Past Women of the Year and Women to Watch

*Titles reflect position at the time of the award.

**From 1983-2008 the awards were referred to as “Accolades.”

Past Women of the Year Honorees

2021Noopur Davis (Operator)Executive Vice President, Chief Information Security and Product Privacy Officer, Comcast Corporation and Comcast Cable
2021Nancy Daniels (Programmer)Chief Brand Officer, Discovery & Factual
2019Lee Schroeder (Operator)EVP, Government & Community Affairs & Chief Diversity Officer, Altice USA
2019Jennifer Caserta (Programmer)Chief Transformation and People Officer, AMC Networks
2018Italia Commisso Weinand (Operator)EVP, Programming & Human Resources, Mediacom Communications Corp
2018Mary Campbell (Programmer)Chief Merchandising & Interactive Officer, Qurate Retail Group
​2017​D’Arcy Rudnay (Operator)​EVP & Chief Communications Officer, Comcast
​2017​​Sarah Barnett (Programmer)President & General Manager, BBC America
​2016​Kathleen Finch​Chief Programming, Content & Brand Officer, Scripps Networks Interactive
​2015​Ellen East​Executive Vice President & Chief Communications Officer, Time Warner Cable
​2014​Christine Driessen​Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, ESPN
2013​​Abbe RavenChairman, A+E Networks
2012Carol HeveyExecutive Vice President – East Region, Time Warner Cable
2011Nomi BergmanPresident, Bright House Networks
2010Brooke JohnsonPresident, Food
Network
2008Jill CampbellSenior Vice
President, Operations, Cox Communications
2007Lynn YaegerExecutive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Time Warner Cable
2006Cyma ZarghamiPresident, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group
2005Laureen OngPresident, National Geographic Channel
2004Judy McGrathChairman & CEO, MTV Networks
2003Kathleen DorePresident, Entertainment Services, Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc.
2002Kim KellyPresident & COO, Insight Communications
2001Debra LeePresident & COO, BET Holdings, Inc
2000Pat MitchellPresident & CEO, Public Broadcasting System
1999Ann CarlsenChief Executive Office, Carlsen Resources
1998Susan PackardCOO, HGTV
1997Anne SweeneyPresident, The Disney Channel
1996June TravisExecutive Vice President & COO, NCTA
1995Torie ClarkVice President, Public Affairs/Strategic Counsel, NCTA
1994Bobbi KamilExecutive Director, Cable in the Classroom
1993Linda EllerbeePresident, Lucky Duck Production
1992Oprah WinfreyCEO, Harpo Productions
1991Maragaret RichebourgPresident, Richebourg Marketing
1990Geraldine LaybournePresident, Nickelodeon
1989Pat ThompsonPresident, Pat Thompson Co.
1988Mary Alice WilliamsVice President & Principal Anchor, CNN/New York
1987Ruth OttePresident & CEO, The Discovery Channel
1983Gail SermersheimVice President & GM, Southern Region, HBO

Past Women to Watch Honorees

2021Sharon Peters (Operator)SVP, Marketing, Charter Communications
2021Stephanie Yates (Programmer)SVP, Research and Insights, AMC Networks
2021Reshma Patil Bijoor (Technology)Managing Director, Communications and Media Strategy, Accenture
2019Susan Anable (Operator)VP, Public Affairs, Southwest Region, Cox Communications
2019Meeka Bondy (Programmer)SVP, Legal Affairs, HBO
2019Zenita Henderson (Technology)VP, Marketing & Business Development, SCTE•ISBE
2018Kristine Faulkner (Operator)VP, Product Development & Management, Cox Business Services, Cox Communications
2018Izabella Wiley (Programmer)General Manager, Poland + CEE, A+E Networks
2018Leslie Miles (Technology)VP, Program Management & Strategy, ARRIS
2017​Charlene Keys (Operator)​AVP, Field Operations, Charter Communications
​2017​​Tina Thornton (Programmer)SVP, Production & Multimedia Sponsorship Integration and Management Operations, ESPN
​2017​Samira Panah Bakhtiar (Technology)​Director, Media Operations, Cisco Systems
​2016​Mary McLaughlin (Operator)​Senior Vice President, Beltway Region, Comcast Cable
​2016​Laura Gentile (Programmer)​Senior Vice President, espnW and Women’s Initiatives, ESPN
​2015​Rachel Welch (Operator)​Group Vice President, Government Relations, Time Warner Cable
​2015​Bernadette Aulestia (Programmer)​EVP, Global Distribution Operations, HBO
​2014​Jennifer Mirgorod (Programmer)​EVP, Brand Distribution, Turner Network Sales
​2014​Deborah Picciolo (Operator)​SVP, Residential Technical Operations, Time Warner Cable
​2013Bernie Han​ (Operator)Vice President, News & Local Programming, Time Warner Cable​​
2013​Marjorie Kaplan (Programmer)Group President, Animal Planet, Science Channel & Velocity, Discovery Communications
2012Jennifer Hightower (Operator)Senior Vice President, Law & Policy, Cox Communications
2012Jennifer Robertson (Programmer)Senior Vice President, Digital Media & Business Development, WE tv
2011Jennifer DorianSenior Vice President, Strategy Development, Turner Entertainment Networks
2011Kathleen FinchSenior Vice President/General Manager, HGTV
2010Veronica SheehanSenior Vice President, Network Operations, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
2008Vicki LinsSenior Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Comcast Spotlight
2008Eileen O’NeillPresident and General Manager, TLC , Discovery Communications
2007Wonya LucasEVP, General Manager, The Weather Channel Networks
2006Robin SangstonVice President, Legal Affairs and Associate General Counsel, Cox Communications
2005Marlene DoonerCorporate Vice President, Investor Relations, Comcast Corporation
2005Ellen EastVice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Cox Communications
2004Suzanne KeenanSenior Vice President of Customer Service, Comcast Cable
2003Janet BarnardVice President & GM, Middle America System Cox Communications
2002Mae DouglasSenior Vice President & Chief People Officer, Cox Communications
2001Leslie GraysonVice President, Operations, Time Warner Cable
1999Ann MontgomeryExecutive
Vice President, Fulfillment Services and Operations, AT&T Broadband and Internet Services
1997Susan AdamsGeneral Manager, Post-Newsweek Cable
1995Elaine BardenGeneral Manager, TCI Cablevision of Alameda
1994Kathleen MarronPartner, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi
 1993Martha MartinDirector Affiliate Sales, Central Region, E! Entertainment Television
1992Tracy JenkinsDirector, Programming, Jones Intercable
1992Patti RoweDirector, Associate Development, Jones Intercable
1991Kathleen WagnerArea Manager, Chambers Cable