Women We Admire is pleased to announce The Top 50 Women Leaders in Media for 2023. In today's media landscape in the United States, there has been a remarkable shift towards emphasizing women in leadership roles. This positive development not only signifies progress towards achieving gender equality but also underscores the invaluable contributions made by women across diverse fields of media.

These advancements are reshaping traditional narratives and challenging the long-standing perception of male dominance in the industry. With women now occupying influential positions in media organizations, their unique perspectives and experiences are being amplified. This has resulted in refreshing storytelling and diverse representation on screens, both big and small. In fact, this year's awardees hail from prominent media companies such as Comcast, Meta, The New York Times Company, and Forbes.

Among this year's awardees is Eileen Diskin, who serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Comcast Business and has revolutionized the Comcast Business brand with powerful demand generation initiatives that have propelled market expansion, boosted customer interactions, and driven financial growth while creating outstanding communication platforms and ensuring operational excellence in go-to-market strategies.

To fill a significant role in the list of awardees, The New York Times Company’s Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Diane Brayton, plays a vital role in offering legal guidance to the company’s board of directors and senior management. She also oversees a team of legal experts who specialize in advising on media and intellectual property law, among other areas. Ultimately, in her role as MEM President, Angela Jennings brings expertise as an executive producer, showrunner, and director with a portfolio consisting of over 700 hours of unscripted programming in Canada and the United States.

Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of The Top 50 Women Leaders in Media for 2023. Their unwavering dedication and remarkable achievements have not only propelled the media industry forward but have also served as an inspiration to aspiring professionals worldwide.

1. Eileen Diskin
Chief Marketing Officer & SVP, Comcast Business, Comcast

Eileen Diskin is SVP and Chief Marketing Officer of Comcast Business. She transitioned into this role in February 2020 with a laser focus on rebuilding the overall marketing strategy and driving accelerated growth among small-to-medium size businesses, large enterprises, and the federal government. In partnership with her experienced team of B2B marketers, division marketing leaders, and sales leaders, Diskin is transforming the Comcast Business brand, driving aggressive demand generation programs to expand market share, improving customer engagement and share of wallet, creating world-class communications, and delivering operational go-to-market excellence. 

Most recently, Diskin served as senior vice president of marketing communications and strategy for Comcast where she grew the Xfinity brand from its launch in 2010 to #20 on the 2019 BrandZ Top 100 Global Brands ranking and report. Her role evolved to include spearheading Xfinity’s retail store brand experience from a marketing, product, and merchandising perspective with a full rebrand and the launch of over 120 new stores. Diskin also served as vice president of marketing at Comcast NBC Universal-owned, PBS KIDS Sprout, where she launched the network’s marketing strategy, garnering several prestigious industry awards. Before Comcast, Diskin held marketing management positions with The Walt Disney Company and E! Entertainment Television. 

Often referred to by colleagues as a “coach,” “problem solver” and “marketing powerhouse”, Diskin has been recognized with several industry accolades throughout her career. Diskin is a graduate of the University of Delaware, the Cable Executive Management program at Harvard Business School, the Wharton Executive Program for Comcast Leaders, the Stanford University Graduate School of Business’s WICT Network Senior Executive Summit, and Comcast’s Executive Leadership Program.

2. Karen Cornman
Head of Production, Global Business Creative, Meta

Karen Cornman is the Head of Production, Global Business Creative at Meta. She is a production executive with a proven track record of brand building who is fluent in the optimization of social platforms to build awareness. Karen has led (or built the teams that have led) the production of award-winning ad campaigns, documentaries for brands, and new social channels for Meta, as well as the launch of websites and digital campaigns for media franchises.

Cornman’s technical and creative acumen has been key in her work leading the management of design and post-production on projects for major television and cable networks. She has worked on thousands of projects for top advertising agencies and has early experience in interactive media for major corporations in industries ranging from pharmaceuticals to high-tech and consumer products. Cornman graduated from The University of Georgia with an undergraduate degree in behavioral science and marketing.

