Past Women of the Year and Women to Watch

*Titles reflect position at the time of the award.

From 1983-2008 the awards were referred to as “Accolades.”

Past Women of the Year

2021 Noopur Davis (Operator) Executive Vice President, Chief Information Security and Product Privacy Officer, Comcast Corporation and Comcast Cable
2021 Nancy Daniels (Programmer) Chief Brand Officer, Discovery & Factual
2019 Lee Schroeder (Operator) EVP, Government & Community Affairs & Chief Diversity Officer, Altice USA
2019 Jennifer Caserta (Programmer) Chief Transformation and People Officer, AMC Networks
2018 Italia Commisso Weinand (Operator) EVP, Programming & Human Resources, Mediacom Communications Corp
2018 Mary Campbell (Programmer) Chief Merchandising & Interactive Officer, Qurate Retail Group
​2017 ​D’Arcy Rudnay (Operator) ​EVP & Chief Communications Officer, Comcast
​2017 ​​Sarah Barnett (Programmer) President & General Manager, BBC America
​2016 ​Kathleen Finch ​Chief Programming, Content & Brand Officer, Scripps Networks Interactive
​2015 ​Ellen East ​Executive Vice President & Chief Communications Officer, Time Warner Cable
​2014 ​Christine Driessen ​Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, ESPN
2013​ ​Abbe Raven Chairman, A+E Networks
2012 Carol Hevey Executive Vice President – East Region, Time Warner Cable
2011 Nomi Bergman President, Bright House Networks
2010 Brooke Johnson President, Food
2008 Jill Campbell Senior Vice
President, Operations, Cox Communications
2007 Lynn Yaeger Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Time Warner Cable
2006 Cyma Zarghami President, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group
2005 Laureen Ong President, National Geographic Channel
2004 Judy McGrath Chairman & CEO, MTV Networks
2003 Kathleen Dore President, Entertainment Services, Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc.
2002 Kim Kelly President & COO, Insight Communications
2001 Debra Lee President & COO, BET Holdings, Inc
2000 Pat Mitchell President & CEO, Public Broadcasting System
1999 Ann Carlsen Chief Executive Office, Carlsen Resources
1998 Susan Packard COO, HGTV
1997 Anne Sweeney President, The Disney Channel
1996 June Travis Executive Vice President & COO, NCTA
1995 Torie Clark Vice President, Public Affairs/Strategic Counsel, NCTA
1994 Bobbi Kamil Executive Director, Cable in the Classroom
1993 Linda Ellerbee President, Lucky Duck Production
1992 Oprah Winfrey CEO, Harpo Productions
1991 Maragaret Richebourg President, Richebourg Marketing
1990 Geraldine Laybourne President, Nickelodeon
1989 Pat Thompson President, Pat Thompson Co.
1988 Mary Alice Williams Vice President & Principal Anchor, CNN/New York
1987 Ruth Otte President & CEO, The Discovery Channel
1983 Gail Sermersheim Vice President & GM, Southern Region, HBO

Past Women to Watch

2021 Sharon Peters (Operator) SVP, Marketing, Charter Communications
2021 Stephanie Yates (Programmer) SVP, Research and Insights, AMC Networks
2021 Reshma Patil Bijoor (Technology) Managing Director, Communications and Media Strategy, Accenture
2019 Susan Anable (Operator) VP, Public Affairs, Southwest Region, Cox Communications
2019 Meeka Bondy (Programmer) SVP, Legal Affairs, HBO
2019 Zenita Henderson (Technology) VP, Marketing & Business Development, SCTE•ISBE
2018 Kristine Faulkner (Operator) VP, Product Development & Management, Cox Business Services, Cox Communications
2018 Izabella Wiley (Programmer) General Manager, Poland + CEE, A+E Networks
2018 Leslie Miles (Technology) VP, Program Management & Strategy, ARRIS
2017 ​Charlene Keys (Operator) ​AVP, Field Operations, Charter Communications
​2017 ​​Tina Thornton (Programmer) SVP, Production & Multimedia Sponsorship Integration and Management Operations, ESPN
​2017 ​Samira Panah Bakhtiar (Technology) ​Director, Media Operations, Cisco Systems
​2016 ​Mary McLaughlin (Operator) ​Senior Vice President, Beltway Region, Comcast Cable
​2016 ​Laura Gentile (Programmer) ​Senior Vice President, espnW and Women’s Initiatives, ESPN
​2015 ​Rachel Welch (Operator) ​Group Vice President, Government Relations, Time Warner Cable
​2015 ​Bernadette Aulestia (Programmer) ​EVP, Global Distribution Operations, HBO
​2014 ​Jennifer Mirgorod (Programmer) ​EVP, Brand Distribution, Turner Network Sales
​2014 ​Deborah Picciolo (Operator) ​SVP, Residential Technical Operations, Time Warner Cable
​2013 Bernie Han​ (Operator) Vice President, News & Local Programming, Time Warner Cable​​
2013​ Marjorie Kaplan (Programmer) Group President, Animal Planet, Science Channel & Velocity, Discovery Communications
2012 Jennifer Hightower (Operator) Senior Vice President, Law & Policy, Cox Communications
2012 Jennifer Robertson (Programmer) Senior Vice President, Digital Media & Business Development, WE tv
2011 Jennifer Dorian Senior Vice President, Strategy Development, Turner Entertainment Networks
2011 Kathleen Finch Senior Vice President/General Manager, HGTV
2010 Veronica Sheehan Senior Vice President, Network Operations, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
2008 Vicki Lins Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Comcast Spotlight
2008 Eileen O’Neill President and General Manager, TLC , Discovery Communications
2007 Wonya Lucas EVP, General Manager, The Weather Channel Networks
2006 Robin Sangston Vice President, Legal Affairs and Associate General Counsel, Cox Communications
2005 Marlene Dooner Corporate Vice President, Investor Relations, Comcast Corporation
2005 Ellen East Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, Cox Communications
2004 Suzanne Keenan Senior Vice President of Customer Service, Comcast Cable
2003 Janet Barnard Vice President & GM, Middle America System Cox Communications
2002 Mae Douglas Senior Vice President & Chief People Officer, Cox Communications
2001 Leslie Grayson Vice President, Operations, Time Warner Cable
1999 Ann Montgomery Executive
Vice President, Fulfillment Services and Operations, AT&T Broadband and Internet Services
1997 Susan Adams General Manager, Post-Newsweek Cable
1995 Elaine Barden General Manager, TCI Cablevision of Alameda
1994 Kathleen Marron Partner, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi
 1993 Martha Martin Director Affiliate Sales, Central Region, E! Entertainment Television
1992 Tracy Jenkins Director, Programming, Jones Intercable
1992 Patti Rowe Director, Associate Development, Jones Intercable
1991 Kathleen Wagner Area Manager, Chambers Cable