Keisha Sutton James

Chair, AWM Foundation

Keisha Sutton James

Chair, AWM Foundation

Keisha Sutton-James is writer, speaker and producer who strives to create content and utilize media platforms to elevate and engage her community around its most pressing issues. She writes, produces live events and is currently doing research and conducting preliminary interviews for the biography and documentary of her grandfather, the late Percy Sutton. Keisha also has in development a podcast featuring herself and several others, all daughters of civil rights activists and politicians, called Daughters of the Movement.

One such live event was the National Action Network’s Annual Convention and 25th Anniversary Celebration, a gathering that attracted over 5,000 people. Keisha oversaw every element of this four-day convention: planning concurrently running panels for each day, plenary addresses from presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Williams and others, a Women’s Luncheon, a Minister’s Luncheon, two revival concerts, a screening of the new Roots and more. She was responsible for planning, logistics, including Secret Service logistics, technical integration, marketing, budgeting and everything in between. In 2019, she produced META, Convened by BET Networks, the inaugural social impact conference targeting media, entertainment and technology professionals.

Before moving into the creative side of media, Keisha focused on media management. Keisha joined her family’s media company, Inner City Broadcasting Corporation in 2007 as Corporate Vice President and immediately focused on building and managing the company's digital platform, with full responsibility for interactive strategy, technical infrastructure and staffing, product development and monetization. In 2011, a subsidiary company, Inner City Media, filed for bankruptcy. Keisha became the point person in the company, managing strategic, legal, public relations and other elements of the bankruptcy process for the companies.

Prior to coming to Inner City, Keisha spent six years as a banker in the JPMorgan Private Bank. With over $1.3 billion in assets under management, Keisha advised family offices and owners of middle market-sized businesses on all aspects of wealth management, including but not limited to asset management, estate planning, philanthropic giving, and family governance.

Keisha joined the JP Morgan Private Bank in 2001, after earning a masters in business administration in Entrepreneurial Management at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Keisha holds a bachelors degree from Tufts University. Active in several industry and community organizations, Keisha serves as Vice Chair of the Alliance for Women in Media, and on the boards of the Harlem Community Development Corporation, a subsidiary of New York’s Empire State Development Corp, and the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce.

Keisha resides in Harlem with her husband, Michael, and two amazing daughters, Nola and Shelby.

Heather Cohen

Chair-Elect, AWM Foundation

Heather Cohen

Chair-Elect, 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 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 “Woman of the Year”. Radio Ink Magazine has selected Heather as one of the Most Influential Women in Radio every year since 2014. Heather was on the cover of Radio Ink’s June 2017 Most Influential Women in Radio issue. She is a 2015 recipient of Hofstra University’s George M. Estabrook Distinguished Service Award. In 2019 Heather was inducted into the WRHU Radio Hall of Fame.

Heather, a graduate of Hofstra University, is Vice President for Services on the Executive Board of Hofstra University’s Alumni Organization, and is a member of The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication Dean’s Advisory Board. She recently completed her term on the Board of Directors of the George M. Estabrook Alumni Association. Heather previously served as President of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication Alumni Association.

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, and is currently a juror for the Academy of Radio Arts & Sciences. Heather is the incoming chair of the Alliance for Women in Media and Foundation Board of Directors after having recently served as Treasurer. She has co-chaired the Gracie Awards since 2016.

Christine Travaglini

Immediate Past-Chair, AWM Foundation

Christine Travaglini

Immediate Past-Chair, AWM Foundation

Christine Travaglini is President of Katz Radio Group. As President, Christine drives overall business development and strategy of Katz Radio Group’s 14 regional offices across the country that together serve as the national sales partner to more than 3,300 radio stations and their digital audio platforms. Christine leads the Katz team in driving maximum results for broadcasters and their advertisers through radio advocacy, innovative marketing solutions, and compelling data and insights.

Since 2008, Christine served as President of Christal Radio, a division within Katz. Prior to that she served as Senior Vice President and General Sales Manager for Christal, a post she held for five years.

In 2013, Christine was also named President of Katz Partnerships, the business development team focused on deepening relationships with agencies, and leveraging all of Katz’s partner’s broadcast and digital assets to develop innovative solutions for today’s big brands. Under her leadership, the Katz Partnerships team has developed and influenced millions of dollars for Katz broadcast clients providing first-to-market ideas and advertiser-focused audio solutions.

Christine began her career with Katz as a sales assistant in the Atlanta office, and was the first person to rise from an assistant to a division president within the organization.

Radio Ink has named Christine one of the “Most Influential Women in Radio” since 2005. She has served on the National Board of Directors and is currently the Chair for the Alliance for Women in Media. Christine is an executive board member of the Radio Advertising Bureau; a board member of the IRTS; and an active speaker and panelist at industry events.

Josie Thomas

Treasure, AWM Foundation

Josie Thomas

Treasure, AWM Foundation

Josie Thomas is Executive VP, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, CBS. 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.

Annie Howell

Treasurer-Elect, AWM Foundation

Annie Howell

Treasurer-Elect, 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.

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

Rob Stoddard is Senior Vice President, Industry & Association Affairs, for NCTA – The Internet & Television Association. He oversees the association’s public affairs efforts, member relations, industry events, and other special projects. Prior to assuming the Industry & Association Affairs role, Stoddard led NCTA Communications & Public Affairs for 15 years, managing media relations, public affairs, social responsibility initiatives, and promotion and publicity for NCTA events and activities. Before joining NCTA, Stoddard served as chief communications officer for major cable companies, including AT&T Broadband, MediaOne, and Continental Cablevision. He has worked as a press secretary for a U.S. Senator, and journalist for radio stations, trade publications, and a news wire service. Stoddard serves on the boards of several cable industry and journalism associations. A graduate of The American University in Washington, DC, Stoddard is a career-long diversity advocate, PR Week “DC Influencer,” member of the Cable TV Pioneers, and Hall-of-Famer for PR News and the Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association.

Kristen Welch

Director, AWM Foundation

Kristen Welch

Director, AWM Foundation

Kristen Welch is chief financial officer, Illustrative Mathetmatics, Washington, D.C. She formerly served as SVP, Global Content Operations for Discovery. 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.