Smith College Executive Education and Univision Team-Up To Prepare Next Generation of Media Women Leaders

NORTHAMPTON, Massachusetts and MIAMI, Florida – AUGUST 21, 2013 – Smith College Executive Education for Women and Univision Communications Inc.’s Women’s Leadership Council are partnering to deliver a multi-module leadership development program starting this week for talented women at the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The program, titled Leverage. Influence. Lead., is being sponsored by the Univision Academy as part of the Miami Chapter of Univision’s Women’s Leadership Council, a company-wide employee resource group that was launched in March 2013 to help advance women at Univision.

Univision’s Women’s Leadership Council is committed to actively contributing to the professional growth and development of women at Univision with a particular focus on Development, Advancement, Recruitment and Community Service. “At Univision we are firmly focused on enhancing the performance and development of our people and in this case, harnessing the talent of Univision women,” said Tonia O’Connor, president of Content Distribution and Corporate Business Development, and co-head of the Steering Committee for Univision’s Women’s Leadership Council. “We look forward to working with Smith College Executive Education to help prepare the next generation of women leaders.”

“I am proud of the work Univision’s Women’s Leadership Council is doing to create development opportunities, and in particular the innovative approach the Miami Chapter of the Council is taking with the creation of the Univision Academy,” said Cesar Conde, president of Univision Networks. “The performance of our networks is tied to the inclusion and development of our leaders. I applaud the work of our leaders in Miami who worked closely with Smith College to develop this program.”

A highly selective leadership program, the Univision Academy will gather some of Univision’s top, Miami-based female talent, including programming managers, producers, news anchors and correspondents. Taught by business-school faculty and leadership experts, the curriculum, designed collaboratively by Smith and the Academy, will focus on the development of leadership skills, including in areas that might be uniquely challenging to female leaders. Women participating in the program will also learn from Univision executives about the Company’s strategies and goals.

“We are delighted to collaborate with leaders at Univision who have a solid vision for gender balance in leadership. We believe that having both female and male champions at the top is key to driving sustainable change and we have seen that level of commitment and interest at Univision,” says Iris Newalu, executive director of Smith Executive Education.
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About Smith College

Smith College is a distinguished liberal arts college committed to providing the highest quality undergraduate education for women to enable them to develop their intellects and talents and to participate effectively and fully in society. In 2011, Smith joined the State Department and four women’s colleges to launch the Women in Public Service Project, a partnership to increase the participation of women in public service and political leadership throughout the world. Smith is a national leader among private colleges in graduating Hispanic students at the same rate as white students, according to the advocacy group Education Trust.

About Smith College Executive Education for Women

Smith College Executive Education for Women is a women’s leadership center with more than 35 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies to develop and advance high potential women at all levels of their organizations. Smith Executive Education programs are designed to accelerate leadership development for women executives. Program content includes topics in corporate strategy, finance, negotiation and multicultural team development and a strategic blend of current issues facing women in business including self-reflection, wellness, and work-life integration. For more information please visit

About Univision Communications Inc.

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. Its assets include Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching 96% of U.S. Hispanic households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching 89% of U.S. Hispanic households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network, as well as Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to novelas, Univision Deportes Network, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to sports, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to news, and an additional suite of six cable offerings – De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit and Distrito Comedia; UVideos, the first bilingual digital network serving Hispanic America; Univision Studios, which produces and co-produces reality shows, dramatic series and other programming formats for the Company’s platforms; Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates 62 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Hispanic radio group which owns and/or operates 69 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Interactive, a network of products and offerings including, which continues to be the No. 1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, Univision Móvil, a longstanding industry-leader with unique, relevant mobile products and services, and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit
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