WICT Announces Katie Couric to Speak During Opening Session at 2017 Leadership Conference

Washington, DC – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced that Katie Couric, the award winning journalist and bestselling author, will speak during the opening general session of the 2017 WICT Leadership Conference on Monday, September 25, at the New York Marriott Marquis.

“We are thrilled to have Katie join us as WICT kicks off Diversity Week with a focus on the future of leadership and forward momentum. Katie is someone with a track record as powerful as her journalistic credentials,” said WICT Chair Martha Soehren, Chief Talent Development Officer & SVP for Comcast University & Comcast Cable.  “The wealth of her experiences in broadcast and digital journalism will give our audience tremendous insight into the rapidly evolving media landscape.”  

The 2017 WICT Leadership Conference is a renowned leadership development event for the cable industry. Taking place September 25-26 at the New York Marriott Marquis as part of Cable’s Diversity Week, the conference includes interactive workshops, expert panels and peer-to-peer networking opportunities. Speakers encompass a diverse array of industry professionals alongside other business experts and academic thought leaders. More information about the conference and the WICT Touchstones Luncheon may be found at www.wictconference.org.  

WICT gratefully acknowledges the 2017 Leadership Conference Platinum Sponsor Comcast NBCUniversal and Champion Sponsors Disney and ESPN Media Networks, HBO, and TV One. WICT also recognizes and thanks AMC Networks for its Premier Sponsorship of the 2017 WICT Touchstones Luncheon.

About Katie Couric
Katie Couric is an award-winning journalist and TV personality, cancer advocate, documentary film producer and New York Times best-selling author of The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives.
Couric launched her production company, Katie Couric Media in the spring of 2015 and is actively involved in a number of scripted and unscripted projects including: FLINT, for Lifetime with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron; a forthcoming scripted series for Netflix based on the Pulitzer Prize winning piece An Unbelievable Story of Rape; SCRAPS, a series about sustainable food for the FYI network; and Full Plate, a cooking web series.  She also hosts a podcast on the Stitcher network with co-host Brian Goldsmith, featuring conversations with boldfaced name. 

Couric has produced and reported several documentaries including:  Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric, for National Geographic; Under the Gun, which aired on EPIX; and Fed Up, which looks at the roots of the obesity epidemic and is currently available on Netflix.  Following the success of Gender Revolution, Couric is partnering with National Geographic on a six part documentary series that will take a deep dive into the revolutionary changes and major social issues of our time.    
Couric joined CBS as the first woman at the helm of an evening news cast after a 15-year run as co-anchor of NBC’s Today Show.  Prior to that, she was the deputy Pentagon correspondent for NBC News. 
Couric is a co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA), initiatives launched by the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF).  SU2C has raised over $500 million to fund scientific research teams that emphasize collaboration and innovation.  Couric also established the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center.
She has won numerous awards including a duPont-Columbia, Peabody, Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, and multiple Emmys.

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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