Executive Advocates

LISA KATZCO-PRESIDENT, SCRIPTED PROGRAMMING,
NBC ENTERTAINMENT

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TRACEY PAKOSTA
CO-PRESIDENT, SCRIPTED PROGRAMMING,
NBC ENTERTAINMENT

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Karen Horne
Senior Vice President, Programming
Talent Development and Inclusion,
NBC Entertainment


Our Advisory Council

“I am confident that Female Forward will follow in the tradition of our legacy talent pipeline programs that, over the past two decades, have made a significant impact on diversity in front and behind the camera. Our hope is that the impact of the program is felt past the director’s chair and creates a ripple effect on other behind-the-camera roles where we’re still struggling to see gender parity.”

Karen Horne

SVP, Programming Talent and Development and Inclusion, NBC Entertainment

The long-lasting impact that Female Forward will have on the careers of the program participants rests on building vocal advocates for their work within the industry. To foster that community, we’ve enlisted an advisory council of accomplished television directors – both male and female – who are dedicated to making meaningful change toward gender parity in our industry. Their investment in the Female Forward participants will help the directors cultivate successful careers.

Chaired by Lesli Linka Glatter, who has been a longtime mentor to women in the field, the advisory council will participate in the selection process, provide mentorship during the program and serve as advocates for the directors following the program.

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Lesli Linka Glatter
CHAIR, FEMALE FORWARD ADVISORY COUNCIL,
TV DIRECTOR

“I don’t think directing is an easy road for anyone. It’s not for the faint of heart regardless of gender, but it is still so much harder for women. We do not have an equal playing field, and until we do, we have to keep pushing the door open. The time for talk is over, the time for change is now.”


The Advisors

Norberto Barba

Norberto Barba

Ruben Fleischer

Ruben Fleischer

Liz Friedlander

Liz Friedlander

Pam Fryman

Pamela Fryman

Nisha Ganatra

Nisha Ganatra

Peter Horton

Peter Horton

Gail Mancuso

Gail Mancuso

Ken Olin

Ken Olin

Julie Anne Robinson

Julie Anne Robinson

Millicent Shelton

Millicent Shelton

Michael Spiller

Michael Spiller


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