished Engineer Comcast
Peter Kalan, CEO/President CSG International
Jodi Robinson, Vice President Starz Entertainment
Maggie Chan Jones, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Level 3
Angela Rinaldo, Senior Director, Video Operations Charter
Michael Turner, President & CEO, RevGen Partners
Steve White, West Division President, Comcast
Kathy Carrington, Senior VP-Corporate Services, Charter Communications
Rich DiGeronimo, Executive VP, Product & Strategy, Charter Communications
Tom Gorman, President, opXL, LLC
Maria Rothschild, Director, National Video Deployment Engineering, Comcast
Sarah Gustashaw, VP of Finance for the West Division, Comcast
Morag Barrett, CEO, SkyeTeam
Judy Batenburg, Senior Vice President of IT Services, Starz
Christopher Marsh, Vice President of Web and Commerce Engineering, Time Warner Cable
The honorees were nominated through a confidential and comprehensive process by colleagues, mentors, fellow members and leaders throughout the industry.
2016 WICT Rocky Mountain HonoreesWoman of the Year: Sarah Gustashaw, VP of Finance for the West Division, Comcast
Sarah currently serves as the Vice President of Finance for the West Division of Comcast. In this position, she is responsible for overseeing the business operations and project management organization for Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona, including financial analysis and support, business assurance, project management, warehouse operations, and customer equipment management throughout the Mile High Region.
Before this appointment, Sarah served as the Vice President of Finance for the Indiana Region of Comcast where she was responsible for the local business operations functions. Sarah also has held various other financial management positions within Comcast in the Washington, DC Area, Dallas, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia locations.
In her more than 17 year history with Comcast, Sarah has excelled in process improvements and cost savings initiatives that have improved the customer experience, operational efficiencies, and contributed to the growth of the business. In addition to her passion to improve the business, she has worked to support and develop her employee teams to provide a strong organizational foundation to sustain the business.
Prior to joining Comcast, Sarah was a public accountant in Indianapolis, Indiana where she obtained her Certified Public Accountant License. Sarah graduated from Indiana University with a Business Degree in Accountancy. She is a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), a 2012 graduate of the Rocky Mountain Leadership Institute, and a 2014 graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Class of 28. Sarah is also a 2004 graduate of the Comcast Executive Leadership Forum. Additionally, Sarah actively participates in the community through her service on the Clayton Early Learning Board of Trustees which is an organization that is a leader in the field of early child care and education through research, practice and training, with a focus on closing learning gaps of disadvantaged children. Sarah resides in Parker, Colorado with her husband Bill and their four children, Samantha, Jack, Aiden and Liam.
Woman in Technology: Judy Batenburg, Senior Vice President of IT Services, Starz
Judy Batenburg teams are focused on enabling Starz employees to work anywhere, any time with anyone in the world. Key services delivered by her teams include cloud and data center computing, IT solutions engineering, client engineering and operations, desktop architecture and engineering, and technology procurement.
Prior to Starz, Judy was an IT director at IHS, overseeing global operations, help desk, infrastructure and IT program management. She started her career at AT&T Bell Laboratories as software developer working on CAD systems. She was promoted to Manager of Enterprise Architecture at Lucent Technologies, where she oversaw the development and deployment of Lucent’s global network and system management environment. Throughout her career, she has specialized in transforming IT cultures and bringing technology solutions to business problems.
Judy was honored as a ComputerWorld Premier 100 IT Leader in 2013 and was a finalist for the Trace3 Outlier Award in 2014. She frequently speaks at industry events on changing IT culture, creating business focused IT teams, taking charge of your career, managing global infrastructures and BYOD.
She is currently Co-chair of the Society for Information Management (SIM) Women advisory board, and Program Co-Chair for their annual conference. Judy previously served as Co-Chair of the Colorado Technology Association’s Women in Technology group. Her passion is mentoring the next generation of women leaders. She has been active in mentoring programs with WICT, SIM Women and Colorado Technology Association. She has been a Girl Scout leader for the past six years, and has mentored several 8th grade students at Aspen Academy for three years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Delaware. Judy lives in Cherry Hills Village with her husband Richard. They have three children, Rick, 26, Leigh, 24, and Faith, 10.
