President - Zenita Henderson
Senior Director, Marketing Operations & Business Development, SCTE
Zenita has a passion for technology and has over thirty years in the telecommunications industry starting with Toner Cable, Jerrold/General Instrument, Motorola Mobility (a Google Company), ARRIS and now the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers and it's global arm International Society of Broadband Experts. Zenita has served the industry in various roles from Customer Service to Global Marketing working with service providers to launch new services, event management and creating executive briefing environments to showcase innovative technology. Zenita is an award winning community and industry relations activist supporting education, science, technology and math (STEM) initiatives, healthcare, diversity and inclusion programs in the cable industry.Close Bio
In her spare time, Zenita puts her expert marketing and relationship building skills to work as a Board Member of several charitable organizations including Beachglow Concerts for Charity, Inc., Montgomery County PA chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Greater Philadelphia & South Jersey chapter of Girls Inc., and Executive Committee member with One Day Immersion in Cable, TV and Digital Entertainment conference, designed to encourage college students to pursue creative and technical careers in the cable industry. Zenita also serves as President of the Greater Philadelphia chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications.
Zenita was inducted into the 2014 class of Cable TV Pioneers, and recognized as one of CableFax Most Powerful Women In Cable (2016, 2017) and Influential Minorities in Cable (2014, 2015, 2016,2017).
Vice President - Lisa Vetere
Director of Procurement Finance, Comcast
Lisa Vetere, Vice President of WICT Greater Philadelphia, is Director of Procurement Finance at Comcast HQ.Close Bio
For the past 8.5 years, Lisa has been dedicated to Finance in the cable industry through her roles within different areas of Comcast learning the business from several perspectives. She started in the Finance department in the former Eastern Division in 2009, as Financial Analyst working with the Finance team along with I/S Reporting. In 2010, Lisa took a role at Headquarters in Finance (FP&A), where she was on a team responsible for the Budget/Forecast process for all the Divisions and Headquarter groups. She managed the budget databases, created financial models for Finance leads along with trends and statistical models. At the end of 2011, she took a Finance role on the Freedom Region FP&A team, where she led a team of 14 people responsible for Accounts Payable, Financial Month-end Processes, Financial Modeling, Financial Reporting, Monthly Subscriber Reporting, Forecast and Budget for the Region. In 2014, Lisa transferred to her current role on the Cable HQ Procurement Finance Team supporting both Comcast and NBCU. In her current role, responsibilities include forecasting and budgeting for both companies along with rolling up the actual spend and forecast for our top vendors. Lisa provides strategic support to Comcast & NBCU VPs, SVPs, and CPO through financial presentations that help drive the vendor landscape of the business.
Prior to Comcast, Lisa was a Finance/Business Analyst at a Food Distribution company called Food Services of America in Scottsdale, Arizona where she worked on Business Intelligence Projects supporting areas of the business using customer and financial metrics along with training users on Business Intelligence Platforms. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Arizona State University.
Lisa joined WICT Greater Philadelphia in 2010 and is looking forward to her 6th year on the WICT Greater Philadelphia Chapter Board! Served as Vice Treasurer for 2 years and Operations Chair for 3 years. Lisa was a participant in the 2013 WICT Rising Leaders Program and 2016 Executive Development Series. She currently resides in Lansdale, PA with her husband, Luke, son, Max, and newest addition to the family, daughter, Savanna.
Past President - Tracey Kopper-Hourin
Vice President, Human Resources, Comcast
Tracey Kopper-Hourin is the Vice President, Human Resources for Comcast’s Advanced Advertising organization. In her role, Tracey leads the Human Resources business partnership for the Global teams focusing on organizational design and effectiveness, talent management, integration and employee engagement. Tracey joined Comcast in 2006 and has worked in the field as well as headquarters roles of increasing responsibility. Previous to joining Comcast, she worked in the Financial Services and telecommunications industries in New York and Philadelphia. Tracey received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Temple University.Close Bio
She is a member of both Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT) and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and has served on the board of WICT Philadelphia since 2010. She is a Big Sister through Big Sisters Big Brothers of Southeastern Pennsylvania, a member of Society of Human Resources Management, and an active volunteer in her community. She is a leader of the Comcast Running Club, a member of the Employee Resources Groups at Comcast, and a fellow of BMLI Class 30. Tracey resides with her husband and children in New Jersey.
Chapter Advisor - Jennifer Yohe Wagner
Senior Vice President, Procurement, Comcast
Ms. Jennifer Yohe Wagner has successfully served the business and financial needs of prominent cable-related organizations for more than a decade. Her strong leadership and entrepreneurial attitude have consistently generated innovative ideas that impact heavily on the cable industry. Through her application of dynamic strategies along with her exceptional negotiation skills, Ms. Yohe Wagner has been credited with saving hundreds of millions of dollars throughout the years. Characterized as savvy, ambitious and a tough negotiator, she has used her skills to lead companies through periods of transformation and change, productively establishing and launching enduring business dealings.Close Bio
Ms. Yohe Wagner joined Comcast in October 2007. In her current role as Senior Vice President, Procurement, Ms. Yohe Wagner utilizes her keen ability to effectively translate company objectives into clearly defined goals. Her vision, coupled with exceptional communication skills, have helped to enhance the performance of cable and engineering operations and given her recognition as a top-producing executive. An ethical professional, Ms. Yohe Wagner possesses a unique talent for analyzing problems, simplifying procedures and uncovering groundbreaking solutions. Uncompromising in her pursuits, she carefully navigates operations and activities making sure to reach desired corporate results.
