For Immediate Release: 3/22/2022
Media contact: Christina Vergara
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*** BREAKING NEWS ***
Two More Corporate Leaders Join the Powerful Lineup
at The WICT Network’s Signature Luncheon
Premier Sponsor ~ Comcast NBCUniversal
The WICT Network welcomes Johnita Due, WarnerMedia News & Sports, and Ndidi Massay, CBS Sports, to the lineup of executives, athletes and leaders
Signature Luncheon will take place Thursday, April 14, at The Plaza Hotel New York in conjunction with the B+C Hall of Fame Dinner
Washington, DC – The WICT Network announced today that Johnita Due, SVP and Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, WarnerMedia News and Sports and a member of The WICT Network’s Global Board of Directors; and Ndidi Massay, VP, Workplace Culture & Diversity Initiatives, CBS Sports, have joined the impressive lineup for its Signature Luncheon, taking place on Thursday, April 14, at The Plaza Hotel New York. The Signature Luncheon precedes the B+C Hall of Fame dinner later that evening.
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The Signature Luncheon serves as a key diversity and inclusion platform for The WICT Network, showcasing groundbreaking work that supports the advancement of women. This year’s lunch program will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark federal civil rights law that prohibits gender-based discrimination in any educational institution that receives federal funding.
Due and Massay join an impressive array of Title IX champions, industry executives and leaders from across the media landscape, including the following:
Jen Neal, EVP, Live Events & Specials, E! News and Global Board Member of The WICT Network, will serve as the Signature Luncheon Honorary Chair. Neal will also facilitate a keynote conversation with Kathryn Tappen, esteemed commentator for NBC Sports and Title IX champion. Tappen is a former Academic-All American at Rutgers University (N.J.), where she was a member of the track & field and cross country teams.
The agenda includes a fireside chat with ESPN’s Fifty/50 Initiative producers and directors, Allison Glock and Dawn Porter. Also joining the conversation is Nicole Newnham, who together with Porter directed the four-part documentary series 37 Words, which will air as part of Fifty/50. The WICT Network’s Global Board Member Laura Gentile, EVP, Commercial Marketing, Disney Networks & ESPN, will moderate the discussion. Commemorating the anniversary of Title IX, Fifty/50 is a monumental, month-long initiative highlighting the civil rights journey of women across the sports and cultural landscape that will launch across The Walt Disney Company in June 2022.
The program also features Title IX champion Aja Evans. Evans became an All-American college track & field star, both as a sprinter and shot-putter, and participated in the 2008 Olympic shot-put trials. In 2012 she transitioned to bobsledding, quickly earning her way to a spot on the U.S. Olympic Bobsled team, bringing home a bronze medal. Evans joins technology executive and The WICT Network’s Global Board Chair, Sandra Howe, and Vice Chair, Leigh Woisard, SVP, Corporate Communications, Cox Communications. Together, they will present celebratory medals to a number of Title IX champions.
The WICT Network proudly recognizes Comcast NBCUniversal as the Premier Sponsor of the Signature Luncheon, as well as Ruby Sponsor Charter Communications, Emerald Sponsor Paramount, and Champion Sponsor Accenture.
***Stay tuned for additional partners and updates from The WICT Network and our fellow Title IX advocates.***
Space is limited and only a few tables remain – click here to join the growing list of table sponsors or to purchase individual tickets.
About The WICT Network
The WICT Network is a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to create women leaders that 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 more than 40 years, The WICT Network has partnered with media, entertainment and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,000 members strong, The WICT Network is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in media. Charter Communications and Comcast NBCUniversal are The WICT Network’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Visit www.wict.org or follow @WICTHQ on Facebook/Instagram/LinkedIn/Twitter for more information.