WALK OF FAME

Walk of Fame is an inspiring signature event and celebration of the influential leaders in cable. Each year, 500+ 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 create women leaders who transform our industry. To sponsor a table, please see the Registration and Sponsorship Packages section.

2019 Walk of Fame: Thursday, May 9, 2019
Denver Marriott Tech Center, Denver, CO

5:30-6:30 – Opening Reception and Networking

6:30-9:30 – Program

Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a nomination.

Lifetime Achievement Award:

Cathy Kilstrom, SVP, Comcast Cable Corporation

The 2019 Walk of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award marks the first of its kind in Walk of Fame’s long 20 year history. Cathy is retiring from Comcast after more than 25 years in the industry.  She has been highly impactful to WICT Rocky Mountain, specifically escalating Walk of Fame as the premier signature event to honor great leaders making a difference in our industry. Cathy is a mentor with a history of supporting other leaders and being an active catalyst in strengthening WICT. She embodies WICT’s mission and touchstones to develop leaders who transform the industry, embracing diversity and inclusion practices.

Cathy was named to Cablefax Magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Cable” list in both 2017 and 2018. In 2013, Cathy received the Multichannel News “Wonder Woman Award.” She received the “2005 Woman of the Year Award” from WICT Rocky Mountain and presided as chapter President 2007 – 2008. Cathy was elected to the WICT National Board of Directors in 2009 and selected for the 2013 WICT Senior Executive Summit (SES) Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Woman of the Year:

Jodi Robinson, SVP Experience Development, Charter Communications

Jodi Robinson oversees the client development for most of Charter’s customer-facing products.  Jodi leads a team of design and technology professionals in the delivery of next-generation experiences, including the Spectrum TV cloud-based user interface, Spectrum TV applications on mobile and television platforms, and all related customer experience analytics.  Jodi holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Stanford University and was named 2013 Woman in Technology by WICT Rocky Mountain.

Woman in Technology:

Eilisa Reid, Vice President Provisioning, Charter Communications

Eilisa Reid is a senior information technology leader with experience managing business delivery, technology design and development, and operations across large scale fulfillment ecosystems. Currently, Eilisa is the Vice President of Provisioning within Network Operations at Charter Communications. Prior to joining Charter, Eilisa was with Comcast for over 13 years, where she was an Executive Director in Systems Engineering. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Eilisa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies, and went on to complete her Masters of Science in Information Systems at Drexel University.

Mentor of the Year:

Shane Portfolio, SVP Engineering and Tech Ops, Comcast

Shane Portfolio is Senior Vice President of Technical Operations and Engineering for the Comcast West Division, with responsibility for engineering, technical operations, and advanced services, serving approximately 11 thousand employees and 9 million customers. Shane holds a Bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University, as well as completed Master’s degrees from Regis University, Denver University, and programs at Dartmouth University, Stanford University and Notre Dame University. He is currently in his PhD program focused on Organizational Leadership.

Industry Partner of the Year:

Rachel Beisel, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, CableLabs

As Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of CableLabs, the non-profit research and development lab funded by the global cable industry, Rachel is an integral member of the senior management team and is responsible for the creation, development, and execution of CableLabs marketing, communications, and events strategy. Rachel contributes to the organizational strategic planning process, and directs marketing initiatives that span across digital communications, brand, video production, advertising, global communications, and events for CableLabs and its for-profit subsidiaries, Kyrio and UpRamp.

Young Woman to Watch:

Monserrat Vazquez, Student, The Cable Center Intern

Monserrat Vazquez is Administrative Intern at The Cable Center, supporting theoffice of the President, bringing a young and genuine perspective to The Cable Center culture. Along with her intern duties, Monserrat is a fourth year student at the University of Denver, double majoring in Psychology and Sociology, with a minor in Mathematics. She graduates in June, 2019. Monserrat’s passion in life is helping underprivileged youth access and navigate the higher education process. As the Community Service Chair of her sorority, Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc., she heads the program Road To Distinction. This ground- breaking project provides mentorship for young women at her alma mater, Abraham Lincoln High School, where she was class Valedictorian.

Leaders to Watch:  

  • Jason Foisy, Manager RE Voice Operations, Comcast
  • Jill Johnson, Senior Director, Business Process Effectiveness, Comcast
  • Megan McCourt Merk, Director, Sand Cherry Associates
  • Jen Shadboldt, Director Customer Portal, Charter Communications                         
  • Janice Silver, Vice President of Marketing & Programs, The Cable Center
  • Cindi Thompson, Director Technology Services, Charter Communications

New Award This Year! Rising Stars:

  • Courtney Beckham, Sr. Business Analyst, SDM & Portfolio Management, Charter Communications
  • Daisy Henderson, Software Engineer, Comcast
  • Denine Hunt, CommTech 2, Installation & Service, Comcast
  • Robin Perman, Manager Human Resources, Comcast

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2019 WALK OF FAME SPONSORSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE

If you are interested in learning more about our sponsorships, please contact Jill May and Julia Rosen with the WICT RM Sponsorship committee at wict.rm.sponsorship@gmail.com.

SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES

Platinum – $20,000           (4) 10-person tables
Premium VIP seating
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Event signage
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5 VIP party invitations with complimentary valet parking

Gold – $10,000                  (2) 10-person tables
VIP seating
Featured in event promotional materials
Event signage
5 VIP party invitations with complimentary valet parking

VIP Reception – $5,000    (1) 10-person table
VIP seating
Event signage
VIP cocktail party signage
5 VIP party invitations with complimentary valet parking

Table Sponsor– $3,500    (1) 10-person table
Preferred seating
Event signage

Each year, WICT Rocky Mountain awards its highest honors at Walk of Fame:

Woman of the Year

  • Executive Director+ leader, passionate about the industry & represents the broader business community
  • Mentor with a history of supporting other women and being actively engaged in developing people at all levels within her organization

Woman in Technology

  • Director+ leader who has made significant contributions to her organization’s success & industry through impressive technical knowledge and accomplishments
  • Someone who is passionate about the continued growth of women pursuing careers in technology.

