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Ascend SoCal LEAD Series: Fundamentals of Successful Mentoring
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When: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Hilton Universal City, Ballroom B
555 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, California  91608
United States

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Comcast NBCUniversal & Ascend present:

Fundamentals of Successful Mentoring

Come and learn tried and tested tips and advice from experienced leaders on how to form meaningful mentor/mentee relationships!

When: November 5, 2014
Time: 6 – 9 pm
Where: Hilton Universal City, Ballroom B
              555 Universal Hollywood Drive
              Universal City, CA 91608


- Members - Free
- Non-members - $15
- Students - $15

Raffle prizes to be awarded!

$11 - Parking Fee with Our Validation



6:00 - 6:30 pm - Registration and Networking
6:30 - 6:40 pm - Welcoming Remarks & Introductions
6:40 - 8:20 pm - Fundamentals of Successful Mentoring
8:20 - 8:30 pm - Wrap-Up and Networking 


Guest Panelists:

Eric Gray
Chief Financial Officer
NBCU Cable Entertainment Studios & Content

Eric Gray is responsible for overseeing financial performance, strategy, planning and operations for Universal Cable Productions (UCP) and Wilshire Studios and supports Chief Content Officer Jeff Wachtel. Prior to this appointment, Eric was Chief Financial Officer, E! Entertainment and Esquire Network. He joined the Company in 2002 as VP, Controller for E! Entertainment and has played key roles in supporting the growth and expansion of west coast cable, including the international launch of E!, the merger into NBCU and the formation of Wilshire Studios.

Pintoo Shah
Chief Financial Officer
NBCU Studio Operations, O&TS

Pintoo is a highly experienced executive who possesses strong skills in operational and financial management. His skills have been honed by his broad-based experiences in operations management, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and early stage private equity ventures. Pintoo’s varied industry experiences include media and entertainment, advertising, technology, manufacturing, and consumer products. He has over 15 years of experience having held several positions of leadership in companies such as Paramount Pictures, Technicolor, and Johnson & Johnson.

Priya Swamy
Vice President
West Coast Television

Priya has 14 years of experience with NBCUniversal, most recently as Vice-President of Technology & Operations. Prior to this appointment, Priya held leadership positions, including Director of TV Scheduling Systems, and Director of Quality Operations. She is actively involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and she is fundraising for abused and underprivileged women in India.

Sharon Cheung
Senior Vice President & Controller
East West Bank

Sharon has served as the Senior Vice President and Controller for East West Bank since March 2010. Prior to joining EWB, Sharon was the Director of Financial Reporting for AEG, responsible for the quarterly consolidation and reporting process for over 200 entities in the US, UK, Germany and China. AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment companies in the world. A Certified Public Accountant, Sharon began her financial career in 1997 with KPMG LLP in Los Angeles. Prior to joining AEG in 2008, she held financial management positions with IndyMac Bank and East West Bank. Sharon is currently a Board Member of the Ascend Los Angeles Metro Chapter.



Thomas Phelps IV
CIO and Chief Corporate Strategist

Thomas Phelps IV joined Laserfiche in May 2014 as CIO and Chief Corporate Strategist. Laserfiche is the world’s largest privately held enterprise management content software company with offices in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, China and the U.K. As a senior executive and corporate officer, Thomas leads the marketing and IT organizations, corporate strategy, strategic sales and professional services organizations. Previously, Thomas was in PwC’s Security, Privacy & Risk national practice focusing on Entertainment, Media and Communications clients. He led multi-million dollar projects for C-level executives at Fortune 500 companies.

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