Time Warner Women Leaders Reframe the Opportunity

24 Nov 2015 - Elise DeVoe is a Corporate Communications Associate at Time Warner Inc.

By Elise DeVoe

At an internal Women's Leadership event last week, executives from around Time Warner  gathered to discuss the state of roles for women in positions of authority, and how to "Reframe the Opportunity," as the program title suggested.

Karen Magee, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Time Warner, welcomed guests and noted that women make up 46% of Time Warner's total employee population, with a significant number in senior management roles. "It is more important than ever before that [women in leadership positions] take our roles as role models, mentors and sponsors very seriously," said Magee. She encouraged the room to invest in themselves, each other, and colleagues at all levels.  

Next to the stage was Dee Dee Myers, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at Warner Bros. Myers spoke authoritatively in a session entitled “Why Women Should Rule the World,” which is also the title of her New York Times-bestselling book. Myers spoke briefly about her path to Warner Bros. and Time Warner (from the first female White House press secretary to Vanity Fair and CNBC, just to name a few stops along her journey).

Michelle Blieberg, Senior Vice President of Talent Management and Corporate HR at Time Warner, moderated a conversation titled "Reframing the Opportunity" with three female leaders: Pam Levine, HBO's Chief Marketing Officer; Christina Miller, President and General Manager, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang, at Turner; and Lisa Garcia Quiroz, Time Warner's Senior Vice President of Cultural Investments and Chief Diversity Officer. The candid conversation highlighted the topic of “opportunity” and those pivotal career decisions, which we are all faced with.  How does one know when to lean in and when to step back? Panelists shared their own learnings and challenged women to seek opportunities in unexpected places.

Also at the event, Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg, Partner at The Innovation Architects and author of Innovation as Usual: How to Help Your People Bring Great Ideas to Life, shared some powerful new approaches to innovation and problem solving. Pamela Carlton, President and Founder of Springboard – Partnership in Cross Cultural Leadership, previewed her work on how women in positions of power and influence are changing businesses. Closing the program was CEO of Joyus, Sukhinder Singh Cassidy,  interviewed by Time Warner Investment's Rachel Lam, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, about her experiences as a female CEO and founder.