Kristen Welch

Chair, AWM Foundation

Kristen Welch

Chair, AWM Foundation

Kristen Welch is SVP, Global Content Operations for Discovery Communications. She leads a team with global responsibility for content analytics, operating procedures and data governance across the content lifecycle. Ms. Welch previously served as CFO for both Discovery Channel and Science Channel. Prior to that role, she 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.

Sarah Foss

Chair-Elect, AWM Foundation

Sarah Foss

Chair-Elect, AWM Foundation

Sarah Foss is VP, Product Management, Media, for Imagine Communications, a market leader in advertising optimization and video infrastructure solutions serving global media companies. Ms. Foss previously served as President, Advertising Division, at YANGAROO, Inc. Prior to that, she was SVP, Sales & Client Services, for Encompass Digital Media, CEO for VCI Solutions, as well as holding management positions in Harris Corporation’s Broadcast Division.

Kay Olin

Past Chair, AWM Foundation

Kay Olin

Past Chair, AWM Foundation

Kay Olin is a consultant with Olin & Associates. She most recently served as president of Local Focus Radio. After a long successful career at Interep Radio, in which she became one of the first female general managers of a radio station in the country, Ms. Olin opened Local Focus Radio when Interep closed its doors in 2008. She joined the Board of Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) in 2010 and is a founding member & past-president of the Atlanta's AWM Affilliate. Ms. Olin continues to serve in advisory capacity on the Atlanta board and is currently Chair of the National AWM Board.

Keisha Sutton-James

Treasurer, AWM Foundation

Keisha Sutton-James

Treasurer, AWM Foundation

Keisha Sutton-James joined ICBC Broadcast Holdings, Inc. (Inner City Broadcasting) in 2007, taking responsibility for developing and implementing the company's digital strategy. Prior to joining ICBC, Ms. Sutton-James spent six years with JP Morgan Private Bank, advising family offices and business owners on all aspects of wealth management.  She 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.

Christine Travaglini

Treasurer-elect, AWM Foundation

Christine Travaglini

Treasurer-elect, AWM Foundation

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.

Heather Cohen

Director, AWM Foundation

Heather Cohen

Director, AWM Foundation

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 personalities. Ms. Cohen joined the Weiss Agency from GreenStone Media, LLC, where she was Vice President, Programming. She previously served as Assistant Program Director at New York’s WOR. Prior to that, she served as Executive Producer for “The Joan Hamburg Show”. Ms. Cohen also judged the Tony Awards for eight seasons.

Michelle Duke

Director, AWM Foundation

Michelle Duke

Director, AWM Foundation

Michelle Duke is the Vice President of the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation, a position in which she has served since 2009. Ms. Duke joined NABEF in 2005 as director of diversity services, later serving as VP of diversity services and development. She also serves on the boards of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Minority Media Executives.

Jill Luckett

Director, AWM Foundation

Jill Luckett

Director, AWM Foundation

Jill Luckett is SVP of Program Network Policy at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA). Ms. Luckett focuses on legislative and regulatory issues and serves as an advocate for the programmers’ public policy positions within NCTA and also before Congress and other regulatory agencies. Before joining NCTA, she served as Special Advisor to FCC Commissioner Rachelle Chong, where she was responsible for cable and wireless issues. Prior to the FCC, Ms. Luckett spent 12 years in the office of Senator Bob Packwood in a variety of legislative roles, including Legislative Director.

Kimberley Maki

Director, AWM Foundation

Kimberley Maki

Director, AWM Foundation

Kimberly Maki joined Bright House Networks as VP of Corporate Communications in 2009.  Ms. Maki is responsible for leading all external and internal communications, including corporate and industry relations, media relations, crisis planning and response, brand reputation management and multicultural inclusion strategies. Prior to Bright House Networks, Ms. Maki worked for the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, an international nonprofit standards-setting organization.

Karla Ballard Williams

Director, AWM Foundation

Karla Ballard Williams

Director, AWM Foundation

Karla Ballard Williams serves as Co-Chair of the 41st Annual Awards Show of the Gracies. An awards show supported by the Alliance for Woman in Media a 60 year old organization representing all women in every form of media and working hard to advocate and educate for the next generation of media professionals. Karla is also founder and CEO of YING a loyalty marketing solution engaging consumers and brands in a complimentary currency that supports community and individual rewards.
She most recently 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 leveraging the power of storytelling to drive impact. Prior to joining Participant Media she was with Ogilvy & Mather as the account lead for the Affordable Care Act content engagement, Tell a Friend Get Covered, supported by Covered California in partnership with the White House, Makers Studio and Funny or Die. In addition, she served as the global account lead for Sony Pictures Entertainment on rebranding and strategy engagements for Latin America.
Previously Karla worked at One Economy Corporation where she managed corporate relationships with partners such as Comcast/NBC, Verizon, Participant Media, Sprint, City Year and others. Karla is an appointee to the United States Federal Communication Committee on Diversity in a Digital Age and managed the national Broadband Opportunity Coalition. Currently she advises corporate 500 brands on Total Market strategy through REFRAME THE BRAND, a business acceleration association. She is a current board member of Alliance for Women in Media and the Marcus Graham Project. She has been a visiting speaker at Harvard and a former board member of the nation’s second largest Community College, Northern Virginia Community College. Karla is also the co-founder of the first Urban League in the state of Delaware, The Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, and served as the first female national president of the National Urban League Young Professionals. In 2012 Karla was awarded in NYC the Keeper’s of the Dream award from the National Action Network.

Annie Howell

Director, AWM Foundation

Annie Howell

Director, AWM Foundation

Annie Howell is Founder and Co-President of The Punch Point Group, a strategic communications company specializing in media training, message development, presentation skills training, executive coaching and strategic PR planning. As an executive level communications consultant, Howell has over 25 years of experience leading teams that excel in strategic communications, brand launches and awareness building, corporate and crisis communications, financial PR, public relations, talent management, publicity and social media. Her current clients include Poker Central, the world’s first 24/7 TV network devoted to poker, Half Yard Productions, Toronto-based Subscription On Demand service AeroCinema, among others. She is currently enrolled in a year-long education program where she is earning certification as a professional executive coach, expected in May 2016.
Howell was formerly interim head of communications at AMC Network’s SundanceTV in New York, where she played an integral role as a member of the brand’s senior strategy team during a leadership transition and restructure. Before that, she served as executive vice president of corporate communications & media relations for Crown Media Family Networks, home of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel. As the primary spokesperson for the networks, Howell provided strategic guidance to all Crown executives and was responsible for directing the full scope of Crown Media’s communications, public relations and social media strategies.
Prior to Crown, Howell served in a number of senior executive positions at Discovery Communications including as senior vice president of communications & public affairs at Planet Green and TreeHugger.com and for 7 years, as head of the U.S. Networks Communications group where she oversaw all aspects of communications and publicity for the company's networks (Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, Discovery Health, Discovery Times Channel, among others), Discovery's film unit, distributions and ad sales teams, marketing and research. She oversaw the company's talent relations team as well as the PR for company sponsored pro cycling team. Howell was honored by CableFax as one of the 2012 “Most Powerful Women in Cable”, was “PR Person of the Year” by CableFax magazine in 2009 and is a 2008 Fellow of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute.

Annie began her career working in the Washington-DC based public affairs agencies of Ogilvy & Mather as well as Powell Tate.

Valerie Blackburn

Director, AWM Foundation

Valerie Blackburn

Director, AWM Foundation

Christine McLaughlin

Director, AWM Foundation

Christine McLaughlin

Director, AWM Foundation