March 30, 2014

Rolling Out Magazine’s ‘Female Success Factor’ Panel Brought Out The Top Female Execs!


On Saturday, March 29, 2014, Rolling Out presented its spring Female Success Factor seminar at the Atlanta History Center. This was a Social and Digital Mastermind Series, so the panelists careers ranged from cable TV sales and PR to journalism and Hollywood. Panelists were Michele Thornton, VP of Ad Sales for Centric TV; Saptosa Foster, managing partner of 135th Street Agency, an experiential marketing and strategic communications with offices in New York and Atlanta; Stacii Jae Johnson, a political and entertainment leader, entrepreneur and the newest recruit to Atlanta’s V-103 FM’s lineup of radio personalities; and Aniesia Williams, brand executive and CEO of GOTO Ladies, a marketing, strategic brand management and event activation agency. The panel was moderated by Christina Steed, SVP at Flowers Communications Groupin Chicago.

As part of National Women’s History Month, this event was designed to connect women of varying backgrounds and provide a platform for women to engage, innovate, be inspired, cultivate ideas, brainstorm and a build a community of influence with other professional women.

Michele Thornton and Kim G

Check out a few reactions from social media:

Great words from Michele Thornton. She’s worked for CNN in sales and is currently the VP of advertising sales for Centric TV:

There’s power in your rolodex!

“Reach out to people BEFORE you need them.” Love when she says, “I don’t know you like that!”

Want to work at BET? Check out @MicheleThornton’s advice. “Anywhere you want to get is not 6 steps away, it’s probably 2.” Who have you genuinely connected with??

Got a ratchet FB/Twitter/IG page? You miiiight want to clean that up…especially if you’re looking for a 6-figure job from her. She’s looking to see who you hanging with!

Staci Jae and Saptosa Foster

Michele Thornton speaking

About the Author

Kim Ford
Kim Ford is the founder & publisher of, author of "The Success Mindset", a God-inspired media mogul, speaker, red carpet correspondent, culture influencer, super mom and your ideal best friend. She's interviewed greats like Tyler Perry, Sony Pictures exec DeVon Franklin, Meagan Good, Mali Music, Kevin Hart, Jada Pinkett Smith, T.D. Jakes and more. You've probably seen her covering the red carpet at the BET Awards, Soul Train Awards and many others. You can always find her bringing faith to mainstream and empowering women! To learn more about Kim, click here. #TeamLove #TeamStrongFamilies #TeamiPhone