Joint Statement from NAMIC, The WICT Network & Kaitz Foundation on Workforce Diversity Survey

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) and The WICT Network today announced the timeline for launching the 2024 joint AIM/PAR Workforce Diversity Survey, underwritten by the Walter Kaitz Foundation. The survey will open for responses in early January 2024, and key findings will be released next fall during Diversity Week 2024 in New York City.

NAMIC and The WICT Network enlisted PwC, global professional services leader, to conduct the joint survey. The survey will focus on the current state of ethnic and gender diversity within the media and entertainment industry, benchmarking data vital to the advancement of people of color and women. This original research allows companies to set goals and policies to improve their diversity, equity and inclusion practices. The industry has been voluntarily tracking this data for two decades providing a level of transparency few other industries can tout. 

Company representatives may click here to register their interest in completing the upcoming survey. For more information, please contact NAMIC or The WICT Network

ABOUT NAMIC AIM: Launched in 1999, the NAMIC employment survey, formerly titled “A Look Toward Advancement: Multi-ethnic Employment in the Communications Industry,” provided a baseline of statistics and perceptions about the state of multi-ethnic diversity in the cable and communications industry. Today, the employment survey — now titled “NAMIC AIM” (Advancement Investment Measurement) — provides data that is used by companies to support goals for sustaining a robust pipeline of diverse talent.

ABOUT THE WICT NETWORK PAR: The data is clear, companies with strong gender diversity are stronger companies. The PAR Initiative has measured gender diversity based on company policies surrounding Pay Equity, Advancement Opportunities, and Resources for Work/Life Integration (PAR) for over 20 years. Combined with a comprehensive advocacy program, the PAR Initiative helps companies set goals, institutionalize best practices, measure progress and achieve results to ensure they are creating organizations where all individuals can reach their full potential. 

The two surveys have been jointly administered since 2011.

ABOUT

NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) is the premier organization focusing on cultural diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in the media, entertainment and technology industry. More than 4,000 professionals belong to a network of 18 chapters nationwide. Through initiatives that support leadership development, advocacy and empowerment, NAMIC collaborates with industry partners to expand and nurture a workforce that reflects the cultural richness of the populations served. Please visit www.namic.com or follow @NAMICNational on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter for more information about NAMIC and its many opportunities.

The WICT Network is a global organization whose mission is to create women leaders that transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B network that helps advance women. For more than 40 years, The WICT Network has partnered with media, entertainment and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,000 members and 24 chapters strong, The WICT Network is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in media. Charter Communications, Comcast NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company are The WICT Network’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICTHQ on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for more information.

The Walter Kaitz Foundation advances diversity, equity and inclusion in media and entertainment. Through targeted grants, The Foundation funds vital industry research that inform workplace practices and advocates for improving diversity, equity & inclusion in every aspect of the industry from hiring, supplier diversity, and career advancement through development and distribution of diverse creative content. The Foundation produces unique programs and initiatives designed to educate and facilitate collaboration between partners and benefactors that align with its mission. Since 2002, the Foundation has distributed over $23M in grants. Visit walterkaitz.org to learn more.

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For immediate release
September 5, 2023

Contact: Greg Hickman

Maria Taylor, Host of Football Night in America, to Open the 2023 Leadership Conference in a Keynote Conversation with Val Boreland, EVP, Content Acquisitions, NBCUniversal Entertainmentwith Special Introduction by Dalila Wilson-Scott, The WICT Network’s Woman of the Year – Operator, and EVP & Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast Corporation, and President of the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation

Washington, DC – The WICT Network today announced that Maria Taylor, host of Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports, will participate in a keynote conversation to open the 2023 Leadership ConferenceMaria will be joined on stage by Val Boreland, EVP, Content Acquisitions, NBCUniversal Entertainment and member of The WICT Network Global Board of Directors, with a special introduction by Dalila Wilson-Scott, The WICT Network’s Woman of the Year – Operator, and EVP & Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast Corporation, and President of the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation.

