Sesame Street producer headlines lecture series

Aug 8, 2011

TIFFIN – Heidelberg University will welcome the executive producer of Sesame Street as the fall keynote speakers in the 2011-12 Patricia Adams Lecture Series.

On Friday, Oct. 14, Carol-Lynn Parente will be on campus for the fall event in the speaker series to discuss ways to run a successful non-profit organization. She’ll also present a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street’s operations – with help from one of the show’s lovable characters.

Parente grew up in a generation that watched and learned from Sesame Street. Now its award-winning executive producer, she is responsible for overseeing production for the landmark TV program, serving as a creative guide to keep content fresh, exciting and relevant. In November, Sesame Street is due to open its 41st season.

She has been with Sesame Street for nearly 25 years, starting out as a post-production assistant. During her tenure, she has worked as a production assistant, post-production coordinator and associate producer, commissioning live-action and animation films. For the past eight seasons, she has managed the animation and post-production processes of the popular Elmo’s World segments.

In addition to her work on Sesame Street, Parente oversees development of home video production, and has produced several home video titles, including Kids’ Favorite Songs 2 and Elmo’s World: Happy Holidays, both of which were Telly Award winners.

She also has worked closely with independent filmmakers to develop short films for Sesame Street and played an integral role in the successful re-formatting of the show in 2002. In 2008, Parente won her ninth Emmy for Sesame Street in the Outstanding Pre-School Children’s Series category, helping the program top the Guiness World Record for most Emmys by a TV series with 122.

Parente majored in marketing and economics at Rutgers University, and currently resides in New Jersey.

While she’s on campus, Parente will participate in a conference for educators on the topic of literacy on Saturday, Oct. 15. The conference is co-sponsored by Heidelberg’s School of Education and the Friends of Heidelberg Education alumni network. Also as a part of her visit, ‘Berg education majors will host local children prior to a home football game that day with a variety of activities and a chance to meet the Sesame Street character.

In the spring of 2010, The John and Patricia Adams Foundation created and funded the lecture series at Heidelberg, his alma mater, to bring to campus, twice annually, exceptional female speakers from a broad spectrum of personal and professional backgrounds. The series provides an opportunity to learn from outstanding women who have made significant contributions as executives, leaders and innovators.

Parente’s keynote lecture and dinner is open to the public. The Oct. 14 event begins with a reception at 6:15 p.m., followed by dinner and the lecture at 7 p.m. in Seiberling Gymnasium. Cost is $25 per person. For additional information or to make reservations, contact Karen Pruitt at

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Additional Contact Information: 

Angie Giles
Office of University Relations
310 E. Market St.
Tiffin, OH 44883