Vice President, Domestic Network Distribution, HBO
Sloan Kennedy is the Vice President, Domestic Network Distribution, for Home Box Office, responsible for overseeing the distribution for HBO and Cinemax programming with two of the company's largest domestic distributors. With over 20 years' experience in the cable industry, Kennedy has worked in both the basic and premium subscription sectors.
Kennedy is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), Women in Cable & Telecommunications (WICT) and was named a WICT Betsy Magness Leadership Institute Fellow in 2007. She also served as a trustee on the board of the Atlanta Ballet for six years from 2004 - 2012.
Kennedy holds a BA degree from Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has studied internationally at the Southern Methodist University in Spain.
Executive Director of Community Affairs & Philanthropy, Thirty-One Gifts
Wendy Bradshaw joined Thirty-One Gifts in March 2011. As the Executive Director of Community Affairs & Philanthropy, Wendy was responsible for the creation and now management of Thirty-One Gives. Wendy is responsible for the development of the Gives Round Up! program, with net proceeds of $2 M in its first 2 years, and the development of the Thirty-One Gives U R U product Collection. Under Wendy’s leadership, the Thirty-One Gives Care Council, an advisory board of Consultants, was formed.
Bradshaw is a board member for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio & Girl Talk, Inc., an Ambassador Council Member for Nationwide Children’s Hospital & Research Institute and an Advisory Committee member of Celebrate One in Columbus, OH. Wendy, a Kent, Ohio native, now resides in Westerville with her daughter and son.
Vice President, Content Operations and Origination, Turner
Caroline Brown joined Turner Broadcasting in 2017 where she serves as Vice President of Content Operations and Origination; managing the playout and distribution of Turner’s linear and digital content. Prior to Turner, Brown spent 12 years at Comcast in various roles; ultimately serving as VP, Content Management. While at Comcast she spearheaded the development of initiatives that led to the proliferation and sustainability of digital media including first launches of HD VOD, EST and dynamic ad insertion. She has been a long-time advocate of industry initiatives and received the Chapter Innovator Award from CTAM in 2003. She served as the Chairman of CTAM’s Quality Committee from 2005-2007 and received a national CTAM Rainmaker Award as part of her efforts in securing industry standardization around metadata. Her 20+ year career in telecommunications also includes roles at Showtime, iNDemand, and Vubiquity.
Ms. Brown holds a B.A. from Auburn University and an MBA from Georgia State University. She lives in Atlanta with her husband Kirk and son Quinlan. When she isn’t delving into content, she can be found sharing her amateur photography skills for many organizations.
Rebecca Cenni-Leventhal is CEO of Atrium, a leading workforce solutions firm, which was founded in 1995 with her revolutionary Applicant-Centric™ recruitment model. Today, she continues to focus on strengthening the human value in work culture with her all-inclusive talent solutions that complement partnerships across fifty states. Often referred to as Atrium’s Chief Empowerment Officer, Cenni-Leventhal not only nurtures talent within her organization, but also shares her passion for mentorship with Girl Talk Inc. and New York Business Journal. Dedicated to a legacy of good, Rebecca ensures that her founding principles– listening, valuing and respecting– remain the heartbeat of her organization. Consistently honored by the Women’s President’s Organization as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies in North America, Atrium is recognized as a champion of supplier diversity, topping the lists of 2019 North America Staffing 100, Inc. 5000 and DiversityBusiness.com as a leader of Women, Diversity and Privately Held organizations. Rebecca’s devotion to people and Humanistic Resources is demonstrated by Atrium’s most recent recognition from Crain’s New York Business as one of 2019’s Best Places to Work.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Efficiency Office, Suntrust
Siddharth Desai is currently a Senior Vice President at SunTrust Bank within SunTrust’s Corporate Efficiency Office. Prior to this role, he led the Strategy and Business Management function within SunTrust’s Infrastructure and Engineering division. Prior to SunTrust, he worked at UBS and Accenture in New York City.
Siddharth grew up in Atlanta and graduated from the Lovett School before earning his B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He currently resides in Atlanta with his wife, Jasmina, and their three children.
SVP, Managing Director, Sunshine Sachs
Daphne Hoytt Dickerson is a Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Atlanta Office for Sunshine Sachs, a privately held marketing communications agency. Her professional career in integrated communications has spanned nearly 20 years, largely in New York City at global firms such as Edelman, Porter Novelli and MSL. During her twelve-year tenure at MSL, Daphne rose in the ranks to assume various leadership roles including U.S. Consumer Practice Lead where she oversaw and developed large-scale consumer campaigns for CPG companies such as P&G and Abbott Nutrition. She also was appointed as the first U.S. Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer while concurrently serving as the MSL Atlanta Office Lead. Daphne is a graduate of Spelman College and Columbia University School of Public Health. She is a member of The Girl Friends, Inc. Atlanta Chapter, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Atlanta Chapter, The Links, Inc. Dogwood City Chapter and recently joined the board of Girl Talk.
Global Client Lead, Google
Hetal Gordon is currently Director, Global Client Lead at Google based in Atlanta, leading the Global Partnerships with The Coca-Cola Company and McDonald’s. She has been with Google for over ten years and has worked across many industries including Retail, Travel, and now Consumer Packaged Goods. Prior to joining Google in 2006, she was at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She started her career on the advertising agency side working in New York and London.
Hetal earned her BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis. When she’s not busy being at Google, she is spending time with her husband, Fergus, and their three children Jaya, Henry, and Manu.