Through strong internal and external partnerships, and her relentless negotiation of large complex technology deals, she delivers the desired corporate results and savings while developing new approaches to deal structure. Her experience in core infrastructure hardware and software deals is unmatched in the industry.
Prior to joining Comcast, Ms. Yohe Wagner spent nearly 10 years with Time Warner Cable in several roles, including VP of Business Affairs.
Prior to joining Time Warner Cable, Ms. Yohe Wagner worked for Mr. Jack Kent Cooke, well-known entrepreneur and successful businessman. She handled a multitude of responsibilities related to the Washington Redskins, Jack Kent Cooke Stadium, Los Angeles Daily News, Chrysler Properties and Elmendorf Farms.
Ms. Yohe Wagner attended the University of Pittsburgh. She is a member of both Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT) and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE). She is active on the local Philadelphia WICT board as well as supporting the WICT National Board. Ms Yohe Wagner is a participant in the BBBS Beyond School Walls Program and an active member on the BBBS Independence Region board. Ms. Yohe Wagner has received a number of awards including 2010 WICT Seasoned Professional Award and was named to the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 list of The Most Powerful Women in Cable, Top Women in Technology and was the winner of the prestigious 2012 Women in Technology award named by SCTE, WICT and Communications Technology Magazine. She also received the WICT Chapter Advisor of the year award in 2016. Ms. Yohe Wagner resides in Newtown Square, PA.
Executive Champion - Jodi Friedman
Account Vice President, Arris
Jodi has nearly 20 years of experience working in various sales and account development roles across many facets of the cable industry, including programming content acquisition and distribution, cable advertising sales, and customer premise technology account management. Over the years, Jodi has helped grow some of the industry's most widely-recognized brands including the Xfinity X1 platform, the Xfinity Wireless Gateway, the TV Guide Network and Interactive Guides, the Encore and Starz! Movie Channels, and the Courtroom Television Network (Court TV).Close Bio
Jodi is currently responsible for sales of ARRIS' emerging voice, data and video products to Comcast. She manages the Broadband and Wi-Fi CPE revenue budget for the Comcast Account Team of about $350 Million. As part of the ARRIS account team focused on the Comcast innovation partnership, Jodi meets with various Comcast stakeholders to ensure ARRIS is aligned on new product development and delivers new products to deploy as quickly as possible. The ARRIS/Comcast CPE partnership is currently responsible for deployment and support of over 30 million broadband devices in the Comcast network. It is an integral part of the development of the industry's next generation of solutions changing the way consumers connect to each other and to their content.
Jodi has been a WICT member since she started in the cable industry with Court TV in 1995. She became a Philadelphia Chapter board member when she moved from NYC to Philadelphia in 1997 and has been a very active leader for the Chapter ever since. She has held positions as a Past President, Programming Chair, Membership Chair, Tech-it-Out Chair, and Sponsorship, as well as a mentor volunteer for five years. In 2002 as Chapter President, she created the Liberty Awards- the Philadelphia chapter's first awards recognition event designed to recognize chapter leaders who have demonstrated consistent dedication and support of WICT initiatives and pulling talent up through the ranks. The Liberty Awards has now evolved into "WICT Philly Gives Back" one of the Philadelphia Chapter's signature events. Jodi is very passionate about the benefits of membership and has participated in many of its National programs including the Leadership Conference and the Executive Development Seminar. She is Class 22 of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute, considered to be the industry's top leadership program for woman, and in 2014, she received the Philadelphia Chapter's outstanding "Communicator" Award.
Before entering the cable industry, Jodi worked as an attorney for a general practice firm in NYC. She received her JD from New York Law School and was admitted to the bar in NY and NJ. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics from Lehigh University. Jodi lives in Ardmore, PA and is a very proud Aunt to 4 nephews and 1 niece. This year is also Jodi's 10th year as a volunteer in the Big Brother/Big Sister program.
Executive Champion - Sharmila Ravi
Vice President, Software Engineering, Digital Home Platform, Comcast Cable
Sharmila Ravi is a VP of Software Engineering at Comcast. She is responsible for architecting, developing and delivering software for Home Security and IoT products at Comcast.Close Bio
Mrs. Ravi has over 20 years of experience in consumer electronics and cable industries. At Comcast, Mrs. Ravi successfully launched many "industry first" products to Comcast subscribers, such as Gigabit services, Wireless Gateways, Extreme speeds, Skype on Xfinity, Xfinity Text Messaging, Universal Caller ID on TV and PC, Voice services for both Residential and Commercial subscribers. In her current role, she stays on top of the latest technologies and drives to deliver top quality features with highest reliability. Prior to joining Comcast, she worked in consumer electronics industry and managed systems, software and testing teams to successfully launch industry first HDTV STBs, DirecTV STBs, HDTV's and DVRs for Panasonic.
