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After TLC's “DC Cupcake” stars Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis spoke about following their dreams and trying something new (in their case that meant opening a successful bakery in Georgetown that now has expanded to several stores across the country), a panel of seasoned female cable execs discussed leadership at CableFAX's Most Powerful Women and 100 event Wed. Moderator Donna Hanover, an accomplished journalist, producer and actress as well as former First Lady of NYC, led the discussion. Bridget Baker, who is transitioning out of her role at NBCU as pres, TV distribution, told the crowd that we often don't have our “antennae up” when we're happy in a job, but that we should. On leadership, she said, “To be a great leader, you need followers. Direct reports are not followers.” Scripps Nets Interactive svp/gm of digital media Lisa Choi Owens talked up oversharing. In other words, making sure your staff understands the good, bad and ugly of a company. It helps in digesting directives and following through on vision, she explained. Science Channel evp/gm Debbie Adler Myers fessed up about mistakes she's made in her career, saying she once took a job for money where the philosophy was so different than hers that her husband held an intervention. “If Mom's not happy, no one's happy,” she said. The event also marked the unveiling of the CableFAX 100 magazine. Who's in the #1 spot? Comcast/NBCU's Steve Burke and Comcast Cable pres/CEO Neil Smit. For the entire list, visit: accessintelligence.imirus.com/Mpowered/book/vcfax12/i4/p1

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