Leadership comes in many forms: corporate and nonprofit leadership, thought leadership, strategic vision, innovative deals, executive roles, mentoring, consulting. Common themes: organizational development; originating and negotiating deals; budget planning and fiscal responsibility; fresh thinking; innovative solutions. Also: collaboration and partnerships with wide range of stakeholders including Board members, partners, advisors, staff, free-lancers, scholars and volunteers. Perhaps most important: nurturing curiosity to grow learning and understanding.
Corporate Leadership: Senior Vice President, Bertelsmann e-commerce group; Senior Vice President, CDNow (NASDAQ); Director of Marketing Warner Audio Publishing; Director, New Media and General Manager, VCA Programs / Video Corp. of America (NASDAQ).
Nonprofit Leadership: CEO, Independence Public Media; Executive Director, New Jersey Network (NJN); President, NJN Foundation; Board Member & Secretary, Independence Public Media Media; Vice Chair and AGC Representation, Beta/IPTSA Public Television Station Group; Board Member and Secretary, TvS.
Startups & Restarts: President & Co-Founder, Glow in the Dark Productions Inc. (television production startup); MiND (nonprofit restart); Ashton-Mist (television production start-up); H&A Software Wonderland (software development startup); Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (joint venture startup); MiNDWORKS (new venture startup); QUBE / MTV / Nickelodeon (in-house corporate startups); VCA Programs (in-house corporate startup); Snapscreen (OTT technology startup); Media for Learning, Inc. (restart).
Thought Leadership (including Guest Appearances & Public Speaking): MiNDWORKS public media workshop (creative + scholarly investigations into global poverty, family heritage, 21st century higher education, Second Amendment, friendship in digital age, race and new Jim Crow, marketing to children, tagging and tracking children and seniors); MIT Media Lab workshop (meta-uses of media for deeper community engagement); 500+ television and radio appearances (technology in daily life; appearances on CNN, WCBS, KCBS, Fresh Air, Good Morning America, etc.). Public speaking, lectures, courses about media, technology and society: The Annenberg School for Communication, and The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania; GPSEG; TEDx; RIAA, Philadelphia Chapter; Serious Play Conference at USC; Philly New Tech Meet-up at Comcast; Community Standards Symposium at Annenberg School; MIT Children’s Culture and New Media (co-lecture with my son Stephen, then 14 years old). Also, The New School for Social Research interview series with top creative people working in television: Glenn Gordon Caron (Moonlighting), Jay Sandrich (The Cosby Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Robert Morton (Late Night with David Letterman); Steve Friedman, The TODAY Show), Bob Giraldi, Director, Michael Jackson’s Beat It), Hugh Downs (20/20, TODAY).
Innovative Deals: Originated, managed, led, closed over $225 million in deals and new revenue related to redeployment of media assets, new ventures and new lines of business.
Consulting & Projects: WGBH, Cartoon Network, HarperCollins, MTV, Hearst, Palm Computing, TCI, WILEY, Toshiba, WPSU / Pennsylvania State University, Westinghouse Television, Design Intelligence, Cobra Electronics, Strategic Interactive Group, Cartoon Network, Ogilvy &, RCA Consumer Electronics, Exhibit Technology, Scholastic, Texas Instruments, Sperry/UNISYS, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, WNET New York, WBZ Boston, Thunderwave, The Learning Company, Bell Atlantic/Verizon, Tradewest Videogames, AOL, Infonautics, FX, Smith-Kline, MECC, Atari, American Express, Allsop, La Salle University, Waldo Productions, Ogilvy & Mather, Polaroid, Adobe, Bay Bank, Kodak, AT&T True Rewards, Sensormatic, Digitas, Parker Brothers, Philips/Magnavox, Eveready/Energizer, General Electric, etc.
Awards: Peabody Award for Children’s Program, 30 Emmy Awards and nominations for Children’s and Documentary (8 Emmy wins); Cable ACE Award for Drama; Ben Franklin Award (book publishing); ViRA Award for Best Sports Program; New York International Film Festivals Gold Medal for Documentary; United Nations Public Service Award; Monitor Awards and nominations, Telly Awards; more.
Over $225 million in deals and new revenues
Leadership and management consulting roles in public companies, start-ups, re-starts, nonprofits, foundations, state government authority, industry associations, Boards.
Thought leadership: Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania; Faculty, The New School for Social Research
Disruptive innovation: from market analysis through implementation in education, learning, print media, internet media, television, organizational development and partnerships.
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