Who Inspire Us
Ph.D., is president and CEO of Fathom,
the first interactive knowledge network associated with leading
educational and cultural institutions.
has been a pioneer in both media and marketing. In broadcast television,
cable and interactive media, she has created innovative and unique
products ranging from the first full-channel cable teletext service
to the first home satellite broadcast networks, the first sports
league on the Internet, and now Fathom.
co-founding Fathom, Dr. Kirschner headed up new media for the National
Football League (NFL), overseeing the introduction of new programming
ventures in emerging technologies such as interactive television
and the Internet. She is the founder of NFL.COM, superbowl.com and
Team NFL on America Online.
served as president of Comma Communications, a telecommunications
and interactive consulting firm. She also co-founded Satellite Broadcast
Networks and PrimeTime 24, where she became the first executive
vice president of sales and marketing of both companies. Earlier,
she was the director of new business development for Westinghouse/Group
W Cable, where she won an ACE award in marketing.
began her career as a lecturer in Victorian literature at Princeton
University and has also been a freelance writer and editor at CBS,
the New York Times, and several publishing companies. She
was the assistant director for English programs at the Modern Language
Association, and worked as an assistant to the director of the Berg
Collection of the New York Public Library. She has received grants
from the Texas Committee for the Humanities for a study on Ph.D.s
in business and from the Littauer Foundation for a book on the Holocaust.
serves on the board of directors of Theatreworks USA, the Topps
Company, onhealth.com and the Princeton University English Department
Advisory Council. She is a member of the National Cable Television
Association and the New York New Media Association. She was the
founder and first chair of the Satellite Marketing Council.
Fellow in the Humanities, she received her Ph.D. in English literature
from Princeton University, an M.A. from the University of Virginia
and a B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.