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Dr. Lewis B. O'Donnell Media Summit

Panelists at the Dr. Lewis B O'Donnell Media Summit
SUNY Oswego
Panelists at the Dr. Lewis B O'Donnell Media Summit

This year’s theme is organized around Media Diversity. In particular, issues pertaining to ethnicity, gender, technology, business models, content, global and personal will be discussed.


Nomi Bergman

President of Bright House Networks

Nomi Bergman leads Bright House Networks, the sixth largest owner and operator of cable systems in the U.S., on a variety of levels including strategic planning, creation and deployment of the company's products and services. The company has been named Systems of the Year by both MultiChannel News and CableWorld.

Ric Harris

Sales Leader/Media Strategist

As a Manager and Media Strategist at Accenture, Ric Harris leverages thought leadership, digital sales strategy, and industry connections for companies like Scripps Networks, Comcast, and Dell. Harris has transformed the media sales process, along with running efficient businesses with a bottom-line focus. Throughout his wide-ranged career, Harris has worked with media companies such as BET and NBCU.


Sharon L. Newman

ABC News Radio

Sharon L. Newman '79 has worked as a television executive producer for more than a decade, in local, cable and network television news. In 2008, Newman was named executive producer for the CBS2 Morning News in New York City. During her three years at Channel 2, she supervised an expansion of the early morning newscast and helped to generate significantly higher ratings.


Adriana Waterston

Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Horowitz Associates

In this capacity, she is responsible for client relations, sales, new business development and branding for the renowned research and consulting firm. Beyond her marketing responsibilities, Adriana is also involved in project management for select clients, and is Senior Project Manager on all multicultural and Latino research.


About the program:

The Media Summit was founded in 2005 through the generosity of 1977 Oswego graduate Louis A. Borrelli Jr., former president and CEO of market leader NEP Broadcasting. In 2007, Al Roker (a 1976 Oswego graduate), weathercaster and host of NBC’s “Today” show, provided additional funding to rename the summit in memory of longtime professor Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell, a seminal figure in the college experiences of Borrelli and Roker. The college’s communication studies department coordinates the summit.