Fellowship Supports Career Development for Women with Disabilities
Washington, DC – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) is pleased to announce the establishment of a new annual fellowship, the Laurel Lawson Fellowship, which will provide the opportunity for a woman with a disability to attend the WICT Leadership Conference (WLC) with a fully-funded registration. WLC serves as the premier annual leadership development program for professionals in the media industry. Applications for the inaugural fellowship are now being accepted online, and must be submitted by Friday, August 23, 2019.
The Fellowship’s namesake, Laurel Lawson, will participate in the crowd favorite Profiles of Champions session at the 2019 WICT Leadership Conference. The Day 1 closing session takes place on Monday, September 16 at 4:20 pm.
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.
“WICT is proud to offer this opportunity specifically for women with disabilities, and we are grateful to its namesake Laurel Lawson,” said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, WICT President & CEO. “As an organization dedicated to diversity and inclusion, WICT’s newest fellowship salutes the vital role that women with disabilities play in the industry and the world at large. By offering the fellowship annually, we will ensure Laurel’s impact is felt in perpetuity.”
The Laurel Lawson Fellowship joins WICT’s growing number of annual fellowships, including the June Travis, Cheryl Greene and Lucille Larkin Fellowships, as well as the Martha Soehren Fellowship for women veterans and Nomi M. Bergman Fellowship for women in technology.
Applicants for the Laurel Lawson Fellowship must be a person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act and currently working within the cable telecommunications industry. The recipient will be selected based on their ability to impart how the WICT Leadership Conference will help them gain new management and leadership skills to enhance their business acumen.
The online application form may be found here: https://wict.mobi/LaurelLawson.
WICT is a global organization whose mission is to create women leaders who 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 40 years, WICT has partnered with cable and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,500 members strong, WICT is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in cable media. Charter Communications and Comcast NBCUniversal are WICT’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICTHQ on Twitter for more information.
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