2019 BMGI

A celebration of 25 years of WICT’s BMLI

November 20 – 22, 2019 • JW Marriott Buckhead • Atlanta, GA

WICT’s 2019 Betsy Magness Graduate Institute (BMGI) took place in Atlanta, November 20-22. Created by WICT and developed in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), BMGI was designed to provide participants with the latest tools and techniques available to leaders while reconnecting them to the powerful BMLI alumnae network.

We are delighted to share the lineup of speakers we who came together in Atlanta for the program.

PStreeper

To help alumnae connect with their internal creative character, we invited artist, executive coach and innovation consultant, Patricia Streeper, to deliver an engaging keynote. With more than three decades of experience in creative and corporate environments, Patricia’s varied background enables her to operate from a blended right brain/left brain perspective that inspires creative thinking for practical solutions.

We also convened some favorite BMLI faculty as we celebrated 25 years of WICT’s flagship program.

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A panel of graduates spanning 25 years — from Class 1 to Class 39 — discussed the impact of BMLI and how the workplace has evolved since the program’s inception.

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The program opened with a reception at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, November 20 (to include BMLI Classes 40 and 41).

Take a look at what attendees have to say about past BMGI programs:

  • “So many takeaways, both professionally and personally.”
  • “I have the same spark and warm feelings I had from my 1st time with BMLI. This was worth the money and time and I look forward to this again next year. Thank you for helping me push the ‘reset’ button.”
  • “The session is a good recharge and a good reminder of leadership concepts I can always benefit from hearing again.”

BMGI 2019 Photos

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The Future Workplace – Collaborate. Innovate. Automate.

 

The 2018 Betsy Magness Graduate Institute (BMGI) took place November 29-30, 2018 in Philadelphia, PA. Developed in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), the Betsy Magness Graduate Institute is one and a half days of focused instruction and discussion on key management challenges and opportunities for today’s senior leaders. 

The 2018 program opened with a reception, where the BMLI alumnae welcomed Classes 38 and 39.

BMGI faculty members from CCL, George Hallenbeck, Director, Commercialization, and Steve Young, Senior Research Scientist, joined facilitator Sara King to explain how the definition of talent is changing in response to disruptions in the workforce, and described the ways you can take advantage of new, experimental AI tools to maintain a developmental edge.

Esteemed panelists joined this year’s BMGI program as we explored the future workplace:

  • Karen Buchholz, SVP, Administration, Comcast
  • Erica Keswin, Author, Bring Your Human to Work
  • Paul Marchand, EVP and Chief HR Officer, Charter Communications
  • Vidhyu Rao, Workforce Transformation Offerings Leader, Cognizant

Attendees received a copy of Erica’s book, Bring Your Human to Work, the #1 new HR release on Amazon!

Take a look at what attendees have to say about past BMGI programs:

  • “So many takeaways, both professionally and personally.”
  • “I have the same spark and warm feelings I had from my 1st time with BMLI. This was worth the money and time and I look forward to this again next year. Thank you for helping me push the ‘reset’ button.”
  • “The session is a good recharge and a good reminder of leadership concepts I can always benefit from hearing again.”


This learning experience has been developed by WICT, in concert with the experts from the Center for Creative Leadership, exclusively for WICT’s Betsy Magness Leadership Institute alumnae.

November 30 – December 1, 2017

Gaylord National Harbor

National Harbor, MD

Graduates of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute (BMLI) gathered in National Harbor, MD, just outside of Washington, DC, for the annual Betsy Magness Graduate Institute (BMGI) program. Alumnae in attendance ranged from Class 4 to the most recent graduates of Classes 34 and 35.

Following an opening night reception where alumnae were able to recharge and reconnect, program participants embarked on a day and a half of focused learning. This year’s program content addressed the importance of identifying and refining one’s own leadership purpose, especially in the midst of industry disruption. Attendees participated in an experiential learning opportunity creating their own businesses, wherein they applied principles of design thinking to address the challenges facing their enterprise.

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Attendees also participated in roundtable discussions facilitated by esteemed industry executives and luminaries. Topics included internal disruption, organizational strategies and challenging the status quo.

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L to R: Maria Brennan, WICT; Michelle Rice, TV One; Martha
Soehren, Comcast; Sandy Padula, Turner; Rob Stoddard,
NCTA; Dalila Wilson-Scott, Comcast NBCUniversal; Commissioner
Mignon Clyburn, FCC; K. Dane Snowden, NCTA; Samantha
Cooper, Viacom Media Networks; LD Bennett, Center for Creative
Leadership; Lisa Williams-Fauntroy, Discovery Communications

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December 1 – 2, 2016W BuckheadAtlanta, GA Over 100 graduates of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute (BMLI) gathered in Atlanta in 2016 for the annual Betsy Magness Graduate Institute (BMGI). Alumnae attended from 29 classes (a record for BMGI), ranging from Class 2 to the most recent graduates of Classes 32 and 33. The program content focused on accepting the fact that evolution in the workplace is inevitable, especially in the media industry, and to succeed we must not only anticipate but embrace change.

