WICT Announces Preliminary Lineup of Dynamic Speakers for 2016 Leadership Conference

Washington, DC – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced a superlative roster of speakers who will take the stage at the 2016 WICT Leadership Conference. The Leadership Conference will be held September 19-20 at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square as the cable industry converges in New York to celebrate Diversity Week.

The Leadership Conference features many of the industry’s top executives, as well as leading researchers and academics, including: 

  • Judi Allen, SVP, Client Solutions, Nielsen
  • Britt Andreatta, Ph.D., CEO, Andreatta Consulting
  • Chris Bastian, SVP & Chief Technology Officer, SCTE
  • Dr. Ella Bell, Associate Professor, Business Administration, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College and Founder, ASCENT-Leading Multicultural Women to the Top
  • Nan Bischoff, SVP, Financial Planning & Analysis, Viacom
  • David L. Cohen, Sr. EVP & Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corporation
  • Sasha Cohen, Olympic Silver Medalist (Figure Skating)
  • Jocelyn Cooley, SVP, Human Resources, Viacom Media Networks
  • Donna de Varona, Olympic Gold Medalist (Swimming); Sports Commentator
  • Monica Diaz, VP, Diversity, Inclusion, & Wellness, ESPN
  • Jean Driscoll, Olympic/Paralympic Gold, Silver, Bronze Medalist (Track), Team USA
  • Vicky Duval, Professional Tennis Player, World Tennis Association
  • Brig. General Carol Eggert (Ret.), VP, Military & Veteran Affairs, Comcast NBCUniversal
  • Simon Fanshawe, OBE, Co-Founder, Astar-Fanshawe
  • Charlotte Field, SVP, Application Platform Operations, Charter Communications
  • Tamara Franklin, EVP, Digital, Scripps Networks Interactive
  • Catherine Frymark, SVP, Corporate Communications, Discovery Communications
  • Laura Gentile, SVP, espnW & Women’s Initiatives, ESPN
  • Emily Hoffman, M.D., VP, Development & Delivery, VitalSmarts
  • Lisa Hook, President & CEO, Neustar
  • Annie Howell, Founder & Co-President, The Punch Point Group
  • Susan Jin Davis, SVP, Operations & Compliance, Comcast Cable
  • Dr. Beverly Kaye, Founder, Career Systems International
  • Stacy S. Kim, Ph.D., C.E.C., Founder, Life Junctions
  • Suzanne Kolb, EVP & GM, Discovery Digital Networks
  • Claire Kostbar, SVP, Human Resources, iN DEMAND, LLC
  • Melissa Lee, Anchor, Fast Money & Options Action and Co-Anchor, Power Lunch, CNBC
  • Charisse Lillie, Fellow & VP, Community Investment, Comcast Corporation; EVP, Comcast Foundation
  • Vicki Lins, President & CEO, CTAM
  • Gail MacKinnon, Vice Chair, WICT
  • Susanne McAvoy, EVP, Marketing, Creative & Communications, Crown Media Family Networks
  • Lynn McMahon, Managing Director, Media & Entertainment North America, Accenture
  • Dr. Barbara Mistick, President, Wilson College; Author, Stretch: How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace
  • Val Nicholas, Vice President & Creative Director, NBC News
  • Terri Nimmons, Principal, Stone Lake Leadership Group
  • Sandy Padula, SVP, Research, TBS & TNT, Turner
  • Abbe Raven, Chairman Emeritus, A+E Networks
  • Michelle Rice, EVP, Content Distribution & Marketing, TV One
  • Angela Santone, EVP & Global Chief Human Resources Officer, Turner
  • Claire Shipman, Television Journalist; Author, The Confidence Code
  • Kamila Sip, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Affairs, New York University, Langone Medical Center
  • Martha Soehren, Chief Talent Development Officer & SVP, Comcast University
  • Debbie Stang, Chief Operating Officer, Midco
  • Susan Tardanico, Founding Partner & CEO, The Authentic Leadership Alliance
  • Michael Veltri, Chief Martial Arts Instructor and Author, The Mushin Way
  • Katy Weber, Director, HR, Comcast
  • Italia Commisso Weinand, EVP, Programming & HR, Mediacom Communications Corp.
  • Esther Weinberg, CEO, MindLight Group, LLC
  • Leigh Woisard, SVP, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Cox Communications
  • Julie Yoo, SVP, Corporate Development, Scripps Networks Interactive

As part of the Leadership Conference activities, the WICT Touchstones Luncheon will honor the 2016 Woman of the Year and Women to Watch, respectively:

  • Kathleen Finch, Chief Programming, Content & Brand Officer, Scripps Networks Interactive
  • Laura Gentile, Senior Vice President, espnW and Women’s Initiatives, ESPN
  • Mary McLaughlin, Senior Vice President, Beltway Region, Comcast Cable

"WICT is thrilled to welcome to the WICT Leadership Conference this remarkable lineup of renowned speakers from a variety of fields," said Conference Chair Martha Soehren, Chief Talent Development Officer & SVP, Comcast University & Comcast Cable. She added, "The conference planning committee has been working diligently to create a program that will educate and inspire our participants, and we will continue to add to this already impressive list of speakers as the conference draws closer."
The WICT Leadership Conference is one of the preeminent continuing education opportunities for cable professionals. The conference will include keynote remarks, interactive workshops, expert panels, mentoring and coaching sessions, and peer-to-peer networking opportunities. The complete schedule and speaker lineup can be found at www.wictconference.org.
President & CEO of WICT Maria E. Brennan, CAE noted, "WICT is very proud to recognize the results of the hard work of our conference planning committee, in addition to the generosity of our conference sponsors — Platinum Sponsor Comcast NBCUniversal and Champion Sponsors Disney/ESPN Media Networks, HBO, Turner and TV One.  We also gratefully acknowledge AMC Networks for their Premier Sponsorship of the 2016 WICT Touchstones Luncheon."

To register for the conference, visit www.wictconference.org.
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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