Sarah Foss

Chair, AWM Foundation

Sarah Foss

Chair, AWM Foundation

Sarah Foss is Chief Product Officer, Advertising Management Systems, 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.

Christine Travaglini

Chair-Elect, AWM Foundation

Christine Travaglini

Chair-Elect, AWM Foundation

Christine Travaglini is the President of Christal Radio & Katz Parnterships, 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

Past Chair, AWM Foundation

Kristen Welch

Past Chair, AWM Foundation

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 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.

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.

Valarie Blackburn

Director, AWM Foundation

Valarie Blackburn

Director, AWM Foundation

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.

Anne Cowan

Director, AWM Foundation

Anne Cowan

Director, AWM Foundation

Anne is a strategic leader, helping member companies collaborate to overcome the challenges of today’s dynamic marketplace, and win the hearts and minds of consumers. To that end, she manages CTAM’s TV Everywhere initiative to deliver a highly-valued online viewing experience and promote usage. In addition, Anne oversees communications for the successful MSO CableMover program, is co-leading a new Industry Positioning project, and overseeing the integration of communications to support the industry’s value proposition, while managing CTAM corporate marcom and biannual TV Critics Tours.

Annie Howell

Director, AWM Foundation

Annie Howell

Director, AWM Foundation

Annie Howell is Co-Founder and Managing Partner 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.

Christine McLaughlin

Director, AWM Foundation

Christine McLaughlin

Director, AWM Foundation

Deborah Parenti

Director, AWM Foundation

Deborah Parenti

Director, AWM Foundation

Deborah Parenti was named Publisher of Radio Ink, RBR and TVBR on September, 2015. Prior to that, she served as EVP of the publications. She is the first person to succeed Eric Rhoads, chairman and founder, who acquired Radio Ink in 1992, in that position. She has also led the company’s radio conference division since 2007. An experienced broadcast professional, Deborah broke the glass ceiling in Dayton radio as the first woman to manage a major station in the market when Stoner Broadcasting named her Vice President and General Manager of WWSN-FM (now WMMX) in 1990. Her radio career includes stints in the Louisville and Philadelphia markets. At Radio Ink, Deborah has focused much of her time on using the publication’s influence across the industry to spotlight and promote initiatives that provide outreach, education and advancement for women, minorities and young people who aspire to join the radio industry. In 2009, she was inducted into the Dayton Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Rob Stoddard

Director, AWM Foundation

Rob Stoddard

Director, AWM Foundation