Mentor of the Year

  • A male in the Telecommunications Industry at the Director level or above who exemplifies the WICT Touchstones of Leadership, mentors formally/informal
  • Embodies WICT’s mission to develop women leaders who transform the industry, embracing diversity and inclusion practices

Industry Partner of the Year

  • Non-Cable Operator champion of the WICT Rocky Mountain Chapter, exemplifies the WICT Touchstones of Leadership
  • Champions gender diversity efforts, embraces exemplary diversity and inclusion practices, and who consistently enables women in Telecommunications to achieve their full potential,
  • A role model to other companies/people in the industry, and demonstrates strong leadership and business savvy

Leader to Watch

  • A leader in the Telecommunications Industry at the Supervisor, Manager/Sr Manager, or Director/Sr Director level (or equivalent) who exemplifies the WICT Touchstones of Leadership
  • A rising leader who shows tremendous potential, growth, and impressive professional accomplishments
  • A rising leader with a strong commitment to her company and the industry at large
  • A rising leader who takes initiative, leads by example, and whose passion about their work inspires others.

Rising Star

  • A female front line or individual contributor who exemplifies the WICT Touchstones of Leadership
  • A rising star who leads by example, demonstrates remarkable potential through her extraordinary performance, engagement, and impact on her team
  • A rising star who shows tremendous potential and a willingness to grow personally and professionally

Young Woman to Watch

  • A female High School or College student who exemplifies the WICT Touchstones of Leadership who exemplifies the WICT Touchstones of Leadership
  • A student who leads by example, demonstrates remarkable potential through her extraordinary leadership, creative problem-solving, and courage in the face of life’s challenges
  • A student who shows tremendous potential, growth, and impressive personal, school, and community accomplishments
  • Ideally, a student with an interest in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) or Telecommunications career

Lifetime Achievement

  • VP+ leader and role model who is highly impactful industry wide representing the broader business community
  • Mentor with a history of supporting other leaders and being an active catalyst in spiraling forward the Rocky Mountain WICT chapter
  • Embodies WICT’s mission and touchstones to develop leaders who transform the industry, embracing diversity and inclusion practices
  • Random by year award for highly impactful individual who is retiring from the industry that has been inspirational to leaders and the chapter’s overall growth

The WICT Touchstones of Leadership form the foundation for all of WICT’s initiatives serving as a compass along the path of strategic and effective leadership development.

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 communicato​​rs 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.

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WICT 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!

Explore below to see who has been honored in past years.

2018 Honorees –

Woman of the Year:

Jana Henthorn, Cable Center

As President and CEO of The Cable Center, an educational non-profit organization, Jana Henthorn leads The Cable Center on its mission to connect people and ideas to advance innovation. In her role since January, 2016, Jana brings more than 30 years of experience from all corners of the industry to her position. A champion of women in the cable industry, she served on the National Board and Executive Committee for Women in Cable and Telecommunications from 1995 – 2000 and is a charter fellow of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute.

  1. How did you first get involved with the Cable Telecom industry? Pete Gatseos gave me my first big break at ATC which became Time Warner. He recruited me right off the referee stand at a volleyball tournament. Having a freshly minted MBA from DU didn’t hurt either.
  2. Provide a shout- out to someone who has influenced you throughout your career. A shout out to Ruth Warren who took me under her wing while I was at Jones Intercable and to this day, continues to provide friendship, wise counsel and big laughs.
  3. Share one of your favorite inspirational quotes with the younger generation. A favorite inspirational favorite quote: Attributed to Thomas Jefferson, “I believe in luck. The harder I work, the more of it I get.”
  4. What do you like to do outside of work? There’s life outside of work? Seriously though, I love to cycle (we own a tandem bike that’s been on a couple continents), I volunteer with HungerFree Colorado and I love love love to read.  Two book clubs and counting!
  5. Why should young girls and boys get involved in STEM related classes/activities? When you’re young, you don’t fully know your superpowers yet. Try lots of different activities. If you don’t like math, then get into science experiments and if none of that gels, get involved with your school and community.  The main thing is to BE INVOLVED!

Woman in Technology:

Laura Moche, Charter

Laura Moche is a Sr. Director, Advanced Engineering Labs; leading Platform QA and Integration efforts for Cloud Video based solutions in Charter Communications. In her current role, she manages platform builds, computer, storage, network and software configurations, integration and platform testing efforts with the goal of handing off to client test teams for end to end testing, as well as to Platform and Video Operations for delivery into the field. Laura’s team is tasked with supporting top company projects such as Cloud DVR, VOD Content Expansion, Spectrum Guide and Advanced Advertising initiatives.