The conference takes place Monday, September 18 and Tuesday, September 19 at the New York Marriott Marquis, and serves as the kick off to Diversity Week 2023. This conversation will open the conference on Monday from 9:00 to 10:00 am. The opening session sets the tone for what’s to come and speaks volumes about the strong reputation of our Leadership Conference. 

The WICT Network’s highly-anticipated 2023 Leadership Conference, aptly themed “Co-Create the Future,” will take a deep dive into cutting-edge business innovations and workplace solutions to address business strategy, human capital, productivity, psychological safety, DEIB and what it means to be a great leader today.

“We are thrilled to welcome Maria Taylor, Dalila Wilson Scott and board member, Val Boreland, to our esteemed group of speakers at The WICT Network 2023 Leadership Conference. Each is an exceptionally talented and inspiring role model for our industry,” said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO of The WICT Network. “We look forward to Val facilitating a keynote conversation with Maria as she shares highlights from her remarkable career. We also look forward to special remarks from Dalila, our 2023 Woman of the Year – Operator. What an opening!”

Over an unprecedented 10-month period, Taylor hosted the NBC primetime broadcast of the NFL Draft, the NBA Finals, the Tokyo Olympic Games, the Super Bowl, and the Winter Olympics in Beijing. Taylor is executive producing an eight-part television documentary series on the history of the Black quarterback in the NFL. In 2021, Adweek named her one of the “Most Powerful Women in Sports.” In 2022, TIME Magazine included Taylor in their TIME100 Next list, which identifies the “emerging leaders who are shaping the future.” 

The WICT Network gratefully acknowledges the top sponsors of the 2023 Leadership Conference, including Platinum Sponsor, Comcast NBCUniversal; Gold Sponsor, Charter Communications; Silver Sponsor, Cisco; and Champion Sponsors TV One and The Walt Disney Company.

More information about the conference, including the complete agenda and registration details, may be found online at lc2023.thewictnetwork.org.

About Maria Taylor

Maria Taylor is a television host and producer. She is the host of Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports, and several other prestigious NBC Sports properties. She is the first female full-time host of Football Night. Over an unprecedented 10-month period, Taylor hosted the primetime network broadcast of the NFL Draft, the NBA Finals, the Tokyo Olympic Games, the Super Bowl, and the Winter Olympics in Beijing. Taylor is executive producing and currently in production on an eight-part television documentary series on the history of the Black quarterback in the NFL. In 2021, Adweek named her one of the “Most Powerful Women in Sports.” In 2022, TIME Magazine included Taylor in their TIME100 Next list, which identifies the “emerging leaders who are shaping the future.” Taylor was also featured in the 2022 Giorgio Armani “Crossroads” campaign, celebrating the global stories of 12 women, exploring the determination it takes to push past social conventions and limitations to achieve one’s dreams.

About Val Boreland

As Executive Vice President, Content Acquisitions for NBCUniversal Entertainment, Val Boreland oversees the buying and curating of content across NBCU’s broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. Boreland’s team is responsible for high-profile deals across the entertainment portfolio, including Peacock’s agreement to bring Universal Filmed Entertainment Group releases to the platform following the theatrical release window and a multi-year movie output deal with Lionsgate. She also works with third-party studios domestically and internationally to acquire content for all of NBCU’s linear platforms and Peacock, including original films “Meet Cute” and “They/Them” and international series “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” and “Vigil.” Boreland is also responsible for bringing the enormously popular “John Wick” franchise to Peacock and the highly anticipated prequel series “The Continental: From the World of John Wick.”

About Dalila Wilson-Scott

Dalila Wilson-Scott serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast Corporation and President of the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation. In this role, Dalila oversees all Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion initiatives and philanthropic strategy for the corporation with a focus on advancing digital equity and economic mobility through Project UP, and the company’s fully-allocated $100 million pledge to advance social justice and equality. Dalila also leads Comcast’s community impact initiatives, working across the organization to provide strategic leadership throughout all aspects of its corporate social responsibility programs, including employee engagement and volunteerism. In addition, Dalila oversees efforts to utilize Comcast’s world-class media platforms to bring greater attention to the work of our philanthropic partners. In 2020, Comcast provided nearly $500 million in total support to 4,500 nonprofit partners sharing Comcast’s commitment to creating a more connected and equitable world. 

