• 2021 Year of Impact [Infographic]

    2021 Year of Impact [Infographic]

    Through a year of global economic recovery, Intrapreneurship Academy partner companies saw a tangible ROI: Return On Intrapreneurship. This snapshot illustrates the value of investing in your most important resource—your people.

  • Cable Center Board of Directors Elects Wonya Lucas, President and CEO of Crown Media Family Networks, As Its Newest Board Member

     

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    Hannah Rogers

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    CABLE CENTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTS WONYA LUCAS, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF CROWN MEDIA FAMILY NETWORKS, AS ITS NEWEST BOARD MEMBER

    Lucas brings industry leadership experience, expertise to The Cable Center Board of Directors


    DENVER, CO – The Cable Center announced today that its Board of Directors has elected Crown Media Family Networks’ President and CEO Wonya Lucas as its newest Board Member. Lucas oversees the company’s vast portfolio of entertainment brands, including linear networks Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama; subscription video on demand service Hallmark Movies Now; and publishing division Hallmark Publishing. Lucas will serve a two-year term on The Cable Center Board of Directors, joining the Class of 2022 and twenty-five well-known industry leaders and influencers.

    The following Board Members have also been re-elected to serve another three-year term:

    Nomi Bergman, Senior Executive, Advance
    Paul S. Maxwell, Media-Max Advisors
    Robert Stanzione, Former Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors, ARRIS
    David R. Van Valkenburg, Chairman, Balfour Associates, Inc.
    K. Dane Snowden, Chief Operating Officer, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association
    David M. Zaslav, President and Chief Executive Officer, Discovery Communications, Inc.
    Jeffrey A. Zucker, Chairman, WarnerMedia News and Sports; President, CNN Worldwide
    Jay Rolls (additional one-year term; Class of 2021), Former Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Charter Communications, Inc.

    In addition, the following Executive Committee Members have been re-elected to serve another one-year term:

    Michael S. Willner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Penthera Partners, Inc.
    Jeffrey S. DeMond, Founder and Managing Partner, Archtop Capital Management
    David R. Van Valkenburg, Chairman, Balfour Associates, Inc.
    Jerald L. Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cequel III
    Jana L. Henthorn, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Cable Center
    Bridget Baker, Chief Executive Officer, Baker Media, Inc.
    Nick Davatzes, Chief Executive Officer Emeritus, A+E Networks
    Chris Lammers, Chief Operating Officer, CableLabs
    Paul S. Maxwell, Media-Max Advisors
    Kyle McSlarrow, Senior Vice President Customer Experience, Comcast Corporation
    Robert Stanzione, Former Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors, ARRIS

    Prior to joining Crown Media in August of 2020, Lucas was President and Chief Executive Officer of Public Broadcasting Atlanta, where she oversaw Atlanta’s NPR and PBS stations. Previously, Lucas was President and CEO for TV One with the distinction of being only the second African-American woman to hold the position of President and CEO of a cable television company. Prior to joining TV One, Lucas held several positions at Discovery Communications including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Discovery Channel and Science Channel and Global Chief Marketing Officer with responsibility for marketing in 210 countries and over 130 networks.

    Earlier in her career at Discovery Communications in 2008, Lucas served as General Manager and Executive Vice President of The Weather Channel Networks, where she was responsible for corporate strategy and development, strategic marketing for The Weather Channel, Weather Channel radio and weather.com. Before joining The Weather Channel in 2002 as Executive Vice President of Marketing, Lucas held several positions at Turner Broadcasting System, including Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing for cnn.com, CNN radio and CNN Networks Worldwide, Vice President of Business Operations and Network Development for Turner Entertainment and Vice President of Entertainment Marketing for TNT.

    "Our esteemed Cable Center Board of Directors and I are honored and delighted that Wonya has joined our Board,” said Jana Henthorn, President and CEO of The Cable Center. "Wonya’s knowledge and years of experience in the industry at numerous organizations and in various executive roles will help provide invaluable counsel to The Cable Center as it continues to grow and expand its unique programs focused on innovation and intrapreneurship."

    "It is truly an honor to be working with industry leaders like Wonya," said Michael Willner, Board Chair of The Cable Center and President and CEO of Penthera Partners, Inc. "Our Board of Directors has been instrumental in helping  to develop a strong strategic plan for the future of our organization and programs. We are excited to have Wonya join forces with us and we look forward to driving and implementing our Cable Center vision and strategy.”

    Lucas currently serves on the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors and the Sundance Institute Board of Trustees. She also serves as a corporate Board Member for EW Scripps, and previously for JCPenney. Her other experience includes brand management roles for The Coca-Cola Company and The Clorox Company. Lucas began her career with Westinghouse Electric as a Product Engineer.