  1. How did you first get involved with the cable/telecom industry? I got involved in the telecom industry right out of college, working for a local telco (CLEC) in Madison, WI that was just getting in to offering high speed data.  In 2000, I decided to move to Denver, and got a job working for Lucent Technologies.  I started out doing voice provisioning for commercial toll customers, then transferred into a Tier II Tech Support team that supported Internet Service Providers offering DSL (Digital Subscriber Lines).  I learned how to configure and do technical support on DSLAMs (Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexers).  Working for Lucent, I got a base understanding of telecommunications through several training classes and hands on work.  After 18 months at Lucent, I applied and got a job with AT&T Broadband doing Tier II Tech Support for Telephony Provisioning Systems.  AT&T Broadband was later acquired by Comcast; I was with them for 12.5 years.  While working there full time, I went back to school and completed a Masters in Computer Information Systems from Denver University’s UCOL program.  The technical education opened doors for me to apply and get higher level jobs doing system administration (of OSS Systems), ETL development and Reporting in the BI/Data Warehousing group, then later into lead and management roles.
  2. Provide a shout-out to someone who has influenced you throughout your career. The biggest role model who stands out for me throughout my career has been Charlotte Field.  While at Comcast, I worked in her organization and saw a strong woman who led a large organization.  Often times, I was either the only woman or one of two women on any team I have ever worked on.  In most cases, women are still in supporting roles in technology, such as Project Management, Business Analyst, technical writer, but not an actual engineer or Management of an Engineering and Operations organization.  To see Charlotte lead such large teams of various technical roles and command the respect of everyone was a very powerful example that it could be done.
  3. Share one of your favorite inspirational quotes with the younger generation. “Anything’s possible” – my father – Philip Olson
  4. What do you like to do outside of work? I enjoy spending time outdoors with my friends and family, hiking, biking, skiing, and playing tennis.
  5. Why should young girls and boys get involved in STEM related classes/activities? I think young girls and boys should get involved in STEM related activities because there is so much to learn, it’s fun to figure out how things work, it’s fun to create and make something work, but most of all, it will give them marketable skills they can use for the rest of their lives.  The technology field is so broad that it has something for everyone, to capture anyone’s interests.  It will give them a path toward a lifelong career.

Mentor of the Year:

David Eng, Comcast

David Eng is a highly regarded industry technologist, historian, and mentor. In particular, his leadership spans engineering, operations, design, global project management, construction, training, and technical support of video, broadband and telecommunications technologies. His three-plus decades of service include several vital industry developments, including fiber optic systems, digital set-top boxes and corresponding headend gear, MPEG encoding, Video on Demand and advanced modulation.  David is a 35-year cable veteran and began his career in 1983 when he built a 400 MHz cable system.  He relocated to Colorado in 1990 to build the original headquarters of CableLabs in Boulder.

  1. How did you first get involved with the cable/telecom industry? While in College, the Engineering class members were given the opportunity to help wire the university, hard line in conduit and drops in all the dorm rooms via existing conduits that had phone wires.  The following summer, my home town was just getting cable and I was hired to build and operate the system for Dowden Cable Systems.
  2. Provide a shout-out to someone who has influenced you throughout your career. Stuart V. Gibson – He gave me my first job in the industry (Dowden Cable) to build my hometown system, taught me about cable, how to work, learn, share and grow together.  He took a huge risk hiring me since I did not have any cable background or field experience. Being a greenhorn, I was put in charge of the contractors building the system, then I did system turn up & test and also operated the system.
  3. Share one of your favorite inspirational quotes with the younger generation. “Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching”
  4. What do you like to do outside of work? Time with family, reading, photography, hiking and exploring Colorado.
  5. Why should young girls and boys get involved in STEM related classes/activities? To develop comprehensive and forward thinking towards the future.

Industry Partner of the Year:

Sand Cherry Associates, a boutique consulting firm, specializes in supporting Fortune 500 companies who are leaders in the high-tech and investment communities. Headquartered in Colorado, clients include top North American companies in the cable, broadband, wireless, and media industries as well as various private equity firms. Over its nearly 16-year history, Sand Cherry has received two industry awards for market strategy innovation given by the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing and was selected as one of the Top Companies to Watch for Colorado in 2016 by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT).

