Content is everywhere, connectivity is pervasive and expectations are sky-high. Find out how game-changing figures in entertainment, communications, television and education are rising to the top, outthinking the competition and building sustainable connections with their communities by leveraging the new capabilities of a connected world. Featuring a one-on-one conversation with a special guest (to be announced), this closing General Session delivers rich insights about a rapidly changing digital media environment.
Welcome: Pat Esser (Cox Communications)
One-on-One Conversation: Jennifer Lopez (NUVOtv)
Keynote & Segment One Participant: Arne Duncan (U.S. Department of Education)
Segment Host: Gloria Borger (CNN)
Segment One: David Cohen (Comcast Corporation), John Danner (Zeal), Valyncia Hawkins (Anne Beers Elementary School)
Segment Two: Marc Cherry ("Desperate Housewives" and "Devious Maids"), Mark Johnson ("Breaking Bad" and "Rectify"), Joe Weisberg ("The Americans")
Gloria Borger is CNN's chief political analyst appearing regularly on THE SITUATION ROOM WITH WOLF BLITZER, THE LEAD WITH JAKE TAPPER and throughout prime time programming. Borger plays a key role in CNN’s political coverage, as well as the network’s in-depth reporting on a variety of topics including the investigation of the Boston bombings case, AMERICA’S CHOICE 2012 election coverage, the death of Osama bin Laden, the controversies over gun control and same-sex marriage, as well as front-and-center economic issues. In addition, Borger writes a regular political column for CNN.com.
Borger’s distinguished coverage includes her profiles and in-depth interviews, including an exclusive interview with Vice President Joe Biden ahead of his second inauguration and a profile of Rep. Paul Ryan, the former vice-presidential nominee whose budget proposal remains at the center of the GOP policy agenda. In 2012, Borger presented a unique documentary on the biography of the Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. In that piece, Borger traveled to France to explore Romney’s missionary life, and spoke with Romney and his wife, Ann, exclusively about their personal—and political—journey. In 2011, Borger received an Emmy nomination for her 2010 piece “The Odd Couple,” in which she interviewed powerhouse attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson, who teamed up in an unlikely political and legal alliance in support of gay marriage–and against California’s Proposition 8. In 2013, she again interviewed Boies and Olson as the same-sex marriage case went to the Supreme Court.
Borger also played a key role in the network’s political coverage during the 2010 midterm elections, as well as during the AMERICA VOTES 2008 coverage, which earned the network a Peabody Award. Borger joined CNN in September 2007 with a wealth of Washington expertise and contacts that are reflected in her reporting. Borger was formerly CBS News’ national political correspondent and a contributor to CBS’s FACE THE NATION, 60 MINUTES II and the network’s special events coverage. From 2002-2004, she was the co-anchor of CNBC’s CAPITOL REPORT. Borger began her professional career as a reporter at the Washington Star where she covered politics and co-authored a daily serial, eventually published as a book, called “Federal Triangle,” a parody of political life in Washington. Borger was a political columnist for U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT and chief congressional correspondent for NEWSWEEK. Early in her career, Borger was awarded the Watson Traveling Fellowship to study the British press.
Borger graduated from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., where she has served on the board of trustees.
Marc Cherry is creator and executive producer of Lifetime’s highly-anticipated new drama “Devious Maids,” which will premiere on Sunday, June 23, at 10:00pm ET/PT. Featuring an ensemble all-star cast, including Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty), Dania Ramirez (Entourage), Roselyn Sanchez (Without a Trace), Edy Ganem (Livin’ Loud), Judy Reyes (Scrubs) and Susan Lucci (All My Children), the series portrays five maids with ambition and dreams of their own while working for the rich and famous in Beverly Hills.
Marc spent the early years of his childhood in Buena Park, California, a suburb of Orange County. The family moved to Oklahoma and lived on his Grandmother’s farm while his father went to school to earn a Masters Degree, and his mother stayed home and raised three young children. After his father graduated and began a new career as a corporate accountant, the family relocated several times to and from Orange County and exotic countries around the world. From Oklahoma the family moved to Huntington Beach, California, for a couple of years, then to Hong Kong for a brief period, back to Huntington Beach, followed by 9 months in Iran, and then back to Fullerton, California, where they stayed. In high school, Marc excelled in drama and majored in theatre at Cal State Fullerton. In the late 1980s Marc won $15,000 on the Dick Clark game show $100,000 Pyramid, took his winnings and moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in writing.
