Women in Cable Telecommunications Announces 2017 Rising Leaders

Washington, DC – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced the 180 designees of its 2017 Rising Leaders Program (RLP), which is comprised of industry professionals primarily 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 85 cable professionals, themselves alumnae of the program, who served on the 2017 Application Review Committee.

A grant from the Walter Kaitz Foundation will support eight 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 of the 2017 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 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 the next generation of industry leaders with essential tools to enhance their skills and strengthen their companies," said Joanna Dees, WICT’s Associate Vice President of Educational Programs. "We’re very pleased to continue to have such strong demand for this important program from a remarkable group of rising professionals."

The following companies will each be represented at the 2017 Rising Leaders Program:

  • A+E Networks (including Lifetime & HISTORY)
  • Bleacher Report
  • Cable ONE
  • Charter Communications (including Spectrum Reach)
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Comcast (including FreeWheel Media & STRATA)
  • Cox Communications
  • Crown Media Family Networks
  • Disney & ESPN Media Networks
  • EPIX
  • HSN
  • inconectiv
  • INSP
  • Midco
  • NBCUniversal
  • Scripps Networks Interactive (including Cooking Channel, Food Network, HGTV, DIY Networks, GAC Networks and Travel Channel)
  • The Weather Channel
  • Turner Broadcasting (including Cartoon Network, CNN, NBA TV, truTV and Turner Sports)
  • TV One
  • UP TV
  • Viacom Inc. (including CMT, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and VH1)
  • World Wide Technology

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 2-7 in Sarasota, FL, June 4-9 in La Jolla, CA, and November 12-17 in San Antonio, 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, 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 media. With over 10,000 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the 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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