Sharmila is deeply involved in South Indian community activities/awareness programs. She volunteers and coordinates fundraisers for many Indian American charity organizations. She serves on the board of Bharathiya Temple. She is a lead of APA (Asian Pacific Association) at Comcast.
Sharmila got her Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Siddhartha Engineering College and Masters in Electrical Engineering from Old Dominion University.
Sharmila resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, Rao and their two daughters.
Executive Champion - Betsy Brightman
VP, Content Acquisition, Comcast
Betsy Brightman serves on the Board of Directors of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), a national non-profit organization that has been serving women in the cable industry for 30 years.Close Bio
Betsy is currently Vice President, Content Acquisition for Comcast. In her position she leads an operations team that oversees CA initiatives in the field as well as with the CMC. Prior to joining Comcast Betsy spent 8 years as the Vice President for Affiliate Relations & Distribution for RLTV, securing linear carriage with cable and satellite operators for the network. Before RLTV, Brightman was Senior Vice President of Sales Operations for Gemstar TV Guide International, where she oversaw all affiliate sales activities and operations with cable divisions, regions, systems and regional Multiple System Operators (MSOs) in the United States.
Betsy has worked in the cable industry since 1984, when she began her career with the Crosby Vandenburgh Group, publisher of customized cable guides. While working with CVG, Betsy was a founding board member of the initial Women In Cable Chapter in Boston. She is also the past President of the Philadelphia Chapter of WICT and a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute(Class XXI.)
She is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA where she majored in English. She has been active in local fundraising for Autism Speaks and is a Board member for Variety Children’s Charity of Philadelphia. She resides in North Wales, PA with her husband Jay and 3 children Andy, Samantha and Emma. She enjoys skiing, biking, running and swimming.
Programming Chair - Carol Ann Sweeney
Senior Manager of Business Operations, Arris
Carol Ann Sweeney, Senior Manager of Business Operations at Arris, is the Programming Chair for Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Greater Philadelphia Chapter.Close Bio
Carol Ann recently took a position at Arris as Senior Manager of Business Operations in the Global Services organization. In this role, she is responsible for maintaining vendor relationships with 3rd party partners and working with internal teams to determine requirements so they can be effectively communicated. She negotiates agreements with vendors of Arris, as well as with Arris customers. She is actively involved in the sourcing, onboarding, and reporting of the contractor workforce. She is involved in international vendor relationships and contract management. She works closely with Procurement, Legal, and Sales groups to ensure that all terms and conditions are met in order to comply with customer requirements and expectations.
Carol Ann worked at Comcast Cable Communications for 8 years, most recently as Senior Manager, Procurement. In this role, she worked with Comcast’s vendors negotiating the most optimal terms & conditions, and pricing for Comcast. She also monitored vendor compliance to contractual commitments. She managed online RFIs/RFPs (Request for Information/Request for Proposals) for the Comcast Engineering community. Tracking Purchase Orders and Invoice payments were also a part of her responsibilities. She also worked with multiple organizations within Comcast in annual budgeting, specifically related to maintenance and support renewals.
Prior to joining the cable industry, Carol Ann worked with a national sales team of a distribution and service company. She has more than 10 years of management experience in contract negotiations, budgeting, and communications.
Carol Ann has been an active member of WICT for 5 years. In addition to acting as Programming Chair, she also assists at Chapter events and has participated as a Mentee and Mentor in the Mentoring Program. The networking and relationships that she has forged from being part of this program are invaluable. She especially enjoys the annual Fall fundraiser when WICT has an opportunity to give back to a local charity.
Carol Ann earned her Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University. She resides in New Jersey with her husband and 3 children.
Chapter Relations Chair - Jacquelyn Smith
Executive Director, Strategy, Applications & Operations, Comcast
As part of Comcast Cable's Technology, Product & Experience Organization, Jacquelyn Smith is Executive Director, Enterprise Solutions. Her current responsibilities include leading and management of the OASIS - Optimizing Applications Strategy Integrations & Support team, implementation and management of enterprise support tools and financial management of the application systems. Jacquelyn's team is responsible for the lifecycle of these applications including design, development and deployment across various Comcast lines of Business. Some of these applications include, Slack, Salesforce, JIRA, Confluence, Rally, Github, DynaTrace etc.Close Bio
Jacquelyn has 20 years of experience in operations and program management. Jacquelyn has been with Comcast for ~12 years and previously held the positions of Sr. Director, Platform Technologies, Director, Software and Platform Engineering, Product Engineering and Sr. Manager, Program Planning & Project Management in Comcast's Quality Assurance team. Prior to working at Comcast, Jacquelyn worked as Assistant Director of IT at Hunter College in New York City and as Manager, Network Services, Operations & Program Management with Flextronics, in Dallas Texas.
Jacquelyn served as the 2016, National Liaison for the Comcast Women's Network, supporting national program development. Jacquelyn is also a member of the Comcast Employee Resource Groups. Jacquelyn lead the Comcast NE&TO Women's forum in 2012/2013 and the Product Engineering Women's Forum in 2010 /2011 and has severed on the NE&TO Inclusion team from 2010-2014.
