About

Sarah Foss

Chair, AWM

Sarah Foss

Chair, AWM

Sarah Foss is the Chief Product Officer, Advertising Management Systems, for Imagine Communications, a market leader in advertising optimization and video infrastructure solutions serving global media companies. With more than 25 years experience within the media technology field, Ms. Foss has a track record that includes success in start-up, small business, and large company environments, having built global competitive advantage through innovative product development, marketing, and customized sales. Ms. Foss most recently served as the President of the Advertising Division at YANGAROO, Inc. Prior to that, she was the SVP, Sales & Client Services, for Encompass Digital Media, CEO for VCI Solutions, as well as management positions in Harris Corporation’s Broadcast Division. Ms. Foss graduated Cum Laude from Ohio University with a master’s degree in telecommunications management.

Christine Travaglini

Chair-Elect, AWM

Christine Travaglini

Chair-Elect, AWM

Christine Travaglini is the President of Christal Radio, a position she has held since 2008. Previously, she served as Senior Vice President and General Sales Manager for Christal, a post she held for five years. In June 2013, Ms. Travaglini was appointed President of KRG Partnerships, the business development team focused on leveraging all of Katz’s broadcast and digital assets to develop innovative solutions for today’s big brands. She began her career with Katz Media Group in 1989 as a sales assistant and is the first person to rise from Assistant to President as well as the company’s first female President.

Kristen Welch

Immediate Past Chair, AWM

Kristen Welch

Immediate Past Chair, AWM

Kristen Welch is former SVP, Global Content Operations for Discovery Communications. The team, comprised of FP&A and programming operations activities, has global responsibility for content analytics and developing standard operating procedures and data governance across the content lifecycle. She previously served as CFO for both Discovery Channel and Science Channel and was responsible for the management of the financial planning, analysis and forecasting for ad sales, salaries, programming, marketing, communications and research. Prior to that role, Kristen served as vice president, finance, Discovery Networks where she forecasted and analyzed all revenue and expenses relating to advertising sales, programming, marketing and research for 12 U.S. cable networks. She was the 2013 Women Leading Women honoree by the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. In 2011, she was named a Person to Watch by The Financial Manager magazine of the Media Financial Management Association.

Keisha Sutton- James

Treasurer, AWM

Keisha Sutton- James

Treasurer, AWM

Keisha Sutton-James, a third generation broadcaster, joined ICBC Broadcast Holdings, Inc. (Inner City Broadcasting) in 2007, taking responsibility for developing and implementing the company's digital strategy. By rationalizing systems to build a common infrastructure and leveraging the portfolio of radio assets to build digital brands, she has created additional revenue streams for the company. Additionally, Keisha secured the company's minority certification and is leading business development efforts in the minority supplier arena. She is heavily involved with mentoring women and African-Americans and was instrumental in ICBC supporting the Broadcast Leadership Training Program at the NABEF. Prior to joining ICBC, Keisha spent six years post-MBA as a banker in the JP Morgan Private Bank advising family offices and owners of closely held businesses on all aspects of their wealth management. With $800MM in assets under management, she worked with her clients in investing, estate planning, philanthropic giving and family governance. Keisha has been active or held leadership positions in numerous organizations, including the Council of Urban Professionals, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the African-American MBA Alumni Association of the Wharton School of Business, and most recently, the NY & NJ Minority Supplier Development Council.

Karla Ballard Williams

Director, AWM

Karla Ballard Williams

Director, AWM

Karla Ballard Williams is founder and Chief Executive at Ying Bank. Ms. Ballard Williams formerly served as SVP of Participant Media’s TAG division, a social-action agency working with brands, foundations and the public sector to ignite compelling campaigns that will drive social impact. Prior to joining Participant Media she served as account lead for Ogilvy & Mather. In addition, Ms. Ballard Williams served as the global account lead for Sony Pictures Entertainment on rebranding and strategy engagements for Latin America.

Christina Barlowe

Director, AWM

Christina Barlowe

Director, AWM

Christina Barlowe is a dynamic, senior executive with a versatile background in marketplace development, strategic sales and applied technology. She has a proven track record in her ability to develop, serve and lead cross-functional teams to drive change throughout an organization, resulting in strategic business initiatives that generate revenue and manage operational expense. Christina is currently the Principal Media Consultant at NextMedia Partners, LLC, focusing on the intersection of evolving network and computer technology to deliver communications, information and entertainment products with exceptional user experiences.

Heather Cohen

Director, AWM

Heather Cohen

Director, AWM

Heather Cohen is Executive Vice President of The Weiss Agency, a broadcast talent agency which represents and develops the careers of many of the industry's most successful local and syndicated personalities.
Heather joined the Weiss Agency directly from GreenStone Media, LLC, where she was Vice President, Programming.
Heather joined GreenStone from New York’s legendary WOR where she was Assistant Program Director and responsible for the station’s local and national on-air content, programs, and production. Prior to that, she served as Executive Producer for “The Joan Hamburg Show”. In 2013 Talkers Magazine awarded Heather with the prestigious “Judy Jarvis Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Talk Radio by a Woman,” also known as the “Woman of the Year” award. Radio Ink Magazine selected Heather as one of the 2014 & 2015 Most Influential Women in Radio. She is a 2015 recipient of Hofstra University’s George M. Estabrook Distinguished Service Award. Heather is on the 2015-2016 National Board of Directors for the Alliance for Women in Media and is one of the 2016 Chairs for their annual Gracie Awards. Heather, a graduate of Hofstra University, currently serves as President of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication Alumni Association and is a member of The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication Advisory Council. She has mentored New York City school children as part of NYC’s Principal for a Day program and has been a Safe Space committee member. Heather judged the Tony Awards for eight seasons.

