Andy Karofsky
Andy Karofsky
SVP Digital Strategy
Tribune Media

Session - Start-Ups! The New Pioneers of Business
Andy is focused on developing the digital distribution strategies for Tribune Media’s portfolio of television properties. Prior to Tribune Media, Karofsky was Managing Partner at SKMG where he partnered with various clients on a range of assignments including content evaluation and negotiation, business design and development, and digital strategy initiatives including TV Everywhere and emerging OTT platforms.

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Anke Corbin
Anke Corbin
Founder CEO
Globig.co

Session: Start Ups - The Pioneers of New Business
Anke Corbin is the founder and CEO of Globig.co, the online global expansion headquarters for 1000s of international companies. Globig provides a soft landing and framework for successfully doing business anywhere in the world.

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Bob Kumagai
Bob Kumagai
Associate Director of Career Services
Daniels College, University of Denver

Session: Networking 2.0
Bob Kumagai is the Associate Director of Career Services at the Daniels College, focusing on supporting and developing the career paths for MBA and MS students with an interest in Marketing.

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Chris Huxley
Chris Huxley
Co-founder and CEO
Trendly Commerce, Inc.

Session: Start Ups - The Pioneers of New Business
Trendly powers the brand experience by connecting people and brands through community marketing and social commerce. Trendly has quickly grown from two co-founders to a team of 7, acquired hundreds of customers, partnered with a large e-commerce company, and was listed as a top 50 startup in Colorado.

Cynthia Carpenter
Cynthia Carpenter
Vice President Human Resource Operations
Charter Communications

Session - Preparing for the Next Role
Cynthia Carpenter is a versatile leader with more than 20 years of experience in cable, telecommunications, and high-tech industries. From marketing to product management to operations, she is respected as a master team builder and architect of strategies to tap new markets and drive customer demand.

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Elaine Torres
Elaine Torres
Community Affairs Director
CBS4, KCNC–TV

Session - The Broad Range of Media Careers in Content, Business and Technology
Elaine D. Torres is the Community Affairs Director at CBS4, KCNC–TV. She oversees the station’s community partnerships which include the American Diabetes Association, the Denver Art Museum, the National MS Society, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and several others.

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Emily Gibson
Emily Gibson
Marketing and Communications Manager
The Cable Center

Session - Welcome and Opening Remarks
Emily Gibson joined The Cable Center in 2014 as the Marketing and Communications Manager. Emily has vast experience in public relations, marketing and brand management, and has worked with a variety of companies in Colorado and Oklahoma, including: CH2M HILL, Downtown Denver Partnership, Weber Shandwick and Strategic Perception, Inc.

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Gerard Kunkel
Gerard Kunkel
Founder and Managing Partner
Next Media Partners

Session: Keynote Interviewer
Gerard Kunkel is an executive with extensive experience in leading company vision and strategy in the technology, media and entertainment business. Gerard has decades of experience bringing new products and services to market in TV, digital media and entertainment. Gerard has advised companies from the Fortune 50 in media and tech, to startups from Silicon Valley and beyond.

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Jana Henthorn
Jana Henthorn
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Cable Center

Session - Welcome and Opening Remarks
A nationally recognized advocate for customer experience, Jana led The Center’s Customer Experience Central initiatives, including the Cable Center Customer Care Committee (C5). The C5 consortium of executives from the largest operators in North America and Europe focuses on expanding industry knowledge and leading new approaches to customer care.

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Melisa Ordoñez
Melisa Ordoñez
Director of Programming Acquisitions
Dish Networks and Sling TV

Session - The Broad Range of Media Careers in Content, Business and Technology
Melisa Ordonez oversees the acquisition and renewal of programming rights for local broadcast channels, various cable channels, public interest channels, and pay for carriage channels on both DISH and Sling TV.

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Onna Poeter
Onna Poeter
Senior Manager, Talent Management and Acquisition
Comcast

Session - A conversation with Shane Portfolio (Interviewer)
For internships and university recruitment, Onna has developed and built the Inaugural Comcast West Division Internship Program. She aligned the program with the pillars of Comcast’s Employee Brand Promise and led the 2015 and 2016 West Division Internship Program which resulted in improved conversion and high diversity.

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Rahsaan Harris
Rahsaan Harris
President and CEO
Emma L. Bowen Foundation

Session - The Broad Range of Media Careers in Content, Business and Technology
Dr. Rahsaan Harris is the President and CEO of the Emma Bowen Foundation (EBF). Founded in 1989, EBF connects promising students of color to internships, advocates for best practices in hiring, retention, and advancement in the media & technology industries.

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Richard Buchanan
Richard Buchanan
Vice President, Strategic Development
Comcast Technology Solutions

Session - The Broad Range of Media Careers in Content, Business and Technology
Richard Buchanan is Vice President, Strategic Development for Comcast Technology Solutions, a division of Comcast Cable offering third-party businesses access to services and technologies developed and proven by an industry leader.

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Ron Rizzuto
Ron Rizzuto
Professor, Endowed Chair, Reiman School of Finance
University of Denver

Session Moderator: Session: Start Ups - The Pioneers of New Business
An expert in the big picture of acquisitions and finance, Ron Rizzuto, a Daniels professor since 1975, specializes in corporate mergers, strategic partnerships and acquisitions, consulting with major energy, transportation, telecommunications and banking corporations, both U.S. and internationally based. He has performed extensive research on energy, telecommunications and transportation companies.

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Shane Portfolio
Shane Portfolio
Senior Vice President of Technical Operations and Engineering
Comcast West Division

Session - A Conversation with Shane Portfolio
Shane Portfolio is Senior Vice President of Technical Operations and Engineering for the Comcast West Division, with responsibility for engineering, technical operations and advanced services for approximately 8.6 million customers.

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Vivek Khemka
Vivek Khemka
Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Dish Network

Session: Keynote
Vivek Khemka is Chief Technology Officer for DISH and Executive Vice President of DISH Technologies. He leads technology strategy, product management, engineering, product development, supply chain management, broadcast operations and OTT delivery for DISH and Sling TV.

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