DENVER – The spring semester of The Cable Center’s Intrapreneurship Academy includes 19 rising stars, termed “Intrapreneurs,” set to participate in a future-focused development program designed to educate and empower the next generation of industry leaders. Launched as a pilot program last fall, the second Intrapreneurship Academy (TCC-IA) class will run from April 17-June 14, 2018, and will teach early and mid-career professionals how to undertake innovation within their companies—in the same way that entrepreneurs use innovation to launch new business concepts.
The spring 2018 class of Intrapreneurs are:
David Bowman, commodity manager, ARRIS
Kristin Buch, senior director public affairs, NCTA
Romeo Ngo, software engineer, NCTA
Virginia Zigras, vice president government relations, NCTA
Monica Lena Del Vecchio, regional marketing manager, Liberty Latin America
Maarten Hekking, director M & A and corp. development, Liberty Latin America
Iraida Agosto, field tech supervisor/regional manager, Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico
Nicholas Lokan, manager technical product sales support, Comcast
Budd Batchelder, senior manager, EHS, Comcast
Jane Kinyua, director finance operations, Comcast
Stephen Demedis, manager employee communications, Comcast
Farhan Ahmed, principal engineer engineering operations, Comcast
Aaron Kardosh, manager customer journey, Comcast
Jake Kintzel, coordinator content partnerships, T-Mobile
Mark McClaws, manager office of the president, Liberty Global
Sarah O’Dwyer, supervisor promo planning and strategy, AMC Networks
Sarah Timoney, manager scheduling, AMC Networks
Sowon Sawyer, director scheduling, AMC Networks
Grace Chung, manager scheduling, AMC Networks
Participants in the nine-week program represent a wide range of job functions, from communications and public affairs to software engineering, product development, M&A, sales, content development, and sustainability initiatives. Their employers cover every aspect of the cable industry, including system operators (Comcast, Liberty Latin America, T-Mobile, and Liberty Global), content providers (AMC Networks), equipment providers (ARRIS), and associations (NCTA).
Through in-person and online learning opportunities, the TCC-IA class will gain knowledge and skills as they apply them to real-world projects. They will also hear from cable industry luminaries known as “Innovation Laureates,” who will share their insights and the lessons learned from their ground-breaking careers. Past speakers include: Evan Shapiro, founder and owner, eshapTV; Phil McKinney, president and CEO of CableLabs; and Peter Kiley, VP affiliate relations and communications, C-SPAN.
The program culminates in a two-day Capstone event at The Cable Center where participants will share experiences and present ideas on how their organizations can develop innovation to their company sponsors and industry leaders.
“The Academy has proven to be a successful model to advance the entrepreneurial legacy upon which the cable industry was built,” said The Cable Center’s president and CEO, Jana Henthorn. “The positive feedback we received after the pilot from participants and executives convinced us that the Academy has the potential to benefit the industry for years to come.”
93 percent of TCC-IA graduates said they plan to apply the skills they gained in their current role. 79 percent said they had a positive or much more positive view of the cable industry as a result of their participation in the program, while 64 percent said they are more likely to pursue a long-term career with their employer after participating.
“TCC-IA helped me put context around how to go about leading a project from the inside of a company—of a major Fortune 500 company! The program taught me a lot about stepping outside of my silo to engage others to spearhead my ideas and enact change from within,” said Katina Krittenen, TCC-IA alum, Charter Communications. “I attribute my recent promotion to director of software development to the TCC-IA program, as well as to the industry mentors who guided me along the way. The program has had a tremendous impact on my career, and I highly recommend it to both existing and new, emerging leaders.”
TCC-IA is part of a larger initiative, the Community of Innovators (COI), a first-of-its-kind program for the cable industry, which connects people and ideas, and advances innovation through educational programs and support targeting three primary communities: high-potential industry employees, the startup community, and university students. For more information about the Intrapreneurship Academy or The Cable Center, visit www.cablecenter.org.
About The Cable Center
The Cable Center is an educational nonprofit organization serving the media and telecommunications industry. We tell the story of the cable industry, highlighting for the global community the significant contributions made to technology, society, and culture. Based in Denver, Colorado, The Cable Center is the home of the Cable Hall of Fame, recognizing individuals for their outstanding contributions to the industry; the Barco Library, the world’s largest collection of cable-related information and resources; as well as the Community of Innovators with a focus on intrapreneurship, connecting people and ideas to advance innovation. Visit us at www.cablecenter.org, www.twitter.com/TheCableCenter, and www.facebook.com/TheCableCenter for more information.