Marc began as a personal assistant to Dixie Carter on the set of Designing Women, and early success as a writer soon followed. Marc Cherry’s writer/producer credits include the beloved television classic The Golden Girls, and the sequel to the series, The Golden Palace. He also served as writer and executive producer on the television comedies, Some of My Best Friends, The Crew and The Five Mrs. Buchanans. Following a difficult three year hiatus of unemployment, during which Marc’s long-time agent was arrested and charged with embezzlement, Marc got his second big break in 2004 when ABC and Touchstone Television picked up his original Desperate Housewives script for production. In its first year the series proved to be a ground-breaking success, a ratings powerhouse and quickly developed a devoted worldwide fan base.
Marc Cherry was Creator and Executive Producer of ABC’s hit series “Desperate Housewives” for eight successful seasons. In the first season, “Desperate Housewives” won two Golden Globe® Awards for Best Television Series (Musical or Comedy) and Best Performance by an Actress (Musical or Comedy) by Teri Hatcher, and the People’s Choice Awards fans voted the show as Favorite New Television Drama in 2005. The Screen Actors Guild honored the series with an award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress in a Comedy Series to Teri Hatcher in 2005 and to Felicity Huffman in 2006, and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in both 2005 and 2006. In September 2005, the show was nominated for 15 Emmys®, with wins in six categories, including Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Felicity Huffman and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Kathryn Joosten. In January 2006, the show won its second Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series (Musical or Comedy). Kathryn Joosten won her 2nd Emmy as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2008. To date, the show has won 7 Emmys, 3 Golden Globes, approximately 33 numerous other awards and 110 nominations.
Cherry has a development deal with ABC Studios under the banner Cherry/Wind Productions with Executive Producer partner Sabrina Wind.
Inspired by the hit telenovela, Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar, “Devious Maids” is produced by ABC Studios. The series was created by Marc Cherry and is executive produced by Cherry, Sabrina Wind (Desperate Housewives), Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives), Paul McGuigan (Scandal), Larry Shuman (Kissing Miranda), David Lonner, John Mass and Televisa USA’s Paul Presburger and Michael Garcia.
David L. Cohen is Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation, a global media and technology company. David has a broad portfolio of responsibilities, including corporate communications, government and regulatory affairs, public affairs, corporate administration and community investment, and serves as senior counselor to the CEO. He also serves as Chief Diversity Officer for the company. Before assuming his role at Comcast in July of 2002, David served as a partner in and Chairman of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, one of the 100 largest law firms in the country.
A native of New York, David graduated from Swarthmore College in 1977 with a B.A. and with a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (summa cum laude) in 1981. From January 1992 to April 1997, David served as Chief of Staff to the Honorable Edward G. Rendell, the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. As detailed in the book A Prayer for the City, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Buzz Bissinger, David played a critical coordinating role in significant budgetary and financial issues, in economic development activities, in collective bargaining negotiations, and in a wide variety of other policy and operational issues relating to the city.
David serves as Chairman of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and its Executive Committee. David also serves as a member of the Trustee Board and the Executive Committee of Penn Medicine. In addition, David serves on both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the CEO Council for Growth. David serves as a national trustee of City Year and is Chair of its Governance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. He also serves on the national board of the National Urban League and is Chair of its Audit Committee and is a member of the Corporate Advisory Board of the National Council of La Raza.
David has received numerous awards for his civic and charitable activities, including the Americanism Award of the Anti-Defamation League (1993), the American Red Cross Citizen of the Year Award (1999), the National Cable Television Association Vanguard Award for Leadership and Impact in the Cable Industry (2005), the President’s Volunteer Service Award (2007), the MS Society Hope Award (2007), the Drexel University Business Leader of the Year Award (2008), the National Urban League of Philadelphia Business Leader of the Year Award (2008), The William Way Community Center Amicus in Res Award (2009), the William Penn Award from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (2012), the Spirit of Asian American Award (2012) and the Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award (2012). David also was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Drexel University in 1997 and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Rider University in 2010.
David lives in Philadelphia with his wife and their two sons.
