Viacom hosted an intimate dinner in its Los Angeles office for senior-level professionals in the CUP Community involved in the execution of content deals. In addition to an incredibly special four-course meal, the evening featured a panel discussion with Andrew Gumpert, Chief Operating Officer, Paramount Pictures Corporation, Keyes Hill-Edgar, Executive Vice President, Global Business Affairs and General Counsel, Viacom Media Networks, Nadja Webb Cogsville, Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs, Viacom Media Networks, and Matthew Johnson, Managing Partner, Ziffren Brittenham LLP. The interactive discussion amongst attendees ranged from the recent evolution of the Viacom brand, how leveraging relationships and strategic positioning were key in Viacom landing its new groundbreaking deal with Tyler Perry, and the need for greater inclusion of professionals of color in content deals and beyond.
On Thursday, November 30, 2017, ten classes of CUP Fellows Alumni gathered for an interactive and enriching day of development and networking. The Fifth Annual Fellows Convening hosted by Bank of America included a series of workshops and a dynamic fireside chat featuring Lisa Davis, Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC in conversation with 2015 CUP Fellow Paula Edgar, Principal, PGE LLC.
On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, CUP and Sony Pictures Entertainment hosted a New Creative Class Event - How Female Content Creators and Marketers at Sony Pictures Entertainment Are Changing the Industry. The event's featured speakers included, Spring Aspers, Head of Music, Creative Affairs, Sony Pictures Entertainment; Christine Birch, President of Domestic Marketing, Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment; Kathryn Ann Busby, Senior Vice President, Development, Sony Pictures Television International Networks; and Kasumi Mihori, Vice President, Creative, Sony Pictures Television Digital Networks. The conversation was moderated by Brett King, Vice President, Creative Programming, Diversity & Inclusion of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
On Monday, October 23, 2017, CUP hosted its 10th Annual Wall Street Partners Forum featuring a conversation with Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Goldman Sachs and Dane Holmes, Global Head of Investor Relations and Global Head of Pine Street, Goldman Sachs. In addition, we announced our 6th Annual List of CUP Catalysts in Finance, leaders of color and women who are affecting change in both the business and civic sectors.
On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, CUP convened our 8th Annual Lawyers Forum hosted by American Express, featuring a Keynote Conversation with Tony West, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of PepsiCo., and Laureen Seeger, American Express Company's Executive Vice President & General Counsel. In addition to the conversation, we recognized our 6th Annual List of CUP Catalysts: Change Agents 2017 | Law, leaders across the legal sector who have achieved extraordinary success in business while simultaneously making a significant impact on their community.
On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, CUP and Bloomberg L.P. held a Power Series Event - Entrepreneur or Intrapreneur? A Culture for Innovation with featured speaker Dan Matthies, Global Head of Know Your Client (KYC) Business, Bloomberg LP. Failure rates prove that the 'innovator's dilemma is tough to overcome for companies both big and small. Creating the right culture can increase your probability of success. This session shared real world stories and examples for attendees to apply in their own innovation endeavors.
On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, CUP and Sony Pictures Entertainment hosted a Los Angeles Power Series Event - From The President's Suite at Sony Pictures: An Insiders Look at Innovation. The event's featured speakers included, Keith Le Goy, President, International Distribution at Sony Pictures Television, Man Jit Singh, President, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The conversation was moderated by Edie Givens, Senior Vice President, Human Resources of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
On Wednesday, June 28, 2017, CUP held our 10th Annual Leadership Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street where we honored Luvvie Ajayi, Author. Writer. Speaker. Teacher. Activist.; with the Breakthrough Leadership Award; Oscar Munoz, Chief Executive Officer of United Airlines, with the Lifetime Leadership Award; Steve Pamon, Chief Operating Officer of Parkwood Entertainment, with the Industry Innovator Award; and Tarrus Richardson, Chief Executive Officer of IMB Development Corporation, with the Founders' Inspiration Award.