Martha Soehren Women Veterans Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The Martha Soehren Women Veterans Fellowship is an annual fellowship that enables a high potential woman veteran employed at a programmer, operator or by a technology company to experience the strength of The WICT Network’s educational programs and robust professional network. The fellowship recipient embarks on a one-year journey designed to build crucial leadership development skills through The WICT Network’s resources and programs.

The WICT Network provides the recipient with a one-year membership and will underwrite registration costs and travel stipends for the following programs:

The recipient of the fellowship is selected based in part on her ability to describe how receiving the fellowship will positively impact her leadership skills to the benefit of her organization and the industry as a whole.


2022 Fellow

Heidi Flores
Director of Learning Solutions
Comcast

Heidi Flores is a life-long learner with a passion for operations excellence and one of our most recent recipients of the 2022 Martha Soehren Women Veterans Fellowship.

Heidi’s cable career started in managing a call center that conducted cable satisfaction surveys in Boulder, Colorado, moved to Cox Communications in San Diego where she worked across multiple areas in sales, quality, communications and technical support. For the past 15 years, she has been supporting Comcast in training, quality and leadership roles. She left Comcast for two years to lead the national quality program for a Comcast vendor in India, and then she returned to support national learning initiatives for Comcast Business, Comcast Advertising, and Xfinity’s Care teams. Additionally, she volunteers internally via ‘gigs’ to support L&D operations excellence throughout ULearn Solutions within Comcast. Most recently, she led the development of a Smartsheet solution to automate the ULearn operating model strategy.

Heidi served four years in the US Army as a 98G Korean Linguist from 1990 to 1994 and helped as a translator during joint military exercises (Team Spirit) with South Korea. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and master’s degree in Organization Leadership from National University in La Jolla, California. She is a Certified Scrum Product Owner and Smartsheet Product Certified User.

Originally from Maine, Heidi now resides in Savannah, Georgia with her husband and three dogs – a Boxer, a Husky, and her new Lab puppy. She enjoys traveling and volunteers as her community HOA Board of Directors President. Heidi is always looking for ways to grow and is especially excited to learn more from the diverse and interesting women leaders in the cable industry.


About the Fellowship Namesake

Pictured above: Martha Soehren, center, with the 2018 Veterans Fellowship recipients, Judy Alsip and Rose Roth, at the 2018 WICT Leadership Conference.

Martha Soehren served from 2009-2018 on the WICT Global Board of Directors. Martha is the Chief Talent Development Officer and Senior Vice President at Comcast University and Comcast Cable. Her career encompasses 17 years in the telecommunications industry; 25 years in the defense industry; and 13 years as an adjunct professor and research/academic advisor.

Martha holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in business, as well as a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. A lifetime supporter of the military community, she is an honor graduate of the Army’s Management Engineering College and serves as an Executive Champion for the Comcast Veteran’s Affinity Group.

Dr. Soehren’s affiliations and honors include:

  • Doctorate of Learning Advisor for the GSE/Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Learning Leader with the Elliott Masie Learning Consortium
  • Selection Committee Member for the Association of Talent Development’s (ATD) Board of Directors
  • Board of Directors Member of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE)
  • Past Chair of the ATD Board of Directors (2014)
  • Past Chapter Advisor of the WICT Greater Philadelphia Chapter
  • WICT Greater Philadelphia Liberty Award Winner and Catalyst Award Winner
  • Multichannel News Woman to Watch Award Winner
  • Cablefax Most Powerful Woman in Cable Award Winner (multiple years)
  • Learning 2012 Spotlight Award by The Masie Center

​About the Fellowship

​The Nomi M. Bergman Fellowship is an annual fellowship that enables a high potential woman employed by a technology company to experience the strength of The WICT Network’s educational programs and robust professional network. The fellowship recipient embarks on a one-year journey designed to build crucial leadership development skills through The WICT Network’s resources and programs.

The WICT Network provides the recipient with a one-year membership and will underwrite registration costs and travel stipends for the following programs:

The recipient of the fellowship will be selected based in part on her ability to describe how receiving the fellowship will positively impact her leadership skills to the benefit of her organization and the industry as a whole.


2022 Fellow

Swetha Srivastava
Manager, Network Engineering
Charter Communications

I was born and raised in a middle class family that followed the Hindu way of living virtuously and righteously in a small town in Telangana, Southern India. My dad was a mechanical engineer and my mom was a home maker. There was very little awareness on how the West was progressing. Because my mom never got to work, she and my dad always made sure that my siblings and I got the best education that they could afford. My parents did not see a difference between raising a girl and a boy even though others at that time would only send boys to the school and not invest in a girl’s education. I would see my dad and mom putting in a lot of hard work to make ends meet and that motivated me to excel at my academics. That was the only way I saw as a child to give back to them. I got in to a very good Engineering college and finished my Bachelors in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Hyderabad, India. I worked close to 4 years in IT in India and then headed to the USA with my husband in 2007. It was an opportunity with MasterCard, St. Louis that brought us here.

