Women in Cable Telecommunications Announces 2015 Rising Leaders


Washington, DC – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced the 180 designees of its 2015 Rising Leaders Program (RLP), which is comprised of industry professionals at the manager and director level who have demonstrated leadership potential within their companies.

The 180 program participants will be divided among six classes with 30 in each. The top candidates from the 250 applicants were designated based on an established selection process led by 68 cable professionals, themselves alumnae of the program, who served on the 2015 Application Review Committee.

A grant from the Walter Kaitz Foundation will support eight full scholarships in this year’s program for RLP designees from smaller companies and industry nonprofits. In addition, WICT gratefully acknowledges Comcast NBCUniversal as the Silver Sponsor and Suddenlink Communications as the Bronze Sponsor of the 2015 Rising Leaders Program.

The Rising Leaders participate in a weeklong immersion program, which prepares them to undertake increased leadership responsibilities when they return to the workplace. The curriculum is comprised of leadership analysis, high-performing teams, cable business acumen and tactical personal leadership skill development. RLP participants will also create and manage their own personalized leadership development plans.

"WICT’s Rising Leaders Program provides future industry leaders with critical tools to enhance their skills and strengthen their companies," said Christina Vergara, WICT’s Senior Vice President, Educational Programs. "Every year we receive a significant number of applications from an exceptional group of rising professionals, and we’re very pleased to continue to have such strong demand for this valuable program."

The following companies will each be represented at the 2015 Rising Leaders Program:

  • A+E Networks
  • Bright House Networks
  • Cable ONE
  • Cablevision Systems Corporation
  • Charter Communications
  • Comcast (including Comcast Business Services and Comcast Spotlight)
  • Corning, Inc.
  • Cox Communications, Inc. (including Cox Media)
  • Crown Media Family Networks
  • Discovery Communications (including Discovery Networks Latin America)
  • Disney & ESPN Media Networks (including ESPN and ESPN Deportes)
  • EWTN
  • Fox Networks (including Fox Sports Florida)
  • HSN
  • INSP
  • MCTV
  • National Cable & Telecommunications Association
  • National Cable Television Cooperative
  • National Geographic Channel
  • NBC Universal Television Network Distribution
  • NCC Media
  • NuvoTV
  • Scripps Networks Interactive (including HGTV)
  • Showtime Networks, Inc.
  • Suddenlink Communications (including Suddenlink Business)
  • Synacor, Inc.
  • The Weather Channel
  • Time Warner Cable (including Time Warner Cable Media)
  • Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (including Cartoon Network, truTV, and Turner Sports)
  • Viacom Inc. (including BET Networks, CMT, Nickelodeon, and Viacom Media Networks)

Visit the WICT website for a complete list of participants, their biographies, and more information about the Rising Leaders Program.

About the WICT Rising Leaders Program
WICT’s Rising Leaders Program is a competitive, application-based program and all applicants must be approved by their companies in order to participate. The program is limited to six classes of 30 women per class. There will be three sessions this year: April 19-24 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, May 31 – June 5 in San Diego, CA, and November 15-20 in Philadelphia, PA. The in-depth leadership course curriculum will be led by Erika Andersen, Founder of Proteus International, and is supported by Proteus’ senior staff members, Therese Miclot, Jennifer Sherman, and Cari Windt.

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 nearly 10,000 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the cable and telecommunications industry. Comcast NBCUniversal, Time Warner Cable, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Suddenlink Communications are WICT’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information.

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