4. Jessica Sibley
Chief Executive Officer, TIME

As CEO of TIME, Jessica Sibley oversees the global media brand, which includes TIME's iconic magazine and digital platforms that reach a combined audience of 100 million people around the world, including the Emmy Award-winning film and television division TIME Studios, which has generated more than $100 million in revenue. TIME encompasses a rapidly growing global live events business built around the powerful TIME100 and Person of the Year franchises and is an industry-leading web3 division, including the TIMEPieces NFT community. Today, as TIME approaches its centennial year, its audience is the largest in its history, and its magazine, with more than 1.3 million subscribers, remains the largest US print title in news. 

Before joining TIME, Sibley was the chief operating officer of Forbes, where she led all revenue and growth initiatives for the world’s largest business media brand. Sibley headed the revenue operations team, which includes consumer growth, content and design studio, ForbesWomen, sales and marketing, product, technology, Asia, and Europe.

Recognized by her peers as an innovative sales executive and brand marketer, Sibley was responsible for Forbes’ industry-leading BrandVoice, Insights, and ForbesLive platforms, as well as the company’s direct digital advertising sales, programmatic ad operations, paid social, brand strategy, integrated marketing, strategic partnerships, licensing, and client-specific lead generation. Sibley consistently led her team to new heights. Under her direction, the revenue team at Forbes achieved three consecutive years of growth from 2018 to 2022 in overall revenue, the number of premium custom-content campaigns executed on behalf of top-tier clients, and the proliferation of ForbesLive and custom events, which generated significant new and recurring revenue streams. Sibley graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with an undergraduate degree in English.

5. Rakhi Seth-Forrest
VP of Global Payments, Warner Bros. Discovery

Rakhi Seth-Forrest is Vice President of Global Payment Operations, Risk, and Abuse for Warner Bros. Discovery, where she focuses on strategic priorities to attain profit and loss objectives. She has a proven track record of optimizing direct-to-consumer digital payments, ensuring seamless e-commerce experiences, and preventing fraud loss and abuse in both domestic and international markets across Warner Bros. Discovery’s powerful portfolio of iconic entertainment, news, and sports brands, including MAX, HBO Max, DC Universe, Warner Bros. Studio Tours, Estadios Sports, TNT Sports, CNN, and more.

Seth-Forrest has over a decade of experience supporting payments and risk technology solutions in high transaction, hyper-growth, and dynamic environments and is also the co-inventor of a patented method to measure and prevent account sharing, a common challenge in the OTT (Over The Top) industry. Rakhi is passionate about applying known and new technologies to uniquely solve problems and improve key performance indicators that meet business goals. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Agile, SAFe Agilist (SA), and Strategic Management Professional (SPM) from Harvard University. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, with an undergraduate degree in management information systems. 

6. Cameron Blanchard
EVP of Communications, Charter Communications

Cameron Blanchard is the Executive Vice President of Communications for Charter Communications. Blanchard serves as the company’s chief spokesperson and communications strategist, overseeing both external and internal communications, and is responsible for the development and communication of Charter’s corporate narrative to advance the company and its reputation as an industry leader.

Blanchard joined Charter Communications in 2019 as senior vice president of communications. Before that, she served as chief communications officer at Condé Nast, where she oversaw internal and external communications and led the development and execution of the company’s communications plan to support the overall business strategy. She previously held several leadership positions at NBCUniversal during her 19-year tenure with the company. As SVP of corporate communications, she led media relations and communications for all corporate functions and oversaw internal messaging for 30,000 NBCUniversal employees worldwide.

Blanchard is a member of the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) Board of Directors. She received a BA in journalism from the University of Oregon and currently serves as a member of the Journalism Advancement Council for the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication.

7. Colleen Langner
EVP & Chief Operations Officer, Cox Communications

Colleen Langner is Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Cox Communications. In this role, Langner oversees regional field services, customer care operations, outside plant maintenance, public affairs, and operations process management. 