About The WICT Network

The WICT Network is a global organization whose mission is to create women leaders that transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B network that helps advance women. For more than 40 years, The WICT Network has partnered with media, entertainment and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,000 members and 24 chapters strong, The WICT Network is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in media. Charter Communications, Comcast NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company are The WICT Network’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICTHQ on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for more information.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2023

CONTACT: Greg Hickman

Washington, DC – The WICT Network is pleased to announce the members of Classes 48 and 49 of the 2023-2024 Betsy Magness Leadership Institute (BMLI). BMLI is recognized by the industry as the premier leadership development program for women holding senior leadership positions in media, entertainment and technology. Since its launch in 1994, more than 1,200 top-ranking industry executives have graduated from the program.  

The 2023-2024 program has two cohorts, both of which will start their year with a week of training at The Center for Creative Leadership’s global headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, and will conclude their year in May 2024.  

The WICT Network gratefully acknowledges Charter Communications as the premier sponsor and Comcast NBCUniversal as the supporting sponsor of the upcoming classes. 

“We are proud to welcome the outstanding executives selected for the next iteration of BMLI,” announced Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO of The WICT Network. “These distinguished women exemplify the very best in leadership and strategic thinking – essential qualities for top executives. Upon completing their transformative journey, they will join an esteemed cohort of more than 1,200 graduates who are working to transform our industry.”

Members of Class 48 of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute are:  

  • Tammy Adrian, VP, HR Strategy & Enablement, Cox Communications
  • Tiesha Ali, Executive Director, Solutions Management, Comcast Business
  • Sabrina Alimi, Executive Director, Product Management, FreeWheel
  • Jessica Allsopp, VP, Marketing & Sales Operations, Comcast
  • Michelle Aragon, VP, Brand Marketing & Strategy, Spectrum Reach
  • Meg Aronowitz, VP, Production, ESPN
  • Stephanie Babin, SVP, Billing Strategy & Design, Charter Communications
  • Christina Barlowe-Villano, GVP, Business Integration, Charter Communications
  • Susan Bennett, VP, Financial Analytics, Comcast
  • Glenda Blough, Executive Director, Engineering Ops, Comcast
  • Stephanie Brawley, Sr. Director, Video Operations, Charter Communications
  • Christine Calandros, VP, Recruiting Sales & Marketing, Charter Communications
  • Colleen Cone, VP, Human Resources, Comcast
  • LaKendra Davis, VP, Fulfillment Operations, Cox Communications
  • Sarah Flood, Senior Director, Platform Distribution Sales, Disney & ESPN Media Networks
  • Sheetal Gattani, VP, eProcurement Solutions & Analytics, Charter Communications
  • Christine Hodges, VP, Business Analytics, Comcast Cable
  • Sally Huriaux, VP, Network Evolution Strategy, Data & Delivery, Comcast
  • Jennifer Kilgo, Assistant VP, Sales Enablement, Cox Communications
  • Marissa Lambrinos, VP, Diversity & Inclusion, Charter Communications
  • Amber Landry, VP, Performance Marketing Ad Sales, Hallmark Media
  • Alicia Matthews, VP, GA & Strategic Initiatives, Comcast
  • Sumedha Mungale, Sr. Director, BI, Charter Communications
  • Sarah Nix, Sr. Director Archives & Data Governance, Viacom Media Networks
  • Meagan Roberts, VP, Sales, Paramount Pictures
  • Jamie Roff, VP, Business Process Effectiveness, Comcast
  • Laurie Seidman, SVP, Current Programs, CBS Entertainment
  • Anne Tran, VP, Financial Reporting & Treasurer, Cable One, Inc.
  • Amrei Wolfschuetz, VP, Content Distribution, NBC Universal Television Network Distribution
  • Regan Yeldell, Executive Director, Program Management, Comcast Business

Members of Class 49 of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute are:  

