HR Executive Spotlight: Italia Commisso Weinand

Mediacom’s Executive Vice President of Programming and Human Resources, Italia Commisso Weinand, has 41 years of industry experience. She has earned several industry accolades, most recently being named WICT’s Woman of the Year. Given the depth of her industry knowledge and unique dual-role of overseeing programming and HR, we asked Italia to share her insight on the dynamics of human resources amidst the rapid-change of our industry.

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 Comcast NBCUniversal’s Veteran Onboarding & Development Strategy

With more than 10,000 military veterans currently on its payroll, in November 2018 Comcast NBCUniversal announced a commitment to reach 21,000 military hires by the end of 2021. In the latest installment of Mission Media’s Models of Success case study series, the company shares best practices for onboarding and developing military veterans.

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Industry Presence at Student Veterans of America (SVA) Conference

Mission Media will host a collaborative exhibit booth at the SVA National Conference on January 3-5, 2019 in Orlando. The booth will highlight careers across our industry with a specific focus on the members of the Veterans Advisory Council. Contact Colleen Gorniak at CTHRA if you would like to participate.    

CTHRA Applauds Longest Serving Board Member, Lisa Kaye

Lisa Kaye, founder and CEO of, joined CTHRA’s Board of Directors in 1995 and has served consecutive terms since that time, making her the longest serving board member in our organization’s history. During her tenure, Lisa was instrumental in shaping CTHRA’s signature, industry-specific Compensation Surveys, and she played a pivotal role in the organization’s growth to a thriving organization with more than 4,000 members. At year-end, Lisa will retire her position on CTHRA’s board, but will continue to serve in an advisory role on compensation issues. We thank her for her tireless dedication to CTHRA, her expert insight and her exuberant spirit!



Member Applause

Congratulations to the Cablefax 2018 Most Influential Minorities, including these human resources professionals: Paul Richardson of ESPN, Tina Simmons and Wayne Davis of Comcast Cable, and Elizabeth Casanas of Showtime Networks. To see the full list of honorees, please visit In addition, Cablefax hosted a People to Watch luncheon in early December and Kit Herrera, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Discovery Inc. was among the honorees. We applaud Paul, Tina, Wayne, Elizabeth and Kit!

On November 29 in Beverly Hills, WICT’s Southern California Chapter celebrated the LEA Awards which honors leadership, excellence and advocacy. Six female media executives were honored, including two human resources leaders: Rhonda Crichlow of Charter Communications and Linda Kavanaugh of Cox Communications. Congratulations, Rhonda and Linda!

FOX Chairman and CEO Lachlan Murdoch announced that Kevin Lord, currently EVP of HR at FOX News, will continue in that role, but will broaden his responsibilities to provide HR oversight across all of FOX.


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