AWM Names Kristen Welch National Chair With New Board
January 28, 2015 at 10:48 AM (PT)
The ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA (AWM) has named DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS SVP/Global Content Operations KRISTEN WELCH as the 2015 National Chair, succeeding past National Chair KAY OLIN. AWM also announced its 2015 National Board of Directors, which convened on JANUARY 23rd at the NATIONAL BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION headquarters in WASHINGTON, D.C. for its first board meeting. After the meeting, the board participated in judging the 2015 GRACIES entries on January 24th-25th at the NATIONAL PRESS CLUB in WASHINGTON, D.C.
“The ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA is fortunate to have a Chair like KRISTEN,” AWM Exec. Dir./Pres. DEBRA HURSTON said. “Her vast experience in the media industry, from programming and data to finance and marketing, is invaluable in a leader of an organization like AWM.”
“I am honored to take over the role of AWM National Chair,” WELCH said. “I fully believe in the mission of AWM to empower women in the media industry to go as far as their abilities can take them and I look forward to leading that charge this year.
"Serving with the strong and talented group of volunteers that make up the AWM Board is an honor, ” she continued. "The AWM Board of Directors is united in its mission to empower career development, facilitate conversations about the state of women in the media industry and celebrate the success of like-minded causes. We couldn’t have a better group of women to lead this charge.”
Serving as Chair-Elect of AWM is SARAH FOSS; the Treasurer is KEISHA SUTTON-JAMES; the Treasurer-Elect is CHRISTINE TRAVAGLINI; and Past Chair is KAY OLIN. Serving as Directors at Large are ROBIN ALSTON, KARLA BALLARD, HEATHER COHEN, SANDY GIRARD, SUSIE HEDRICK, ANNIE HOWELL, JILL LUCKETT, KIMBERLY MAKI, LAURA MARTINEZ, CHRISTINE MERRITT, DEBORAH PARENTI and JOSIE THOMAS.
"It is a privilege to work with these women who are so dedicated, personally and professionally, to furthering women in the media industry,” HURSTON said.