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.
Candice Lowe recently joined Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. as Team Lead, Sales Operations for CNN News Networks Domestic Sales Ops Division. In this role, Candice supervises a team responsible for the account management and execution of client on-air commercial traffic requests for CNN, HLN, CNN Espanol, and CNN Airport Network. In addition to maximizing ad revenue, Candice's team partners with Sales, Standards & Practices, Media Operations and Log Production to ensure federal regulatory standards are met and the network brands are protected.
Candice is a University of Michigan graduate with a B.A. in Film and Video Studies. Her broad media experience includes production, sales & marketing, traffic and broadcast operations positions with TV One, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Katz Media Group, and Crawford Communications. Prior to joining Turner in March of this year, Candice managed NBCUniversal's Centralcasting Traffic Operations department from their Atlanta hub at Encompass Digital Media. Under her management, her team delivered 10 NBC and 6 Telemundo Owned Stations media and log placement quality assurance services to maintain broadcast integrity and minimize revenue credits due to on-air discrepancies.
Candice has been an active member of WICT Southeast since 2011, volunteering with the programming committee for two years and joining the 2014 board as Director of Programming, Georgia. In 2013, Candice was named Top Member Recruiter by WICT Nationals and is currently gearing up to serve as a mentor in WICT Southeast's 2014 – 2015 Circle Mentoring Program with Spelman College.
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.
Kathy Oakes was selected as one of two recipients of the Lucille Larkin Fellowship. Kathy has been an Operations Manager at Cox Communications for 11 years. She currently leads a department that consists of two supervisors and 30 front line employees that key 7,000 orders a month for Cox Business customers in Arizona. Prior to coming to the telecom industry, she spent 8 years in various leadership positions in Call Center management in banking and customer service. Kathy is known for her competitive style and creative approach for finding operational efficiencies. Kathy lives in Phoenix, enjoys watching NASCAR races and traveling with her 15 year old daughter.
Karen L. Perham-Lippman serves as the Manager of Community Investment for Comcast’s Western New England Region which employs 2,000 individuals and serves more than 800,000 customers in Connecticut, Western Massachusetts, Western New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. In this role she develops and manages Comcast’s regional community investment strategies and activities to enhance the organization's relationships and brand in the community. Ms. Perham-Lippman also serves as a corporate liaison to the community, local government and regulatory authorities, shareholders and employees.
Karen’s passion for community involvement extends beyond the workplace. As Manager of Community Investment, Ms. Perham-Lippman has overseen Comcast’s “Beyond School Walls” collaboration with the Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters’ program since 2012. She then expanded her role; to become a community based “Big Sister” to a “Little” from New Britain, CT. In addition, she is a member of WICT, and the Connecticut Women’s Council; she serves on the Regional Advisory Board for the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut; the Board of Trustees for Easter Seals Capital Region and Eastern Connecticut and is the chairperson of the financial development committee for the YMCA of Greater Hartford’s Indian Valley Branch Board of Managers.
Perham-Lippman was honored in 2013 with the Emerging Leader award in the Management category by the New England chapter of WICT. The award is presented to an outstanding industry and WICT member who showcases leadership potential and exhibits leadership qualities. In 2013 she was also presented with a Parental Involvement Recognition Award by the Connecticut Parent Information and Resource Center and the State Education Resource Center for both her active participation in her children’s education and for her community service.
Ms. Perham-Lippman graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. She also pursued Ph. D. studies in molecular and cellular biology at the University of Connecticut and earned her Software Development Certification from Asnuntuck Community College. She lives in Vernon, Connecticut with her three sons.
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.
Kristi Harper is a User Experience Manager at Scripps Networks Interactive. She has a supporting role utilizing a solution-based mindset for the IT organization while servicing many different areas of the company. She ensures standards between both the enterprise website and employee portal. A major function of her job is to integrate holistic-thinking and research methods into a context for design. She connects usability, aesthetics and functionality into one.
Kristi joined Scripps Networks Interactive in 2003 after her 10-year career in local television and has been a member of WICT since 2011. Over the past 9 years, she has helped lead the creative process for broadcast television. Technology and relationship building has driven the last 2 years of her career. She brings initiatives and communities together through advocacy and training. Her mindset and partnerships allow her big-picture thinking, storytelling, insights and ideas to be communicated and executed.
After 20 years of experience in video production and digital media, the most important part of her job is in making connections. She researches the latest trends and promotes the adoption of technology and dynamic content in order to improve clients’ productivity. As a user advocate, she implements processes and workflows that enable individuals to create and share information.
With a BFA in Digital Design, Kristi is the recipient of several local and national awards, including an Emmy Award and Nomination, three Telly Awards, a Chairman’s Award, and an Addy Award. Her Broadcast Technology contributions include a variety of organizations, such as HGTV, DIY, GAC, FOX, ABC, CBS, and United Way of Knoxville. Kristi’s project portfolio includes advancing corporate initiatives, consulting and developing user engagement with interactive design, product integration, and brand management.