Toner, Gemma

Gemma Toner

Founder and CEO at TONE NETWORKS

Gemma Toner is a media and telecommunications leader who drives innovation at the intersection of big data, technology and digital media. She is currently the Founder and CEO of ChartOne Media, a SaaS platform, and content company that is the parent company of TONE Networks. TONE Networks is a scalable video-based learning and development platform that empowers female employees through expert content, live coaching and a vibrant online community. As a senior executive in the cable industry for more than 20 years, Toner witnessed firsthand the powerful role that executive coaching and mentoring had in her career. As a result, she founded the subscription-based, short-form video and social network so that women at all stages of their careers could have access to learning and development tools. TONE serves as a valuable resource that provides busy women with honest, practical information from highly sought-after, credentialed experts to help them grow personally and professionally, and help each other along the way. Prior to founding TONE Networks, Toner was SVP, Business Insights and Strategy at Cablevision Systems Corporation, leading enterprise-wide big data initiatives. During her tenure, she held roles in marketing, business development, and product management, and worked closely with the executive team to push technology to consumer and business segments. Her innovative mindset also led her to create an award-winning suite of products and first-to-market industry initiatives, including Optimum Online (fastest growing ISP in the U.S. at the time), Optimum Wi-Fi (largest Wi-Fi network in the New York metro area), Optimum Rewards, Optimum Voice, and Optimum Select (interactive advertising). Before Cablevision, Toner rose through the ranks at AMC Networks to become SVP, New Media Development. There, she led the development of new media and interactive opportunities, positioning the company to capitalize on emerging entertainment platforms. Toner began her career as an Auditor at Ernst and Whinney before moving to Rainbow Advertising Sales Company as an Account Executive. A testament to her dedication to creating opportunities for others and advocating for women in the workplace, Toner has been an active participant in various professional organizations and associations throughout her career. She was a past Chairperson for the Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing and a past board member at Women in Cable Television, as well as a Wonder Woman and Tami recipient. Toner served on the Board of Directors for Sandvine (TSX:SVC), a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators, which was acquired by Francisco Partners. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of Engagement Labs Inc. (TSXV: EL), which provides full-service next-generation social technology solutions for marketers. Toner is a Member of the Board of Concern Worldwide, an international humanitarian organization partnering with local communities to transform the lives of the world's most vulnerable populations. Toner’s entrepreneurial nature combined with business acumen led to her being awarded two patents for set top box data products.

Financing New Entertainment Ventures
Wednesday, October 16 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM