Orlando Hampton

Orlando is the Chief Customer Officer and General Manager of the United States at Afiniti. He is responsible for business development, managing key client relationships, overseeing deployments, and managing Afiniti’s team, operations, and strategy in the US.

Orlando has been with Afiniti since 2008. Prior to joining Afiniti, Orlando served as a Senior Business Operations Manager at Chase, where he was responsible for inbound and outbound sales performance for card service, and for overseeing more than 2,000 employees in vendor operations in India, the Philippines, and South America. He also served as Vice President at Providian Financial, where he managed telemarketing quality and training teams to support inbound and outbound calling.

Today, Orlando serves on the Global Board of Directors for The WICT Network, the Board of Directors for the National Kidney Foundation, and the Executive Advisory Board for Ignite Worldwide.

Georgia Juvelis is AMC Networks’ Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications, reporting to President and CEO Josh Sapan.

Georgia is responsible for leading AMC Networks’ corporate communications strategy, including overseeing all communications related to the company’s financial reporting, business transactions and its global division, AMC Networks International. She also oversees the company’s government affairs activities, corporate marketing initiatives and internal communications.

A seasoned communications strategist, Georgia joined AMC Networks in 2007 with more than 15 years of experience working in publicity and corporate communications for leading media and entertainment companies.  Prior to AMC Networks, she was Vice President of Communications for Gemstar-TV Guide, where she oversaw corporate communications, media relations, talent relations and consumer publicity initiatives for all of TV Guide’s television and interactive businesses. Before that, she owned and operated a public relations consulting firm in New York City and San Francisco, with clients including Hearst Communications and PBS.  Georgia began her career managing publicity for Discovery Communications.

She has received several industry honors, including being named a 2018 Multichannel News Woman to Watch.

As a Managing Director in Accenture’s media practice, Peri focuses on transformational initiatives in the TV, publishing, music and platform industries, helping large media companies develop robust digital and cross-platform capabilities. In addition to her nearly dozen years as a consultant, Peri has deep industry experience, having held roles that include the Vice President of International Strategic Planning at Discovery Communication, head of licensing and content management at Reed Elsevier – LexisNexis, and several positions at BMG Entertainment in digital marketing, business affairs and the office of the chairman. Prior to joining Accenture, Peri was a Principal in Ernst and Young’s media practice, leading their Broadcast and Cable and Music Industry sectors, as well as building and leading their Advertising Operations and Digital Content Management services.

Peri has a doctorate in historical musicology from Columbia University and has received many awards, including Fulbright, Mellon and Rotary scholarships and awards from the German, Austrian and Italian governments. She also holds an MBA from Insead and a BA from Brown University.

Peri is currently an Associate Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Morgan is a proven leader with more than 20 years of Service Provider experience. He is currently responsible for leading Cable and Media in North America, one of Cisco’s largest businesses. Previously, along with his Cable responsibilities, Morgan worked across Latin America with major Mobility Providers.

Morgan has been with Cisco since 2000, holding various Leadership positions across the Service Provider business. He was an original contributor to Cisco’s entry into Cable. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Morgan is currently the Executive Sponsor for Connected Black Professionals for Cisco in Atlanta and has responsibility for all Diversity efforts in the Cisco Atlanta Community. He also serves on the Executive Board of Gwinnett County in Georgia.

He lives in Duluth, GA with his wife, Cassie, and their two children, Maddison and Timothy. A “retired” Marist soccer player, Morgan spends his weekends watching his daughter play soccer and being involved with his son’s Robotics / Gaming projects. Morgan is also an old British car junkie . . . a true motorhead!

Tina Simmons, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, is responsible for leading all facets of human resources and organizational effectiveness for thousands of employees in Comcast Cable’s Central Division and for all people-related functions including compensation, diversity & inclusion, employee engagement, labor relations, employee communications, HR policy, performance management, talent acquisition, and talent management.

A graduate of Villanova University, Tina holds a bachelor’s degree in business and went on to earn a Master of Science in organizational dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. Her professional studies include completion of the Harvard Business School/CTAM (Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing) Cable Executive Management Program, the Cornell University ILR School HR Strategy Executive Education, and The WICT Network Senior Executive Summit at Stanford. She serves on the Villanova School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council. Tina is an At-Large Member of the Global Board of Directors for The WICT Network and also serves as a Chapter Advisor for the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) – Atlanta Chapter. She is a member of the Pi Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

She has frequently been recognized as one of the Most Influential Minorities in Cable and one of the Most Powerful Women in Cable by Cablefax Magazine. Tina received WICT’s Liberty Award in 2006. In 2007, she became a Class XIV Fellow of the The WICT Network’s Betsy Magness Leadership Institute. Tina received the NAMIC – Atlanta Chapter’s “Mae Douglas Mentoring” award in 2017. Finally, Tina received the Off the Field Players Wives Association “Woman of Impact” Award and the The WICT Network Southeast Chapter Red Letter Award in 2019. Tina resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband.

Rhonda Crichlow is Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer of Charter Communications. She joined the company in October 2016 and is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of Charter’s diversity and inclusion strategy.

Rhonda joins Charter after 10 years with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NPC), where she served as Vice President and Head, US Diversity & Inclusion, President of the Novartis US Foundation, and a member of the Innovative Medicines Executive Committee. She was responsible for all aspects of the company’s diversity & inclusion strategy, focused on fostering an inclusive environment.

In 2016, Ms. Crichlow was honored by Black Enterprise as one of the Top Executives in Corporate Diversity and received a Luminary Award by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association. In 2015, Crichlow was honored by the Top Blacks in Healthcare, for fostering access to healthcare for African Americans in underserved communities. Ms. Crichlow also received the Cornerstone of the Community Award from Family Services of Morris County and a YMCA Tribute to Women and Industry Award.

She received her undergraduate degree from The George Washington University, a Master of Public Policy from Duke University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia Law School.

Karen Bennett is Executive Vice President and Chief HR Officer for Cox Communications. In this role, she develops and executes talent strategy that aligns with Cox’s operating principles and works through the challenges of driving continual growth in our rapidly evolving business.

Bennett brings more than 25 years of experience in leading teams that focus on maximizing talent needs and the needs of the business across all areas of HR, including talent development, total rewards, employee relations, workforce culture, and policies and compliance.

Prior to joining Cox Communications, Karen was SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer for Cox Media Group, a sister company within Cox Enterprises. Prior to her time with Cox, Bennett was Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for YP (formerly AT&T Ad Solutions). She is a cable veteran as well, having served as senior vice president of human resources for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. for nearly 14 years.

Bennett serves on the board of directors for the Human Resources Leadership Forum of Atlanta; the Emma Bowen Foundation board of directors; the global board of The WICT Network; the advisory board of Clayton State University; the Georgia State University’s HR Roundtable consortium.

Bennett is a graduate of Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia where she earned her bachelor’s and executive MBA degrees.

Michelle Strong is Senior Vice President, Content Distribution for A+E Networks. In this role Michelle co-leads the Distribution Sales team which is responsible for securing distribution and revenue for A+E Networks.

In addition, Michelle also co-leads A+E Networks’ “Multicultural Insights Team” which serves as a multicultural in-house resource for the organization.

Michelle has worked for some of the top brands in the industry. In addition to her tenure with A+E Networks, she’s held roles with Disney and ESPN Media Networks, BET and Comcast.

Michelle has a B.A. in Communications from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA Tech) and an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

Passionate about continued education and leadership development, Michelle is a graduate of the NAMIC Executive Leadership Development Program (Class II) at UCLA; CTAM U at Harvard and the nationally recognized Betsy Magness Leadership Institute Program.

Michelle was named a Multichannel News Woman to Watch in 2018, listed in Cablefax as one of the Most Powerful Women 2018, was a recipient of the NAMIC Luminary Award in 2010 and she has been listed multiple years in CableFax’s Most Influential Minorities in Cable. Michelle also sits on The WICT Network Global Board of Directors and the NAMIC National Board.

Michelle, husband Richard and children Elle and Jasmine reside in New York, NY.

 

Laura Gentile serves as Executive Vice President, Commercial Marketing, Disney Networks & ESPN. In this role, she is responsible for leading the brand marketing for all of The Walt Disney Company’s linear networks including ABC, Disney Channels, Freeform, FX and National Geographic, in addition to building a catalog of award-winning creative for the ESPN brand – including all shows, platforms and special events – while also overseeing ESPN’s social media content.

Gentile has previously held a variety of strategic roles at ESPN, giving her a unique purview. She has served as SVP, Business Operations and Content Strategy, a role that included oversight of the business operations of the Content group and strategy development. Simultaneously, she continued to lead espnW and Women’s Initiatives at ESPN. She was promoted to senior vice president, espnW and Women’s Initiatives in November 2015.

Gentile was instrumental in launching espnW, ESPN’s first dedicated business built to serve women, which debuted in December 2010. espnW is now a multimedia business encompassing digital, social, television, films, mentorship programs and events such as The espnW: Women + Sports Summit.

Prior to researching and launching espnW, Gentile served as Vice President, Chief of Staff at ESPN. In that role, she worked directly with George Bodenheimer, President, ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports, on all aspects of the division’s business. She joined ESPN in the consumer marketing department in January 2003, where she was responsible for driving the marketing direction for properties including the NFL, SportsCenter, the NHL as well as ESPN25, ESPN’s year-long 25th anniversary campaign.

Gentile currently serves as a member of The WICT Network 2021 Global Board of Directors. She was named to the Forbes “Most Powerful Women in U.S. Sports” list in 2018, ranked No. 22. In 2017, Gentile was named one of the 2017 Multichannel News Wonder Women, and in 2016 was named one of The WICT Network’s “Women to Watch.” In November 2014, she was one of 17 participants in the inaugural Women in Sports and Events (WISE) and Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth’s Executive Leadership Institute, a program created specifically for the advancement and retention of female executives in the sports industry. In April 2013, Gentile received the Advertising Women of NY Changing the Game Paradigm Shift Award and The WICT Network’s Signature Accolade for espnW’s Global Sports Mentoring Program. Gentile was named to the Women’s Sports Foundation Advisory Panel.  Gentile was a fellow of The WICT Network’s Betsy Magness Leadership Institute Class XVII, and was named to Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Forty Under 40 Class of 2012 and an SBJ Game-Changer.Also in 2012, she was appointed to the U.S. Department of State’s Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports, developed by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

She honed her marketing and advertising skills as a senior partner, management supervisor at Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide. Her team led the development of IBM’s e-business infrastructure campaign that earned the 2002 GRAND EFFIE for advertising effectiveness, a first in Ogilvy & Mather’s history.

A graduate of Duke University in 1994 with a double major in English and political science, she earned an MBA in Marketing and Organizational Behavior from Boston College’s Carroll Graduate School of Management in 1996. While an undergraduate, Gentile garnered All-America and All-ACC honors in field hockey and was a two-time team captain. She led Duke to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament and was named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary field hockey team.