Before moving to this role, Langner served as executive vice president and chief marketing and sales officer, where she was responsible for leading the company’s residential sales team and marketing activities. Before being promoted to the company’s senior leadership team, Langner served as senior vice president of field operations.

Langner is a Cox veteran, having held various senior-level marketing, sales, and operations roles with Cox in Atlanta and Southern California. Her passion and contributions to the industry have been recognized by several organizations. Multichannel News honored Langner with a Wonder Woman award, which is given to female executives at the forefront of cable television and the communication industry.

Langner enjoys giving back to industry initiatives, trade associations, and non-profit organizations. She is currently on the board of directors for iNDemand and Adaptive Spirit. She is the former chair of the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) Cable Co-op board of directors, as well as the Georgia State Marketing Round Table. She has also served on the board of CTAM West, the California Cable Television Association, and was president of the Los Angeles Cable Co-op. Langner is a graduate of Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She further honed her leadership skills at CTAM University at Harvard Business School and WICT’s Senior Executive Summit at Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

9. Alexandra Cameron
EVP of Unified Partnerships, iHeartMedia

Alexandra Cameron is the Executive Vice President of Unified Partnerships at iHeartMedia. iHeartMedia has the largest national reach of any radio or television outlet in America. Cameron is a dynamic, big idea strategist who knows how to lead from conception to major cultural moments through execution, driving high-performance results. Alexandra is a purpose-driven, cross-functional leader with past positions that include former CEO of Keek, global social video network, SVP, market manager, and GM for Emmis Communications’ flagship NY broadcast and digital group, fostering operational excellence. She currently leads the Unified Partnership strategy hub and a team of VPs that develop breakthrough brand campaigns and behavior change for government at iHeartMedia (parent company of iHeartRadio) based at HQ in NYC. She has also been a strategic adviser and problem solver for multiple start-ups and early-stage companies, is currently on the Advisory Council for Advertising Week, is a Co-founder of The National Opioid Action Coalition on behalf of iHeartMedia, and is a Board Director for GRI.

She brings over two decades of marketing, strategy, talent management, and general management with operations expertise spanning audio, TV, digital, and social. Her signature style as a trailblazer is anchored in industry firsts, from producing the Radio market’s debut at Advertising Week featuring talent like Mary J. Blige and Sir Richard Branson, leading the development of Loud Digital Network, shepherding one of the first partner video apps for Facebook Messenger, launching an iconic morning show, and negotiating the VH1 series “This is Hot 97”. She has attracted recognized talent to the content platforms she has run. Cameron graduated from Huron University with an undergraduate degree in journalism and philosophy.

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10. Jennifer Lavin
Vice President, Creative Content, E! News, NBCUniversal 

Jennifer Lavin is the Vice President of Creative Content at E! News at NBCUniversal. She is a multi-platform leader with a proven track record of overseeing content and development. Jennifer also has extensive experience managing, leading, and inspiring creative, collaborative, high-performing teams. She has a deep understanding of live and edited productions as well as content creation on linear, digital, and social platforms. 

Lavin currently oversees E! News' digital video teams (including News and Original Video teams) and social platforms total more than 80 million fans, including 23 million on Instagram. Lanvin is also creating a new content series as well as e-commerce initiatives for the network's digital and social platforms, including developing and launching the network's first e-commerce livestream "Shop LivE!". Previously, she executive produced E! News with Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic, created and oversaw Daily Pop and Nightly Pop, produced more than 50 specials for the network, and co-created BingE! Club which aired on Snap and oversaw Live from E! which ran for more than 7 years on Facebook. Lavin graduated from Saint Mary's College of California.

13. Barbara Peng
President, Insider

Barbara Peng is President of Insider Group, where she oversees Insider, the global news brand and Insider Intelligence, the research company providing executives with digital insights and forecasts to help them in their strategic decision-making. Insider is an award-winning news organization with more than 600 journalists. It has ten editions around the world and is published in six languages.

Prior to her current role, Peng was president of insider intelligence and led the 2020 merger of Business Insider Intelligence and eMarketer Inc., the renowned provider of digital intelligence and forecasts. Previously, Peng served as president of business insider intelligence, where she strategically pivoted the business away from B2C to the larger and more lucrative B2B market. Peng graduated from MIT and lives in New York City.

14. Candi Carter
Chief Content Officer, Knocking

Candi Carter is the Chief Content Officer for Knocking.com, an e-commerce production company. Prior to this role, Carter was an executive producer/showrunner for ABC and had a first-look development deal with ABC Entertainment. Carter joined The Tamron Hall Show as Executive Producer and Showrunner in March 2020, one week before New York shut down for COVID. Under Carter’s supervision, Tamron Hall Show received three nominations for the 2021 Daytime Emmys: "Best Informative Talk Show", "Best Informative Talk Show Host", "Outstanding Live and Direct-to-Tape Sound Mixing," and NAACP Image Award nominations. 

Prior to joining Tamron Hall, Carter served as Executive Producer of the iconic daytime TV show, The View, for five seasons. During her tenure, The View was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame and won an Emmy Award in 2020 for "Best Informative Talk Show." Carter has worked as a television producer for more than 25 years. She began her career at CNN in Atlanta and quickly moved on to produce programming specials for WISN-TV, the ABC affiliate in Milwaukee, where she won her first Emmy Award. In 1995, Carter joined The Oprah Winfrey Show in Chicago, where she spent 15 years producing some of the most memorable hours of television in the daytime. Her work was also showcased on Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes, airing on OWN, for which Carter was a featured producer. When The Oprah Winfrey Show ended its historic run in 2011, Carter raised capital and co-founded New Chapter Entertainment. As CEO, her Chicago-based production company originated, developed, and produced unscripted TV shows for broadcast, cable, syndication, and new media. During that three-year run, Carter launched two talk shows for Telepictures TV (a division of Warner Brothers) – Just Keke on BET and Ice & Coco on FOX. 

She also developed and executive produced presentations, pilots, and shows for HGTV, Lifetime, Cooking Channel, Telepictures TV, TV One, BET, FOX, OWN, Tyler Perry Studios, and PBS. In her spare time, Carter is dedicated to building opportunities for children and young adults with disabilities. Inspired by her 20-year-old son with special needs, Carter helps raise awareness for organizations serving the disability community and find ways to promote inclusion in every aspect of society. She created an organization called "We've Got Friends", a non-profit dedicated to helping teens with special needs develop friend groups of their own. “We've Got Friends” currently runs hangouts in New Jersey, serving hundreds of families. Carter is also a member of several professional organizations, including The Producers Guild, NY Women in Film and Television, The National Association of Black Journalists, The Links Incorporated, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children.

15. Anoushka Healy
EVP & Chief Strategy Officer, News Corporation

Anoushka Healy is the Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of News Corporation, a global and diversified media company that includes news and information services, book publishing, and digital real estate. Healy oversees a dynamic team working on global mergers and acquisitions to further grow and diversify the company’s portfolio while fostering innovation and synergies across News Corporation businesses.

Previously, Healy served as group managing editor of The Times and The Sunday Times of London. After joining The Times in 2002, she rose to serve in a variety of roles, including managing editor and assistant editor for strategy and development, responsible for launching new products, and spearheading the redesign of the newspaper, which was named newspaper of the year at the 2009 Press Gazette British Press Awards. Prior to that, Healy was head of corporate communications at the Financial Times for seven years, where, among other projects, she worked on the launch of the Weekend FT, the launch of the FT’s US edition, and the launch of FT.com. Additionally, Healy serves on the boards of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting, and the Times Newspapers Holdings Ltd.

17. Lyndsay Moyer
Executive Director of State Government Affairs, Comcast

Lyndsay Moyer is Executive Director of State Government Affairs at Comcast. In her national role, she is focused on broadband policy, issues, and initiatives at the state level. Lyndsay has been with Comcast for 14 years and has a unique vantage point into the company’s efforts at the state, local, and community levels to ensure Americans are meaningfully connected to high-speed internet. Prior to joining Comcast, Lyndsay worked in the Pennsylvania state government and remains active in a number of political and non-profit associations. Lyndsay resides in the greater Philadelphia area with her husband, Ryan, and three sons, Zachary, Jason, and Matthew.

18. Lisa Knutson
Chief Operating Officer, The E.W. Scripps Company

Lisa Knutson was named Chief Operating Officer in January 2023. In this role, she is responsible for the company’s operating results, with all the leaders of Local Media and Scripps Networks reporting to her. 

Knutson previously served as president of Scripps Networks and oversaw operations of ION, Bounce, Court TV, Laff, Grit, ION Mystery, and Defy TV. Prior to Scripps’ acquisition of ION Media in January 2021, Knutson served as chief financial officer, leading the company’s financial operations, corporate development, enterprise-wide strategic planning, and managing company-wide functions, including IT and risk management. Knutson was previously Scripps’ chief strategy officer and, before that, served as chief administrative officer from 2011 to 2017, overseeing corporate development and strategic planning and managing company-wide functions including consumer insights, human resources, and information technology. She played a key role in the merger-and-spinoff deal between Scripps and Journal Communications in 2015, including overseeing the transition and integration processes. Knutson served as Scripps’ senior vice president of human resources. Before joining the company in 2005, she was a vice president at Fifth Third Bank.

A graduate of Miami University, Knutson serves as a corporate director for WesBanco, Inc. in Wheeling, West Virginia, and is a member of the audit, compensation, and nominating committee. She is a corporate director and on the audit committee of BlueAnt Media, a privately held company based in Toronto, Canada.

20. Jessica Gilbert
Head of Product, The Washington Post

Jessica Parker Gilbert is an Executive Product, Design, and Go-to-Market Strategy leader with more than 15 years of industry experience. She builds customer-centered experiences that maximize value while fostering collaboration and sponsoring future leaders among her cross-functional teams. Gilbert is Head of Product at The Washington Post. In her role, she leads the Product and Product Design teams working on the entire suite of post-branded products, including the website, apps, and tools for journalists and marketers. She joined The Post in May 2022.

Gilbert is known for driving product innovation at the intersection of design, journalism, and technology. Prior to joining The Post, she served as senior director of McClatchy’s core product and experience team, known as ProdX, and worked with 29 news organizations, including the Miami Herald, Kansas City Star, and Sacramento Bee, to dramatically grow digital subscriptions, create more dynamic story pages and homepages, and launch new registration and paywall experiences. Gilbert graduated from the University of Florida with an undergraduate degree in journalism.

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23. Caroline Paterson
Executive Director of International Newsgathering, CNN

Caroline Paterson is the Executive Director of International Newsgathering for CNN, overseeing the four international news desks in Atlanta, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, and London.

Previous to this role, she was based in London as the senior director of coverage for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, overseeing newsgathering from the new teams and bureaus in the region. Before that, the director of International Futures with global oversight for the planning of CNN's international coverage.

Since joining the network in 1999, Paterson has played a pivotal role in CNN's coverage of major world events, from terror attacks to elections and disasters. As well as breaking news, she has planned major set-piece coverage from British royal weddings, the Olympics in London, Sochi, and Rio, to war zone coverage in Iraq and Syria. She is both an Emmy and Peaboaward-winninging journalist. She has a master’s degree in English language and literature from St. Andrews University.

24. Jane Spencer
Deputy Editor and SVP of Strategy, Guardian News & Media

Jane Spencer is a digital media executive and journalist with experience leading newsrooms and driving growth at companies including The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast, and Fusion Media. As deputy editor and SVP of Strategy for The Guardian’s US edition, she oversees newsroom innovation, special projects, reader revenue, audience growth, philanthropic partnerships, and editorial partnerships with advertisers. She is part of the leadership team that transformed The Guardian US into a sustainable business, supported by readers. She has expanded The Guardian's climate and environment reporting in America and launched a number of award-winning series, including Lost on the Frontline, This Land is Your Land, and Parkland Students Takeover Guardian US. 

