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Michael D. Armstrong

Michael D. Armstrong has been SVP and GM of BET International and Paramount Channel, part of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) since January 2011. Michael has held several senior level roles within Viacom including:  SVP and GM of BET International, overseeing all areas of the business and operations for BET in international markets;  Sales Director,…
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Alix Baudin

Alix Baudin serves as SVP and GM of digital operations for Scripps Networks Interactive. In this role, Alix leads teams responsible for product management, UX/Design, product development, operations and audience development/data science to deliver a next generation multiplatform lifestyle media experience. Prior to joining Scripps Networks, Alix was the head of strategic planning and operations…
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Donna Byrd

Donna Byrd is the founding publisher of TheRoot.com.  Over the past six years, she has led the team that has made it the #1 news site focused on black America. Her achievements at TheRoot.com follow her success as the founding CEO of Tom Joyner's news portal BlackAmericaWeb.com. An expert marketer, she co-founded KickOff Marketing, served…
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Sofia Chang

Sofia Chang is executive vice president & general manager for HBO Home Entertainment, the DVD and digital distribution division of Home Box Office, Inc.With offices in New York, London and Toronto, the company’s titles – ranging from current HBO critically acclaimed and groundbreaking series Game of Thrones to classic series like The Sopranos – are…
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Rachel S. Haot

Rachel S. Haot is Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary for Technology for New York State. Her focus is to realize Governor Andrew Cuomo’s vision of modernizing online government and supporting technology innovation. Prior to this role, Rachel was New York City’s Chief Digital Officer under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, where her team overhauled nyc.gov and launched…
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Alia Jones-Harvey

Alia joined Front Row Productions to bring classic works featuring actors of color to Broadway.  In her Broadway debut, she co-produced the first African-American revival of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the biggest grossing play on Broadway in 2008, featuring James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Terrence Howard and Anika Noni Rose. The…
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Keli Lee

Keli Lee is Executive Vice President of Casting and Talent at ABC. She oversees all casting and talent deal negotiations for ABC Television Network and ABC Studios which includes the multi-award-winning hits Modern Family, Scandal, Once Upon a Time, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Greys Anatomy, the #1 new drama, How to Get Away With Murder,…
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Marissa Nance

Marissa is the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Multicultural Marketing at OMD. There, she has honed her skill set of developing, negotiating and executing entertainment-based media strategies across any medium. Marissa’s experience is often in demand to represent client’s interests with high-profile media partners. Prior to helping establish the Branded Entertainment division at OMD, Marissa…
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Cristina Patwa

Cristina is the Co-CEO of FactoryMade, where she leads the incubation of new businesses in media and entertainment. She is the Co-Founder of El Rey Network and is executive producer on TV shows From Dusk Till Dawn, Matador, and Cutting Crew. She is Co-Founder of the Lucha Underground wrestling league, and is executive producer on its…
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Reginald Rasch

Reginald is the General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Rakuten Marketing, a global provider of digital advertising solutions. Reginald oversees the Legal Department and deals with a variety of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, digital advertising, privacy, data security and intellectual property. Reginald is a member of Rakuten Marketing’s Executive Committee and works closely with the…
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Paula Anderson

Paula Anderson, a Litigation partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP, has an international practice representing clients across the globe in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) investigations, cross-border litigation, bankruptcy litigation, antitrust litigation, M&A-related litigation, and international arbitration. Ms. Anderson received her JD from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Criminology from John Jay College…
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Su Sun Bai

Su Sun Bai, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, heads the legal coverage of the Institutional Fixed Income Division securitization businesses and serves as Deputy General Counsel of Morgan Stanley Bank, NA.  Su has also led Morgan Stanley’s Asian Employee Networking Group since 2010 and currently co-chairs the Asian Task Force for the Legal and Compliance…
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