Executive Development Series

Build Skills & Master Competencies to Drive Results & Propel Your Career


The Executive Development Series (EDS) — the premier professional development opportunity for mid-career professional women in the media, entertainment and technology industry — is comprised of two distinct programs:

  • Executive Leadership Presence *Registration for spring 2024 will open in December 2023*
  • Leading with Power and Authenticity *Registration for spring 2024 will open in December 2023*

Designed to complement one another, the EDS programs have their own distinct curriculum but both provide participants with practical skills and actionable plans to ensure success at the director and VP level, all while forming a powerful peer network.


2023 Program Information

Registration will open soon for the spring programs!

Registration Fee:

  • $2,850/members
  • $3,180/non-members

Seats are limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Executive Development Series 1, Executive Leadership Presence (ELP), will be offered twice in 2024:

  • April 3-4 in San Diego, CA.
  • September 11-12 in Nashville, TN

Executive Development Series 2, Leading with Power and Authenticity (LWPA), will take place:

  • September 11-12 in Nashville, TN

Each program within the EDS series stands independent of the other and may be attended in any order. 

  • Mid-career professional at Senior Manager, Director or VP level, or equivalency thereof
  • At least 8 years of professional experience
  • Current member of The WICT Network

EDS participants represent diverse backgrounds and are committed to strengthening their leadership skills.

Executive presence is the ability to command attention, build trust and inspire others to follow you. It’s an essential skill for women leaders in media, entertainment and technology, where the competitive business landscape is constantly evolving. This exclusive program is designed to equip you with the confidence and strategies you need to excel. You’ll gain access to a unique toolkit of powerful attributes, skills and thought processes that will propel you to new heights of success.

Here’s what to anticipate:

  • The Art of Presence: Learn the techniques for commanding a room and leaving a positive impression.
  • Inspiring Confidence: Develop the ability to inspire confidence in those you lead as well as in yourself.
  • Engaging and Influencing: Develop the abilities to effectively engage others and influence their decisions.
  • Action and Reflection: The gift of time and space to reflect and plan future actions.
  • Networking: Connect with like-minded women, exchange stories and create enduring relationships.

Register now to join us October 11-12, 2023, in San Diego, CA

*Offered twice per year! 

Leading with power and authenticity is essential for career success. But how do you strike the delicate balance between strength and vulnerability, decisiveness and inclusivity, and action and reflection? This exclusive program for women leaders in media, entertainment and technology will explore polarities as the foundation for mastering the art of powerful and authentic leadership. You’ll gain a deep understanding of the dynamics at play and learn to leverage these polarities to create extraordinary results.

Here’s what to anticipate:

  • Exploring Polarities: Gain a deep understanding of polarities as the basis for leadership success.
  • Action and Reflection: The gift of time and space away for meaningful reflection and action planning.
  • Networking: Network with like-minded women, share experiences, and forge lifelong connections.
  • Executive Insights: Q&A with a panel of top industry executives.

Register now to join us in October 11-13, 2023, in San Diego, CA

*Only offered once per year! 


“The Executive Leadership Presence seminar provides the missing links in career development and sheds light on the things that keep you from moving up in your career – all in a candid and safe environment.”
– Ivonne Maldonado, Showtime
“EDS was one of the most powerful two days I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing. If you are eager to focus your potential as a leader, this is for you!”
– Samantha Minish, AccuWeather
“EDS was the best investment I have made in myself in years. The women I met are a network of new friends and colleagues I look forward to supporting and growing with!”
– Maryann Eastman, Charter Communications
“Absolutely valuable information presented with passion and practiced with other women hungry to learn. Must-have training for aspiring women leaders.”
– Stefani Ducote, Comcast


For questions regarding the program, please contact events@wict.org.