  • Melissa Bahoora, VP, Sales, Heartland Region, Comcast
  • Laura Baker, VP, Digital Excellence & Optimization, Comcast
  • Megan Barbe, VP, Consumer Insights, Hallmark Media
  • Valerie Barreiro, VP, Business Affairs, Paramount Global
  • Renita Butts, Executive Director, Universal Repair Performance & Operations, Comcast – CXSO 
  • Jacquelyn Caridad, VP, Senior Deputy General Counsel, Privacy & Legal Information Security, Comcast
  • Angela Churchill, Senior Director of Marketing, Operations and Analytics, Comcast Business
  • Kaitee Daley, VP, Social Media, Next, & Content Optimization, ESPN
  • Sara Dollar, VP, Production, WE tv/ALLBLK
  • Amber Hall, VP, Chief Compliance & Privacy Officer, Cox Communications
  • Emily Horowitz, VP, Digital Media Programming, ESPN
  • Betsy Kippenhan, VP, Talent Attraction & Acquisition, Comcast
  • Tara Lantieri, VP, Primary Research, Ad Sales Strategic Insights, A+E Networks
  • Jackie MayBeck, RVP, Sales & Marketing, Comcast
  • Colleen McKelvey, Sr. Director, Mobile Product, Comcast
  • Diana Monk, VP, Learning Solutions, Charter Communications
  • Jodi Muller-Stotser, Executive Director, Retention Marketing, Cox Communications
  • Moya Neville, SVP, Sales, Cox Business, Cox Communications
  • Amy Nisenson, Regional VP, Sales, Effectv
  • Abbie O’Dell, Sr. Director, Learning Services: Field Operations, Charter Communications
  • Jennifer Pirozzi, VP & Senior Counsel, Employment Law, Charter Communications
  • Gwen Purtell, Executive Director, Hospitality, Comcast Business
  • Stephanie Rideau, Division VP, Comcast Business Operations, Comcast
  • Lauren Rodgers, Sr. Director, Sales Operations, HQ, Comcast
  • Maria Sanchez, SVP, Television Licensing, Paramount Global
  • Jessica Sant, VP, Entertainment Experiences, Comcast
  • Anju Shunglu, GVP, Business Planning (Customer Operations), Charter Communications
  • Lisa Stelling, VP, Content Acquisition, Comcast 
  • Julia Vantuyl, SVP, Ad Sales and Marketing, TV One Urban One
  • Elena Voonasis, Sr. Director, Pricing & Strategy, NBCUniversal

Bios and photos for each participant may be found here: Class 48 and Class 49.  

The Institute’s Founding  

Established by The WICT Network in 1994 with a generous grant from TCI’s Bob Magness and J.C. Sparkman, the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute is named in honor of one of the industry’s most charismatic leaders, a cable pioneer who combined business acumen with compassion. Betsy Magness was instrumental in transforming TCI, later AT&T Broadband and Internet Services, and now Comcast, into one of the nation’s most prominent and influential cable and telecommunication companies. Through The WICT Network’s access to the nation’s top ranking learning institutes, BMLI provides a powerful, year-long program consisting of five tailored sessions focusing on distinct leadership competencies.

About The WICT Network

The WICT Network is a global organization whose mission is to create women leaders that transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B network that helps advance women. For more than 40 years, The WICT Network has partnered with media, entertainment and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,000 members and 24 chapters strong, The WICT Network is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in media. Charter Communications, Comcast NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company are The WICT Network’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICTHQ on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for more information.

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Luncheon to take place Monday, September 18, at the New York Marriott Marquis during The WICT Network Leadership Conference and Diversity Week 2023

Register for the conference now!

Washington, DC – The WICT Network is delighted to announce that acclaimed author and historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin, will address The WICT Network’s Touchstones Luncheon crowd at the New York Marriott Marquis, on Monday, September 18.

Goodwin, an eminent authority on the history of U.S. presidents, is the accomplished author of an impressive collection of prize-winning and best-selling books, several of which have been adapted for movies and television. Thanks to her profound expertise and intellect, she is a regular guest on both news and entertainment media.

