WICT Announces 2019 Rising Leaders


Washington, DC – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced the 180 designees of its 2019 Rising Leaders Program (RLP), which is comprised of industry professionals primarily at the manager and director level who have demonstrated strong leadership potential within their companies.

The 180 program participants will be divided among six classes with 30 in each. The top candidates were designated based on an established selection process led by over 100 cable professionals, themselves alumnae of the program, who served on the 2019 Application Review Committee.

A grant from the Walter Kaitz Foundation will support six scholarships in this year’s program for RLP designees from smaller companies and industry nonprofits. In addition, WICT gratefully acknowledges Comcast NBCUniversal as the Silver Sponsor of the 2019 Rising Leaders Program.

The Rising Leaders participate in a weeklong immersion program, which prepares them to undertake increased leadership responsibilities when they return to the workplace. The program is comprised of leadership analysis, high-performing teams and tactical personal leadership skill development. RLP participants will also create and manage their own personalized leadership development plans.

“WICT’s Rising Leaders Program provides the next generation of rising professionals with essential tools to enhance their skills and strengthen their companies,” said Joanna Dees, WICT’s Vice President, Educational Programs. “We believe that the continued demand for this important program demonstrates the value that it brings to the industry and the organizations that support WICT.”

The following companies will each be represented in the 2019 Rising Leaders Program:

  • A+E Networks
  • AMC Networks (including IFC)
  • Cable ONE
  • Charter Communications (including Spectrum Reach)
  • Comcast NBCUniversal (including FreeWheel Media, Spotlight & Xfinity Mobile)
  • Cox Communications
  • Crown Media Family Networks
  • CSG
  • Disney & ESPN Media Networks
  • GCI
  • Hemisphere Media Group
  • iconectiv
  • INSP
  • Showtime Networks
  • Smithsonian Networks
  • Starz Entertainment
  • The Weather Channel
  • UP TV
  • Viacom Inc. (including Nickelodeon, Paramount Networks, VidCon, VIMN SWEMEA)
  • WarnerMedia (including Cartoon Network, CNN, TNT, Turner and Turner Sports)

Visit the WICT website for a complete list of participants, their biographies, and more information about the Rising Leaders Program.

About the WICT Rising Leaders Program
WICT’s Rising Leaders Program is a competitive, application-based program and all applicants must be approved by their companies in order to participate. The program is limited to six classes of 30 women per class. There will be three sessions this year: April 7-12 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; June 2-7 in La Jolla, CA; and October 6-11 in Chicago, IL.

The in-depth leadership course curriculum will be led by Erika Andersen, Founder of Proteus International, and is supported by Proteus’ senior staff members, Jennifer Sherman and Cari Windt.

About WICT
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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