Kelly DeLace Perdomo

Director, AWM

Kelly DeLace Perdomo

Director, AWM

Kelly DeLace Perdomo is a dynamic, high-energy, senior marketing/production executive with 17-year track record of success spanning in-house and consulting roles. Kelly has demonstrated leadership in fast-paced, multinational corporate environments (Sony) and high-profile entertainment organizations (SiriusXM Radio, MTV, VH-1, Warner Bros). In her career, Kelly has proven her ability to build custom, individual, brand-based solutions that deliver outstanding results and maximize return on investment. Kelly is currently Vice President – Sports, Entertainment, Content, and Partnership Marketing at SiriusXM Radio

Susie Hedrick

Director, AWM

Susie Hedrick

Director, AWM

Susie Hedrick is SVP of North American Sales at WideOrbit, a provider of advertising management software for media companies, including 75% of US television stations and nearly 3,000 radio stations. Ms. Hedrick is responsible for all revenue from WideOrbit’s radio products. She moved from broadcasting to technology in 1998, working as Director of Products for applications used by over 35,000 broadcast professional. Prior to joining WideOrbit, Ms. Hedrick served as SVP of Sales and Business Development at Marketron.

Jinny Laderer

Director, AWM

Jinny Laderer

Director, AWM

Jinny is the leader of a growing technology company, vCreative, that services over 4,000 local radio, digital & TV stations, networks, and national media companies with cloud-based workflow solutions. She is also an advocate of women’s causes. She has been involved with MIW & AWM since 2008 and has been a judge for The Gracie Awards. Jinny is a Co-Founder and Board of Director for a non‐profit that rescues preteen and teen girls out of sex trafficking in Honduras. She also serves on the board of her local church.

Meg LaVigne

Director, AWM

Meg LaVigne

Director, AWM

Meg LaVigne is President of Television at Litton Entertainment, the country’s leading independent television programming. LaVigne is responsible for several divisions in the company including television syndication, news and public relations. LaVigne is an Emmy-winning talk show host and was on-air talent for a daily live show, AM Boston. She is also a veteran broadcast and commercial announcer whose voice has been heard on a variety of shows ranging from Red Sox baseball games to The Three Stooges New Year’s Eve Marathon. Prior to television, LaVigne worked at WITS Radio as a producer and on-air announcer. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Foundation for the Blind.

Laura Martinez

Director, AWM

Laura Martinez

Director, AWM

Laura Martinez is the Senior Director of Affiliate Sales at Westwood One/Dial Global. Ms. Martinez coordinates efforts to increase programming affiliations and to maintain existing relationships. Prior to her role at Westwood One, she served as Director of Marketing and Sales at Radio Disney Denver where she developed sales and marketing strategies to gain exposure for the Disney Brand in Denver and increase revenue for the Walt Disney Company. Prior broadcast experience includes NBC Radio in Chicago, CBS Radio in Boston and Katz TV in Chicago.

Gayle Trotter

Director, AWM

Gayle Trotter

Director, AWM

Gayle Trotter is a columnist, political analyst and attorney who regularly appears on TV, such as on Fox News Channel’s The Kelly File and MediaBuzz, contributes to The Hill, The Daily Caller, Townhall and other well-known political websites, and is a frequent guest on radio shows across the country providing an insider’s view of Washington, DC.

Alison Rudnick

Director, AWM

Alison Rudnick

Director, AWM

Alison Rudnick serves as Vice President, Communications, HLN (formerly CNN Headline News). Based in New York, Rudnick has held this position since 2014. In this role, she is responsible for directing executive and brand strategy, external and internal messaging and crisis communications. Returning to HLN in 2011, Rudnick oversaw the public relations efforts for network milestones, including morning anchor Robin Meade’s 15th anniversary, the infamous Casey Anthony trial and re-positioning HLN (twice) in five years. Rudnick began her career at CNN in 1996, and has taken opportunities at WNBC, WNJU, Discovery and CNBC.

Josie Thomas

Director, AWM

Josie Thomas

Director, AWM

Josie Thomas is Executive VP and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, CBS Corporation. In this role, Ms. Thomas oversees the Company’s commitment to diversity across all of its businesses. She leads multidimensional diversity and inclusion strategies working with senior executives throughout the corporation to develop talent, diverse suppliers, outreach, advocacy group engagement and national industry impact. In addition, she is the executive sponsor of CBS’s employee resource groups, while spearheading the CBS Corporation Diversity Council. She served as Chair of the Institute for Advanced Journalism Studies and later Chaired the Board of Visitors of the then newly launched Global Journalism and Communications School at Morgan State University, where she also serves on the Board.