Announcing the 2018 ELP Directors, Trainers and Speakers





Juju Chang is an Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline.” She also reports regularly for “Good Morning America” and “20/20.” Chang covered breaking news, global events and issues like impact of the LA riot to the Korean American community to the earthquake in Haiti and maternal and infant mortality in Mozambique.








Karen Gordon is the founder of Strategic Horizons, Inc., a boutique management consulting firm established in 1991, providing strategic, organizational, and communication guidance, as well as executive coaching, to a wide range of companies. Her nearly thirty years of consulting experience includes six years at McKinsey & Company, where she led teams in strategic planning and organizational development on behalf of multi-national clients. In that role, she managed teams in the analysis of business strategy and organization, and developed enduring solutions.







Mitra Kalita is the vice president for programming for CNN Digital. Kalita leads CNN Digital's efforts to creatively share its journalism and storytelling across an ever-exploding array of platforms. She also oversees the News & Alerting, Special Projects, and Mobile & Off-Platform teams. Kalita is the author of three books related to migration and globalization, including the highly acclaimed "Suburban Sahibs," and speaks seven languages. A former journalism professor at St. John's, UMass-Amherst, and Columbia University, she also previously served as president of the South Asian Journalists Association. She is a graduate of Rutgers College, and received her master's degree from Columbia University's Journalism school.






Michael Luo is the editor of He joined The New Yorkerin November, 2016, as investigations editor for the magazine. Previously, he spent thirteen years as a reporter and editor at the Times. Most recently, he led a team of investigative reporters. Over the course of three years, his reporters were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize four times. In 2002, he was the recipient of a George Polk Award for criminal-justice reporting and a Livingston Award for Young Journalists.








Stephanie Mehta is editor-in-chief of Fast Company, overseeing its print, digital, and live journalism. She previously served as a deputy editor at Vanity Fair, where she edited feature stories and coedited the annual New Establishment ranking. She also curated the invitation-only New Establishment Summit and Founders Fair conference for women entrepreneurs, which she launched in 2017. She has worked as a writer and editor at Bloomberg Media, Fortune, and The Wall Street Journal. Mehta began her career as a business reporter at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia. She received a BA in English and an MS in journalism from Northwestern University. A Chicago-area native, she now lives with her husband and two daughters in Scarsdale, New York.






Raju Narisetti is the CEO of Gizmodo Media Group of Univision Communications Inc, a group sites that includes some of the web's most beloved and authentic brands such as Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, Jalopnik and The Root. A media executive with a track record in creating, rethinking and managing major media organizations on three continents, Raju was most recently Senior Vice-President of Strategy at News Corp. Prior to that, he was Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network.








Caroline Ceniza-Levine is a career and business expert, writer, speaker and co-founder of SixFigureStart®. Prior to launching SixFigureStart® in 2008, Ceniza-Levine spent 15 years in strategy consulting, executive search and HR. She has been a repeat guest on CBS, CNN, CNBC and Fox Business and has been quoted in BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Fortune, Inc, MORE, Newsweek, NPR, Real Simple, and Success Magazine.

Ceniza-Levine is a career columnist for and and formerly wrote for CNBC, and Portfolio. She is the author of 3 books: “Jump Ship: 10 Steps To Starting A New Career” (2015, Forbes); “Six Steps To Job Search Success” (2011, Flat World Knowledge); and “How the Fierce Handle Fear: Secrets to Succeeding in Challenging Times” (2010, Two Harbors Press).

Ceniza-Levine teaches Professional Development and Negotiation courses at Columbia University and received a grant from the Jones New York Empowerment Fund for her work with the mid-career professional. A classically trained pianist at Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music, she stays active in the arts, performing stand-up comedy. Follow her on Twitter at @sixfigurestart.




Dickson Louie is currently principal of Louie & Associates, a boutique San Francisco Bay Area-consultancy that provides strategic planning, competitive analysis, and executive development services to start-ups, non-profits and Fortune 500 companies. Louie has over 25 years of professional management experience within the news media industry, having worked as a planning and business development executive at the Los Angeles Times, the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle. As a research associate at the Harvard Business School, he wrote 20 case studies, including those on, The New York Times on the Web and CBS Marketwatch.

Louie, a certified public accountant, is a graduate of California State University, East Bay, where he received his bachelors, magna cum laude, in business administration, with a minor in journalism. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago, with concentrations in finance, marketing and statistics. Louie has also completed the Advanced Executive Program at Northwestern University’s Media Management Center. He is on the faculty of the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis, where he teaches the popular MBA elective course, “The Business of the Media.” Follow him on Twitter at @dlouie888.




Virgil Smith earned his Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree from the University of San Francisco and has a long career as a media executive. He has spent 20 years with McClatchy Newspapers and the last 24 years with Gannett, where he served numerous roles, including president and publisher and corporate HR executive.

Smith has recruited, mentored and coached hundreds of professionals from entry-level to senior executive roles in broadcast, publishing and other professions. He can be reached at and you can find more information about his firm at Follow him on Twitter at @virgillamar.










Paul Cheung has 20 years of experience at the forefront of digital transformation— pioneering VR360, automation, data journalism and visual strategies and digital training initiatives. Paul is the Director of Visual Journalism at NBC News. He leads cross functional teams of journalists, technologists, data-scientists and designers, working at media outlets including The Associated Press, The Miami Herald, and The Wall Street Journal. He served two terms as national president of the Asian American Journalists Association from 2013 to 2016 and currently serves on the board of the American Society of News Editors. He was a 2016 Punch Sulzberger Executive Leadership graduate at Columbia University.







Caridad Hernandez-Wood is the Executive Producer of Investigations and Special Projects for CBS4Miami. She is responsible for the production of stories generated by the team of investigators and reporters dedicated to bringing awareness to important issues in the South Florida community. Prior to joining CBS4, Hernandez-Wood was an Executive Producer for CNN Newsroom in Atlanta. She gained her experience as a producer by working at various television stations in both Miami and Philadelphia. Follow her on Twitter at @CariCBS4Miami.







Katie Nelson is the Executive Producer for ABC News, where she leads editorial coverage for distribution across ABC’s websites, apps, social media, streaming services and emerging platforms. Katie is an AAJA and ONA member, was a 2016 Punch Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program fellow at Columbia University and a Chips Quinn Scholars alum. Previously, she worked for HuffPost, New York Daily News, The Associated Press, The Cambodia Daily and The Arizona Republic, among others. Follow her on Twitter at @katienelson.