About Us

Our Network’s Strategy

Provide women at DISH an environment to foster relationships and professional growth through networking, education and career-development.

Empower women at DISH to become leaders.

The DISH Women’s Network is committed to supporting the growth and success of women on a personal and professional level and seeks to sponsor events that enable them to achieve this goal. The DISH Women’s Network will drive career discussions and build networks across the company. Members will have support on a variety of work-related matters including leadership, career planning, education, and industry involvement.

Our Pillars

Career-Development

  • Provide opportunities to learn from internal and external executive leadership
  • Share perspective and information on a variety of career paths
  • Allow women to find answers to their career questions with other women in relevant situations
  • Share success stories and examples of relevant topics that men and women at all levels can relate to and learn from

Networking

  • Provide opportunities for junior and senior women to talk and learn from one another
  • Identify issues that women in the technology industry face and help provide solutions
  • Sponsor programs that create relevant connections with men and women both company and industry wide
  • Create a more connected and rewarding work environment

Some Fun Facts

Members

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Events Held

Meet the Leadership

FUELED BY PASSION AND THE DESIRE TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS. GET TO KNOW US.

Paris Bradley

FOUNDER

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Together we can be the best versions of ourselves and empower one other to become leaders. I hope you get everything you can out of the DISH Women’s Network and find tools, resources and inspiration to further your career.

Samantha Velarde

VICE PRESIDENT

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Sam started her journey at DISH Network in December 2014 in Ad Sales as a Long Form Ad Sales Assistant where she helped manage the multi-million-dollar Paid Programming and Strategic Partnership business. In July 2016, she moved over to Sling TV and is currently a Programming Operations Specialist. Her primary responsibilities include launching International and Latino channels onto the Sling platform, managing channel takedown communications and operations, and integrating Sling onto third-party TV Everywhere sites and applications. As the DISH Women’s Network Events Manager, Sam helps organize and implement various events for the Network at the Meridian campus from Leader Series talks to the annual anniversary party. In addition to her involvement with the Women’s Network, she is also Sling TV’s Culture Club President, is involved in community event planning, and is currently pursuing her MBA at UCCS.

Stephanie Mahalchick

Training Manager

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Having studied Physics and Architecture at Barnard College of Columbia University, I have taken a very circuitous route to my current role as a National Trainer in Sales Training & Support. I absolutely love training, and I’m passionate about helping people learn and grow. In my role as Training Manager for the DISH Women’s Network, I am excited to further the professional development of women at DISH and empower our members through knowledge and education.

Carlene Ann Attick

External Membership Manager

More about Carlene

My desire to advance my career with Dish Network lead my on a life changing cross country journey from a small town in Pennsylvania to Denver. What first drew me to Dish was the story behind how the company started and grew into the superior business it is today. I am currently the National Sales Manager for Dish Business and the External Membership Manager for the Dish Women’s Network. When I joined the DWN it was because I believed in their objective to support the growth and success of women on a personal and professional level. As a driven working mom, fitness instructor, and active member of my community a support group like DWN was what I needed to stay motivated and focused. This is a dynamic group of women and men who are choosing to make a difference in our industry and make our company a place where high quality people decide to make a cross country journey to call Dish home. When I am not on a plane or in my cubical you can find me doing yoga, on my bike or at the American Heart Association as a spokesperson for health and wellness. My motto is “Live an honest life and love every minute of it!”

Melanie Walker

Blog Editor

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Melanie Walker is a Quality Inspector I. She is also involved in the Quality Department newsletter, the Calibration Program, a member of the IDEAs committee, and the Dish Women’s Network Blog Editor. She holds a BA in English from Weber State University.

I joined the DWN because I wanted to support other women in the workplace and to use my skills as a writer to connect ideas and people.

Laura Meister

Lean In Circles Lead

More about Laura

Laura is an Assistant Brand Manager in DISH’s marketing department. Before coming to DISH she worked in consulting and attended business school at the University of Chicago. She wanted to be a part of the DISH Women’s Network to create opportunities for women at all levels at DISH.

Angela Stowell

Newsletter Editor

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Angela works as a project manager with the Big Data and Data Science teams here at DISH and helps to manage vendor relationships around the DISH viewership data.  She is a graduate of Colorado State University—Global Campus, with a degree in Marketing and Project Management. She is a Certified Associate in Project Management and is the Web Content Editor for PMI Mile Hi, an organization that supports local project managers. Angela has held several roles in project management, communications and PR, web development, technical editing and copywriting.

Angela got involved with the DISH Women’s Network to support other women in their career goals and to help advance the positive changes occurring for women in the workforce. Angela successfully transitioned back into the workforce after 11 years of being home with her kids.  She hopes to help other women navigate those transitions and grow their careers through skill building, education and persistence.