Jacquelyn has volunteered time with Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), a national non-profit organization that has been serving women in the cable industry for 30 years. Jacquelyn is currently serving on the WICT Philadelphia Board of Directors, as the 2016, 2017 & 2018 Chapter Relations Chair and was the 2015 Special Events Chair, focusing on Tech It Out & WICT Philly Gives Back. In 2015 Jacquelyn received the honor of being WICT Philadelphia's Communicator of the Year award recipient. Jacquelyn has also served as the 2012, 2013 & 2014 Co-Chair for Special Events, the Director of Volunteer Outreach for 2010 & 2011. In 2010, Jacquelyn was selected to participate in WICT's Rising Leaders Program. Jacquelyn has also served as the Emerging Leader on the 2013 WICT National Board, focusing on Tech IT Out and STEM initiatives.
In 2015, Jacquelyn was appointed to The Board of Directors of Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey, a non-profit dedicated to developing and inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. In 2016 Jacquelyn joined the ADL, Anti-Defamation League, in Philadelphia supporting their Annual Walk Against Hate.
Jacquelyn received a MS in Instructional Technologies from Philadelphia University and a BA in Communications from Seton Hill University. She resides in Bucks County, PA with her family.
Communications Chair - Melissa Merriman
Account Manager-US Cable, Cisco
Melissa Merriman is an Account Executive at Cisco, the worldwide leader in IT. In her 10 years at Cisco Melissa has been dedicated to supporting customers in the service provider and telecommunications space leading teams to strategically develop and tactfully implement solutions that support business goals and objectives.Close Bio
Since 2010 she has focused on the cable industry working exclusively with Comcast. Prior to joining Cisco Melissa was a Sales Engineer and then Account Manager at Viavi (formerly JDSU) a leading provider of optical products and test and measurement solutions for the communications industry.
Melissa has been an active member of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) since 2010. She has been a WICT Greater Philadelphia Chapter Board member since 2013 and currently serves as the Communications Chair, responsible for leading the Chapter's marketing and communications initiatives. She is a WICT EDS graduate and completed the WICT Rising Leaders program.
Melissa earned a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University. She resides in Bucks County, PA with her husband and two children.
Operations Chair - Kathy Tudisco
Intellectual Property Specialist, Comcast
Kathy handles internal communications for the Strategic Intellectual Property group at Comcast. She is responsible for raising awareness of the Comcast patent process and recognizing Comcast inventors for their achievements and milestones. Kathy manages the Comcast Inventor Incentive Program and is always finding new ways to motivate and recognize inventors!Close Bio
In 2017 is Kathy’s 6th year on the WICT Greater Philadelphia Board, serving as the Sponsorship Director. Previously, Kathy served as the Board Administrator and then as the Volunteer Director. Kathy attended and volunteered at many WICT events for several years before joining the Board.
Prior to coming to Comcast, Kathy worked in real estate in Bucks County, PA. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now lives in Montgomery County, PA with her husband and one spoiled dog. She loves to travel, cook, bake and exercise!
Treasurer - Wendy Crocker
Manager, Accounting & Finance, Comcast
Wendy Crocker is part of the National Accounting Organization at Comcast where she oversees the accounting processes for many of the Headquarters Cable Business Units as well as centralized processes done on behalf of the Cable Divisions. She is responsible for effectively communicating information between management, her team, the various Business Units and the Divisions in order to ensure accurate and timely reporting and analysis each month.Close Bio
Wendy is a native of New Hampshire, where she initially joined Comcast's Northeast Division Finance & Accounting team as a Senior Accountant in 2006. She relocated to the Philadelphia area in 2011 as a Supervisor in the National Accounting Organization, and was recently promoted into her current role as Manager, Accounting & Finance.
Wendy has been a member of WICT since 2009 and received Protégé of the Year for the New England Chapter in 2010. Since joining the Greater Philadelphia Chapter, she has served two years as Vice Treasurer for and is currently entering her second as Treasurer.
Wendy has an MBA and MS in Accounting from NH College and currently lives in a small town northwest of Philadelphia with her husband and 2 sons.
Vice Treasurer - Anastasia Styer
Supervisor, Accounting & Finance, Comcast
Anastasia Styer is the Accounting and Finance Supervisor at Comcast HQ.Close Bio
For the past 3 years, Anastasia has been working in the various areas of General Ledger Department. She started at Comact as a Staff Accountant in Freedom Region GL group in 2014. As of beginning of 2017 Anastasia joined Admin GL in HQ and was recently promoted to a Supervisor role.
Prior to joining Comcast, Anastasia was an accountant at Quench USA. The position at a local fast growing company based in King of Prussia, PA gave her an exposure to acquisition, budgeting and inventory management processes. She worked closely with senior leadership team on process implementations and enhancements.
Anastasia graduated with Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University. She is currently working on obtaining an MBA from Villanova University.
Anastasia currently resides in Montgomery County, PA and enjoys spending her time with her husband and volunteering in her community.
Anastasia joined WICT Philadelphia in 2018 and is looking forward to serve on the WICT Greater Philadelphia Chapter Board!
