Leadership Series


The Executive Leadership Series is one of WICT NY’s longest running programs and brings our members up-close and personal with senior industry leaders. These events feature an executive or panel of executives who speak candidly about their career challenges, triumphs, and life experiences. Past speakers have included Chris Spade, EVP, Chief Financial Officer, Showtime Networks, Inc.; Lori Conklin, EVP, Strategy and Business Development, NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises; and Kenetta Bailey, SVP Marketing, CBS Radio.

Our last event took place on Thursday, May 11th and the topic was “Capitalizing On Change: Making the Most of Disruption.”

The Pay TV space is evolving rapidly, and it’s easy to be uncomfortable with change or terrified of the new. However, change and new innovations can bring the biggest opportunities. WICT NY moderator Jennifer Pirot, and four high-powered women discussed how they capitalized on change and made the most of disruption. We heard about how these fearless women jumped into digital, carved out exciting areas for themselves, and infused “traditional” jobs with the new.

Moderator Jennifer Pirot is President of Pirot Media, an advisory firm specializing in multi-platform content distribution and strategy. She is a highly-respected media executive with proven experience generating revenue through business development and new product development in traditional and digital media spaces.

Kenetta Bailey was named SVP of Marketing for CBS Radio in May 2016. She is responsible for the marketing and brand positioning of CBS Radio and its portfolio of 117 over-the-air radio stations and suite of digital products, including the streaming service Radio.com, podcast network Play.it, and the event discovery business Eventful. Bailey oversees the company’s Creative Services team, ensuring consistent branding across multiple platforms, products and events, and works with local market managers and station management to develop tailored marketing strategies aimed at broadening their roster of advertising clients.

Lori Conkling is EVP, Strategy and Business Development for the Digital Enterprises team at NBCUniversal. She is responsible for developing actionable business strategies for NBCU’s new and existing digital businesses, driving innovation and monetizing cross-platform content. Most recently, Conkling developed and executed the business plan for Seeso, NBCU’s direct to consumer Comedy SVOD offering, which launched in 2016.

Rebecca Glashow is the Head of Worldwide Distribution at AwesomenessTV, a leading multi-platform media company serving the global Gen Z audience. Rebecca Glashow is responsible for overseeing distribution deals for AwesomenessTV digital content, original series and films on all platforms worldwide. She joined AwesomenessTV in May 2016.

Amy Young is a Top Partner Lead in Google’s Global Partnerships group where she leads relationships with Google’s most important media, broadcast, and entertainment partners. Amy is responsible for driving revenue growth and setting global, strategic objectives and cross Google engagement plans that will transform a partner’s business.

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