Honorary degree recipient at the 2015 University of New Haven Commencement Ceremony
Doctor of Humane Letters
Cara Stein is chief talent officer and senior vice president for NBCUniversal, a newly created position to which she was appointed in June 2011. She is responsible for talent management, including hiring staff and executive development. Since joining the company, she has been a trailblazer in how the company hires, trains and retains talent throughout NBCUniversal.
Stein and her team have developed a series of unique leadership experiences for executives at all levels of the company. Under Stein’s leadership, the NBCUniversal Talent Lab was created for the purpose of creating a more strategic, well-informed and engaged workforce. She has also modernized the traditional employee survey and performance feedback process at the company. Stein is currently re-imagining the early career development programs, including the premier Page Program, NBCUniversal’s longest running franchise.
She was instrumental in the launch last year of NBCUniversal’s new career site, which experienced a dramatic increase in traffic and is credited with improving the candidate experience.
Prior to her work at NBCUniversal, Stein served as partner and television packaging agent at William Morris Endeavor, a worldwide leader in the talent representation industry. Stein represented numerous well-known writers and producers for both late-night and prime-time television series. She also represented actors who built their own production companies, most notably Whoopi Goldberg. Stein also oversaw operations and human resources for the WME New York office during her 25 years at WME and its predecessor, the William Morris Agency, which represented some of the most well-known entertainers of the 20th century. Stein served on the Board of Directors at WMA and, subsequently, served as a senior partner at WME.
She was a charter member of the Board of Directors for Women at NBCUniversal, which includes senior-level professional women across numerous industries and serves as a think tank on female marketplace issues and trends. She also is a member of the executive board of the New York Television Festival, the premier showcase for independent television.
Widely known and highly regarded for identifying talent and developing careers, Stein has been named by The Hollywood Reporter in its Women in Entertainment Power 100.
Born and raised in Huntington, N.Y., Stein is a graduate of Grinnell College, and she is married to Barry Rosenfeld, a forensic psychologist and professor at Fordham University. They reside in Manhattan with their three daughters.