Before joining The Guardian in 2016, Spencer helped launch several journalism startups. She was editor-in-chief and senior vice president at Fusion Media Group, executive editor of The Daily Beast, and a launch advisor at The Marshall Project. She is on the steering committee of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration dedicated to increasing media coverage of the climate crisis. 

Previously, she was a reporter and foreign correspondent for the WSJ and was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 2007 for coverage of China’s health and environmental problems. She was awarded a 2013 Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University.

26. Anne Bentley
Chief Communications Officer, TEGNA

Anne Bentley is Chief Communications Officer for TEGNA Inc. and is responsible for leading the company’s external and internal communications strategy, employee experience, corporate social responsibility initiatives, and overseeing the TEGNA Foundation. Before joining TEGNA, Bentley was vice president of corporate communications at PBS, the nation’s largest non-commercial media organization with more than 350 member stations. In this position, she served as the lead communications officer, responsible for the organization’s communication strategy and positioning.

During her tenure at PBS, which began in 2010, Bentley was instrumental in enhancing the organization’s visibility in the media landscape. In addition to serving as PBS’ chief spokesperson, she oversaw all aspects of the development and implementation of corporate communications strategy, including corporate positioning and reputation management, media relations, PBS KIDS and General Audience (TV, Web, mobile) publicity, social media, employee, executive, and system communications and events.

Prior to joining PBS, Bentley worked for more than a decade at AOL and, most recently, served as senior vice president of corporate communications, developing communications strategies and advising senior executives during AOL’s transformation from a subscription-based business to a global Web-services company. Bentley serves on the Board of Directors of the IRTS Foundation. She received her BA in English from the University of Richmond.

27. Candice Cook Simmons
Chief Strategy Officer, Candarah Media

Candice Cook Simmons, Esq. is a C-Suite entertainment executive, business strategist, and attorney. She is the lawyer and strategist responsible for the trademark and scaling of the Cronut pastry for Dominique Ansel which went on to change the way the legal and business community thought of the power of small businesses and IP. She went on with the team to scale the IP to an international business of media, locations, books, fashion/accessories, and a state of the art venue at Caesars in Vegas. With a professional background that includes entertainment, global market verticals ranging from consumer packaged goods, technology, and fintech industries, Candice has solidified her well-rounded reputation as a top leader at the intersection of content creation and entertainment, business, legal, and strategy.

She is most recently known for serving as the Chief Strategy Officer for RadicalMedia—a global media and communications company that produces content for film, television, and digital platforms (Hamilton, Summer of Soul, Fog of War, What Happened Miss Simone?) and immersive experiences. Candice has now been tapped to serve as the Interim Chief Strategy Officer for Candarah Media— a multimedia global content venture that creates, produces, and amplifies award-winning and commercially attractive human stories and content from across the diaspora in the film, television, and experiential space merging the world of story + community + product + partnerships.

Candice has been featured in numerous publications and “Best of” lists by media outlets – including the New York Times – in recognition of her significant contributions to legal strategy and global business expansion and was most recently selected to the 2023 Top 50 Lawyers in America list as well as the National Black Lawyer Top 100—New York list. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Greyston Bakery and TheHistoryMakers in Chicago.

30. Cristina Miller
CEO and Co-Founder, Intermedia Touch, Inc.

Cristina Miller is the CEO and Co-Founder of Intermedia Touch, a digital signage and multimedia solutions firm specializing in the development of custom software applications for a broad range of markets. Intermedia prides itself on creating unique and engaging experiences with the use of the latest technologies like Gesture Recognition, Augmented Reality, and Virtual Reality to aid clients in customer acquisition and retention. Previously, Miller was the chief financial officer for Kelme USA, an international soccer shoe and apparel manufacturer based in Alicante, Spain, and the former sponsor of the Real Madrid.

