Storytelling in Chicago:
The Cable Center Records New Oral Histories at The Independent Show
In July, some of The Cable Center team attended The Independent Show in Chicago to connect with our cable operator community and record new Oral Histories for our growing collection. It was a memorable and productive week of recording with some of our industry's top leaders. Highlights include: Diane Christman (CPO & SVP of development, The Cable Center), sitting down with Matt Polka (president, ACA Connects) to record a special episode for ACA Connects podcast series; reuniting with our beloved Cable Pioneers; recording 8 new Oral Histories with industry greats; running into cable friends on the show floor; and visiting all the fantastic booths.
Thank you to our Oral History contributors for taking the time to tell us their stories so that they can be shared for generations to come:
Patricia Jo Boyers, President, BOYCOM Vision, and Chairman of the Board for ACA Connects
Charles Cheevers, CTO, Customer Premises Equipment Solutions, CommScope
John Gdovin, EVP & Chief Administrative Officer, RCN/Grande/Wave/Patriot Media
Jim Gleason, President & CEO, Vast Broadband, and Tom Gleason, retired Cable Pioneer, Vast Broadband
Michael Grebb, Publisher, Cablefax
Amy Maclean, Editorial Director, Cablefax
Jeffery Ross, President, Armstrong Utility Inc.
Ellen Schned, President, EJS Media
Special thanks to Lela Cocoros for moderating our Oral History interviews!
IA Kicks Off Class 6:
International Group of Industry Intrapreneurs Begin Their Projects
And then there were 6! The Cable Center's Intrapreneurship Academy is proud to announce its 6th class of industry change-makers. During our IA Kickoff earlier this month, our Class 6 intrapreneurs from all around the world (including Jamaica, Panama, and Venezuela) gathered at The Cable Center to connect and collaborate with each other and their Sponsors (individuals at their companies who support their innovation projects), and dive into the first module of the 8-week program.
Special guest and IA Kickoff keynote speaker Chris Lammers (EVP and COO, CableLabs) gave an insightful presentation on how CableLabs continues to innovate and disrupt the tech landscape of our industry. Thank you so much for inspiring our intrapreneurs, Chris!
The Class 6 intrapreneurs are:
Kristopher Kellner, Charter Communications
Petr Kucheryavyy, Charter Communications
Casey Paiz, Charter Communications
Angela Schwartz, Charter Communications
Geoff Swanson, Charter Communications
Valerie Spinosi, Comcast
Charlie Yang, Comcast VIPER
Anna Skiadas, Comcast VIPER
Gema Delgado, Cox Communications
Kaitlyn Haubrich, Crown Media
Sarah Jensen, Crown Media
Andrew Holland, Discovery
Amy Lainge, Discovery
Nicolas Ramos Maseras, Discovery
Renee Wong-Brissett, FLOW/Liberty Latin America
Jessika Santamaria, Liberty Global - Panama
Phyllis Peters, Mediacom
Erin Beck, WOW!
Beth Casteel, WOW!
Kellie Chatham, WOW!
Mark Maynard, WOW!
Jessica Wang, WOW!
New IA video testimonials are also now up on the IA website! Give them a watch and apply now for Class 7, which starts February 18, 2020.
ICYMI: Friends and colleagues of the late Cindy Bennett, a longtime cable industry executive, have established a memorial fund in her honor that will create scholarships to the Intrapreneurship Academy. Donations can be made at www.cablecenter.org/about-us/support-the-center.
Featured Oral History:
Mike Fries, CEO and Vice Chairman of Liberty Global, is our latest featured Oral History. A 2017 Cable Hall of Fame inductee, a 2015 Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame inductee, international business mogul, and a founding member behind the largest international TV and broadband company in the world, Mike is an individual who has truly transformed the cable industry through his creativity and innovation leadership.
"I think creativity exists in all of us, and it's what makes great CEOs, personally—having some level of creativity, whether it might come out mathematically or in leadership or in dealmaking. And it's been a thrill for me to actually try that out and be reasonably good at it."
Watch Mike Fries' full Oral History here.
Special thanks to our Oral History moderator, Stewart Schley!
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