John is the co-Founder and CEO of Zeal, a software startup pioneering the next generation of online social learning. Zeal is making it much easier for students and teachers to ensure that every child learns every day at exactly their developmental level. Zeal’s first partner in this venture is Rocketship Education, where John was co-Founder and CEO for the previous eight years. Rocketship is the highest performing school system for low-income students in California and the first blended school system in the country, currently serving 3700 students. John was a fifth and second grade public school teacher before starting Rocketship. John’s first startup was NetGravity, the first Internet adserver company, where he was co-Founder and CEO. John took NetGravity public in 1998 and sold the company in 1999. John has a B.S. and M.S. Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a M.Ed. in Education Policy from Vanderbilt University. He is an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow, Ashoka Fellow, and was the 2010 winner of the McNulty Prize for Social Entrepreneurship from the Aspen Institute.
Arne Duncan is the ninth U.S. secretary of education. He has served in this post since his confirmation by the U.S. Senate on Jan. 20, 2009, following his nomination by President Barack Obama.
Patrick (Pat) Esser is president of Cox Communications, a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company serving more than 6 million residential and commercial customers.
Valyncia O. Hawkins, a former DCPS student, is a fifth grade teacher at Beers Elementary School. She is a member of Beers’ Leadership Team and currently serves as the Washington Teachers Union school representative, and a Teacher Lead. Valyncia has taught first, fourth, fifth and sixth grades; all at Beers. She once served as the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics resource teacher for grades pre-K through fifth, also during her 19 years at Beers. During the past two summers, Valyncia facilitated the DC Area Writing Project Summer Institute for teachers at Howard University. In addition, she spent three years as a facilitator for the NASA Explorer Schools. She received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication and Theater from Chatham College. After graduation, she served four years in the U.S. Army. Following her service, she worked as a graphics specialist for the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federally funded research development center. While working at the Institute for Defense Analyses, she received a Publications Specialist Certificate from George Washington University.
Valyncia entered teaching via Teach for America, and later earned her Master of Education in Communication and Instruction from National-Louis University. In January, Valyncia was recognized as a 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award winner. Valyncia has also been selected as a 2013 Citybridge-NewSchools Innovation Fellow. She is designing and will lead a blended learning pilot program for grades three through five during the summer of 2013. Furthermore, she will implement her program at her school during 2013-2014 school year. Valyncia also regularly volunteers in libraries, schools and recreation centers teaching DC Hand Dancing, to dancers of all ages.
Mark Johnson won the Best Picture Academy® Award for Barry Levinson’s poignant 1988 drama Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman (Best Actor Oscar®) and Tom Cruise.
His recent slate of motion pictures includes The Chronicles of Narnia franchise as well as David Chase’s Not Fade Away. Previously, he produced Nick Cassavetes’ dramas My Sister’s Keeper, starring Cameron Diaz; The Notebook, based on Nicholas Sparks’ best selling novel; Lance Hammer’s Sundance award-winning film Ballast; the Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest directed by Dean Parisot; The Rookie directed by John Lee Hancock; Mike Newell’s gangster drama Donnie Brasco starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino; and Clint Eastwood’s A Perfect World starring Kevin Costner.
Johnson produced all of the writer-director Barry Levinson’s films from 1982-1994. In addition to Rain Man, their diverse slate of acclaimed features includes Good Morning Vietnam, The Natural, Tin Men, Avalon, Diner (their 1982 debut project, for which Levinson earned an Oscar® nomination for his screenplay), and Bugsy, nominated for 10 Academy® Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Bugsy also captured a Best Picture Golden Globe® Award.
In television, he is the executive producer of the Sundance Channel’s first scripted series “Rectify,” created by Ray McKinnon. He has been an executive producer of “Breaking Bad” since the series began.
Actress, entertainer, music artist, film and TV producer, fashion designer, entrepreneur and humanitarian, Lopez was named the #1 Most Powerful Celebrity in the World in 2012 by Forbes Magazine. With an unmatched global appeal, Lopez has racked up more than $1.4 billion in worldwide box office receipts and sold over 70 million records worldwide. Lopez is also an award-winning TV personality through her participation on American Idol, the most-watched TV series of 2011 and 2012.
In 2012, Lopez announced an exclusive creative, production and marketing partnership with NUVOtv to bolster the network’s mission to deliver entertainment for the modern Latino audience. Lopez and her production company, Nuyorican Productions, are collaborating closely with NUVOtv on all creative elements, including programming strategy, production and marketing.
Lynette Rice is the West Coast News Editor for Entertainment Weekly.
Joe Weisberg grew up in Chicago. He worked in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations in the early 1990’s. After leaving the Agency, he wrote the novels 10th Grade and An Ordinary Spy. He was a staff writer on the first two seasons of TNT’s Falling Skies. He currently lives in New York with his wife and daughter.