Through her experiences, Miller has become a serial entrepreneur, where she also serves as the CEO and Co-Founder of Promoto Gaming, a company dedicated to the design and development of interactive promotions for the casino industry, and the CEO and Co-Founder of the DaMil Group, which is focused on the development of artificial intelligence. 

In addition to all her endeavors, Miller takes pride in her philanthropic efforts. She serves on the President’s Cabinet of the Miami Children’s Health Foundation, Baptist Hospitals Corporate Philanthropy Partners, the Advisory Board for the P.A.R.K. Project, and much more that are near and dear to her heart, such as the American Cancer Society. Since the beginning of her professional career, Cristina’s mission has been to change the world.

32. Ling Sun
Chief Technology Officer, Nebraska Public Media

Ling Sun is the Chief Technology Officer of Nebraska Public Media. She leads a state network, television, and radio joint licensee that offers multi-platform communication services to the citizens of Nebraska through over-the-air, on-demand, online services, and live streaming. She oversees the PBS Diversity, Disaster Recovery, and Maintenance Site, the backup site to the nationwide PBS Interconnection. Using a viable system model as a tool, Ling leads the Nebraska Public Media technology transformation. She writes regularly on LinkedIn to share her thoughts on media ecology and focus on the symbiotic relationship between content and media.

From 2013 to 2018, Ling served as Chair of PBS ETAC (Engineering Technology Advisory Committee) and member of the PBS Interconnection Committee. She is currently serving as chair of the NAB BEIT (Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology) Conference Program Committee. She is also a member of the Technical Panel, an advisory body to the Nebraska Information Technology Commission. Ling was the recipient of the 2019 Broadcasting & Cable Tech Leadership Awards.

34. Candace Montgomery
SVP & GM, AtlanticLIVE, The Atlantic

As SVP and GM of AtlanticLive which is the experiential arm of The Atlantic, Candace Montgomery spearheads strategy, growth, and development for the Atlantic's premier events business. She collaborates with Atlantic editorial and stakeholders organization-wide to innovate and drive audiences to the AtlanticLIVE event portfolio, anchored by its main tentpole, the Atlantic Festival. Under her leadership, AtlanticLive garnered the Best in Events award in 2022 from the AdWeek Hotlist.

Montgomery was most recently VP of Experiential at Essence Communications, where she ran the day-to-day growth, revenue, and operations for all events, including the Essence Festival of Culture- the nation’s largest cultural gathering. She also transitioned Essence to virtual events in 2020. Many of the programs audiences have come to love—Essence Wellness House, Fashion House, Black Women in Hollywood, as well as the accompanying television special on the OWN network, Hollywood House, and Street Style—were launched and brought to market under her leadership.

Montgomery is known for her infectious enthusiasm and proven expertise in how to engage an audience through experiential platforms. She is a noted speaker and has won several awards for her leadership and innovation, including the latest 2021 BizBash 500 list of top event professionals in the US, the 2015 FOLIO FAME Best Retail/Fashion Event Award, and the 2015 FOLIO Consumer Series/Single Article-Parenting/Family Award. Additionally, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) received the 2016 NAMIC Vision Award for its exclusive primetime airing of the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon. She sits on the boards of The Brooklyn Combine, Harlem Fashion Row, and Hire Black. Candace is a graduate of Hampton University and Harvard Business School BEMS program. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and resides in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and children.

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38. Darcy Matheson
Editor in Chief, Daily Hive

Darcy Matheson is the Editor in Chief of Daily Hive, the fastest-growing digital publication for millennials in Canada. She oversees and grows editorial, social, and video content in its seven North American markets and national bureau. In her two years at the helm of the digital news and lifestyle publication, she has doubled page views, created a growing national and trending desk, and spearheaded the organization's seismic shift into short-form video. Prior to joining Daily Hive, Matheson was a producer for Canada's largest private broadcaster, CTV News, and successfully launched a national consumer affairs show on the Business News Network. An animal lover, Matheson is the founder of the non-profit PetFundr, Canada's first crowdfunding platform dedicated to helping animal lovers pay for veterinary care. 