  1. What / who has influenced your company over the years to get to where you are today? The biggest influence on our company over the years has been the historical evolution of the dynamic cable, broadband, and wireless industry that we support.  As M&A transactions have shaped our industry’s landscape and the companies that lead it, you will find within Sand Cherry’s ranks today industry veterans with front-line and executive experience from such great companies as MediaOne, AT&T Broadband, Adelphia, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Shaw Canada, Liberty Global, as well as from current-client companies like Comcast, Charter, Cox and Rogers Canada.  Sand Cherry itself was formed from a spin-off of the market strategy group of AT&T Broadband during its acquisition by Comcast.  This historic telecom deal created the largest US cable company, and in 2001 provided the market opportunity for Sand Cherry’s founders to launch a consulting company steeped in critical industry experience and initially focused on supporting this cable mega-merger.  We remain one of the top merger integration specialists in the industry today.  By 2009, Sand Cherry had developed an expertise and reputation as one of the leaders in customer operations and customer experience and was selected by the FCC to support the federally-mandated national digital conversion – an historic evolution as the US converted all analog TV signals to digital by a single date.  In an unprecedented achievement and within just 60 days, Sand Cherry was able to successfully ‘stand-up’ a national call center to handle customer questions during the transition to all-digital TV.  This year, Sand Cherry once again plays a major merger integration role supporting the recent acquisition activity of the top cable industry participants and continues to lead the development and launch of key product and technology innovations that will serve and delight current and future customers.  Especially in today’s hypercompetitive marketplace, clients find increased value in working with a company with the distinctly unique legacy of success and real results delivered by Sand Cherry.
  1. What is Sand Cherry’s viewpoint on work life balance?  What are some fun activities the company does with employees? We strive to epitomize the “work hard – play hard” culture and believe that it anchors our competitive advantage in the market.  As a “100% virtual” company, we value our time together and bring all our consultants together twice a year for a two-day networking and training workshop.  We hold our summer workshop in mountain towns like Keystone, culminating in team-building activities such as white-water rafting. We meet in Denver for our winter workshop, ending with a company ski trip.  Our culture of camaraderie and fun ties inextricably to serving our community.  We are a frequent sponsor of Adaptive Spirit, a non-profit organization that provides 80% of the funding for the US Adaptive Ski Team.  Now in its 21st year, Adaptive Spirit brings together industry sponsors and elite US Paralympians to Vail for networking, education, and skiing.  Our Sand Cherry ski team includes a Paralympian skier and competes in an annual downhill race with other companies.  We have also supported the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and, on Military Appreciation Day, entered a Sand Cherry Wild Cow Milking team to support Wounded Warriors.  Our participation in this uniquely Coloradan event is now part of company legend – we placed second.
  2. What about strategic partnerships are important to Sand Cherry? We believe that strategic partners that are leaders in and share our passion for innovation are critical to the ‘Sand Cherry Way’ of consulting.  We define innovation as “future vision” in much the same way as Wayne Gretzky when he stated, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.”  Our competitive advantage centers on thought-leadership and support to leading companies in high-growth industries particularly in the launch of the newest products and services delivered with a superior customer experience.  Our daily work is complimented by our own drive for continuous learning to stay ahead of the curve.  We have supported the early launches of broadband Internet, high-definition TV, video-on-demand, WiFi, home security, mobile and IP-delivered video services.  We, like Gretzky, hone our future vision by looking down the ice and seeing the next big opportunity.  We continuously strive to deepen our understanding of emerging technology and consumer trends by:  1) creating connections with US and international private equity firms investing in technology innovation companies; 2) cultivating relationships with industry analysts and experts in academia (e.g., Harvard Business School, University of Denver’s School of Business, and INSEAD, etc.); and 3) by working and partnering in markets outside the US (primarily in Canada, Europe, and Latin America).  Consequently, we can provide thought leadership and bring global best-practices to the US market.  Our focus on innovation has been recognized as award-winning by the industry we serve – twice.

Women to Watch:

Holly Hinze, Charter

  1. How did you first get involved with the cable/telecom industry? In 2001 I was in the marketing field supporting Coca-Cola programs. It was there that I met and worked with a wonderful woman by the name of Debbie Powers.  She eventually joined Bright House Networks in a recruiting role.  She loved the company and thought I would be a great fit for the industry.  She was right, and I’m so grateful for her.
  2. Provide a shout-out to someone who has influenced you throughout your career. I had the pleasure of working for a company led by Nomi Bergman, a true cable industry leader and WICT superstar.  Many years ago she created an internal program called Women’s Leadership Circle (WLC).  I was blessed with the opportunity to participate, and it was there that I began to feel more empowered in our industry.
  3. Share one of your favorite inspirational quotes with the younger generation. “It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” ~ Napoleon Hill
  4. What do you like to do outside of work? Traveling, camping, and exploring our new home state of Colorado with my husband, children, friends, and family.
  5. Why should young girls and boys get involved in STEM related classes/activities? Getting youth involved in STEM early is important because opportunities do not always come easily as they get older.  The experience they gain now can give them insightful perspective and an educational head start, even if they do not choose a career in STEM as an adult.  Lastly, it’s important for them to realize that the STEM space is ripe with a variety of technical, creative, and professional roles that suit nearly all career aspirations.

Jennifer Kramer, Comcast

  1. How did you first get involved with the cable/telecom industry? I joined Comcast in 2015 – this was my first job in the industry. I spent most of my career in the Retail industry prior to this. I love working in such a fast-paced, adaptive industry because we are creating the future.
  2. Provide a shout-out to someone who has influenced you throughout your career. I’ve had a number of informal mentors throughout my career – many of them didn’t know it at the time, but I was watching each of them, and making mental notes of what I wanted to take with me as I grew my own leadership skills. The person who is on my mind right now is Theressa Dulaney. I spent the last two years working for her, and I learned from her what it means to be an authentic leader,  how to not sweat the small stuff, and how to help your team stay focused on the big picture when the day to day is always pulling us back in. I’m lucky to have had the chance to learn from her.
  3. Share one of your favorite inspirational quotes with the younger generation. “Be who you are, not who the world wants you to be.” This is something that has taken a while for me to embrace. I spent so much of my earlier career trying to fit within a certain mold. Now, I’ve finally accepted my differences and have learned to see them as strengths.
  4. What do you like to do outside of work? When I’m not at work, you can find me outside doing something active. Last year, I climbed my first “14er.” This year, I’m training for a half marathon.
  5. Why should young girls and boys get involved in STEM related classes/activities? The best leaders are the best learners, and I think developing a passion for learning starts early – we have a responsibility to expose the younger generation to lots of different outlets so they can explore what they’re passionate about, and someday become our next generation of leaders.

Kelley Rapoza, Charter

  1. How did you first get involved with the cable/telecom industry? My first experiencein the cable/telecom industry was when I was working for a consulting firm and was placed on a project with Time Warner Cable.  Many years later, changes in company and one big merger later and I find myself working with some of the same great people!
  2. Provide a shout-out to someone who has influenced you throughout your career. My mom has had the biggest influence.  She is smart, driven and passionate.  I learned how to have a strong work ethic and solid ethics from my mom!
  3. Share one of your favorite inspirational quotes with the younger generation. Not sure this is appropriate but I live by:  Wake Up, Be Kind, Kick Ass, Repeat.
  4. What do you like to do outside of work? I love sports.  Watching, playing – doesn’t matter.  I love being active.  My son plays baseball.  I love to watch him play!
  5. Why should young girls and boys get involved in STEM related classes/activities? STEM classes provide a more targeted learning experience where children are immersed in curriculum.  I think they offer a perfect balance to the standard classes children are offered in school now.