Michelle Calkins

PRESIDENT, CO-FOUNDER

More about Michelle

During my second year at DISH I was invited to the initial brainstorming meetings designed to create a women’s network. I quickly realized that this network was crucial for career development for my peers at DISH and became an advocate for the formation of The DISH Women’s Network. After months of continuous hard work, the DISH Women’s Network launched. As a millennial woman in the tech business world, I am extremely passionate about excelling in my career, helping women achieve their goals in their careers, and am fundamentally passionate about making a change. This passion drove the creation of the network, and was happy to leverage my ambition and refusal to take no for an answer to launch this network. I believe women should be unapologetic for their drive and the traits that make them unique as women. I am extremely fortunate to have recently married my husband Aaron who has constantly made my career a priority and allowed me to dedicate as much time and effort as was needed to achieve my dreams. I am an avid pumpkin spice latte drinker and will happily grab coffee if you are interest in learning more!

Fatima Azamtarrahian

Digital Manager

More about Fatima

Fatima is a Web Designer/Front-End Developer at DISH. She wanted to be a part of DISH Women’s Network because of the importance and difference women can make in the work force.

Alison Moy

Internal Membership Manager

More about Alison

Alison is a Partner Manager at Sling TV, acting as the liaison between Sling TV and our device partners, such as Amazon and Apple. After graduating from Wake Forest University, she began her professional career at DISH, and has held a variety of roles including CSC operations manager and executive assistant to our CEO, Charlie Ergen. She joined the Women’s Network to help empower women at DISH and to foster collaboration and support among both men and women.

J. Klamm

Photographer | Digital Media Content Creation

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J. owns and manages several business to business call skills, ensuring the day to day functionality, training, and processes run smoothly. He joined the Dish team as an agent in 2010 after 6 years in the Air Force serving as a TACP and an F-15 Crew Chief (and trainer). His Dish experience includes Agent, Coach, Trainer, Regional Trainer and Operations Analyst. He’s a freelance photographer specializing in Boxing & MMA photography, a Graphic Designer, and enjoys anything and everything outdoors with his pup, Jasper. He spends any remaining spare time scouring Denver for the perfect bowl of Pho.

Megan Donnelly

HR Manager

More about Megan

Megan works on the University Relations team and began her career with DISH in 2014. She has a passion for helping with people and earned her Master of Social Work from Rutgers University prior to moving to Colorado. She became involved with the Women’s Network because she loves connecting with people and wants more women to consider DISH as a place to start and thrive in their careers.

Upasana Ajbani

LeanIn Circle Support

More about Upasana

I work as a Software Test Engineer at Sling TV. Prior to joining Dish, I did my Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Texas. Outside of DWN I also volunteer at SGI-USA where I support Young women to be Successful individuals.  I joined the DWN because I wanted to not only learn but also inspire other women to be front-runners. 

Tawny Rea

Video Production Manager

More about Tawny

I have been at DISH for 4 years producing videos. When I was asked to shoot an event for the Women’s Network, I immediately saw the potential to provide expertise with my background and work on something that I’m passionate about. I’ve always had a passion for personal development, and I love that the network is making valuable information available for everyone in the company. I oversee the video production side of events and anything else that might come up!

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the DISH Women’s Network?

This network is dedicated to providing women at DISH an environment to foster relationships and professional growth through networking, education and career-development. It is a group that is open to men and women who work at DISH. Industry partners are also welcome to select events and can receive newsletters and network information. The DISH Women’s Network provides events such as executive speakers, networking events, industry education talks and more.

Is this group only for women? Are men invited?

Men are welcome and encouraged to get involved! This network is about building relationships, awareness and inclusion. With only 14% of executive positions in Fortune 500 companies held by women*, it will take partnership and passion to help add diversity to leadership. Together, men and women can learn, grow and build strong and powerful networks. Plus… who doesn’t want to hear great speakers, share food and drinks, and learn about this exciting industry?!

Want to learn more? Here’s a great article: http://leanin.org/news-inspiration/getting-to-5050- whats-in-it-for-men/

*http://money.cnn.com/2015/03/24/investing/female-ceo-pipeline-leadership/

How can I get involved?

If you want to volunteer with the network, please drop us a line! Volunteers are needed for a variety of events and your time and talent are appreciated.

How can I get involved if I don’t work at DISH?

There are a few ways you can get involved with the network – guest speaking engagements and sponsorships. If you’d like to be an executive guest speaker, or know someone that you think would be a great fit for the network, please drop us a line! Same goes for sponsorship. We are always looking to partner with great sponsors to host our upcoming events.

Why do we need a women’s network? What about everyone else?

Based on facts, it is clear that there is a gap in the ratio of men and women working in senior positions. We hope to empower women to pursue their passions and careers – and not just women! This network is one piece in a large diversity puzzle. We encourage you to spend some time researching this topic. Ask questions! Join the conversation. And feel free to drop us a line if you want more information!