WICT Announces Betsy Magness Leadership Institute Classes 36 and 37

Washington, DC – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced the members of Classes 36 and 37 of the 2017-2018 Betsy Magness Leadership Institute (BMLI).   

BMLI is recognized by the industry as the premier leadership development program for executive women in the cable media industry. Since its launch in 1994, over 900 women have graduated from the program. 

WICT proudly recognizes Charter Communications as the Premier Sponsor of the upcoming classes as well as Industry Partner, the Walter Kaitz Foundation.

"WICT is honored to welcome the incoming BMLI classes to our flagship program. Each year, the bar is set higher and higher as participants are selected through a competitive application process featuring some of the top talent in our industry,” said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, WICT President & CEO. "BMLI graduates continue to break barriers in the cable media arena and are instrumental in shaping their companies and the industry at large. I have no doubt that the newest classes will be just as influential, if not more." 

Members of Class 36 of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute are:
  • Susan Brami, RVP, Advertising Sales, Spectrum Reach
  • Dana Crandall, Division VP, Customer Experience, Comcast – West Division
  • Cheryl Davis, VP, Video Products, Charter Communications
  • Linda DeLaurentis, VP, General Manager, Comcast Spotlight
  • Mandy Esposito, VP, Operations Support & Customer Experience, Altice USA
  • Michelle Gilbert, VP, Public Relations, Comcast
  • Lisa Greene, SVP, Human Resources, CNN Worldwide
  • Jeanine Heck, Executive Director, Product Management, Comcast
  • Dina Juliano, SVP, Consumer Product Strategy, NBCUniversal
  • Kimberly Kleinhans, VP, Financial Planning & Analysis, Comcast
  • Pamela Lloyd, VP, Government, Healthcare & Education, GCI
  • Kristin Malaspina, VP, Partnership Marketing, Charter Communications
  • Jill Meinzer, VP, Technical Services, ARRIS
  • Kristie Moomey, VP, Studio Content Operations and Post Production, Turner
  • Twuanna Munroe Ward, VP, Transaction Accounting, Scripps Networks Interactive
  • Sarah Murphy, VP, Sales & Marketing, Mountain West Region, Comcast
  • Bonnie O’Donnell, VP, Distribution Marketing, FOX Networks Group
  • Alison Overholt, VP, Editor in Chief, ESPN The Magazine & espnW, ESPN
  • Debra Piscola, Sr. Director, Government Affairs, Comcast
  • Pamela Post, SVP, Original Programming, MTV VH1 Logo, Viacom 
  • Kathleen Ramirez, VP, Spectrum Reach Preferred, Spectrum Reach
  • Elisa Segovia, Sr. Director, Marketing Strategy, Univision
  • Theresa Sempiti, VP, Corporate FP&A, Viacom
  • Meena Soleiman, VP, Business Operations & Finance, Comcast
  • Heather Symmes, VP, Content Distribution & Marketing, UP TV & Aspire
  • Judy Train, VP, HR Shared Services, Cox Communications
  • Sharon White, VP, Human Resources, HBO
Members of Class 37 of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute are:
  • Andrea Agnew, VP, Human Resources, Comcast Spotlight
  • Melanie Ashley, Sr. Director, Promotion Production, iN DEMAND Networks
  • Lisa Barroso, SVP, Distribution, Crown Media Family Networks
  • Alicia Black, VP, Content Administration & Sales Operations, Turner
  • Tamara Bowens, GVP, Field Marketing & Sales Enablement, Spectrum Enterprise
  • Emma Carpenter, Client Services Director, Cisco Systems
  • Alexandra Carter, SVP, Reporting & Decision Support Services, Turner
  • Serena Dickerson-Ferrer, RVP, South Region, Comcast Spotlight
  • Allison Dombrow, VP, Human Resources, NBCUniversal
  • Regan Forman, VP, Creative Strategy & Planning, Nickelodeon
  • Jennifer Garrett, SVP, National Sales & Digital Marketing, Cox Communications
  • Madhu Goel Southworth, SVP, Business & Legal Affairs, AMC Networks
  • Judi Hartman, VP, Strategic Sourcing, Charter Communications
  • Jennifer Hoffnagle, VP, Multimedia Sales, ESPN
  • Cecilia Isaacs-Blundin, Sr. Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Comcast
  • Karen Jones Hadley, VP, Media Relations, HBO
  • Mindy Kramer, VP, Public Relations, Comcast
  • Christine Olson, VP, Advertising Sales, A+E Networks
  • Angela O’Neill, VP, Division Project Management, Comcast – Northeast Division
  • Nilla Park, VP, Financial Planning & Analysis, Altice USA
  • Sharon Peters, GVP, Marketing, Charter Communications
  • Brooke Pruter, VP, NCO Strategy & Deployment, Comcast
  • Kathy Rodriguez, VP, IT Ordering, Charter Communications
  • Mary Savery, Director, Marketing, Business Services, Cable ONE
  • Alexandra Sewell, VP, Enterprise Marketing, Comcast Business
  • Jessica Stafford, VP, Marketing – Media Solutions Group, Cox Automotive
  • Gina Wagner, Director, Enterprise Risk and Talent Development, Corporate Audit, Comcast
The women selected for BMLI Classes 36 and 37 will participate in a yearlong educational program which incorporates 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 36 and 37 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 (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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