Lisa Schwab, UpRamp/CableLabs

  1. How did you first get involved with the cable/telecom industry? While I was a co-founder at a local startup, I had the pleasure of being mentored by Scott Brown, our MD, through the Boomtown Accelerator in Boulder. After I exited the startup, he brought me on to help run our accelerator for the cable industry.
  2. Provide a shout-out to someone who has influenced you throughout your career. I have this really amazing aunt that has influenced every aspect of my life. It’s probably no surprise that we are both cyclists, photographers, and pretty hilarious individuals- ha! She is an engineer at Ball Aerospace and is a constant inspiration for me on pushing beyond all the limits and carving out excellence and joy in every endeavor.
  3. Share one of your favorite inspirational quotes with the younger generation. One of my friends is an artist/culture consultant- Hugh MacLeod of Gaping void Culture Design Group. He has a piece of art that I own that absolutely explains my approach to most things in life:  “Allergic to Mediocrity”, as in, “Be allergic to it!” I think it’s important to push everything beyond average or the norm- I would like to see the next generation adopt this philosophy because they have a lot of work to do.
  4. What do you like to do outside of work? I am a photographer – I see everything in angles and light so I am constantly snapping pics on my phone or Nikon. I shot the Pro Cycling Challenge every year and that tied into my other passion: cycling. I am a road rider and there is nothing like the freedom I feel on a long, open road and my two wheels. I also practice yoga, am a Denver Center for the Performing Arts patron, and am a live music fanatic.
  5. Why should young girls and boys get involved in STEM related classes/activities? For little girls, I always think of Reshma Saujani’s quote from “Girls Who Code”: “You cannot be what you cannot see.” It’s important that girls get involved early on in math & science and that it isn’t just a boy thing. They need continuous exposure to it and female mentorship so they can see what they can become. The technology field need diversity of thought and equality and keeping girls engaged is key.

Christina Young, Comcast

  1. How did you first get involved with the cable/telecom industry? My first job in telecom was for a startup company called Netro Communications.  It was my second job after I had graduated from Stanford and I really wanted to work in the start-up environment. I was the engineering project manager for this small company of brilliant engineers.  It was an exciting time in Silicon Valley and we were on the cutting edge of wireless telecommunication technology.
  2. Provide a shout-out to someone who has influenced you throughout your career. It is hard to name just one person so I am naming a few.  My constant influences have been my college crew- James, Tonya, Dezi, Magnus, Nneka, and Tanya.  We became adults together at Stanford and they have been my biggest cheerleaders through my personal and professional life.  They have always pushed me to think outside the box, take set-backs in stride, and be the best leader that I can be.  I am not sure that I would have taken the risks that I have if it wasn’t for their continual push and confidence in me even if I didn’t have it yet.
  3. Share one of your favorite inspirational quotes with the younger generation.  “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi
  4. What do you like to do outside ofwork? Outside of work I love spending time with my amazing husband, Larry, and our children Malcolm (23), Maya (19), Macy (17), and Maryn (6).  We are all very active in the Denver community and are privileged to be able to give back.  I work with high school African-American girls, serving as a mentor with ASCEND as well as volunteer with Agape Homeless Feeding Program.   In addition, I am a proud member of several organizations including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Stanford National Black Alumni Association, Rocky Mountain Stanford Alumni Club, and of course, Rocky Mountain WICT. I am also currently on the board of the Park Hill Children’s Center.
  5. Why should young girls and boys get involved in STEM related classes/activities? It used to be technology enhanced our lives. Now technology is infused into our lives.  Regardless of your career or passions, there is technology involved in some way.  It is critical that young girls and boys are exposed  very early so they will have confidence in learning and pursuing STEM related careers.

Marjorie Truitt, Charter

  1. How did you first get involved with the cable/telecom industry? I first got involved with the telecom industry as a consultant working for Accenture.  I had the opportunity to provide technology consulting services to 4 large international telecom companies with projects ranging from network inventory conversions to strategy cycle time reduction analyses.
  2. Provide a shout-out to someone who has influenced you throughout your career. My shout-out is to Dana Scott who was my manager while on a telecom project in Slovakia.  She taught me the importance of both hard work and fun in the office.  I learned a lot from Dana about leadership, the telecom industry, and building a strong team.  She also makes me laugh a lot!
  3. Share one of your favorite inspirational quotes with the younger generation. “Done is better than perfect” -Sheryl Sandberg
  4. What do you like to do outside ofwork? Outside of work, I enjoy being outside mountain biking, road cycling, and skiing.  I also like to travel often.
  5. Why should young girls and boys get involved in STEM related classes/activities? Young children should learn to love math at an early age!  It sets the foundation for so much of what you do later in life in both school and work.  The more you know, the more options you have for your future career.

