Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - Subject-focused Panel Format
This year we decided to deviate from our usual format once per quarter (in the third month of the quarter) in order to explore topics of special interest to business women more in depth.
We are very excited to host our second panel with a very distinguished group of women in media discussing their industry and how they cope with balancing their careers and personal lives. The panelists include:
Angie Goff - Journalist WUSA-TV9
Amy Bobchek – Director of Local Sales, Comcast Spotlight
Melissa Harris – Founder & Publisher, Flavor Magazine
Miriam Nasuti – Founder, Talk Loudoun and Farm-to-Fork Loudoun
Angie Goff, Journalist WUSA-TV9
Angie Goff is an Emmy Award winning journalist on the WUSA-TV9 Morning Show. She covers news, traffic and entertainment for Channel 9 and on radio station 105.9 The Edge, for The Kirk and Mike Show and loves sharing our community’s good news via use of social media on her daily segment ‘Oh My Goff’! Prior to returning home to work at WUSA, Angie had stints in LA at Entertainment Tonight and news stations in Iowa and South Carolina. When the new mother is not on the clock, you'll likely catch her with baby in hand at local events and community service projects. Angie resides in Reston with her new baby girl, 6 month old Adora. Currently her husband resides in South Carolina.
Amy Bobchek, Director of Local Sales, Comcast Spotlight
Amy Bobchek is Comcast Spotlight’s Director of Local Sales for the Washington DMA. In her position, Amy oversees nine local advertising sales teams covering territory in three states and the District of Columbia. Comcast Spotlight is a division of Comcast/NBC Universal, the largest cable entertainment company in the country.
Amy is a champion of women in the workplace. She was a member of Comcast Spotlight’s inaugural Women in Leadership program in 2007 and is invited back each year as a favorite speaker. She also formally mentors women looking to grow their careers, both inside and outside her company. Amy is an active member of her industry’s association, Women in Cable and Telecommunications.
Amy finds volunteer work in her community to be of vital importance to her personal sense of balance. Over the past 15 years, she has served on many non-profit boards including Leadership Loudoun where she served two terms as president, Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers, and currently the United Way of Loudoun County. Amy also serves on the board of directors of the United Way National Capital Area in Washington, DC.
Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia. She loves to cook, entertain and play golf, and most of all spend time with her husband Steve and daughters Julia and Josephine.
Melissa J. Harris, Founder and Publisher, Flavor Magazine
Melissa has been in the publishing industry for almost two decades, working for publications such as Hamptons Magazine, Museums Magazines, The Southampton Press, Dan’s Papers, and the C-Ville Weekly (Charlottesville, VA). But it wasn’t until she observed her community’s passionate commitment to local food and agriculture that she was inspired to start her own magazine. Flavor, which Melissa launched in 2008, is a bi-monthly magazine that beautifully and intelligently covers local food, sustainable agriculture, and regional wine, and it promotes participation in the local economy and awareness of the local environment. It also functions as an economic development engine for the Capital Foodshed — which includes Washington, D.C., Virginia and parts of Maryland — a region uniquely positioned to influence local food movements across the nation. Just over three years old, Flavor already reaches more than 1,000,000 readers annually. Melissa lives in Rappahannock County with her husband Paul and their six children, ranges 5 to 22, where they raise some livestock of their own!
Miriam Nasuti, Founder & Senior Marketing Executive, Farm-to-Fork Loudoun and Talk Loudoun
Miriam Nasuti’s career started nearly 25 years ago at the CBS-TV affiliate station in Philadelphia, KYW-TV 3, where she served as the station’s public affairs and community relations manager. From there it evolved to community and public relations, advertising, charity work, special event planning from concept through management, and fundraising at a variety of large companies.
Nineteen years ago, Nasuti married and relocated to Northern Virginia, first in Fairfax, then Loudoun County. After the birth of her first son, she started Domenicon Marketing to assist clients such as the Lansdowne on the Potomac golf resort community, Morven Park and its annual Steeplechase, the Town of Leesburg's annual Flower & Garden Festival and 4th of July Celebration, the Loudoun Summer Music Fest, and Project Virginia Cares (which aided those affected by Hurricane Katrina), among others.
In June 2007, when Nasuti lost her closest friend, Roxann, after a 10-year battle with breast cancer, things came to a halt. Following a period of serious reflection, she decided to stop her work with clients. She felt a calling to harken back to her days in Philadelphia television when often the top story of the night was a “good news” story. Nasuti’s idea – which soon became a burning passion – was to launch an attractive, weekly e-mail newsletter (an “e-zine”), which would highlight “only good news” through in-depth, moving stories written by professional journalists.
Talk Loudoun – Start Spreadin’ Good News came to our county almost two years ago, winning awards after only 10 months. Since its inception, some of Talk’s most compelling stories have focused on our county’s agricultural bounty. That fact, combined with the impact the powerful movie Food, Inc. had on Nasuti, led her to undertake another “do good” project. Farm-to-Fork Loudoun, an 11-day culinary celebration to be held July 21-31, 2011, has already enjoyed a phenomenal response from the community.
Nasuti resides in downtown Leesburg with her husband, Jim, and their two sons, Dominic, 16, and Connor, 14.
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