    About The Cable Center

    The Cable Center is an educational nonprofit serving the connectivity industry that advances future innovation by helping organizations develop connectivity innovators from within. Through our Intrapreneurship Academy, we enable companies to drive business growth by channeling the entrepreneurial drive of their greatest source of inspiration – their people. Our programs, expertise, and opportunity instill the leadership of our industry’s original innovators to empower a new generation of bold thinkers. Based in Denver, Colorado, The Cable Center is also the home of the Cable Hall of Fame, recognizing individuals for their outstanding contributions to the industry’s progress; and the Barco Library, the world’s largest collection of cable-related information and resources. Visit www.cablecenter.org for more information.

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  • How to be an intrapreneur            

    How to be an intrapreneur

    Vice President Sales at Yaymaker, overseeing virtual experiences and corporate events to give people and employees more Yay in their life.

    You do not have to be Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates to be entrepreneurial. If you work for a company and have ideas to help your company, try to be an intrapreneur.

  • Intrapreneurs in Action - Kristin Turner

    Intrapreneurs in Action

    Kristin Turner, People Director, Liberty Globaland Graduate of Intrapreneurship Academy, Class 4

    If we’ve learned one thing from airline travel, it’s that in the event of a change in air pressure, you need to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others.

  • The Cable Center Activates New 5-Year Strategic Plan With Innovation And Intrapreneurship At Its Heart

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    January 19, 2021

    For more information, contact:
    Hannah Rogers Hardi
    720-502-7532


     THE CABLE CENTER ACTIVATES NEW 5-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN WITH INNOVATION AND INTRAPRENEURSHIP AT ITS HEART

    Future-focused strategy energizes the next generation of changemakers through the bold investment and expansion of Intrapreneurship Academy

    DENVER, CO – The Cable Center announced today their strategic shift to a more expanded, dynamic, and innovation-focused organization. The Cable Center’s thoughtful activation of their new five-year business plan, which includes a bold expansion of their Intrapreneurship Academy (IA), is their first step in bolstering their role and brand in the evolving connectivity ecosystem.

    With its 40th anniversary in 2025, The Cable Center’s five-year plan takes the organization from champions of the cable industry to activators of the industry’s future agile and innovative leaders. The first activities supporting The Cable Center’s pivot is its expansion of its thriving Intrapreneurship Academy.  

    A Future-Focused Shift for The Cable Center

    For the past year, working under the sponsorship of The Cable Center Board of Directors, The Cable Center team alongside 34 industry leaders and experts in their fields, tackled all facets of business planning from brand to finance to program development. Now, with a clear path forward, The Cable Center is focused on implementation, investing in expert-led program development and thought leadership that will create measurable value for our partner organizations. A natural connector, The Cable Center will continue to host compelling conferences, thought-provoking panel discussions, and engaging events including the Cable Hall of Fame, and will maintain its strong link with academia.

    “Through this detailed work, we know affinity for The Cable Center runs deep among cable veterans and there is continued desire to modernize and advance our industry innovation story,” says Jana Henthorn, president and chief executive officer of The Cable Center. “We take our responsibility to uphold and preserve our industry’s legacy seriously. By drawing on our depth of knowledge around the achievements of the original entrepreneurs, we enable and inspire a new generation of connectivity industry innovators.”

    Michael Willner, president andchief executive officer of Penthera Partners and chairman of The Cable Center’s Board of Directors, says, “On behalf of the Board, I wholeheartedly endorse that our organization is on the right track. I’m enthusiastic about our future and the impact we’ll be able to create to mark a new day for The Cable Center. The entire Board is rallied around what’s next.”

    The Intrapreneurship Academy Investment and Relaunch

     According to a 2020 McKinsey Survey of corporate executives, the COVID-19 crisis presents an opportunity that few feel equipped to pursue: 85% are concerned that the crisis will have a lasting impact on their customers’ needs, and yet, only 21% have the expertise, resources, and commitment to pursue new growth successfully. This is where The Cable Center’s Intrapreneurship Academy comes in.

    At the direction of the new five-year strategic plan, The Cable Center is deeply investing in its Intrapreneurship Academy, relaunching its brand, its website, and expanding its course offerings to serve the need for industry organizations to build agile, innovative, value-driving leaders. The Cable Center will also provide a vibrant community for resource and idea sharing; publish primary thought leadership on intrapreneurship, agility, and CX; and continue to engage industry innovators as course speakers and mentors to inspire and empower the next generation of leaders.

    “The connectivity industry is ever-expanding. As our industry evolves, so does The Cable Center,” says Chris Lammers, chief operating officer of CableLabs and member for The Cable Center Board of Directors Executive Committee. “They are making the right choices to keep pace with change and to develop our greatest source of innovation – our people.”

