Women in Cable Telecommunications Announces 2016 Rising Leaders


Washington, DC - Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced the 180 designees of its 2016 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 were designated based on an established selection process led by over 80 cable professionals, themselves alumnae of the program, who served on the 2016 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 2016 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 program 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 emerging industry leaders with critical tools to enhance their skills and strengthen their companies," said Christina Vergara, WICT’s Senior Vice President of Educational Programs. "We’re very pleased to continue to have such strong demand for this valuable program from an exceptional group of rising professionals."

The following companies will each be represented at the 2016 Rising Leaders Program:

  • A+E Networks (including Lifetime Television)
  • Cablevision Systems Corporation
  • Charter Communications
  • Comcast (including Comcast Spotlight, Comcast Wholesale, and Xfinity)
  • Cox Communications (including Cox Media)
  • Crown Media Family Networks
  • Discovery Communications
  • Disney & ESPN Media Networks (including ESPN and ESPN Deportes)
  • Fox Networks (including Fox Sports)
  • GCI
  • HSN
  • INSP
  • NCTA
  • NCTC
  • NBCUniversal
  • Scripps Networks Interactive (including Cooking Channel, Food Network and HGTV)
  • Suddenlink Communications
  • TDS Telecommunications Corp.
  • The Weather Channel
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Turner (including Bleacher Report, CNN, CNN International, TBS, TNT and Turner Sports)
  • UP TV
  • Viacom Inc. (including BET Networks, CMT and Nickelodeon)

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 10 – 15 in Coral Gables, FL, June 5 – 10 in San Diego, CA, and November 13 – 18 in Austin, TX. 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 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 and Suddenlink Communications are WICT’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information.