Live from CNBC Global Headquarters, Event to Feature Anchors, Executives & Industry Experts, Including: Craig Melvin, Alicia Menendez, Melissa Lee, Suze Orman, Craig Robinson, Rashida Jones, KC Sullivan, Frances Berwick, & More

Free Summit to Focus on ‘Unlocking Your Leadership Potential’ with Panels & Networking Opportunities for Aspiring Media Professionals 

Students and Industry Experts Can Register to Attend Event Here

April 4, 2024 – NBCU Academy, the award-winning education program for developing new skills and advancing careers in journalism, media and tech, has announced the lineup for its fifth “Next Level Summit: Unlocking Your Leadership Potential,” scheduled for Thursday, April 11. The hybrid-event will include a live studio audience from CNBC’sGlobal Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. 

During the all-day training program, offered at no cost, students will have the opportunity to engage with key Comcast NBCUniversal and NBCU News Group leadership and anchors, as well as attend keynote presentations, breakout panels, and career exposition sessions. These forums will cover a wide range of topics, including streaming, social media and diverse representation in news. 

Key program offerings include:

Leading From Where You Are

This panel of dynamic leaders will explore how adopting a leadership mindset can elevate your work. Gain insights on effective leadership strategies, including building relationships, overcoming obstacles, and inspiring those around you – all from your current position.

Moderator: CNBC’s Fast Money Host Melissa Lee 


  1. KC Sullivan, CNBC President
  2. Rashida Jones, MSNBC President
  3. José Cancela, Telemundo Station Group President
  4. Frances Berwick, Chairman, NBCUniversal Entertainment

Developing Your Leadership & Communications Style

Strong leaders possess both effective communication and leadership styles. Join an enlightening discussion aimed at enhancing your ability to convey ideas and inspire others to action. Gain invaluable insights from top-notch communicators, including finance guru Suze Orman, alongside other influential figures from the business and media world.

Moderator: MSNBC’s The Weekend Co-Host Alicia Menendez 


  1. Sohee Jun, Ph. D & Author, “The Inner Game: Secrets of High- Achieving Women for Navigating Work, Life and Mindset
  2. Suze Orman, Best-Selling Author, Financial Icon & SecureSave Co-Founder
  3. Craig Robinson, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for NBCUniversal
  4. Ashaki Rucker, SVP, Human Resources NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises & LATAM

Meet the Leadership Team Behind NBCUniversal’s 2024 Paris Olympics Coverage

With the Paris Olympic Games fast approaching, NBCU Academy takes you behind the scenes with the leadership team that makes NBCU’s massive coverage gold medal worthy. Learn how they’ll combine state-of-the-art technology and creative storytelling across multiple continents to cover the Games and introduce you to the greatest athletes in the world.

Moderator: TODAY News Anchor & 3rd Hour Co-Host Craig Melvin 


  1. Darryl Jefferson, Senior Vice President, NBC Sports Engineering and Technology
  2. Lindsay Schanzer, Senior Producer, NBC Sports
  3. Molly Solomon, Executive Producer and President, NBC Olympics Production

NBCU Academy is a free, award-winning education program for developing new skills and advancing careers in journalism, media and tech, partnering with 45 academic institutions across the US. The event will bring together hundreds of college students and media professionals attending in person, as well as virtual participants from across the country.

NBCU Academy is part of Project UP, Comcast Corporation’s $1 billion initiative to connect people to the Internet and advance digital equity and economic mobility through programs and community partnerships that open doors for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, storytellers, and creators across Comcast, NBCUniversal, and Sky.   

For more information, contact:

Dominique Donahue
NBC News
e: dominique.donahue@nbcuni.com 

Sarah Teicher
NBC News
e: sarah.teicher@nbcuni.com 

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About Comcast Corporation:

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company. From the connectivity and platforms we provide, to the content and experiences we create, our businesses reach hundreds of millions of customers, viewers, and guests worldwide. We deliver world-class broadband, wireless, and video through Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky; produce, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through brands including NBC, Telemundo, Universal, Peacock, and Sky; and bring incredible theme parks and attractions to life through Universal Destinations & Experiences.

About NBCUniversal News Group:

NBCUniversal News Group – comprised of NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, NBC News NOW, Telemundo Enterprises and NBCU Local – is the #1 most-watched news organization in the U.S., reaching more Americans across linear television, streaming and digital than any other news organization in the world. Seven out of 10 U.S. adults access NBCU News Group content each month, averaging over 175 million people per month. Across digital, NBCU News Group is the #1 news organization in the U.S. with over 130 million monthly users. The NBCUniversal News Group, a division of NBCUniversal, is owned by Comcast Corporation. For more information about NBCUniversal, please visit www.NBCUniversal.com.

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