DISH Women’s Network Year in Review

Network Launch: Summer 2015

Founder’s Note:

As we reflect on the past year we are filled with gratitude and admiration for the support the Network has received. What started as a focus group of women talking about their careers is now a flourishing network of women building each other up. We never dreamed that within one year of launch we would have 605 members while expanding beyond Meridian to our other locations across the country. This network is a testament to the power women have when they work together. We would like to take this time to thank the many people who have helped us get here today – from executive support to countless volunteer hours executing events, we are indebted to the people who joined this movement with us. We have been honored to have such fantastic women speak in our Leader Series, to see the community impact that is possible through volunteering, and the networks that can form through our events. We are also reminded that there is so much more to be done within DISH and the industry as a whole. While we have achieved so much this year, we look to the future as an opportunity to continue bringing opportunities for networking, education and career-development to the women at DISH. We are encouraged by the spirit of empowerment we see in each event and are hopeful for continued growth in the future. Please join us in celebrating this first year and we encourage you to get involved with the Network in the coming months. Together we can achieve amazing things.

– Paris and Michelle


Network Statistics:

1. Members to date: 605

2. 60% of members have had a more positive DISH experience because of the Network


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

GOAL: Empower women at DISH to become leaders.

OBJECTIVES: The DISH Women’s Network is committed to supporting the learning, growth, and success of women on a personal and professional level and will seek to sponsor events that enable them to achieve this goal. The DISH Women’s Network will continue to 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.


The DISH Women’s Network have made substantial progress in executing a variety of initiates that support our vision, goals and objectives:

1. Leader Series, Panels, and Roundtables: This series hosts executive women from the technology industry to speak about their careers in business.

   a. Leader Series

i. Thea Ellis, General Manager of Programming at DISH

ii. Patti Fries, General Manager of Consumer Insights at DISH

iii. Sruta Vootukuru, Vice President of Business Development and Operations at Sling TV

iv. Alden Budill, Vice President of Distribution at Discovery Communications

v. Lisa Scalpone, Vice President of Broadband at ViaSat.

vi. Jessy Hanley, Vice President, Marketing and Customer Experience at Game Show Network

vii. Tosha Zeitlin, Director of IT Service Management at DISH

    b. Leader Roundtable

            i. Dana Platin, Deputy Regional Director at AmeriCorps

    c. Leadership Panel

      i. Tosha Zeitlin, Director of IT Service Management at DISH

      ii. Rachelle Carpenter, Director of CSC HR at DISH

iii. Kara Stegman, Director of Existing Customer Communications at DISH

iv. Val Rector, Corporate Talent Acquisition Director at DISH

2. Networking: Events designed to allow women and men at DISH to network with one another and form professional relationships.

             a. Network Launch Party

             b. La Sandia Happy Hour

             c. Holiday Mixer

3. Career-Development: Programs designed to help women navigate their careers.

              a.  State of Colorado CIO, Debbi Blyth’s Cyber Security Talk

              b.      Monthly Newsletter:

                      i. Volume 1

                      ii. Volume 2

                      iii. Volume 3

                      iv. Volume 4

                      v. Volume 5

                      vi. Volume 6

                      vii. Volume 7

                      viii. Volume 8

                      ix. Volume 9

        c.       Quarterly Book Club:

                  i. Lean In

                  ii. Knowing Your Value

4. Community Involvement: Outreach events and programs to engage local charities that are career focused.

a. Professional Clothes Christmas Drive for Dress for Success Denver

                i. Donated 80 clothing items

b. Paint and Sip: Networking Event for SafeHouse Denver

                i.  Raised $800 for the charity

5.  Industry Functions: Events outside of DISH that the DWN team attends to bring further knowledge into their network.

     a. Women in Technology Conference – Table Sponsor

     b. Hilary Clinton speaking engagement

     c. Denver Millennial Week


Executive Team Expansion:

1.       President: Paris Bradley

2.       Vice President: Michelle Calkins

3.       Events Manager: Samantha Velarde

4.       Digital Manager: Fatima Azamtarrahian

5.       Membership Management Team

          a. Internal Membership Manager: Rachel Weinstein

          b. External Membership Manager: Tina Wisler

         c. Community Outreach Manager: Harsimrat (Sim) Kandhari

6.       Media Manager: Kyler Turnbull

7.       Book Club Manager: Karen Modlin

8.       HR Manager: Megan Donnelly

9.       Newsletter Editor – Nicole Vigil


 A special thanks to:

Vivek Khemka, Executive Sponsor of the DISH Women’s Network

All the speakers and executives who have shared their time and wisdom with the Network.