WICT Announces Inaugural Recipients of the Martha Soehren Women Veterans Fellowship

Washington, DC – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced Judy Alsip, Video on Demand Planning & Implementation Senior Manager for Charter Communications and Rose Roth, Senior Director, Business Operations at Comcast as the first recipients of the Martha Soehren Women Veterans Fellowship.

Initially intended to be bestowed on one deserving woman veteran, WICT, alongside the fellowship committee, elected to designate two fellowship recipients in its inaugural year due to the overwhelming number of applicants.

Designed to support career development and advancement for high potential women veterans employed by a cable company, the Martha Soehren Women Veterans Fellowship enables recipients to experience the strength of WICT’s robust educational programs and strong professional network. The fellowship is a one-year award that includes WICT membership and a fully funded scholarship to the WICT Leadership Conference and other select WICT programs, to include travel stipends. The fellowship will be underwritten by WICT’s Leadership Endowment Fund, which was established in 1989 in a measure to enable WICT to give back to the industry in meaningful ways.

Named in honor of one of the cable industry’s most influential learning leaders, Dr. Soehren currently serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the WICT Global Board of Directors. Martha is the Chief Talent Development Officer and Senior Vice President at Comcast University and Comcast Cable. Her career encompasses 17 years in the telecommunications industry; 25 years in the defense industry; and 13 years as an adjunct professor and research/academic advisor.

"WICT is proud to recognize Judy Alsip and Rose Roth as the first-ever recipients of the prestigious Martha Soehren Women Veterans Fellowship," said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, WICT. "Both the quantity and quality of the applications received for this newly-established fellowship underscores the breadth of talent among female veterans in cable media. We are honored to give back to those that have served our country so fearlessly. We look forward to following both Judy and Rose on their WICT journeys through the next year and beyond."

WICT has a public commitment to hire, train, and support veterans. In addition to the fellowship, WICT has partnered with Mission Media to support veterans transitioning to a career in the media entertainment and cable industry. For more information, visit www.missionmedia.org.

About Judy Alsip
Judy Alsip is the Video on Demand Planning & Implementation Senior Manager with Charter Communications. In her role with the Video Operations Engineering Department, she manages the team that plans, coordinates, and executes upgrades and maintenance on the Video on Demand platforms to keep this product at the cutting edge of technology and meet customer’s growing demand for streaming video at any time on any device.

She began working in the cable industry fourteen years ago with Time Warner Cable as an Analyst and was key in launching the Digital Phone product in Northeast Ohio. She was promoted to Senior Analyst where her work in streamlining the provisioning process was rewarded with one of the company-wide annual MPV awards. In 2009, she began working in Engineering with the Video on Demand product and has been promoted multiple times in this department.

Judy is a veteran of the United States Army where she served in the Gulf War and is honored to have been awarded the Martha Soehren Veterans Fellowship. She has been a member of WICT since 2011, first with the Greater Ohio chapter and now with WICT Rocky Mountain. She graduated magna cum laude from Bellevue University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and is finishing up her Bachelor’s degree from Columbia Southern University in Information Technology.

Judy currently lives in Aurora, Colorado with her twin sons where she enjoys staying active by hiking in the Rocky Mountains and ballroom dancing and is active in her local chapter of the Women of Letters, where she volunteers to help those in need in her community.

About Rose Roth
Rose Roth is the Senior Director of Operations for Comcast Business, Government Education, and Majors Account sales in West Division. In this role, Rose ensures that Comcast maintain standards around customer experience, which are aligned to deliver on the best operational experience possible for its mid-market segment of customers. Under her leadership, she oversees operations and compliance efforts for the CALNET3 contract and collaborates with cross-functional operations teams in support of this sales segment for the West Division. Rose has rolled out several key initiatives, which led to the West Division in having the most improved customer experience metrics in the country for Comcast Business while in her previous role as the Director of Customer Experience for Comcast Business. She joined Comcast in 2014, where she previously served as Director, Business Operation Coordination & Client Services.

Prior to Comcast, Rose worked in several customer support and management roles for XO Communications. In addition, Rose served six years in the U.S. Air Force as an Audiovisual Specialist, where she was stationed at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Rose has been a member of WICT Rocky Mountain since 2014. Additionally, Rose is a founding member of the Rocky Mountain Women’s Network at Comcast in its West Division – one of the company’s employee resource groups designed to provide leadership and career development as a tool to attract, retain, and promote women employees at Comcast. 

Rose’s husband Jerrod also served in the armed forces and is a U.S. Air Force retiree. They have two grown children; daughter Carson is a college student and son Devon, who is also employed by Comcast. Rose is currently pursuing her Bachelors in Business Management from Colorado State University – Global Campus and she is expected to graduate in 2019. 

She is proud to be a Martha Soehren Fellowship recipient in 2018.

About the Fellowship Namesake, Martha Soehren, PhD
Dr. Soehren’s affiliations and honors include:

  • Doctorate of Learning Advisor and lecturer, University of Pennsylvania
  • Learning Leader with the Elliott Masie Learning Consortium
  • Board of Directors Member of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE)
  • Past Chair of the Association of Talent Development (ATD) Board of Directors (2014)
  • Member of the Chief Talent Development Officer Board, ATD
  • Past Chapter Advisor of the WICT Greater Philadelphia Chapter
  • WICT Greater Philadelphia Liberty Award Winner and Catalyst Award Winner
  • Multichannel News Woman to Watch Award Winner
  • Cablefax Most Powerful Woman in Cable Award Winner (multiple years)
  • Learning 2012 Spotlight Award by The Masie Center
  • Member of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

About WICT
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 and Charter Communications are WICT’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information. 

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