“We look forward to welcoming Doris Kearns Goodwin to the Touchstones Luncheon. It’s quite fitting to showcase a woman of such stature during the presentation of The WICT Network’s highest individual accolades to trailblazing women in our industry,” said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO of The WICT Network. “As we gather to celebrate The WICT Network’s Women of the Year and Women to Watch, we can reflect on the advancements women have made — and will make — throughout history.”

The Touchstones Luncheon takes place in conjunction with the 2023 Leadership Conference. The awards presentation at the Luncheon recognizes the outstanding achievements of top women leaders across media, entertainment and technology.

The WICT Network gratefully acknowledges A+E Networks as the Premier Sponsor, and AMC Networks and Warner Bros. Discovery as the Champion Sponsors, of the Touchstones Luncheon.

More information about the conference may be found at lc2023.thewictnetwork.org. All conference registrants receive admission to the luncheon.

Click here to join the growing list of luncheon supporters or contact Cindy Key for more information.

About Doris Kearns Goodwin

A celebrated author and historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin is often called upon by the news media and late night TV hosts as well as companies, educational institutions and nonprofits to discuss leadership and provide historical context for current events. Her career as a presidential historian and author was inspired when as a 24-year-old graduate student at Harvard she was selected to join the White House Fellows, one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. Ms. Goodwin has served as a consultant and has been interviewed extensively for PBS and HISTORY’s documentaries on Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, the Kennedy family, and on Ken Burns’ The History of Baseball and The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. Ms. Goodwin has also executive produced four miniseries for The History Channel, and served as a consultant on HBO Films’ All the Way starring Bryan Cranston as President Johnson. She played herself as a teacher to Lisa Simpson on The Simpsons and a historian on American Horror Story.

About The WICT Network

The WICT Network is a global organization whose mission is to create women leaders that transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B network that helps advance women. For more than 40 years, The WICT Network has partnered with media, entertainment and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,000 members and 24 chapters strong, The WICT Network is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in media. Charter Communications, Comcast NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company are The WICT Network’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICTHQ on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for more information.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2023


CONTACT:
Greg Hickman
ghickman@wict.org
202-827-4774

Comcast NBCUniversal, Charter Communications and The Walt Disney Company Serve as Strategic Touchstone Partners 

Washington, DC – The WICT Network today proudly announced its 2023 Touchstone Partners.

The WICT Network’s Strategic Touchstone Partners, a select group of leading organizations, show their year-round commitment to equity and inclusion by supporting our diversity-based professional development programs, original research and advocacy initiatives. This year’s partners include Charter Communications, Comcast NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company.

The WICT Network’s Catalyst Touchstone Partners serve as key champions of the organization and help us deliver on our mission to help create women leaders who transform the industry. These distinguished companies include Accenture, Altice USA, Cisco, CommScope, Cox Communications and Warner Bros. Discovery. 

The WICT Network’s activities are also made possible through the support of this year’s Inspire Touchstone Partners, including A+E Networks, AMC Networks, Astound Broadband, AWS, Paramount and TV One. 

As the organization continues to expand internationally, several global companies, including Liberty Global, offer their resources to support The WICT Network’s international chapter endeavors. In addition, The WICT Network is grateful to our Industry Partner, the Walter Kaitz Foundation, for its steadfast support of our initiatives.

“The WICT Network’s corporate partners continue to demonstrate their commitment to gender diversity and equity, and the ensuing positive impact these efforts have on the bottom line,” said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO. “We are proud to work hand in hand with them to develop resources and programs that lead to successful, more inclusive workplaces.” 

Cindy Key, The WICT Network’s VP, Business Development & Operations, added, “We value the support and engagement we receive from our Touchstone Partners in our shared efforts to build a strong pipeline of women leaders. In return, our partners receive maximum exposure among The WICT Network’s 10,000 global members and 24 domestic and international chapters.”

About The WICT Network

The WICT Network is a global organization whose mission is to create women leaders that transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B network that helps advance women. For more than 40 years, The WICT Network has partnered with media, entertainment and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,000 members and 24 chapters strong, The WICT Network is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in media. Charter Communications, Comcast NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company are The WICT Network’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICTHQ on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for more information.



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The WICT Network thanks our Touchstone Partners.

