As the Chief Development Officer for The WICT Network, Lesa is responsible for the solicitation and implementation of a broad range of activities that fuel growth in non-dues revenue for the organization. This includes sophisticated partnership and portfolio development, and other avenues of revenue-generating activities. In pursuit of these new relationships, Faris collaborates with key industry leaders to create strategies that identify high-potential target sectors and campaigns to convert them.
Faris has over 20 years of fundraising and high-end event planning experience, encompassing sales and marketing in the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors. She has orchestrated both domestic and international events for up to 15,000 attendees, experience that has provided a strong understanding of the return-on-investment expectations of prospective corporate partners and sponsors.
Faris has remained steadfast in her focus on business development for several exceptional nonprofits within the hospitality and women’s community – namely, the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association, the American Society of Women Accountants and the National Association of Women Business Owners. She has also consulted for the SCORE Association, a nonprofit dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. Faris produced remarkable results acting as executive director for a small, charitable nonprofit in the health arena. During her time with the Ehlers-Danlos National Foundation, she turned the nonprofit from red to black by appealing to a small, but passionate and loyal membership base and a close cadre of corporate supporters nearly doubling revenues within a year. However, her business acumen and strong judgment is best utilized when following her passion of working for organizations that are in support of women in growth and leadership positions in all areas.
Faris is a social sciences graduate from Michigan State University, where she pursued a multidisciplinary major focusing on labor law, economics, and sociology. At present, she is an active member in both American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI). Faris received her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification in 2008 and is a believer in ongoing professional development.
Kathleen serves as the Director of Membership Operations. In this role, Kathleen works closely with the leaders of The WICT Network’s chapters to provide guidance and oversee implementation on all chapter governance policies. Additionally, she assists in developing strategies to strengthen and grow the chapters and overall membership.
Prior to joining The WICT Network, Kathleen became involved in the non-profit world through her work with an organization raising awareness and funds for young adult cancer research. During this time, she managed merchandise inventory and represented the organization at fundraising events.
Kathleen graduated from George Mason University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Having completed several courses regarding social inequalities and gender inequalities in the workplace, Kathleen joined The WICT Network in 2011 with a genuine passion for the mission.
Kristin joined The WICT Network in 2010 and brings a strong association background to the organization with over 15 years of experience as a non-profit executive specializing in gender equity. In her current role, she serves as the Vice President of Member and Chapter Development, where she is responsible for directing the strategic growth of The WICT Network’s membership and guiding the success of the organization’s 24 domestic and international chapters. Prior to taking on her current role, Kristin held positions inside the organization’s Marketing & Communications and Business Development departments, overseeing The WICT Network’s external messaging and branding and providing stewardship to its sponsors and stakeholders.
At her previous organization, the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance, she managed the membership and chapter network and worked in conjunction with the volunteer leadership, serving as the liaison to the organization’s various national committees. Prior to that, Kristin worked for the American Psychiatric Association providing extensive research and editorial support to the world’s leading psychiatrists for the implementation of the DSM-V.
A native New Yorker, Kristin earned a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany. She lives in Atlanta, GA, with her three daughters.
Maria Brennan is the President & CEO of The WICT Network, a 10,500 member global non-profit serving women in media, entertainment and technology. During her tenure, Brennan has worked collaboratively with its leaders and stakeholders to steer the organization’s strategic vision, resulting in record levels of membership, sponsorship support, and program attendance. Brennan has over 25 years of executive management experience with non-profits ranging in size from 2,000 to 33,000 members, with particular expertise in the areas of strategic planning, communications and advocacy.
As the public voice of WICT, Brennan is an experienced spokesperson and advocate for the media industry and diversity, equity and inclusion. She is a frequently quoted expert on equal pay issues and work/life integration and has been published or featured in such magazines as Broadcasting & Cable, Working Mother, Association Trends, Selecta and Cablefax.
Brennan is an award-winning writer, having received an EXCEL Award for her byline, “Hear Me Roar.” She was elected to serve on the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard University in 2007. She is a charter member of the FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment, where she recently finished her sixth term. She is a coalition member of WIPP — Women Impacting Public Policy — and a Commissioner for the Girl Scouts Healthy Media Council. Brennan was recognized with a Vanguard Award by NCTA–The Internet & Television Association, in recognition of her contributions to the media industry’s innovation, growth and progress. Brennan has been named among Cablefax’s list of Most Powerful Women in Cable annually since 2010.
Christina has built a career leading projects that promote diversity, advocate learning, and reflect current trends in the business marketplace. As WICT’s Strategic Communications Specialist, she conducts research, develops messaging and serves as a subject matter expert to support WICT’s external communications. Previously, as Vice President Content Development for NAB Show, Christina led program development for over a dozen distinct educational programs as part of the NAB’s annual trade show serving over 90,000 media professionals. Under her leadership, the show launched its Executive Leadership Summit as a forum for media’s senior-most executives. Earlier roles include oversight of WICT’s educational programs and spearheading program development for NATPE, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious conferences in the entertainment industry.
Greg brings more than 25 years of experience working with non-profit and government organizations. He joined The WICT Network team in 2004, and in his current role as EVP, Technology & Digital Communications, Greg oversees the organization’s efforts to stay on top of technological trends that benefit the organization overall.
He brings to The WICT Network his knowledge and skills in member services, electronic media and technology, as well as marketing, communications and member services, along with a healthy sense of humor and a desire to support others in their pursuit of excellence. He strongly and genuinely believes in diversity, equity and inclusion on multiple levels, and desires a world where equality is valued above all else.
From 2011-2015 Greg was named by Cablefax to its Digital Hot List, an annual “who’s who” of the top technology executives in the cable industry. He was the only non-profit executive named to the list in each year.
Greg earned his Bachelors Degree in 1992 from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, where he double majored in Business Management and French Literature. He began a Masters of Business Administration program in International Business at the George Washington University before deciding to pursue his passion for nonprofit work.