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Sravani Katamaneni, STEM School Highlands Ranch

  1. How did you first get involved with the cable/telecom industry? My first interaction with the cable/telecom industry was from a WICT event that I attended last year. This event was the first time I became aware of the telecom industry and understood the role it plays in our everyday lives. Most importantly, I was able to learn what a DNS server was and how data was stored in the cloud. However, the most interesting part of the event was learning about new technology that was being created to help people with disabilities.
  2. Provide a shout-out to someone who has influenced you throughout your career. The people in my life that have influenced me the most and will continue to influence me are my parents. They have supported me in every decision I made and helped me overcome and learn from my mistakes. Especially, when I did something wrong my parents were there to help me understand what was wrong and the best way to get up and try again. My parents have always worked to make sure I had all the resources available to succeed and always gave me the freedom to make my own decisions by educating me and letting me choose what is right and wrong.
  3. Share one of your favorite inspirational quotes with the younger generation.  This is a quote by one of my favorite professional dancers: “If we are able to retain the ability to imagine when we grow up, our lives will be fuller, more vivid.” In today’s society, as we grow up, the people around us push us to follow things the way they have always been. When you are hired for a new job, you are trained to do things the same way everyone else at the company does. An employee is not given the chance to think in their own way and they are not given the chance to explore. For the younger generation, this tends to happen in school. We are expected to follow a rubric when doing a project and if our project uses some imagination and is creative students are marked down for this. Thus, I believe that imagination and creativity is something that should be used throughout our lives and in all situations.
  4. What do you like to do outside ofschool? Outside of school, my most favorite activity is dance. I’ve been learning Kuchipudi, an Indian classical dance form, since I was 3 and it has played a significant role in my life. I’ve even recently started learning Bollywood and contemporary dance. Dance has been the thing in my life that has kept me grounded. My life can be chaotic and stressful from school, homework, and clubs, but I can always use dance to focus my mind and help me release my stress. I am not quite sure what I want to do for the rest of my life, but I know for sure that dance will be a part of it. Besides dance, outside of school, I enjoy hosting fundraisers with my friends to raise money for nonprofits and our own projects.
  5. Why should young girls and boys get involved in STEM related classes/activities? Young girls and boys should get involved in STEM related activities because it can be related to any field. In today’s growing world, technology plays a huge role in any field. In art, technology can be used for graphic designing and engineering can be used to create different types of sculptures or even use different materials and chemicals to create an interesting piece of art. STEM has become a skill rather than certain fields. When you participate in STEM activities and classes, you are learning about skills and tools that are available to you. These skills and tools will also make you a more well-rounded and educated person. Most importantly, they will help you problem solve through any type of situation.
17th Annual Walk of Fame May 25th, 2017
NAME Award Company
Robin Tolva Woman of the Year Charter Communications
Adrianne Hinds Woman in Technology Cablelabs
Rich Jennings Mentor of the Year Comcast
Slalom Consulting Industry Partner of the Year Slalom
Ashley Berry Young Woman to Watch
Frances Augustine Woman to Watch Comcast
Kinsley Civili Woman to Watch Charter Communications
Kei Foo Woman To watch Charter Communications
Lisa Vandermark Woman To watch CSG
Robin Veit Woman To Watch Starz
Emily Winger Woman  To Watch Comcast
16th Annual Walk of Fame 2016
NAME Award Company Title
Jenelle Chaplin Woman To Watch Director and Above Comcast Director, Customer Care Strategic Initiatives (west division)
Shashikala Shamarao Woman To Watch Director and Above Charter Communications Director, Technology Services
Erin Kusmierski (Toney) Woman To Watch Director and Above Charter Communications Director, Wireless Internet Products
Grace Wiggins Woman To Watch Director and Above Charter Communications Sr. Supply Chain Demand Planner
Natalie Makowka Woman To Watch Director and Above Comcast Sr. IT Solutions (Comcast Business)
Judy Batenburg Woman in Technology Starz SVP IT Services
Christopher Marsh Mentor of the Year TWC VP of Web & Commerce Engineering
Sarah Gustashaw Woman of the Year Comcast VP, Finance Mountain West
16th Annual Walk of Fame May 21, 2015
NAME Award Company Title
Kathy Carrington Woman of the Year Charter Communications Senior VP-Corporate Services
Rich DiGeronimo Mentor of the Year Charter Communications Executive VP, Product & Strategy
Maria Rothschild Woman in Technology Comcast Director, National Video Deployment Engineering
Tom Gorman Partner of the Industry opXL, LLC President
Megan Reeder-Holman Woman to Watch Starz Entertainment, LLC VP of Sales & Affiliate Marketing
Pamela Kelley Woman to Watch Comcast Senior Director Human Resources – Nat’l Customer Ops
Angela Peleschka Woman to Watch Comcast West Division Vice President Credits and Collections
Cat Reusswig Woman to Watch Time Warner Cable Sr. Director Web Portals, Engineering Web & Commerce
Kris Shrader Woman to Watch Comcast West Division Director of Outsourcing Operations
15th Annual Walk of Fame May 22, 2014