Their ongoing investment in our programs, initiatives and mission makes a critical difference to women in media, entertainment and technology.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2023


CONTACT:
Greg Hickman
ghickman@wict.org
202-827-4774

Awards to be presented in New York at The WICT Network Touchstones Luncheon, Monday, September 18, during the 2023 Leadership Conference, in conjunction with Diversity Week

Washington, DC – The WICT Network issued the Call for Nominations today for the 2023 Women of the Year and Women to Watch. The esteemed awards will be presented at the Touchstones Luncheon on Monday, September 18, at the New York Marriott Marquis during The WICT Network’s Leadership Conference, held in conjunction with the industry’s Diversity Week.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, June 16, 2023, at 5:00 pm (Eastern).

The Woman of the Year Award is bestowed on a woman who has made significant contributions throughout her career to her company and the overall industry. She is a proven leader and asset who shows great resolve to help others along their path. The WICT Network will select one honoree from a programmer and an operator.

The Woman to Watch Award honors a woman who shows tremendous success and promise through her professional accomplishments. She demonstrates exemplary leadership skills in her company and a strong dedication to the industry. The WICT Network will select one honoree from a programmer, an operator and a technology company.

“We are proud to honor the superlative achievements of our industry’s leaders through The WICT Network’s Women of the Year and Women to Watch awards, our highest individual honors,” said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO. “As the industry continues to evolve, we are pleased to shine a spotlight on the women leading the charge to ensure the success of their organizations and those around them.”

A list of past honorees is available on The WICT Network website. For more information on the Woman of the Year and Woman to Watch criteria, or to submit nominations, visit The WICT Network website.

About The WICT Network

The WICT Network is a global organization whose mission is to create women leaders that transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B network that helps advance women. For more than 40 years, The WICT Network has partnered with media, entertainment and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,000 members and 24 chapters strong, The WICT Network is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in media. Charter Communications, Comcast NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company are The WICT Network’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICTHQ on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for more information.

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Luncheon Will Take Place at Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Tuesday May 2; Event Honors PAR Top Companies for Women to Work

Washington, DC (April 26, 2023) – The WICT Network announced today that NBCUniversal’s Alejandra Ortiz (pictured above), News Anchor, Telemundo 52 Los Angeleswill host the 2023 Signature Awards Luncheon in Los Angeles. The luncheon will take place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Tuesday, May 2, marking the first time the event will be held on the West Coast in more than a decade.

A native of Colombia, Alejandra Ortiz is a talented and award-winning news anchor with an educational background in human rights, international humanitarian law and politics. Currently, Alejandra serves as the weekday news anchor for Telemundo’s West Coast Flagship television station, Telemundo 52 Los Angeles.

“We are delighted to welcome Alejandra Ortiz to our event, as we convene in L.A. to honor the PAR Top Companies for Women to Work,” said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO of The WICT Network. “Recognized internationally for her many talents, Alejandra boasts a stellar career as a journalist and producer, and she represents the best and brightest our industry has to offer.”

The WICT Network Signature Awards Luncheon will recognize the following companies leading the way in fostering inclusive workplace cultures, based on the 2022 PAR Workplace Diversity survey. 

**IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER**

The 2022 PAR Top Operators for Women to Work: 

  • Cable One
  • Charter Communications
  • Comcast Corporation
  • Cox Communications
  • Midco

The 2022 PAR Top Programmers for Women to Work:

  • A+E Networks® Group
  • AMC Networks
  • NBCUniversal
  • REVOLT
  • Warner Bros. Discovery

The WICT Network gratefully acknowledges the top sponsors of the 2023 Signature Awards Luncheon, including Premier Sponsor, Comcast NBCUniversal; Ruby Sponsor, Charter Communications; Emerald Sponsor, Paramount; and Champion Sponsor, Accenture.

For more information about the event, or to purchase tickets or tables, please go to www.wict.org

About Alejandra Ortiz

Alejandra Ortiz is the News Anchor for Telemundo 52’s weekday mid-day Noticiero Telemundo 52 Al Mediodía and Co-Anchor for the early evening newscasts Noticiero Telemundo 52 a las 5 PM y 5:30 PM.  Telemundo 52 is Telemundo’s West Coast Flagship television station, delivering nearly 30 hours of local news and programming each week including breaking news coverage, up-to-the-minute weather forecasts, and entertainment.

