WICT Announces Betsy Magness Leadership Institute Classes 34 and 35


Washington, DC – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced the members of Classes 34 and 35 of the 2016-2017 Betsy Magness Leadership Institute (BMLI).   

BMLI is recognized by the industry as the premier leadership development program for executive women in cable and telecommunications. In the twenty-plus years since its launch in 1994, over 800 women have graduated from the program.

WICT is pleased to announce Charter Communications as the Premier Sponsor of the upcoming classes. In addition, the Walter Kaitz Foundation returns as the Industry Partner of the program.

"BMLI participants are selected from a highly competitive application process and they represent some of the top women executives from across the cable industry," said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, WICT President & CEO. "Graduates of this program have made an incredible impact on their companies and the cable media arena. I’m confident the newest classes will make their mark as well and influence the industry for years to come."

Members of Class 34 of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute are:

  • Tonya Adams, Senior Director, Network Operations (BNOC & PNOC), Comcast
  • Mollie Andrews, Vice President, Marketing Operations, Cox Communications
  • Lisa Anselmo, SVP, Public Relations & Communications, Altice USA
  • Juli Blanda, General Manager, Cable One
  • Carrie Bocian , Vice President, Content Acquisition, Charter Communications
  • Danielle Carrig, SVP, Communications and Public Affairs, A+E Networks
  • Trisha Coy, Vice President, Customer Care, Comcast
  • Laura Cullen, Vice President, Division Business Analytics & Reporting, Comcast
  • Mireya Dongo, Vice President, National Accounts, Univision Communications Inc.
  • Andrea Fasulo, SVP, Retail Marketing & Consumer Products Planning, Viacom / Nickelodeon
  • Susan Gaines, Vice President, Finance, Charter Communications
  • Kim Gibson, Senior Director Customer Operations, Cable One
  • Franca Gisiner , Sr. Director of Marketing, Comcast Spotlight
  • Amy Goffin, Account Executive, AMC Networks
  • Courtney Goldstein, VP, Digital Media and Marketing, Comcast
  • Denise Gough, Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Scripps Networks Interactive
  • Karen Grandmont, Senior Director, Financial Operations, Comcast
  • Kimberly Hicks, Vice President, Product Management, Viacom
  • Valerie Immele, Senior Vice President, Business, Turner Sports
  • Rose Kirkland, Vice President, Enterprise Portfolio Management & Lead, Cox Communications
  • Lindsay Libramonte , Vice President, Content Distribution, NBCUniversal
  • Stacy Mathews, Vice President, Employee Experience, Comcast
  • Genevieve McGillicuddy, Vice President, TCM Brand Activations/Partnerships, Turner
  • Shannon Ponsell, Vice President, Business Operations, Turner Content Distribution
  • Ingrid Simunic, Senior Director, Product Management, Charter Communications
  • Claudia Spinelli, Vice President Current Series Animation, Nickelodeon
  • Kimberly K. Wilson, Vice President, Affiliate Marketing, Disney and ESPN Media Networks

    Members of Class 35 of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute are:

  • Tracy Barash, Vice President, Global Franchise Management, Turner
  • Kacey Cahill, Executive Director, Procurement, Comcast Cable
  • Sarah Chung, Vice President, Finance and Sales Planning & Analysis, Viacom Media Networks
  • Stacey Duckett, Vice President, Inbound Sales and Retention, Altice USA
  • Amber Fogler, Vice President, Client Solutions, Spectrum Reach
  • Laura Forti, Vice President, Turner Entertainment Networks Distribution, Turner Entertainment Network
  • Johanna Hammond Hoover, Vice President, Production Operations, Scripps Networks Interactive
  • Jerrlyn Iwata , Senior Vice President, Digital Distribution, NBCUniversal
  • Laura Lee, Vice President, Technical Operations Quality Assurance, Comcast
  • Karen McClendon,  Vice President, Human Resources, Comcast
  • Erin McIlvain, EVP, Content Distribution and Strategy, Crown Media Family Networks
  • Renée McKinney, Director of Technical Operations & Creative Services, Cable One
  • Leslie Miles, Vice President, Program Management & Strategy, ARRIS
  • Lois Nemcovsky, Vice President, International Operations, A+E Networks
  • Frankie Paffile, System General Manager, Cable One
  • Samira Panah Bakhtiar , Regional Manager, Media & Entertainment, Cisco Systems
  • Luci Rainey, SVP, Consumer Marketing, Comcast
  • Donna Rattley Washington, Regional Vice President Government Affairs, Comcast Cable
  • Cynthia Rae Reberg, Vice President, Field Communication, Comcast Spotlight
  • Elena Ritchie, Vice President, TV Product Development & Strategy, NBCUniversal Content Distribution
  • Janice Roberts, SVP, Field Services, Cox Communications
  • Kristen Roberts, Vice President, Public Relations & Community Investment, Comcast
  • Kathleen Scheier, Vice President, Standards and Practices, A+E Networks
  • Kristen Smith, Vice President, Order Management, Charter Communications
  • Lauren Stevenson Morrissey, Vice President, Affiliate Sales, Disney and ESPN Media Networks
  • Suzanne Tesi, Vice President, Human Resources, Viacom
  • Beth Trentacoste, SVP, Creative & Branded Content, Viacom Velocity Entertainment Group / Comedy Central / Spike
  • Shimika Wilder Jones, Vice President, Finance, The Weather Channel

The women selected for BMLI Classes 34 and 35 will participate in a yearlong educational program which in​corporates direct feedback on their leadership styles, as well as guidance in developing a strategic vision for their teams and companies. WICT’s content partner for BMLI, the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), is a top-ranked, global provider of executive education, recognized for its exclusive focus on leadership education and research.  

Additional details about BMLI and Classes 34 and 35 can be found here.

The Institute’s Founding
Established by WICT in 1994 with a generous grant from TCI’s Bob Magness and J.C. Sparkman, the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute is named in honor of one of the industry’s most charismatic leaders, a cable pioneer who combined business acumen with compassion. Betsy Magness was instrumental in transforming TCI, later AT&T Broadband and Internet Services, and now Comcast, into one of the nation’s most prominent and influential cable and telecommunication companies.  

About WICT
For over thirty-five years, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) has partnered with cable and telecommunications leaders to provide professional development programs, research and services that help advance women in cable media. With 10,000 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the cable and telecommunications industry. 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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