WICT Announces 2017 Touchstone Partners

Washington, DC – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today proudly announced its 2017 Touchstone Partners. 

WICT’s Strategic Touchstone Partners, a select group of leading cable media corporations, demonstrate their commitment to gender diversity through this top level of year-round support of WICT’s professional development programs, research projects and advocacy initiatives. This year’s partners include Comcast NBCUniversal, Charter Communications and Turner.

WICT’s Catalyst Touchstone Partners serve as key champions of the organization and help ensure WICT is better able to deliver on its mission of creating women leaders who transform our industry. These distinguished companies include Accenture, AMC Networks, ARRIS, Cox Communications, Disney and ESPN Media Networks and Scripps Networks Interactive.

WICT initiatives are also made possible through the support of this year’s Inspire Touchstone Partners, which include A+E Networks, Altice USA, Cisco, Discovery Communications, HBO, Neustar and TV One. Altice USA is the newest addition to WICT’s core group of supporters.

In addition, grants from the Walter Kaitz Foundation support various gender diversity initiatives and educational scholarships to WICT programs. The Walter Kaitz Foundation is a chief advocate of diversity and inclusion and a valued Industry Partner of WICT. 

Several companies also supported WICT’s international growth. They include: Discovery Communications, Liberty Global and Scripps Networks Interactive.

"WICT’s continued success as the largest and oldest organization serving women in cable media is due in large part to the commitment of and collaboration with our corporate partners," said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, WICT President & CEO. "These insightful companies understand the business case for workplace diversity and inclusion and their steadfast dedication to developing women leaders has helped WICT thrive in an ever-changing landscape." 

WICT’s Executive Vice President of Business Development, Lesa Faris, added, "The strong relationships we have built with our Touchstone Partners allow us to accomplish our important mission of developing a robust pipeline of women leaders. In return, these top organizations receive maximum exposure among WICT’s more than 10,000 members and 23 domestic and international chapters." 

About WICT (Women in Cable Telecommunications)
WICT’s 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 nearly 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 10,000 members strong, WICT is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in cable media. Comcast NBCUniversal, Charter Communications, and Turner are WICT’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information. 

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