THERsday's With PowerToFly & WiCTNY: Mentorship & Networking

Lauren Hagerty
Kelly Russell
Ana Malladi
Brooke Schasteen-Smith
Limor Bergman Gross
Lauren Hagerty, Kelly Russell, Ana Malladi, Brooke Schasteen-Smith, Limor Bergman Gross

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The women of PowerToFly and Women in Cable Telecommunications New York (WiCT NY) are excited to host a virtual networking event on Thursday, November 19th from 5:00 - 6:00 pm EST. Meet other professional women in the cable telecommunication industry, share experiences, and learn first-hand...

The women of PowerToFly and Women in Cable Telecommunications New York (WiCT NY) are excited to host a virtual networking event on Thursday, November 19th from 5:00 - 6:00 pm EST. Meet other professional women in the cable telecommunication industry, share experiences, and learn first-hand how other women in this space are navigating their careers given the current climate.

For this event, we'll focus on Mentorship and hear from PowerToFly's Director of Mentorship. From finding a mentor, to becoming a more effective mentor to your peers, we can all benefit from the advice of other successful female professionals!

The agenda is as follows:

  1. 5:00 - 5:10 Introductions from PowerToFly & WiCT NY
  2. 5:10 - 5:40 Mentorship Discussion
  3. 5:40 - 6:00 1:1 Networking!

You do not HAVE to be in cable telecommunication or from NY to attend this event!

Hope to see you there!

Meet The Speakers

Lauren Hagerty
Lauren Hagerty

Lauren Hagerty is the Director of Marketing and Community for PowerToFly - the largest gender diversity recruiting platform and community connecting women with fortune 500 corporations and fast-growing startups. Previously, Lauren led the social media and community efforts for the industry-leading smart home platform Wink, where she recreated and revitalized the company's voice and persona. In her free time, you can find Lauren skiing (with her very own handmade knit goods, of course) or taking pictures of her Pomeranian, Sprinkles.

Kelly Russell
Kelly Russell

Kelly Russell is the Senior Manager of Entertainment Partnerships, Digital at FOX Network. In her current role, she is responsible for the ideation and execution of integrated digital sales partnerships across all of FOX’s scripted and unscripted entertainment shows. She assists in the strategy of social platform monetization, optimizes branded content and tracks, analyzes and reports on the data for each campaign.

Prior to joining the FOX team, Kelly worked at NBCUniversal for four years, where she managed the social media for CNBC Primetime Entertainment programming. Much of her role there involved producing content, managing all of the network’s social media pages, executing ad sales partnerships, and collaborating with talent. She was also responsible for collecting and analyzing data.

Kelly started her career in television at WABC-TV (Eyewitness News), the local ABC news affiliate in New York City. She started there as an intern, became a news desk assistant upon graduation, and finally a Social Media Producer. She worked on both news and entertainment content at WABC-TV. Some of her greatest mentors are from her time at WABC-TV!

In her free time, Kelly loves being with her family and friends, cooking and traveling. She is passionate about helping young professionals navigate the working world and is eager to broaden her network community!

Ana Malladi
Ana Malladi

Ana Malladi is a consultant advising Entertainment and Media start-ups on Strategy and Marketing. Ana began her career at Morgan Stanley, where she was a Director of Business Development, before deciding to pursue her MBA at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduation, she shifted her industry focus to media and entertainment as the COO of a start-up focused on film and television finance. In her free time, Ana loves watching cult/action/horror movies, baking, and painting.

Brooke Schasteen-Smith
Brooke Schasteen-Smith

Brooke Schasteen-Smith is Senior Manager of Partner Marketing in Content Distribution at NBCUniversal. In her role, she serves as the account manager for AT&T/DIRECTV, Cox, NCTC, Verizon, YouTube TV, and the Regional Sports Networks. Brooke also serves on the leadership team of Women’s Network, a NBCUniversal internal employee resource group.

Prior to joining NBCUniversal in January of 2018, Brooke worked at Scripps Networks Interactive as Manager of Content Distribution and Marketing. During her time there, she planned and executed co-branded campaigns with key distribution accounts and HGTV and Travel Channel with top talent such as the Property Brothers and Josh Gates. She also managed corporate events, worked with her accounts to sell in cross-channel promotions, created media barters, and produced sweepstakes that helped drive tune in for Scripps programming priorities.

Brooke is an active member of Women in Cable Telecommunications and is currently serving on Board as Programming Chair.

Brooke graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mississippi State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Child Life therapy. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with Hope for New York a non-profit serving all New Yorkers in need, running in Central Park, seeking out new adventures, and traveling both internationally and domestically.

Limor Bergman Gross
Limor Bergman Gross

Expertise:

My specialties include: scaling teams (I have scaled teams of 6 to organizations of ~50), building great engineering culture, managing remote teams, managing conflicts, persuasion, and influence on leadership and peers, handling crises and challenging situations.

About Me:

My name is Limor, and I am a woman who has led tech teams at Digital Ocean, Oracle, VMWare, and Sun Microsystems. My passion is helping women succeed in the tech industry. To do this, I’ve focused on mentoring engineering managers for the past three years. It’s been beyond rewarding for me as well as my mentees.

I love working with people. My passion is working with excellent software engineering teams building amazing products customers love.

For more than ten years, I have been leading teams and organizations of different sizes while building a great culture, innovating, and shipping products. I enjoy helping engineers grow both their technical abilities as well as their communication and collaboration skills.

Want to learn more? Check out the 30-minute Q&A hosted: Office Hours: The Power Of Mentoring During Times Of Crisis

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