Administration and Volunteer Director - Yvette Thornton
Sr. Manager Intellectual Property, Comcast Corporation
Yvette Thornton is the Intellectual Property Manager in the Strategic IP Department of Comcast. As part of the Patent Development Team, Yvette works closely with Comcast Engineers and Senior Leaders to capture the innovation that is occurring at every level of the company. Yvette also serves as a liaison between the inventive community and the Legal Department. Yvette has been instrumental in developing the internal patent development process including establishing the Patent Review Committee and the Employee Recognition Program. Yvette also supports the acquisition team by performing due diligence research.Close Bio
Prior to joining Comcast, Yvette worked as a Patent Agent for Sedna Services where she managed a portfolio of over 1,000 active matters. Yvette also worked at the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office as a Primary Patent Examiner in the area of Photoresist Compositions.
Yvette holds a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Norfolk State University where she was a Dozoretz National Institute for Mathematics and Applied Sciences (DNIMAS) Scholar.
Yvette lives in the Philadelphia area with her two children. She is an active supporter of the National Down Syndrome Society and sponsors a Buddy Walk team in honor of her daughter. Yvette is also a member of WICT, ACS, SWE and AIPLA.
Membership Director - Nidhi Desai
Nidhi joined pureIntegration in 2015 after transitioning into the technology industry from a public accounting background.Close Bio
Since then, she has had the opportunity to work with many different groups at Comcast including the National Care Organization, the Business Unit and now the Customer Experience Team.
Nidhi recently joined the Customer Experience team where she’s focusing on improving and implementing the company’s initiatives on Employee Empowerment. It’s an interesting connection from her previous role in which she deployed Xfinity Internet speed tiers to the markets and had an opportunity to work closely with various teams such as Engineering, Sales, Marketing, Courtesy Services, CARE and Tech Ops, learning some of the pain points across work streams along the way.
Nidhi joined WICT in 2016 and served as the program manager for Tech It Out in 2016 and 2017 and as a Co-Communications Chair for Philly Gives Back in 2017.
WICT has enabled Nidhi to combine her passion for technology and event planning into one, particularly the Tech It Out event where the goal is to educate and empower women in the industry of hot topics in technology.
She plans to use her experience in engaging women, as well as students and men, to attend WICT events as Co-Membership Chair.
Nidhi earned a B.S. in Accounting and a B.A. in Communications from Penn State University.
To contact, please email Nidhi_Desai@comcast.com or reach out via LinkedIn.
Membership Director - Lauren Blevins
Supervisor, Local Traffic Operations, Comcast Spotlight
Since joining Comcast Spotlight in 2009, Lauren Blevins has worked in a number of roles across the company. In her current role, she is the Supervisor of Local Traffic Operations where she is responsible for ensuring operational plans are aligned with business objectives. This includes but is not limited to managing an operations team of six coordinators by providing leadership, communication, technical expertise and operational integration across the New York and New Jersey markets.Close Bio
Originally from New Jersey, Lauren relocated to the Philadelphia area to attend Temple University where she obtained her Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing. She later received her Masters of Business Administration in Business Management from Amberton University. An active member of Women In Cable Telecommunications (WICT) since 2012, Lauren has attended and volunteered at many events prior to joining the board in 2017 as Membership Director. Additionally, her passion for marketing communications, building relationships and planning is furthered as she also serves on the board of directors for Harambe Social Services, Inc., a New Jersey nonprofit organization established to provide technical assistance, education and support to victims of domestic violence.
Lauren is also active in a number of organizations across Comcast and Philadelphia including the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA), the Young Professionals Network (YPN), the Black Employee Network (BEN) and the Women's Network at Comcast. Currently residing in Philadelphia, in her spare time Lauren enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Sponsorship Director - Jeanne Ciampa
Director, Next Generation Access Networks, Program Management, Comcast
Jeanne Ciampa is Program Delivery Leader in Comcast’s Next Generation Access Networks team. She leads a team of technical project managers who devise the strategy and drive the execution of bringing new video delivery technology to life. Jeanne pulls from her engineering and project management experiences to coach her direct reports in developing schedules and system integration plans to move product development through an agile lifecycle.Close Bio
During her tenure at Comcast, Jeanne enjoys dedicating time to giving back and personal growth. Annually, she and her family volunteer on outdoor beautification projects for Comcast Cares Day, she is an active member WICT in Philadelphia, and has spoken at FIRST Robotics and STEM events on Women in Technology, encouraging young girls to consider a technical track. In 2014, she graduated from Half the Sky Leadership for Women, is a 2015 alumnus of the SCTE Georgia Tech Management Development Program and most recently graduated from WICT Rising Leaders, Austin, TX 2016.
Jeanne holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Widener University. While earning her undergrad degree, she was General Manager of the campus radio station and with a friend started the university’s first women’s soccer team. Born and raised in New Jersey, Jeanne relocated to Pennsylvania after college and currently resides in Bucks County with her husband and daughter. Jeanne is active in her home community and serves as Vice President of her daughter’s elementary school’s Home and School Association.
