WICT offers three fellowships to the WICT Leadership Conference. Read about the 2015 fellowship recipients below.
Cheryl Greene Fellowship
Sr. Marketing Specialist, Product & Sales Support Analytics
Greater Boston Region, Comcast
The recipient of the Cheryl Greene Fellowship is selected based on the applicant's ability to most effectively demonstrate how they have helped support advancement of women in the workplace.
Jessica DeBurro joined Comcast in 2003 as a customer service representative in the call center. Her work within several different functional groups over the years, including Customer Care, Engineering, and IT, prepared Jessica for her current role as a Senior Marketing Specialist in Product & Sales Support Analytics for the Greater Boston Region. Jessica has developed a vast network throughout the organization that delivers results.
Jessica is a University of Massachusetts Lowell graduate, holding both a B. A. in Psychology and a B. S. in Information Technology. Jessica is currently working on her M. S. in Computer Information Systems at Rivier University and will graduate in May 2016.
Though not a veteran, veterans issues are very important to Jessica. She volunteers for organizations like Mooremart thru Comcast’s VetNet (Veterans Network). She’s also previously provided guidance to troubled adolescents by volunteering at the Sununu Youth Detention Center and with the Lifeshare Management Group. She currently mentors young women in recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction.
Jessica became actively involved with the WICT New England Chapter in 2013 thru the Mentor Program. Accomplishing many personal and professional goals in the 18 month program, she was named the 2014 WICT Protégé of the Year. She is hoping to join the New England Board in the near future.
With a soft spot for animals, Jessica has been a vegetarian for almost 20 years.
Lucille Larkin Fellowship
Mariel S. Clark
Site Director, HGTV.com
Scripps Networks Interactive
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.
Mariel S. Clark is Site Director for HGTV.com. As the editorial and programming lead for HGTV.com, Mariel is responsible for site content strategy and growth. She manages the high-performing team creating original digital content and develops HGTV’s online presence through site programming, social promotion and online outreach campaigns. Mariel guides the creation of a compelling digital experience for 11+ million monthly unique visitors, generating ideas that attract a greater audience and grow revenue. She works closely with interactive ad sales marketing to identify, develop and monetize editorial content including original online video series and digital editorial initiatives.
Before joining Scripps Networks in 2011, Mariel served as editor of a New York news website. Prior to that she was a producer on award-winning series for Food Network, Oxygen and Discovery Channel, among others. Mariel holds a master’s degree in digital media from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia.
Mariel has been an active member of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) since 2011 and currently serves as a Director of Programming for WICT Southeast.
June Travis Fellowship
Director, Standards & Practices
The recipient of the June Travis Fellowship is selected based in part on the applicant's ability to demonstrate how the WICT Leadership Conference will help them to gain new management and leadership skills and enhance their level of expertise.
Anne Loescher is the Director of Standards & Practices for Bounce TV and Katz Broadcasting. She was a co-founder of the S&P department and was instrumental in developing the network guidelines for original and acquired programming, as well as advertising and digital content. Her team is responsible for reviewing, recommending edits, and assigning parental ratings for all content on the company’s linear and digital platforms. Anne started with Bounce TV prior to its debut in 2011 and took on additional responsibilities as sister company Katz Broadcasting launched with Grit and Escape in 2014, and Laff in April 2015. Before joining Bounce, Anne held positions at Turner Broadcasting, as well as local stations WLFL and WRDC in Raleigh, NC.
Anne has been a member of WICT since 2013 and has served on the Southeast chapter board of directors for the past two years. In her current role as Senior Director of Programming, she oversees a team of four directors who produce leadership development and networking events in Georgia and Tennessee. Additionally, she serves as a mentor in the chapter’s award-winning Peer-to-Peer Mentoring program. Anne is a graduate of the University of North Carolina with a degree in Communication Studies