I came to the US and obtained a Masters in Computer Science. I can describe myself as an analytical, innovative and results-oriented professional with over 15 years of experience spanning around various facets of IT and business. My experience includes:
Partnering with business to set direction on how technology can accelerate business strategy. Being highly skilled in providing Enterprise and Solution Architectures, leadership across broad system and software technologies for Master Data Management, Data Warehouse and Data Analytics groups. I love leading and serving my team and others. I teach and mentor women from various backgrounds who aspire or are new to IT. My husband and I have two boys, 10 and 4 year old. We love to spend time with each other by cooking, reading, having movie nights etc.


About the Fellowship Namesake

Pictured above: Nomi Miron Bergman accepting the 2011 WICT Woman of the Year Award.

Nomi Miron Bergman served as the President of Bright House Networks from 2007-2016. In that capacity, she and her team provided corporate guidance, execution, and oversight of technology, product and strategic partnerships across the company’s video, broadband, voice and wireless platforms.Nomi began her career as a systems consultant at Arthur Andersen & Co, and then joined Advance Publications’ Systems Group, owned by the Newhouse family. After the formation of the Time Warner/Advance Newhouse partnership in the early 1990s, she joined Time Warner Cable, working in customer care, business operations, and IT. Later, as Vice President and General Manager of High Speed Data Services for Time Warner Cable’s Charlotte, North Carolina division, she led the launch of the RoadRunner© broadband Internet service. From there, Nomi was part of the senior management team that successfully launched Bright House Networks in 2003.

Nomi is a true champion of workplace diversity and inclusion and has been actively involved with WICT, CableLabs, NCTA, SCTE, CTAM and NAMIC. She served on the Board of Directors for WICT, and is a graduate of WICT’s first Betsy Magness Leadership Development Institute (BMLI) class of 1994. She was recognized by WICT and SCTE with the Women In Technology award in 2004, in 2009 she was recognized as CED’s Person of the Year, and she received the Distinguished Vanguard Award for Leadership from NCTA. In 2011 she was recognized with WICT’s highest honor, Woman of the Year. Through her participation and leadership with these important groups, Nomi has become a key spokesperson and advocate for industry innovation and new competitive technologies and services, all with the goal of continuously improving customer value and satisfaction.

​About the Fellowships

The WICT Network is committed to supporting its members at every stage of their careers and is proud to offer four fellowships to attend the Leadership Conference. Our largest event of the year, the Leadership Conference is among the most sought-after executive education programs for industry professionals.

The Cheryl Greene, Lucille Larkin, Laurel Lawson and June Travis Fellowships were created to provide opportunities for deserving candidates to experience all that The WICT Network’s Leadership Conference has to offer while alleviating the burden of registration costs. This year’s conference will be held October 10-11, 2022.

All applications must be submitted by Friday, July 22, 2022.

Cheryl Greene Fellowship

Cheryl Greene was the Vice President of Affiliate Relations for Video Jukebox Network (VJN) when she passed away in 1991 at the young age of 44. The Cheryl Greene Fellowship was established to support career advancement for women and recognize how positively Cheryl influenced her friends and colleagues in the industry.

The Cheryl Greene Fellowship covers The WICT Network's Leadership Conference registration fee.

The recipient will be selected based on the applicant's ability to most effectively demonstrate how they have helped support advancement of women in the workplace.

  • Applicant must be a woman currently working within the media, entertainment and technology industry.

  • Applicant must be a current member of The WICT Network.

Lucille Larkin Fellowship

Lucille Larkin is one of the founding members of The WICT Network and served as its first executive director. The Lucille Larkin Fellowship honors her dedication to the industry and recognizes her passion for building the foundation for women in cable.

The Lucille Larkin Fellowship covers The WICT Network's Leadership Conference registration fee.

The recipient will be selected based on the applicant's ability to most effectively demonstrate the value of the contributions they have made to The WICT Network and the industry as a whole.

  • Applicant must be currently working within the media, entertainment and technology industry.

  • Applicant must be a current member of The WICT Network.

Laurel Lawson Fellowship

Laurel Lawson is a dancer, activist, designer and engineer. A member of Kinetic Light, a collective of disabled artists founded in 2016, Lawson has incorporated technique and choreography that is specific and authentic to disabled performers and embodiments throughout her dance career. She is also the co-founder and CTO of CyCore Systems, a software consultancy which specializes in novel, multi-realm solutions, and a member of the USA Women's Development Sled Hockey team.

The Laurel Lawson Fellowship covers The WICT Network's Leadership Conference registration fee.

The recipient will be selected based on their ability to demonstrate how the Leadership Conference will help them gain new management and leadership skills to enhance their business acumen.

  • Applicant must be a woman currently working within the media, entertainment and technology industry.

  • Applicant must identify as a person with a disability.

June Travis Fellowship

June Travis is one of the founding members of The WICT Network and served on its first board of directors. Travis believed strongly in The WICT Network’s need to provide top-notch leadership development programs for women in cable, like the Leadership Conference. Travis provided seed funding to launch this fellowship, exemplifying her commitment to giving back to the industry.


The June Travis Fellowship covers The WICT Network's Leadership Conference registration fee.


The recipient will be selected based on their ability to demonstrate how the Leadership Conference will help them gain new management and leadership skills to enhance their business acumen.

  • Applicant must be currently working within the media, entertainment and technology industry.

  • Applicant must be current member of The WICT Network.

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