Sponsorship Director - Liberty Williamson
Managing Director, Accenture
Liberty Williamson is a Managing Director within Accenture’s Communications, Media & Technology Industry and in her role helps customers along their transformation journeys with their own customers. Her focus over the last 20 years has largely been in the Communications space with a focus on the Cable industry. In that time she has helped some of Accenture’s largest clients on their journey to digital transformation through large scale program delivery; from how products are designed, developed and deployed to create the omni-channel environment the new digital consumer demands. Her strong leadership and innovative approach to solving large scale business problems has resulted in the design and execution of programs that heavily impact the cable industry.Close Bio
Liberty graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. She has served on the Georgetown Oncology Board and is extremely active in Accenture’s Inclusion & Diversity program.
Scholarship Director - Mary Eldridge
Business Development Executive, pureIntegration
Mary Eldridge has been working on the Business Development team for Pureintegration for the past 2 years. Prior to joining Pureintegration, Mary opened the Comcast account for Partners Consulting, a staffing company based in suburban Philadelphia. Mary began her career at Comcast and from there moved over to the programming distribution side of the business working for The Learning Channel. After TLC was sold to Discovery, she was hired by Starz which was then a start-up to work with Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision and other MSOs in the Northeast. After moving back to Philadelphia from New York, Mary was hired by TV Guide On Screen, which was the first interactive program guide, to work on distribution with East Coast cable operators. In all of these roles Mary was responsible for distribution within Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Cablevision and Suburban Cable (now Comcast). While raising her three children, Mary had a consulting practice whose clients included Starz, Suburban Cable (Comcast), Cable In The Classroom, TLC, SEGA Channel and The Weather Channel.Close Bio
Mary is married with 3 children, Jack, Sophie and Christopher and lives in suburban Philadelphia. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, training their new puppy and spending time with family.
Programming Director - Laura Lee
Vice President of Operations Transformation, Comcast
Laura is the Vice President of Operations Transformation for Comcast Business. She is responsible for transformational initiatives across Comcast Business Care, Service Assurance, Product Support, Technical Operations and Order Management with focus on Process, Product and System changes. She's been with Comcast for 4 years.Close Bio
Prior to Comcast, she was the COO for Wells Fargo Auto Finance. During her 9 years at Wells, she was responsible for underwriting, funding, billing, customer service and channel management. She also managed the EPMO, Process Improvement, Analytics, Fraud, Compliance/Governance and Facility Strategies. Laura also worked for GE as a certified Six Sigma/Lean Master Black Belt. She was also a Director of Operations for Cardinal Health where she ran a multi-million dollar pharmaceutical distribution center. Laura began her career as a US Army Engineer officer. She graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in Systems Engineering and earned an MA from Webster University in Management.
Laura is an inspirational and innovative leader and has lead diverse, cross-functional teams with drastic transformation changes. She's led 5 successful business integration efforts throughout her career, including the Wells Fargo Auto Finance/Wachovia merger. She drives strategic and tactical problem solving, collaboration, creativity and promotes a culture of continuous improvement.
Laura is a graduate of the WICT Betsy Magness Leadership program and the TUCK Executive Leadership Program.
Laura resides in West Chester, PA with her husband, Jim, of 25 years. Her daughter, Madi, is a senior at the University of Rochester. Laura is on the WICT Board as Programming Co-Chair, Comcast Vet Net Board as a Field Advisor and she is active with West Point Women, the West Point Reunion Committee and Team CMMD. Laura is a long distance runner having completed 18 full and 34 half marathons. She is on a quest to complete a marathon in all 50 states. She also enjoys traveling, gardening, attending sporting events (Go Birds!) and home organizing/decorating.
Programming Director - Sara Erbstein
Director, Executive Search, Comcast
Sara Erbstein serves as a Senior Manager, Executive Search for Comcast. In this capacity, Sara leads recruiting efforts at the VP level for all corporate functions across the enterprise.Close Bio
Prior to joining Comcast in 2012, Sara served as an Associate in the Philadelphia office of Heidrick & Struggles, a leading global retained executive search firm. Throughout her tenure with Heidrick, Sara was a member of the firm’s Financial Officers Practice. Her search experience includes corporate and divisional Chief Financial Officer, Controller, Treasurer, Investor Relations, Tax, Financial Planning & Analysis and Corporate Strategy assignments across a variety of industries for clients ranging from venture-backed, growth stage companies to prominent, international corporations. Sara joined Heidrick in 2006 in a research capacity supporting the firm’s Financial Officers Practice on matters ranging from business development and market intelligence to candidate and company research and search execution.
Earlier in her career, Sara served as a talent publicist at BWR, an entertainment public relations firm in Beverly Hills, CA, where she worked with high profile celebrity clients publicizing film projects and managing personal image.
Sara earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice from American University in Washington, D.C.
WICT Philly Gives Back Director - Carolyn Kendrick
Director of Change and Release Management, Comcast
Carolyn Kendrick has been nominated to the WICT Greater Philadelphia Chapter Board to Direct our Philly Gives Back Event coming up in November 2017 and 2018. Currently Carolyn is a Director of Change and Release Management with Comcast. In this role, Carolyn oversees X1 Change Management and the supporting processes for the Technology and Product Team.Close Bio
Carolyn is a strong supporter of both WICT and Girls Inc. among other mentoring programs. And has more than 14 years of Cable Industry experience and has been a WICT member for over 10 years.