Mentor of the Year: Christopher Marsh, Vice President of Web and Commerce Engineering, Time Warner Cable
Christopher Marsh is Vice President for Commerce & Care within Time Warner Cable’s Software Platform Engineering / DevOps group. Christopher leads application teams covering E-Commerce, Self-care, Direct Sales, Agent Tools, Order Management and Billing Design & Development. This summer Christopher will celebrate 20 years in the workforce-all of it in the cable industry.
Christopher graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder and joined MediaOne’s Interactive Services Group. In 1998, he was recruited into the Road Runner joint venture between Time Warner
Cable and MediaOne and relocated to Herndon, Virginia. TWC acquired Road Runner in 2001, and in the years that followed Christopher pioneered cross platform development using web applications to manage features on customers’ phones and DVRs. In 2010, Christopher moved back to Colorado to form a start-up in a big company for TWC to incubate new web and IP video technologies and modern development methodologies like Agile and DevOps.
Christopher is married, and he and his wife Jillian have a very large dog named Moose. He enjoys gardening, cooking, fermentation and canning. He is really excited about MIT’s Food Computer. Christopher continues to play with a lot of Legos and read comic books.
Industry Partner of the Year: Morag Barrett, CEO, SkyeTeam
Morag Barrett is the best-selling author of “Cultivate. The Power of Winning Relationships” and CEO of SkyeTeam, an international HR and executive development company. SkyeTeam is a proud partner of WICT Rocky Mountain, and has facilitated the award-winning WICT Rocky Mountain Mentoring Program for nearly 10 years, as well as developing the new WICT Speaks! program.
Prior to launching SkyeTeam in 2007, Morag was responsible for global leadership and executive development at Level 3 Communications. Originally from the UK, her 25 year career includes 15 years in commercial finance as well as nearly 17 years in Leadership & Executive Development. At last count she has supported the development of more than 3,000 leaders, in 20 countries and on four continents. Since launching SkyeTeam, she and her team have had the opportunity to work with clients in a range of industries including: healthcare, telecommunications, mining, manufacturing, engineering, and technology.
Morag has a Master of Human Resource Management from De Montfort University and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the UK. She’s also received the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation and is a recognized business coach for the Corporate Coach University. She is a board member for City Year Denver. Morag is also a regular contributor to CIO.com, Entrepreneur.com and has been featured in inc.com, and Business Insider, among others.
Morag lives in Broomfield, Colorado, with her husband, Nick, and their three teenage sons, James, Matthew and Christopher. For fun, in addition to time with her family, you’ll find Morag ballroom dancing or playing in the Broomfield Symphony Orchestra where she is the principal bassoonist.
Women to Watch
Jenelle Champlin, Director, West Division Customer Care Strategic Initiatives, Comcast
Jenelle is currently the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Comcast’s West Division Care organization, responsible for developing the roadmap for and leading the implementation of strategic initiatives to improve the customer and employee experience across the Division’s residential call centers.
Prior to joining Comcast, Jenelle spent over 10 years as an operations and strategy consultant working for Accenture, Amdocs and IBB Consulting Group. During her tenure as a consultant, she specialized in the design, development and deployment of solutions to improve customer relationship management. She has worked across numerous industries with a deep knowledge of Cable and Telecommunications working for clients such as Comcast, AT&T, Disney and HBO.
Through her involvement with WICT, Jenelle has realized her passion for mentoring and development of future leaders. She currently serves on the WICT Rocky Mountain Board as Director of Leadership Programming. She has also participated in the WICT Mentoring program for both the Rocky Mountain and Greater Texas chapters as well as attended the WICT Rising Leaders Program and Executive Development Series. She is a member of the Rocky Mountain Cable Association, National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications, the Project Management Institute, as well as a volunteer for Susan G. Komen.
Jenelle received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and International Business from Baylor University. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). During her spare time, she loves to enjoy outdoor activities with her husband Robert, daughter Kara (two) and their two dogs.
