A new fall season, a new class of cable-industry officials getting trained
for senior roles through the National Association of Minorities in
Communications' Executive Leadership Development Program.
NAMIC's program kicks off its second year next month with 30 people involved
in four three-day-weekend course periods at the University of California at Los
Angeles. UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management will oversee the
curriculum. Two of the weekends take place this fall, while the other two will
run next February and April.
About 30 people participated in NAMIC's first set of leadership-development
courses, which concluded this past spring.
ESPN will send four people to the program, including broadband/interactive-TV
vice president Manish Jha. Cox Communications Inc. and AT&T Broadband Inc.
will have three representatives each.
Other participating companies with at least one attendee include Home Box
Office, Nickelodeon, Showtime Networks Inc., Black Entertainment Television,
Comcast Cable Communications Inc., Cablevision Systems Corp. and Wisdom
Subject matter for the weekends includes career management, trust building,
negotiation and self-assessment exercises.
In a new wrinkle, graduates of NAMIC's first Executive Leadership Development
Program can attend a separate daylong Anderson School workshop covering power
sources, multicultural awareness and team leadership.
Grant money from the Walter Kaitz Foundation will subsidize the workshop, led
by diversity expert Price Cobbs.
NAMIC 'is dedicated to providing sophisticated and innovative learning
opportunities to help position executives of color in seats of real power,'
executive director Kathy Johnson said in a prepared statement. 'We are committed
to building leaders and equipping them with state-of-the-art tools for
Other notable program participants include Clarence Caldwell, Cox's
engineering/technology VP; William Mitchell, MTV Networks' VP of affiliate
sales/marketing; Kristina Song, ABC Cable Networks Group's executive director;
and Tony Speller, operations/engineering VP at AT&T