Carolyn has a varied background in Program and Project Management and has been a volunteer photographer and PM for the Philly Tech it out Event in 2016 among other volunteer position she has held within WICT. This has provided the perfect foundation for the Director of the Philly Gives Back initiative.
To contact please email Carolyn_Kendrick@comcast.com or reach out via LinkedIn.
WICT Philly Gives Back Director - Alicia King
Sr Manager, Talent Management, Comcast
Joining Comcast’s Talent Management Team in June of 2016, Alicia has over 10 years of experience specializing in the development and implementation of HR programs for both union and non-union industries. Her broad experience includes recruitment, onboarding, employee/labor relations, career coaching, diversity and inclusion, talent development, succession planning, and organizational design.Close Bio
Prior to joining Comcast, she supported enterprise-wide talent management efforts for Southeastern Grocers in Jacksonville, FL. In addition, she provided diverse HR experience at General Electric, Georgia-Pacific, Schneider Electric and the Cincinnati Reds.
Alicia graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and has a MBA from the University of Phoenix in HR management. She also received her Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR), Society of Human Resource Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and Six Sigma Black Belt certifications.
Alicia is an avid shopper, sports enthusiast, great cook, and community volunteer, so she already is looking forward to being a part of WICT Philly Gives Back.
Tech It Out Director - Mary Malone
Principal Engineer, Comcast
Mary Malone, Principal Engineer at Comcast, has a B.A. in Computer Science from La Salle University and M.S. in Computer Science from Villanova University. Working as a Systems Engineer, Architect and Software Developer for over 25 years, she has been designing and developing software systems and leading teams in taking new and emerging technologies and translating them into real world applications for consumers and businesses. She joined Comcast Cable in 2007 and currently works in the Technology & Product Development organization.Close Bio
Mary is a FIRST Robotics volunteer. In her spare time, she “moonlights” as a musician and can be found playing Irish Traditional fiddle in regular gigs around the Philadelphia area. She is excited for the opportunity to serve as Tech It Out co-director and to work with so many phenomenal women in WICT of Greater Philly.
Tech It Out Director - Michele Corsini
Senior Director of Solution Management, Comcast
Michele Corsini serves as the Senior Director of Solution Management for Comcast Technology & Product Development organization. She is a seasoned Telecommunications Business and Technology leader with more than 18-years’ experience streamlining business processes, delivering enterprise scale programs that align business objectives with technology solutions.Close Bio
Michele has held various roles since joining Comcast in 1999, and has over a decade of experience successfully leading, designing and implementing information, reporting, and analytical solutions for many successful initiatives to improve customer experience, increase revenue and decrease expense.
When not immersed in “data”, Michele enjoys home redesign projects and spending time with her husband, four children and two dogs; they like to travel and are involved in sports.
Mentoring Director - Paula Barg
Senior Manager of Talent Management, Comcast
Paula Barg, Mentoring Director of WICT Greater Philadelphia, is Senior Manager of Talent Management in Comcast University HQ.Close Bio
For the past four years, Paula has been part of the Comcast HR Function, starting her career in Executive Search Recruitment function. From there, Paula moved into Comcast University where she supported the Corporate & CHQ L&D team, responsible for consulting and strategically partnering with internal clients to implement training and developmental needs. She relaunched the HR Academy and HR Expert Series as learning mechanisms for HR professionals. Paula now manages high-potential and leadership programs, working closely with business stakeholders to support business and leadership development and deployment. Paula is responsible for supporting internal talent management and succession planning activities. Paula also leads the HQ Young Professional's Network at Comcast, leading over 1,800 employees.
Before joining Comcast, Paula was a part of Teach for America AmeriCorps Program, as a High School Biology Teacher in Philadelphia. Paula was a consultant for the COMPASS program, consulting and strategizing for non-profit companies to strengthen their community and ability to market and promote their services.
Paula received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master of Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband currently live in Philadelphia, PA.
Mentoring Director - Mindy Yablonski
Senior Program Manager, College for Technologists, Comcast University
Mindy Yablonski is a Senior Program Manager with the College for Technologists in Comcast University. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Mindy is responsible for designing, developing and implementing strategic learning initiatives for Comcast’s 6,000 person plus engineering population, both in the US and abroad. Mindy started her career at Comcast with the Comcast Spotlight division in July 2009, and has been an active WICT member and volunteer since 2010. Mindy holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania, and resides in Philadelphia with her golden retriever, Jack.Close Bio
Marketing/Social Media Director - Jessica Muir
Senior Manager, National Sports Marketing, Comcast
Jessica Muir is a Senior Manager of National Sports Marketing for Comcast. Her most recent work includes the management of Comcast’s 10-year sponsorship with NASCAR and the recently announced United States Olympic Committee partnership. These national partnerships with renowned sports properties are brought to life by an extensive group of incredible teammates across a multitude of departments, business units and agency partners that consistently go above and beyond to deliver on business objectives and maximize ROI.Close Bio
Prior to joining Comcast, Jessica has worked in advertising, event planning and has had other roles in the sports marketing field. She received her degrees in marketing and international business from Penn State University and currently resides in Philadelphia. She served on the board for the Penn State Alumni Association’s Dance Marathon interest group to aid in the conquering of childhood cancer for over 4 years before becoming a member of the WICT Greater Philadelphia Board of Directors in 2016.
