WICT offers three fellowships to the WICT Leadership Conference. You can learn more about the 2014 recipients by reading their bios below.
Visit the 2014 WICT Leadership Conference page to read more about this year's event.
Cheryl Greene Fellowship
The recipient of the Cheryl Greene Fellowship is selected based on the applicant's ability to most effectively demonstrate how she has helped the advancement of women in the workplace.
Shanna Gildersleeve is the Media Manager for the NBCUniversal Centralcasting Hub at Encompass Digital Media’s Atlanta location. In this position she leads a 24/7 team responsible for the acquisition, preparation and distribution of all local syndicated, commercial and promotional content for the 10 NBC and 6 Telemundo Owned Stations in top 10 DMAs including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Shanna's team ensures that all content adheres to NBCUniversal's quality assurance standards, technical specifications and Federal regulatory obligations. In addition, Shanna acts as a critical liaison between the Owned Stations, national syndicators and content providers, and the NBC and Telemundo Networks to ensure that all local content requirements and deliverables are met. Under her leadership, her team has been responsible for the successful delivery of all local commercial and promotional content for some of the biggest events in broadcast history including Super Bowl XLVI and the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Shanna joined Encompass Digital Media in 2008, with an already extensive background in the media industry. In addition to network and station operations, over the past decade, Shanna has held positions in news as well as video and post-production. Having been an active member of WICT Southeast for the past year, Shanna has been involved with the mentoring program and has volunteered with both the programming and membership committees.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Shanna earned a B.A. in Communication with a focus on Mass Media Studies from Florida State University, and an M.A. in Film/Video/Digital Imaging from Georgia State University in Atlanta. She is also the proud mother of a 1 year old son.
Lucille Larkin Fellowship
The recipient of the Lucille Larkin Fellowship is selected based on the applicant's ability to most effectively demonstrate the value of the contributions they have made to WICT and the industry as a whole.
Jada Rosenberg started her career with Cox Communications in July of 2000 as a mail room clerk. Over the next 5 years she held various positions in the Customer Support department, eventually promoting to supervisor, overseeing a staff of 15 individual contributors with various job responsibilities. For the three years following, she led customer support through a market consolidation and the many challenges that accompanied that transition.
In 2008, Jada transitioned to a project management role, in Customer Care, which allowed her to assist in process change management within the organization. In this role, she managed many projects that helped drive the organization forward and ensuring the delivery of excellent customer service. As a part of this role, she had the opportunity to learn Six Sigma methodology and how to apply it in the cable industry. In 2011, Jada made the transition into the field operations department as the Comm Center Manager for Cox Central Region. In this role, Jada oversees a staff of 70 employees across three states; Kansas, Arkansas and Nebraska. She has a strong passion for delivering exceptional customer service to the departments that she supports and leadership development for herself and team.
Jada was first introduced to WICT In 2009 and became a member of the Heartland WICT chapter. After a one year introduction, Jada was asked to join the board as Program Chair. Jada has also held the role of Secretary and currently serves as Vice President of the Heartland WICT Chapter. WICT has given Jada the opportunity to learn more about telecommunication industry as a whole and has provided influence and confidence into her own development as a people leader. WICT has been such a positive influence in her life in such a short amount of time and she definitely recommends the program to others in this industry at every opportunity.
June Travis Fellowship
The recipient of the June Travis Fellowship is selected based in part on his or her ability to demonstrate how the WICT Leadership Conference will help him/her gain new management and leadership skills and enhance his/her range or level of expertise.
Jessica Jones, Affiliate Marketing Manager at TV One, has over five years of experience in the cable industry supporting TV One’s Affiliate Sales & Marketing with campaign initiatives, quarterly tent-poles and sales objectives. In addition to supporting TV One’s initiatives and objectives Jessica helps develop marketing materials, manages industry and field event logistics, budget management, manages the affiliate website and affiliate communications. As a key member of the affiliate marketing team she provides marketing support to affiliates and collaborates with Sales Account Executives in local marketing and sales goals.
Prior to joining TV One as a Sales Coordinator in 2007 Jessica served as a Sales Representative at USA Today, where she sold advertising space for USA Today’s brands including Domestic and Online features. Additionally, she developed sales strategies and marketing materials for new and existing features.
From 2002 through 2004, Jessica was the Advertising Sales Assistant for the Maryland Pennysaver, where she processed ad insertion orders, assisted Sales Managers, serviced clients and compiled market analysis research.
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Old Dominion University. Jessica was recently awarded the WICT Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter scholarship to attend WICT's 2013 Executive Development Series focusing on leadership and authenticity. She is actively involved with NAMIC Mid-Atlantic chapter and WICT Baltimore/DC chapter. Jessica currently serves as a board member on the 2013 WICT Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter and co-chairs the WICT Mentoring Program.