Alliance for Women in Media Announces 2014 Board of Directors

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The Alliance for Women in Media is pleased to announce its 2014 National Board of Directors.

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The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) is pleased to announce its 2014 National Board of Directors. Kay Olin, Principle, Olin & Associates, will continue to serve as the National Chair. The 2014 Board convened on January 24 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, for its first Board meeting.

“The Alliance for Women in Media has assembled a Board of accomplished women representing all facets of the media industry,” said Olin. “I am excited to work with this talented group of media professionals to promote industry-wide collaboration, education and innovation.”

Serving as Chair‐Elect of AWM is Kristen Welch, Senior Vice President of Global Content and Long Range Strategic Planning, Discovery Communications, Inc., Silver Spring, MD. The Treasurer is Sarah Foss, President, Advertising, Yangaroo, Inc., New York, NY; the Treasurer‐Elect is Carol Grothem, Local Sales Manager, Cumulus/KQRS-FM, Minneapolis, MN and Past Chair is Valerie Blackburn, Market Controller for CBS Radio/General Manager for KFWB Asset Trust in Los Angeles, CA.

The following individuals will serve as Directors at Large: Karla Ballard, West SVP and Director of The Impact Studio, Ogilvy & Mather, Culver City, CA; Lori Conkling, Executive Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, NBCUniversal, New York, NY; Nancy Giles, Contributor, CBS Broadcasting, Inc., New York, NY; Sandy Girard, Vice President, Brand Management and Development, SiriusXM Radio, New York, NY; Carol Hanley, Consultant, Chicago, IL; Annie Howell, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications and Media Relations, Crown Media Family Networks, New York, NY; Kimberly Maki, Corporate Vice President & Chief Communications Officer, Bright House Networks, Orlando, FL; Christine Merritt, President, Ohio Association of Broadcasters, Columbus, OH; Deborah Parenti, Executive Vice President of Radio, Radio Ink, New York, NY; Roni Selig, Senior Executive Producer/Director, Health, Wellness and Medical Unit, CNN, New York, NY; Keisha Sutton‐James, Vice President, Inner City Broadcasting Corporation, New York, NY; and Christine Travaglini, President, Christal Radio/KRG Partnerships, New York, NY.

“AWM appreciates the dedication and expertise of our Board of Directors,” said AWM Interim CEO Sylvia Strobel. “Their leadership, influence and vision are critical to AWM continuing to advance women working in all forms of media.”

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About the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM): The Alliance for Women in Media advances the influence and impact of women in all forms of media. AWM is a diverse community – whether type of media, job or global location – that facilitates industry-wide collaboration, education, and innovation. Established in 1961 as American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT), AWM is the longest-established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment. AWM harnesses the promise, passion and power of women in all forms of media to empower career development, engage in thought leadership, and drive positive change for our industry and societal progress.

About the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation: The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (formerly known as The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television) supports and promotes educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint-initiatives with the National Middle School Association, the Emma Bowen Foundation, the American Red Cross and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation. The Foundation also supports Empowering America®, an initiative which pays tribute to many of America’s most pioneering and inspiring women. Through this program, the Foundation provides Empowering America® educational collateral to needy urban middle schools around the country. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards®, a live gala that honors exemplary programming created for, by, and about women.

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