Daily Hive is Canada's fastest growing digital publication dedicated to millennials. With subject matter ranging from news, real estate, sports, food, fashion, tech, and travel, the digital publication reaches more than 20 million readers a month and is at the forefront of editorial, video, and social media content in the country. 

39. Veronica Saluzzi
Head of Development, FORTÉ Entertainment

Veronica Saluzzi is a leading Canadian television creative and the Head of Development at Forte Entertainment, an Emmy Award-winning production company with a robust slate of projects across various genres. With 15 years of specialized development experience, a diverse production portfolio, and a proven track record of selling innovative content to global network partners, including Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery, BBC, and A&E, Veronica showcases a strong commitment to collaboration and a profound love for storytelling. 

From creating original reality competition formats like Hulu's "Drag Me To Dinner," voted one of TIME magazine's most anticipated shows of the summer, to championing Emmy Award-winning scripted dramas through development, such as "Orphan Black," Saluzzi’s dedication to storytelling and fostering creative partnerships delivers buzzworthy content that resonates globally. Prior to joining Forte Entertainment, Saluzzi held a decade-long tenure at Boat Rocker Media, where she helped shape its remarkable portfolio of projects, seeing the company transform from 20 employees into a global media and distribution house that employs over 800 people worldwide today. 

Saluzzi is a proud alumna of Concordia University, where she earned a BA in communication studies and Film Production. She also holds a Series Producer Training certificate from the National Screen Institute. In addition to her professional and academic achievements, Veronica has a passion for giving back. She has devoted her time as a Crisis Responder with Kids Help Phone, aligning her creative expertise with the important mission of supporting and empowering the next generation. Saluzzi's multifaceted career is a testament to her unwavering dedication to both storytelling and making a positive impact in her community.

46. Krista Smith
Director of Editorial and Publishing, Netflix

Krista Smith is the Director of Editorial and Publishing at Netflix, one of the world's leading entertainment services, with over 238 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, films, and games across a wide variety of genres and languages.

For over two decades, Smith has been a trusted ambassador to Hollywood. After a dynamic career as executive editor of Vanity Fair, she brings her experience, her long-standing relationships throughout the industry, her natural ability to relate to people, and her knack for identifying new talent and predicting multi-media trends to companies. She mentors many young entrepreneurs and serves as an advisory board member for several news, entertainment, and lifestyle startups: TheSkimm, SeriesFest, and HappyNotPerfect. Smith is as comfortable moderating panels at film festivals and hosting interview series for network television as she is working with the ESPY Awards to create a compelling event and content featuring the best in sports.

48. Audrey Irvine
Senior Director of Coverage, Newsource Newsgathering, CNN

Audrey Irvine has worked in the media industry for over 20 years at some of the biggest industry leaders, including CNN, ESPN, and ABC News. In her current role as Senior Director of Newsource Newsgathering, Irvine oversees the affiliate news-gathering operation at CNN Newsource, which services over 1,000 domestic local stations, including Alaska, Canada, and Hawaii. In partnership with their affiliate partners, this department serves the breaking news and continuing news coverage needs of all CNN platforms, programming, and partners. Audrey has produced key coverage for CNN Air, including post-Hurricane Katrina coverage from New Orleans, where she won a Peabody Award, and numerous election cycles. Irvine won an Emmy for CNN’s breaking news coverage of the Death of George Floyd in 2020.

Before joining CNN, Irvine worked at ESPN, the premier 24-hour sports network, as an assignment editor. In her six years working there, she contributed to Emmy award-winning programs SportsCenter, College Gameday, and Sunday NFL Countdown, where she covered two Super Bowls. Irvine started her journalism career at the ABC News Southeast Bureau as an assignment editor, where she was involved in award-winning coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing, the David Koresh standoff in Waco, Texas, and the Olympic bombing at Centennial Park. Irvine was born and raised on the beautiful island of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, and is currently residing in Atlanta, GA. Irvine received her BA in mass communications from Clark Atlanta University and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

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