NAME Award Company Title
Maggie Chan Jones Woman of the Year Level 3 Senior VP, Marketing
Steve White Mentor of the Year Comcast – West Division President
Michael Turner Partner of the Industry RevGen Partners President & CEO
Angela Plomondon Woman in Technology Charter Communications Senior Director, Video Operations
Cheryl Davis Woman to Watch Charter Communications Senior Director, Product Management
Sally Huriaux Woman to Watch Comcast – Mile High Region Director, Project Management
Adrianne Steiss Woman to Watch CSG International Executive Director, Global Corporate Marketing
Michelle White Woman to Watch Comcast – West Division Senior Director, FP&A
MacKenzie Roebuck-Walsh Woman to Watch Comcast – West Division Manager, Customer Experience
14th Annual Walk of Fame May 2, 2013
NAME Award Company Title
Amy Blair Woman of the Year Liberty Global, Inc. Senior VP, Chief Human Resources Officer
Peter Kalan Mentor of the  Year CSG International Chief Executive Officer and President
Nancy Davoust Woman in Technology Comcast Cable Distinguished Enginneer Systems & Security Architect
Jodi Robinson Woman in Technology Starz Entertainment VP Internet & Interactive Technology
Billi Capra Teamwork in Innovation Altitude Sports & Entertainment Vice President, Broadcast Services
Kim Carroll Woman to Watch Charter Communications Senior Director Strategic Program Management Office
Camille Hammond Woman to Watch Disney & ESPN Media Networks Senior Director Field Sales
Veronica “Roni” Jellison Womant to Watch Comcast Cable – West Division VP, Business Class Customer Service Stategy & Operations
Lori Lemmen Womant to Watch WOW! Internet Cable Phone Director, Program Management Office
Kalpa Subramanian Woman to Watch Comcast Cable Director, National Engineering & Technical Operations
Alexandra Ballas Woman to Watch Comcast Cable Manager Public Relations Mile High Region
13th Annual Walk of Fame 2012
NAME Award Company Title
Cathy Kuo Woman of the Year WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone Chief Marketing Officer
Shelly Harper Mentor of the Year Altitude Sports & Entertainment Senior VP, Programming & Production
Steve Raymond Teamwork in Innovation Disney ESPN Media Networks Senior VP, National Accounts
Joe Rooney Teamwork in Innovation Cox Communications Senior VP, Brand Marketing, Social Media & Advertising
Debbie Fitzgerald Woman in Technology CableLabs Debbie Fitzgerald
Karen Abene Woman to Watch Starz Entertainment Senior Director, Affiliate Sales and Support
Keely Rose Buchanan Woman to Watch Time Warner Cable Manager, Communications
Amy Kim Woman to Watch Charter Business Director of Marketing
Lisa Panepinto Woman to Watch Comcast West Division VP of Operations Analysis & Planning, Customer Care
Angela Plomondon Woman to Watch Comcast Senior Director Video Operations, Nat’ Engineering & Tech Ops
12th Annual Walk of Fame May 12, 2011
NAME Award Company Title
Cynthia Carpenter Woman of the Year iBahn Vice President Marketing, Americas
Maria Popo Woman of the Year Ubee Interactive President, Americas
Mike Hayashi Mentor of the Year Time Warner Cable Executive VP, Advanced Engineering &Technology
Marti Moore Woman in Technology Charter Communications VP of Web Technology – Customer Experience
Cindy Parsons Teamwork in Action Comcasat VP of Public Relations – Mile High Region
Ruth Rohs Teamwork in Action Comcast Manager of Community Relations – Mile High Region
Patty Bullington Woman to Watch Charter Communications Corporate Director of Marketing
Shelly Humphreys Woman to Watch Broadband Insights, Inc Mangaing Director
Katherine Kirchner Woman to Watch Comcast Executive Director of Operations
Angie Reynolds Woman to Watch Charter Communications Curriculum Manager
Darla Thompson Woman to Watch CSG Systems VP, Strategic Business Unit
11th Annual Walk of Fame April 29, 2010
NAME Award Company Title
Abby Pfeiffer Woman of the Year Charter Communications Senior VP, Human Resources
Scott Binder Mentor of the Year Comcast Senior VP, Mile High Region
Gary Traver Partner of the Industry Comcast Media Center Senior VP, COO
Carol MacBride Woman in Technology Comcast Spotlight Senior Director, New Product Technology Development
Amy Bell Woman to Watch Starz Entertainment Executive Director, Marketing Communications
Anne Collins Woman to Watch CSG Systems Executive Director, Account Management
Sara Eder Woman to Watch Eder Communications Principal and Owner
Shelly Guiou Thompson Woman to Watch Charter Communications Vice President, Programming
Cindy Varga Woman to Watch Liberty Global, Inc Program Manager, Office of the CTO
10th Annual Walk of Fame May 6, 2009
NAME Award Company Title
Kelly Bumann Woman of the Year Starz Entertainment VP Brand Strategy & Marketing Communications
Jill Stark Woman of the Year Charter Communications VP, West Operating Group
Tom Feige Mentor of the Year Time Warner Cable Regional VP of Northeast/National Division
Dr. Richard R. Green Partner of the Industry CableLabs President and Chief Executive Officer
Sara Baack Woman in Technology Level 3 Communications Senior Vice President, Voice Services
Nancy Hankins Woman to Watch Charter Communications Senior Director, Procurement
Connie Keith Woman to Watch CSG Systems VP, Charter Strategic Business Unit
Charlon McIntosh Woman to Watch Comcast Colorado Vice President of Customer Care
Jennifer Pellegrino Stamm Woman to Watch The Cable Center Marketing Manager
Missy Wood Woman to Watch Comcast Colorado Senior Manager of Engineering Operations
9th Annual Walk of Fame May 13, 2008
NAME Award Company Title
Tracy Baumgartner Woman of the Year Comcast West Division Vice President, Public Relations
Marwan Fawaz Mentor of the Year Charter Communications Chief Technical Officer & Executive Vice President
Jana Henthorn Partner of the Industry The Cable Center Senior VP, Programs & Education
Sherisse Hawkins Woman in Technology Time Warner Cable VP, Software Engineering