    Through Intrapreneurship Academy’s applied learning curricula, expertise, and insights, partner companies can invest in their bold thinkers from any discipline or department to help them grow, thrive, and create value throughout their organization. Amy Blair, senior vice president and chief people officer at Liberty Global, and member of The Cable Center Board of Directorshelped shape the organization’s five-year strategic plan. Liberty Global champions its high potential talent and has invested in their participation in Intrapreneurship Acadrmy since its inception in 2017. “We have seen firsthand the extraordinary benefits of Intrapreneurship Academy for our participants and how the approach complements what we do at Liberty Global,” says Blair. “Our people have honed their skills to think more innovatively and to contribute in new ways. We are excited to continue our partnership.”

    Formerly known as one stand-alone course, Intrapreneurship Academy now includes two intensive content-rich courses underneath its brand umbrella, and with more on the horizon. 164 leaders have graduated from the flagship course Driving Intrapreneurship (formerly known as Intrapreneurship Academy) which offers an extraordinary deep dive into the principles of intrapreneurship to enable high performers to drive innovation and accelerate business from within an organization. Launching in the spring of 2021, Leading With Agility is a high-engagement course designed for both seasoned and emerging leaders to develop the necessary skills to thrive in an environment characterized by unplanned change and unexpected opportunity. Their premier CX course is also scheduled to launch in late 2021.

    For more information or to reserve spots at Intrapreneurship Academy, visit their new website: www.intrapreneurshipacademy.org


    About The Cable Center
    The Cable Center is an educational nonprofit serving the connectivity industry that advances future innovation by helping organizations develop connectivity innovators from within. Through our Intrapreneurship Academy, we enable companies to drive business growth by channeling the entrepreneurial drive of their greatest source of inspiration – their people. Our programs, expertise, and opportunity instill the leadership of our industry’s original innovators to empower a new generation of bold thinkers. Based in Denver, Colorado, The Cable Center is also the home of the Cable Hall of Fame, recognizing individuals for their outstanding contributions to the industry’s progress; and the Barco Library, the world’s largest collection of cable-related information and resources. Visit www.cablecenter.org for more information.

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  • Unhappy at Work? Be an Intrapreneur

    Unhappy at Work? Be an Intrapreneur

    If you’re unhappy at work, join the club. Many studies over the past few years continue to show the majority of Americans don’t like their jobs. You might not get along with your boss. Maybe the work is unfulfilling, or you don’t feel valued. Whatever the reason, you may wish you could just break away, start your own business, and “stick it to the man!”

  • Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Rocky Mountain Chapter Hosts First Virtual Tech It Out Event

    WICT

     

    From our partners at WICT Rocky Mountain

    WOMEN IN CABLE TELECOMMUNICATIONS (WICT)
    ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHAPTER HOSTS FIRST VIRTUAL TECH IT OUT EVENT

    DENVER, CO – October 19, 2020 – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Rocky Mountain Chapter announced their 2020 first-ever virtual Tech It Out Conference today. The event will be held on November 12, from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm MST. Tech It Out is a cutting-edge celebration of new technologies, innovation, STEM and student outreach, leadership, expert speakers and influential technology leaders in the Rocky Mountain region.

    “We are excited to present our first completely virtual Tech It Out. The team has worked extremely hard to put together an engaging, insightful and inspirational program for our members,” said Kukis Moran, President of WICT Rocky Mountain and Executive Director of Communications Engineering for Comcast TPX. “This year has brought us the opportunity to share this great event more broadly and we hope to attract viewers from near and far. Attendees will be immersed in four and half hours of curated content that is educational, inspirational and entertaining.”

    The half day virtual Tech It Out Conference will feature cutting-edge Tech Talks, innovation discussions and interviews with industry leaders. Keynote speakers include Associate Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University, Ruha Benjamin, whose book, Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, offers tools for a socially-conscious approach to technology development. The event’s second keynote speaker is Founder and CEO of Uncharted Power, Jessica Matthews, whose research and career centers around the intersection of disruptive technology, renewable energy, human behavior and the psychology of self-actualization.

    Industry speakers include Rich DiGeronimo, Chief Product and Technology Officer for Charter Communications; Rachel Beisel, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer for CableLabs; Jan Hofmeyr, Executive Vice President and Chief Network Officer for Comcast; and Dana Filip-Crandall, Senior Vice President, Customer Experience and Call Center Operations, Comcast West Division.The event will also feature an intrapreneurship segment with Jana Henthorn and Janice Silver of the Intrapreneurship Academy at the Cable Center, focusing on inspiring innovation and recognizing the role and potential for all of us as intrapreneurs.

    Tech It Out attendees will learn about new and existing technologies that drive innovation in telecommunications, media and entertainment,all the while being inspired to advance their career paths along the technology continuum. The conference will also support local Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs by awarding attendance scholarships to students from nearby high schools, colleges, and community organizations.The first ever virtual Tech It Out event in the Rocky Mountain region promises to be insightful, inspiring and educational.

    About WICT
    WICT's mission is to create women leaders who transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B network that helps advance women. For nearly 40 years, WICT has partnered with cable and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,000 members strong, WICT is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in cable media. Comcast NBCUniversal, Charter Communications, and Turner are WICT's Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information.

     


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