Betsy Magness Graduate Institute

Connect and Reconnect With BMLI Alumnae — A Powerful B2B Network


Created by The WICT Network and developed in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership, the Betsy Magness Graduate Institute (BMGI) is designed anew annually to build upon the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute curriculum providing graduates with the latest tools, techniques and disciplines to hone their business strategies.

As a BMGI participant, you can expect to experience all that you’ve come to appreciate about Betsy Magness programs – learning, inspiration, community and reconnection! You will not only learn about the latest trends in leadership and strategic thinking from innovative subject-matter experts, but there will be ample time for networking with your peers.

2024 Program Information

November 13-15, 2024

Philadelphia, PA

The W Philadelphia.

The program will open with a welcome reception at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 13, and conclude by 12:30 pm on Friday, November 15.

Early bird registration for the 2024 BMGI program is available.

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Early bird registration fee:

Registration fee covers program costs including materials and daytime meals. Travel, hotel and dinners are the responsibility of participants.


Our 2024 agenda will be updated soon. Review our previous agenda below to learn more about what we’ll have in store for you!

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Here are the highlights:

Wednesday, November 15 – Opening Reception (6:00 – 8:00 pm) 

Raise a glass to welcome the current BMLI Classes 48 & 49 and reconnect with Betsy alumnae.


Thursday, November 16 – Day 1 – Designing Your Future (8:30 am – 5:00 pm):   

Accomplished professionals continually cultivate a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them, enabling them to be better decision makers and find the most innovative solutions. Vertical development plays a crucial role in advancing leadership strategies and equipping executives like you with the necessary skills to approach adversity and complex issues with a broader perspective.

FacultyJoanne Dias, Senior Faculty, The Center for Creative Leadership; and Jennifer Habig, Ph.D., Leadership Solutions Facilitator, The Center for Creative Leadership


Friday, November 17 – Day 2 – Legacy & Leadership (9:00 am – 12:30 pm) 

A Seat at the Table: Pathways to Board Leadership (9:00 – 10:15 am): 

Being a member of a board brings with it important responsibilities and challenges. This session showcases what being a member of a board entails and discusses the multiple paths to joining a board. Panel members include current and past board members as well as advisors, with an emphasis on understanding what it takes to secure those elusive board positions. 

Moderator: Fran Helms, Senior Client Partner and Co-Lead, Media and Entertainment, Korn Ferry

PanelistsSandra Dewey, Board Director, former President, Business Operations and Production for HBO Max, TNT, TBS & truTV, and BMLI Alumna; Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO Emeritus of BET Networks, Founder of Leading Women Defined, Co-founder of The Monarchs Collective and Author of I AM DEBRA LEE; and Wei Zhang, Board Director and former President, Alibaba Pictures 


The Optimal Performance Workshop: Intelligent Energy Management 2.0 (10:30 am – 12:30 pm): 

Your well-being is the ultimate high-performance tool. This session will explore evidence-based tools and techniques rooted in decades of peer-reviewed research in the areas of neuroscience, psychology and physiology. Participants will learn how to achieve, and sustain, an optimal operational state (coherence), paving the way for significant improvements in mental clarity, decision-making, communication and overall performance. 

Faculty: Jeff Benton, CEO and Founder, Paragon Performance Evolution 

W Philadelphia

The W Philadelphia is a luxury hotel full of unforgettable amenities and eye-catching designs. Discover everything Center City has to offer, from historic Old City to critically acclaimed restaurants to the world-renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art.


Make your room reservation as soon as possible to ensure availability and no later than Monday, October 22, 2024, to receive the special rate of $289 plus tax per night for single or double room accommodations. To reserve your room, please visit: W Philadelphia.


Enhance Your Leadership Insights and Boost Your Strategic Vision for the Future

Each year, the program delivers fresh content, thoughtfully designed to address key management challenges and opportunities relevant to today’s top media leaders. Scroll down to see what past participants had to say about the experience and take a peek below at the 2023 program’s objectives.


“Being with the Betsy community in general! The connection back to the coaches, classwork / experience that we revisit at BMGI, it’s always a boost and great check-in to all the takeaways from our formal session.”
– SVP, Content Distribution & Strategy, Crown Media
“I really enjoy the content programmed for this event. It’s a great refresher to listen and share experiences with other powerful women in media and great reminder of all the tools available at our disposal to live an intentional and purposeful life.”
– VP, Content Distribution, NBCUniversal
“BMGI is a very carefully thought-out program and well-paced with facilitated discussions and clear ‘assignments’. Overall fantastic!”
– SVP, A+E Networks
“BMLI/BMGI is a well-organized and maintained program. I’m very proud to be a part of it and hope it will continue to train up more talented women leaders in our industry.”
– VP, Outsourcing Strategy and Support & eCare, Comcast

A Glimpse Back at Our 2023 Program

In 2023, the BMGI content was designed to help participants learn to:

  • Gain insights into unlocking boardroom opportunities.
  • Discover how prioritizing well-being boosts your professional performance.
  • Learn to approach adversity and complex issues from a broader perspective to expand your strategic leadership abilities.

If you have any questions regarding this program or would like additional information, please contact Jessa Cooke.