Senior Director of Finance, Comcast
Terrica Gupton is a Senior Director of Finance at Comcast responsible for Commissions Analytics. In her role, she partners with sales and HR business leaders in a consultative capacity to oversee the design, modeling, governance, and administration aspects of all sales commission plans for employees selling both residential and commercial products. She manages a local team at the Central Division office located at Sun Trust Park in Atlanta, as well as a virtual team seated in Sterling Heights, Michigan. She’s a graduate of Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!!), a member of both NAMIC and WICT, as well as several employee resource groups at Comcast. Terrica lives south of the city with her husband (William), daughter (Nyla), and dog (Dash).
Managing Director, Alvarez and Marsal
Cyndi Joiner is a Managing Director with Alvarez and Marsal and leads the East Region Corporate Performance Improvement Practice. Ms. Joiner is also a global advisor to the firm’s Supply Chain Solution. She previously served as the national Supply Chain leader for 4 years.
With 20+ years of experience as both an operator and consultant, her primary focus is on supply chain optimization and broader growth initiatives for healthy and troubled corporations. As a trusted advisor, she has led and implemented operational improvements that have allowed her clients to grow EBITDA and support sustainability for future success. During her career, she has reduced supplier spend in excess of $1B.
Ms. Joiner also leads the firm’s Financial Services’ Third Party Risk Management Practice. Cyndi advises global commercial and investment banks on large scale process design and risk mitigation strategies including the implementation of highly regulated processes.
Ms. Joiner advises clients across industries, including Financial Services, Transportation, Retail, Manufacturing and State and Federal Governments. Over the past two years, she has led a $100M+ cost take out and procurement transformation initiative for a top tier US bank, an end to end Operation Efficiency Assessment for the United States Postal Service as required by Congress, a business transformation for the largest non – emergency transportation company in the US, and the outsourcing of a state transit authorities warehouse, distribution and fulfillment operation.
Prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal, Ms. Joiner was a Chief Procurement Officer and held executive positions with GMAC and Wells Fargo where she developed and executed strategies to centralize all business processes and activities for sourcing, supplier risk management, corporate real estate, facilities management, asset management and disaster recovery.
Ms. Joiner earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Lee University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Pfeiffer University. She also completed the Program on Negotiations at Harvard. With a commitment to collaborative diverse teams and connectivity at the corporate and community level, she currently sits on the Board of Directors for Girl Talk, Inc., a national nonprofit which empowers middle and high school aged women to be confident leaders via peer-to-peer mentoring.
Alvarex and Marsal
CEO, Harland Clarke
Jana Schmidt is the CEO of Harland Clarke, a leading provider of omni-channel, customer engagement solutions to more than 6,000 financial institutions, retail and software clients. She leads Harland Clarke in delivering payment and marketing services that drive engagement in every relevant way across channels to increase acquisition, improve activation, deepen relationships and retain them for the long term.
With more than 30 years of leadership experience in sales, marketing, operations and client advocacy, Jana most recently served as the president of Harland Clarke. She was responsible for the strategy and advancement of the company, while delivering strong outcomes in deposit and loan acquisition and retention, as well as customer onboarding and activation through digital and analog channels. Prior to this role, Jana served as CEO of Ecova (now known as ENGIE Insight) where she created a clear vision and strategy to lead the global energy and sustainability management company. Her leadership at the technology-enabled services firm delivered strong financial and operational results, and drove value from analytics-based solutions to large commercial and industrial companies with over 700,000 global locations.
Jana has extensive senior leadership experience at Harland Clarke. Before her time at Ecova, she owned the P&L for the company’s Marketing Services division and also served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, leading the national sales and marketing teams.
Jana is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization of Atlanta and is a board advisor to Junior Achievement of Georgia. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Colorado State University.
Director of Dealer Sales, Cox Automotive
Roger Teate joined Cox Automotive in 2014 as the Director of Dealer Sales for the Southeast. Prior to joining Cox Automotive, Teate served as the Regional Director for NextGear Capital for ten years. Other
professional experience includes over a decade in consumer finance and banking, as well as leading auto retail dealerships for several years as the General Manager. Teate has been recognized for his aptitude
in: customer service and retention; team building; and sales process management.
Teate attended Troy University in Alabama, where he played collegiate baseball. He is also an U.S. Army veteran who served in Ft. Hood, Texas. Throughout his participation in college athletics and time served
in the military, Teate learned the true value of teamwork and gained valuable leadership skills.
Teate enjoys spending time with his wife Abby and daughter Ashley.
Director of Human Resources, EY
Nicole is currently a Director of Human Resources for EY, serving as the Talent Leader for the Tax and Core Business service lines. During her tenure with the firm, which began in 2009, Nicole has partnered with her clients to create sustainable programs and initiatives that support the growth and development of EY’s employees and leaders. She currently serves as an executive sponsor for the Professional Women’s Network in the Atlanta Office.
Nicole has almost 20 years of experience as an HR professional. Prior to joining EY, Nicole spent four years as an HR manager for T-Mobile, and more than six years as an HR Manager for Verizon. In these roles, she has lead teams with responsibilities across all major functions of HR, including performance management, compensation, diversity & inclusion, staffing, leadership development, and employee relations. Throughout her career, Nicole has been recognized as a successful leader and a passionate developer of talent. Nicole says that her most personally satisfying moments have come from seeing members of her teams get promoted into roles with greater responsibilities.
Nicole holds a B.A. from Spelman College and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin. She and her husband, Keith, have two daughters, Kendall and Kennedy. In her leisure time, Nicole enjoys cooking and traveling with her family.