Communications Content Strategy Director - Lauren Schnatz
Manager, XD Resourcing & Operations, Comcast
Lauren Schnatz, Content Strategy Director for WICT Philadelphia, is Manager, Experience Design Resourcing & Operations at Comcast. Her career began in cable when she joined Comcast in 2010 as the Project Manager for the X1 Design Team. Lauren has been with WICT since July 2013 when she served as Co-Director for Information Technology. She has previously served on the Membership & Events Committee for the Women’s Network at Comcast. Lauren recently organized a group to walk in October’s American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Event.Close Bio
Lauren resides in rural West Chester, PA where she likes to play and record music in her spare time.
Information Technology Director - Chelsey May
UX Designer, Experience Design, Comcast
Chelsey May is a User Experience Designer on the Experience Design team at Comcast where she is responsible for the visual and production design of many of their products, including the XFINITY Stream App. Over the past five years with Comcast, she has worked on a variety of projects including, XFINITY Share app, TV Go app, marketing communications, Einstein, and all platforms of the X1 Entertainment Operating System. She is a member of the Women’s Network and Young Professionals Network at Comcast. Chelsey joined the WICT Greater Philadelphia Board of Directors in August 2015.Close Bio
Chelsey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Communications and a minor in dance from Salisbury University. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, going to the beach, traveling, dance, gymnastics, crafts and watching sports. Chelsey resides in Clarksboro, NJ with her husband.
Junior Board - Programming - Sara Murphy
Sr. Manager of Corporate Compliance, Comcast
Sara Murphy is a Sr. Manager of Corporate Compliance in the Legal Department at Comcast. Sara supports the rollout and implementation of various compliance program fundamentals. In particular, she assists with the management of Comcast’s “Do What’s Right” mandatory compliance and ethics training program and develops employee communications designed to promote an organizational culture of ethics. Sara also serves as the Compliance Lead at Comcast Spectacor, managing the compliance program, including such initiatives as policy implementation, integrity training, employee communications, and compliance risk management.Close Bio
Prior to joining Comcast, Sara was a Project Manager in Marketing Operations at Shire Pharmaceuticals. Her work concentrated on leading initiatives associated with the highly regulated review, approval and management of promotional materials used to market Shire’s products.
Sara was a participant in the 2016 WICT Rising Leaders Program. She received her B.A. in Mathematics from Boston University and her M.B.A. from Temple University.
Junior Board - Communications - Dan Park
Sr. User Experience Designer, Experience Design, Comcast
Dan Park is a senior user experience designer on the experience design team at Comcast. In his role, Dan focuses on product enhancements and maintenance to the Xfinity X1 platform for the multicultural consumer.Close Bio
Dan joined Comcast in 2015 and has worked on many projects including Spanish menu navigation and content discovery. He is also a lead on the LGBTQ consumer strategy and programming - helping to launch and maintain the LGBTQ Film & TV collection on X1 and native. Dan is also a member of several Employee Resource Groups at Comcast.
Prior to Comcast, Dan has worked in ecommerce, pharmaceuticals, and marketing. He is a graduate of Philadelphia University, where he majored in Digital Design and currently resides in Philadelphia.
Junior Board - Operations - Jacqueline Means
Accounting Supervisor, Comcast
Jacqueline Means is currently an Accounting Supervisor for Government Programs for Comcast Business. She has over 5 years of corporate accounting and finance experience, with her focus being on data analytics. She currently oversees the calculation, application, and reconciliation of several business funding programs, along with their invoicing, and reporting. In addition to these she focuses on creating automation and job aids for the team, as well as participating in the training process for all other parties involved in the programs, and is on the leadership team that helps to promote employee engagement and job satisfaction. Jacqueline received her undergraduate degree (BBA) in Accounting from Temple University. Currently Jacqueline is enrolled in the Villanova School of Business MBA Program and is specializing in Data Analytics, and MIS. Her current interest include travel, reading, and hiking.Close Bio
Junior Board - Chapter Relations - Whitney Bairstow
Senior Technology Recruiter, Comcast
Whitney Bairstow is the Senior Technology Recruiter for FreeWheel, a Comcast Company. In her role, Whitney supports Talent Acquisition efforts for FreeWheel’s Product and Engineering teams. Whitney joined Comcast in 2016 and previously supporting our Advanced Advertising and Visible World teams. Prior to joining Comcast, Whitney was a Talent Acquisition Consultant at Johnson & Johnson and a Technical Recruiter/Account Manager at Brooksource. She holds a BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder (GO BUFFS!) and a MBA from the University of Denver.Close Bio
She is a member of Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT), The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and recently joined Comcast’s Young Professional Network Board as a Professional Development Co-Lead. Whitney resides with her fiancé, Alex, and their (adorable) dog, Bair, in Philadelphia.