Ortiz joined Telemundo 52 in 2017 from sister-station Telemundo Las Vegas / KBLR, where she worked as the weekday News Anchor for Noticiero Telemundo Las Vegas. Ortiz is a 6x Emmy Award winner including three Emmy’s during her tenure at Telemundo Las Vegas for Best On-Air Talent Anchor in the Southwest Pacific Region, Best Evening Newscast, and Best Short Format Program and Best Morning Newscast in Los Angeles and Best News Series for Telemundo 52’s educational segment “Pizzarón 52.” For Ortiz’s full bio, click here.

About The WICT Network

The WICT Network is a global organization whose mission is to create women leaders that transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B network that helps advance women. For more than 40 years, The WICT Network has partnered with media, entertainment and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,000 members and 24 chapters strong, The WICT Network is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in media. Charter Communications, Comcast NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company are The WICT Network’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICTHQ on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for more information.

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180 of the Industry’s Top Emerging Talent Chosen to Participate in Immersive Leadership Development Program 

Washington, DC (April 21, 2023) – The WICT Network announced the 180 designees of its 2023 Rising Leaders Program (RLP). RLP is comprised primarily of industry professionals at the manager and director level who have demonstrated strong leadership potential within their companies.

The top candidates were chosen based on a highly competitive application process and reviewed by more than 100 media professionals, themselves alumnae of the program.

The WICT Network’s Rising Leaders Program (RLP) is a premier professional development program for emerging women leaders in media, entertainment and technology. Participants learn how to build and develop high-performing teams; expand their organizational impact; build alliances; assess diverse leadership styles, and more. During the intensive immersion program, each rising leader will take part in leadership analysis and case study work while expanding their professional networks.

The WICT Network gratefully acknowledges Comcast NBCUniversal as the Silver Sponsor of the 2023 Rising Leaders Program.

“The WICT Network’s Rising Leaders Program provides tomorrow’s leaders with essential tools to enhance their skills and strengthen their companies, especially in the context of rapid change,” said Jessa Cooke, Vice President, Educational Programs. “The program continues to reach maximum capacity each year, demonstrating the value it brings to participants and the organizations that support The WICT Network.”  

The following companies will each be represented in the 2023 Rising Leaders Program:

  • A+E Networks
  • AWS
  • Cable One (including Sparklight)
  • Charter Communications (including Spectrum Reach)
  • Comcast (including AudienceXpress, Comcast NBCUniversal, Effectv & FreeWheel)
  • CommScope
  • Cox Communications (including Cox Media & Cox Business)
  • CSG
  • ESPN
  • GCI
  • Hallmark Media
  • iconectiv
  • INSP
  • Liberty Global
  • Midco
  • NBCUniversal (including Peacock TV)
  • Paramount (including CBS Studios)
  • STARZ Entertainment
  • TV One
  • Warner Bros. Discovery

Visit The WICT Network website for a complete list of participants, their biographies, and more information about the Rising Leaders Program.

About The WICT Network

The WICT Network is a global organization whose mission is to create women leaders that transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B network that helps advance women. For more than 40 years, The WICT Network has partnered with media, entertainment and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,000 members and 24 chapters strong, The WICT Network is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in media. Charter Communications, Comcast NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company are The WICT Network’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICTHQ on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for more information.

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 Partner Programs Unified Under Common Theme, “We All Belong”

 The WICT Network, NAMIC, and the Walter Kaitz Foundation
Announce Official Opening of Registration, Ticket & Table Sales, and
Housing for Conferences and Special Events

WASHINGTON, DC, March 28, 2023 – After last year’s return to The Big Apple, industry diversity groups The WICT Network, NAMIC, and the Walter Kaitz Foundation are joining forces once again to host Diversity Week 2023. This year’s programs will amplify and celebrate industry achievements in workplace diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging – all under this year’s umbrella theme, “We All Belong,” underscoring the importance of normalizing inclusiveness in our workforce culture.