Grace Egan Woman in Technology Time Warner Cable VP, Product Engineering
Christin Brown Woman to Watch WOW! Internet Cable Phone Vice President, Marketing
Karen Eckmann Woman to Watch CSG Systems VP, Corporate Communicatons
Jacyn Meyer Woman to Watch Starz Entertainment Director, Affiliate Sales
8th Annual Walk of Fame May 2, 2007
NAME Award Company Title
Judi Allen Woman of the Year ALLENStrategies, Inc. President
Cathy Fogler Woman of the Year Charter Communications VP, Video Programming & Product Management
Brad Dusto Mentor of the Year Comcast Cable President – West Division
Cindy Bennett Partner of the Industry Organic People President
Leslie Ellis Woman in Technology Ellis Edits Independent analyst, columnist, author
Brenda Price Woman to Watch Time Warner Cable, National Division Senior Director of Marketing
Corrina Ruttkar Woman to Watch CSG Systems, Inc. Vice President, Customer Strategies
Vernise York Woman to Watch Comcast Colorado Digital Voice Operations Manager
7th Annual Walk of Fame May 25, 2006
NAME Award Company Title
Debbie Egner Woman of the Year Starz Entertainment Group Senior VP, Affiliate Sales and Sales Operations
Nancy McGee Woman of the Year Adelphia Communications Senior VP Marketing and Sales
Ed Nafus Mentor of the Year CSG Systems International, Inc. CEO & President
Louise Atkinson Woman of Influence TeleTech Senior VP of Strategic Accounts
Nancy Sanders Woman of Influence Time Warner Cable National Division VP, Group Operations and Division Marketing
Connie Campbell Woman of Influence Adelphia Communications Senior VP of Operations and Finance
Bonnie Cleaver Woman in Technology Comcast Media Center Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives
Kelly Bumann Woman to Watch Starz Entertainment Group VP of Key Initiatives
Cindy Parsons Woman to Watch Comcast – Colorado Region Senior Director of Public Relations
6th Annual Walk of Fame May 18, 2005
NAME Award Company Title
Leslie Grayson Woman of the Year Time Warner Cable – National Division Vice President of Operations
Cathy Klistrom Woman of the Year Comcast – West Division Senior Vice President of Customer Care
Ron Cooper Mentor of the Year Adelphia Communications President & COO
Rebecca Lim Woman in Technology Starz Entertainment Group Senior Director of Advanced Services
Maria Arias Woman to Watch Adelphia Communications VP of Law and Government Affairs
Wendy Farley Woman to Watch Comcast – Colorado Senior Director of Government Affairs
5th Annual Walk of Fame May 13. 2004
NAME Company Title
Sheryl Anderson Starz Encore Group Senior VP Human Resources & Administration
Louise Atkinson TeleTech Holdings, Inc Senior VP, Broadband
Lee Clayton Charter Communications Inc Senior VP, Operations Midwest Division
Leslie Ellis Analyst, Colmnist, Author
Charlotte Field Comcast Corporation Senior VP, Network and Technology
Ellen Filipiak Adelphia Communications, Inc. Senior VP, Customer Care
Cathy Kuo WOW! Internet & Cable Senior Vice President
Lisa Lee Broadband Insights, LLC Chief Executive Officer
Susan Rardin Comcast Corporation Vice President, Customer Care
Michelle Sie Whitten Encore International President & CEO
Cath Fogler Adelphia Communications, Inc. VP, Video Product Management
Juliet Randall Qwest Communications, Inc. Director, Local Voice Sercvices
Page Shaper Charter Communications Inc Director New Products
4th Annual Walk of Fame May 6, 2003
NAME Company Title
Linda Adams Level 3 Communications Group Vice President
Dana Crandall Qwest Communications Senior VP, Wholesale Customer Service Operations
Cyndee Everman Time Warner Cable VP Operational Support Systems
Lisa Lee Broadband Insights, LLC CEO
Midge Pierce WAM! Starz Encore Group VP, Programming
Mary White Comcast Cable, Colorado Market Senior Vice President
JoLynne Whiting US West & Qwest Communications Retired Officer
Linda Williams Time Warner Cable National Division VP, Human Resources
3rd Annual Walk of Fame May 16, 2002
NAME Company Title
Sam Klosterman Wisdom Media Group Vice President Affiliate Sales
Joanne Lintjer Daniels & Associates Director of Administration
Luisa Murcia AT&T Broadband Vice President – IP Technology Strategy
Nancy Murphy AT&T Broadband Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs
Midge Pierce WAM! America’s Kidz Network – Starz Vice President, Programming
Mary White AT&T Broadband Senior Vice Presdient
Linda Williams Time Warner Cable Vice President, Human Resources
2nd Annual Walk of Fame May 17, 2001
NAME Company Title
Ann Carlsen Carlsen Resources, Inc. Founder and CEO
Theresa Conley AT&T Broadband Vice President, Video Strategy & Product Management
Courtney Cowgill Formerly AT&T Broadband
Jana Henthorn A&E Television Networks Vice President, Affiliate Sales W. Region
Michelle Lee AT&T Broadband Vice President, National Access System
Sandy Monahan AT&T Broadband Senior Director, IT Systems Deployment & Operations Support
Nancy Murphy AT&T Broadband Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs
Pat Thompson Daniels & Associates Senior Vice President
Jillian Wachendorf Starz Encore Group, LLC Senior Vice President, Affiliate Marketing
Cathy Wilson The Literature Library of Broadband Technology CEO & Publisher
1st Annual Walk of Fame May 18, 2000
NAME Company Title
Colleen Abdoulah Formerly of AT&T Broadband
Ann Carlsen Carlsen Resources Founder & CEO
Jeanne Davison Voyant Technologies VP of Marketing
Suzy Dotson AT&T Cable Services Denver Director of Customer Service
Gayle Greer GS2 Principal & Co-Founder
Sandy Marquette AT&T Cable Services Cheyenne General Manager
Leslie Nittler Starz Encore Group Senior VP, New Media
Jan Peters MediaOne President & CEO
Kathy Stewart AT&T Cable Services Fort Collins General Manager
June Travis WICT National Past President
Jilliana Wachendorf Starz Encore Group Senior VP, Cable Sales & Affiliate Marketing
Priscilla Walker Walker Innovations President
Ruth Warren Formerly of Jones Intercable