Natalie Makowka, Senior Director, IT Solutions, Comcast Business
Natalie Makowka currently serves as Senior Director, IT Solutions at Comcast Business. Specifically, Natalie is a member of the Advanced Business Communications group whose vison is to use Comcast Business’ experience, creativity and teamwork to make innovative business services a reality at Comcast. In this role, Natalie is responsible for all aspects of software development. She has also championed the very successful Agile transformation of her organization, which has brought increased productivity and transparency. Natalie leads an amazing team of professionals who are passionate about delighting Comcast customers with high-quality, leading-edge solutions.
Natalie brings 20 years of business analysis, systems planning and product development to Comcast. Prior to joining her current team, Natalie held a variety of roles at Comcast in marketing operations, wholesale and retail telecommunications. Natalie began her career in international telecommunications with the consulting firm American Management Systems. She worked on large-scale customer care and billing systems for deployments in France, Great Britain, Germany, and the US. Natalie holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) from Georgetown University.
When not at work, Natalie attempts to master the art of cooking and enjoys spending time with her husband Wade and daughter Daphne in the beautiful Colorado mountains. Natalie has been inspired by many in her career but none more than her grandmother, who arrived in America and trail blazed into a career in fashion design and her mother, who broke through gender barriers to become a chemist.
Shashikala Shamarao, Director, Technology Services, Charter Communications
Shashi Shamarao is the Director of Release Management / Environment Readiness in Technology Services. She has been with Charter Communications for nearly three years and in the IT industry for over a decade. She coordinates the implementation of all capabilities and features within a release, especially the roadblocks, dependencies and gaps. She also determines environment needs and facilitates building and maintaining the Configuration Management Database. Her greatest joy comes from guiding and developing her team and taking on challenging responsibilities to help her organization grow. Earlier, Shashi was a Principal Engineer, responsible for managing interactive application development and deployment.
Before Charter Communications, Shashi was an Advisory Solutions Architect at EMC Consulting. She architected and implemented Infrastructure and Platform as A Service. She also held architect roles in multiple firms working in diverse areas such as GIS, banking, media and financial services. She has been recognized for embedding innovation and resolving complex global technology issues.
Shashi has a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Bangalore University, India. Passionate about taking risks and solving tricky problems, she is strongly inspired by her mother, a successful academician in India. Shashi lives with her husband Ganesh Vijalapura and their two adorable daughters, Shreya and Eesha.
She is a staunch Indian classical music lover, an active member in her local community, and participates in various cultural events. She adores the outdoors and enjoys hiking, trekking and skiing in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
Erin Toney, Director, Wireless Products, Charter Communications
Erin Toney joined Charter three years ago as member of the Internet Products team and immediately assumed responsibility for launching Charter’s residential WiFi product offering. This past March she was promoted to Director of Wireless Products, overseeing both Charter’s residential and SMB WiFi product lines, focused on delivering the fastest and most reliable WiFi throughout customers’ homes and businesses.
Erin has an MBA from the University of Colorado, and holds a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Canisius College, in her hometown of Buffalo, New York. After completing her Master’s degree, Erin had the amazing experience of teaching sixth grade math to at-risk kids for two years. She then transitioned into the business world, spending just over six years with Cricket Communications’ Data Services team. Erin defined the go-to-market plan for the launch of Cricket’s first smartphones, and managed the cross-functional team responsible for launch, and later had the opportunity to run Cricket’s Mobile Wallet trial.
Outside of work, Erin is extremely family oriented. She’s enjoying being a mom to her one-year-old daughter. As time permits, Erin and her husband enjoy getting out around Denver, trying new restaurants or breweries, or getting up to the mountains for a hike with the baby and their two rescue dogs.
Grace Wiggins, Senior Supply Chain Demand Planner, Charter Communications
Grace Wiggins serves as the Senior Supply Chain Demand Planner and has been with Charter Communications for three years. She works in Supply Chain Management and is responsible for demand planning of Customer Premise Equipment across the enterprise. She oversees the flow of product from various suppliers to Charter’s fourteen hub operation locations and manages over $250 million worth of new inventory annually.
Grace received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Operations Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also received her Certification in Production and Inventory Management from APICS, as well as Lean Certification Training.
She grew up in North Carolina but now resides in Denver, Colorado and enjoys everything outdoors. She loves watching and playing soccer, hiking, playing tennis, and running.