Building on the success of last year’s long-awaited return to New York City, partners will host a series of in-person conferences and events aimed at strengthening efforts to recruit and retain diverse professionals across the cable, media and entertainment industry while better serving an increasingly diverse group of consumers. And this year, the Kaitz Foundation will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of its annual fundraising dinner.  Here is the preliminary 2023 schedule:

  • September 18 – 19: The WICT Network will kick off Diversity Week with its annual Leadership Conference under the theme, “Co-Create the Future”
  • September 19 – 20: NAMIC will host its Annual National Conference themed, “Our Legacy, A Mosaic of Possibilities
  • September 20: The Kaitz Foundation Annual Fundraising Dinner takes place under the theme, “Staying Focused”

All conferences and events take place September 18-20, 2023, at the New York Marriott Marquis in mid-town Manhattan, with some partners offering select virtual components. 

“The WICT Network is thrilled once again to open Diversity Week 2023 with our annual Leadership Conference. This year’s theme, Co-Create the Future, will build on previous years’ outcomes as we move into a new era of leadership governed by hybrid work, artificial intelligence and a heightened focus on belonging,” said The WICT Network President & CEO, Maria E. Brennan, CAE. “As always, we look forward to collaborating with our diversity partners at NAMIC and the Walter Kaitz Foundation to provide the industry with a first-rate educational experience centered on shared goals regarding diversity, equity and inclusion.”

“At NAMIC, we believe diversity, equity and inclusion are the cornerstones of creating better workplaces and designing innovative solutions to drive our industry forward,” said A. Shuanise Washington, president and CEO of NAMIC, Inc. “This year’s annual conference theme, “Our Legacy, A Mosaic of Possibilities,” promotes a shared industry responsibility and legacy for DEAI—one that brings a mosaic of possibilities. The conference will explore some of those possibilities, enabling attendees to learn best practices, build valuable networks and gain actionable solutions to advance DEAI in their companies.”

“The Walter Kaitz Foundation is excited to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Kaitz Dinner, acknowledging the progress that has been made by the industry, the generosity and determination of our partners and supporters, and the shared vision for the future,” said Jackie Szmaja of the Walter Kaitz Foundation. “With the DEIB landscape shifting at record pace, it’s critical for the industry to stay focused and move the needle through decisive action.  The Foundation is thrilled to announce that Dalila Wilson-Scott, EVP and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast Corporation and President of the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation, and Detavio Samuels, CEO of Revolt will co-chair the 2023 dinner. With their leadership, preparations for the 40th Anniversary event are well underway.”

Conference and event registration, housing, ticket, and sponsorship sales are now open through individual partner websites along with a preliminary schedule of events.  More information on agenda and programs will be announced as they come together over the coming months. For Diversity Week information and links to partner sites, visit www.diversityweek.com.

ABOUT

The WICT Network is a global organization whose mission is to create women leaders that transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B network that helps advance women. For more than 40 years, The WICT Network has partnered with media, entertainment and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,000 members and 24 chapters strong, The WICT Network is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in media. Charter Communications, Comcast NBCUniversal and Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution are The WICT Network’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICTHQ on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter for more information.

NAMIC is the premier organization focusing on cultural diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in the cable and communications industry. More than 4,000 professionals belong to a network of 18 chapters nationwide. Through initiatives that support leadership development, advocacy and empowerment, NAMIC collaborates with industry partners to expand and nurture a workforce that reflects the cultural richness of the American population. For more information, please visit www.namic.com or follow @NAMICNational on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
 
The Walter Kaitz Foundation advances diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in media and entertainment. The Foundation provides targeted grants, funds vital industry research that informs workplace practices, and advocates for improving DEI&B in every aspect of the industry from hiring, supplier diversity, and career advancement, through development and distribution of diverse creative content. The Foundation produces unique programs and initiatives designed to educate and facilitate collaboration between partners and benefactors that align with its mission. Since 2002, the Foundation has distributed over $23 Million in grants. Visit walterkaitz.org to learn more.

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