Pat Esser, President, Cox Communications  During the opening reception, members of current BMLI Classes 34 and 35 met and mingled with the alumnae in attendance, and Cox Communications’ President Pat Esser shared his insights on the direction of the industry as well as career advice gleaned from his many years of experience leading one of the industry’s most forward-thinking companies.

A panel of accomplished women leaders shared intimate stories about how each of them recognized and leveraged defining moments in their career journey. They each reflected on these pivotal incidents, revealing what prepared them for these occurrences and how they capitalized on them to propel their careers forward. Perhaps most valuable to the audience was the panelists’ advice on how to prepare themselves for the challenges ahead as the industry continues to evolve.  

Attendees were enthralled as social scientist and forecaster from The Institute for the Future, Bob Johansen, and co-presenter Sebastian Benitez, presented new insights and research on Leadership Foresight. Their work looks 10 years into the future to anticipate how leaders will need to adapt as various external forces, including technological and social evolution, impact society.

While no one can precisely predict the future, we know enough to understand that disruption is occurring at a pace and frequency that we have not experienced before. To help BMGI participants prepare for what lies ahead, Johansen presented five new leadership literacies he has identified, which are available to the public in his book, Thriving in a Future of Extreme Disruption and Distributed. 

Susan Jin Davis, SVP, Operations & Compliance, Comcast Cable 

The program concluded with an enthusiastic discussion about how each Betsy can harness change in her career and help motivate those around her to do the same. With change and disruption becoming the new constant, today’s career marketplace demands adaptability and initiative. Attendees learned that is possible to survive and even thrive in this landscape given the right skills and perspective.

December 3 – 4, 2015

Loews Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

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This year’s Betsy Magness Graduate Institute was one-and-a-half days of leadership training that gave a powerful new framework for energizing and inspiring those around you. Created in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership and Stone Lake Leadership Group, Inspirational Leadership is a next-level skill that draws out top organizational performance. This critical proficiency energizes teams, fosters engagement and accountability, and helps establish team trust.

The program included the latest research on effective leadership characteristics, an interactive learning environment, the sharing of best practices, and – back by popular demand – BMGI roundtable discussions with the industry’s top thought-leaders. These leaders included:

  • Maria Arias, VP, Diversity & Inclusion, Comcast
  • Cathy Avgiris, EVP & CFO, Comcast
  • LD Bennett, Faculty, Center for Creative Leadership
  • Ann Carlsen, Founder & CEO, Carlsen Resources
  • Shannon Cassidy, Founder & CEO, Bridge Between
  • Sandy Howe, SVP, Global Marketing, ARRIS
  • Gail MacKinnon, EVP & Chief Government Relations Officer, Time Warner Cable
  • Beth Main, SVP | Domestic Network Distribution, HBO
  • Juliette Morris, EVP, Marketing, NBCUniversal
  • Tonia O’Connor, President, Distribution Sales & Marketing, Univision
  • Dane Snowden, Chief of Staff, NCTA
  • Martha Soehren, Chief Talent Development Officer & SVP, Comcast
  • Alex Swan, Senior Director of Global Industry Events and Relations, ARRIS
  • Melody Tan, SVP, Strategy and Business Development, Global ContentDistribution, Viacom

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We also held a special reception on the evening of Wednesday, December 2 with BMLI alumnae and other VIPs, where we welcomed the incoming BMLI Classes 32 and 33.

 

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Top Sources of Inspiration

Survey Results as of 10/2/15

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​​​November​ 6 – 7, 2014

Four Seasons Baltimore

Baltimore, MD​

 

​The 2014 Betsy Magness Graduate Institute (BMGI), took place November 6-7 in Baltimore, Maryland. BMGI provided attendees, who are all alumnae of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute (BMLI), with two days of focused instruction and discussion on key management challenges and opportunities facing today’s cable leaders.​​

 

The program featured case studies and research on suc​cessfully leading change. Attendees explored strategies and tactics to enable them to successfully navigate their teams through times of disruption. The roundtable discussions on day two highlighted the personal experiences of cable leaders. These leaders included:

  • Lori Conkling, EVP, Strategy and Business Development, NBCUniversal
  • Denise Denson, EVP, Content Distribution & Marketing, Viacom Media Networks
  • Kristin Dolan​, Chief Operating Officer​, Cablevision System Corp.
  • Beth Hanssens​, CFO & SVP, Sprout/NBCUniversal
  • Marva Johnson​, C​orporate VP, Govern​ment & Industry Affairs, Bright House Networks
  • Gail MacKinnon, EVP & Chief Government Relations Officer, Time Warner Cable
  • Kim Martin, Senior Advisor, AMC Networks
  • Laura Nathanson​, EVP, Sales, ABC Family
  • Tonia O’Connor​, President, Distribution Sales & Marketing, Univision Communications Inc.
  • Kathleen O’Reilly​, Senior Managing Director, Accenture
  • Michelle Rice, EVP, Affiliate Sales & Marketing, TV One
  • Savalle Sims​, SVP, Litigation & IP, Discovery Communications, LLC
  • Dane Snowden, Chief of Staff, NCTA
  • Marie Svet, Chief Revenue Officer, AccuWeather, Inc.​​​

During this year’s​ program, attendees gained a strategic overview of change leadership and learned more about personal change styles. CCL’s Sara King, together with subject matter experts Chris Musselwhite and Tammie Plouffe, shared evidence-based learnings built on 15 years of research.

 

This year, BMLI celebrated 20 years of preparing senior-level women to take on significant leadership responsibilities. The anniversary was marked with a special reception on the evening prior to BMGI in celebration of the program’s over 800 graduates. The two current BMLI classes, 30 and 31, were in attendance at the reception.​

 

 

​​​​​​November 7-8, 2013
Westin Atlanta Perimeter North
Atlanta, Georgia    

The Betsy Magness Graduate Institute kicked off on the evening of November 6 with a special reception of the alumnae and the incloming BMLI Classes 28 and 29.  Developed in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), the Betsy Magness Graduate Institute is one and a half days of focused instruction and discussion on key management challenges and opportunities for today’s senior leaders.  

As a BMLI graduate, you know the quality and value of high-level learning achieved in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership and your fellow alumnae. BMGI provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to lifelong learning through this annual gathering where you will learn next-level leadership skills.  

This program, which is designed specifically to address post-BMLI level executives, offers unique training to help you as a senior leader.   

2022 Betsy Magness Graduate Institute (BMGI):

Creating Change Through Human-Centered Leadership

Registration now open for 2022 – sign up early to save $100

November 14-16, 2022
InterContinental Buckhead
Atlanta, GA

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SUMMARY

Created by The WICT Network and developed in partnership with top-ranking executive education institutes, the Betsy Magness Graduate Institute (BMGI) is designed anew annually to build upon the BMLI curriculum providing graduates with the latest tools, techniques and disciplines to hone their business strategies. All the while, the Graduate Institute allows participants to connect and reconnect with BMLI alumnae —a powerful B2B network.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

From the Great Resignation and hybrid work norms to a renewed focus on racial justice and gender equity, organizations and leaders around the globe are navigating critical, day-to-day realities that demand more time and attention than ever before. With five generations working side-by-side in today’s workplace, understanding how to engage and retain employees has never been more critical.

The 2022 BMGI program and its focus on human-centered leadership is grounded in key principles of neuroscience and groundbreaking global research conducted by our faculty partners from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). Through an interactive, practical and experiential program, you will gain a deeper understanding of human-centered leadership. As a BMGI participant, you will:

  • Explore four core behaviors applied to real workplace challenges to build trust, fuel collaboration and enable better business outcomes.
  • Delve into what is required of future leaders, including the personal, interpersonal and societal barriers young professionals are facing when pursuing leadership positions.
  • Take away fresh recommendations and three strategies on how to design and provide emerging leaders with the meaningful and effective developmental opportunities they need to grow in today’s workplace.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

In addition, you will learn how to:

  • Act with greater agility and resilience while addressing issues with openness and respect
  • Transform performance management with everyday conversations that matter
  • Break down silos and communication barriers
  • Prioritize and implement strategies for developing the next generation of leaders entering the workforce

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute

TESTIMONIALS

  • “Being with the Betsy community in general! The connection back to the coaches, classwork / experience that we revisit at BMGI, it’s always a boost and great check-in to all the takeaways from our formal session.” – SVP, Content Distribution & Strategy, Crown Media 
  • “I really enjoy the content programmed for this event. It’s a great refresher to listen and share experiences with other powerful women in media and great reminder of all the tools available at our disposal to live an intentional and purposeful life.” – VP, Content Distribution, NBCUniversal 
  • “Inspiring, rejuvenating, useful (clear actions, tools, takeaways), heartfelt, connecting. Overall fantastic!” AND “BMGI is a very carefully thought-out program and well-paced with facilitated discussions and clear ‘assignments’. Overall fantastic!” – SVP, A+E Networks 
  • “BMLI/BMGI is a well-organized and maintained program. I’m very proud to be a part of it and hope it will continue to train up more talented women leaders in our industry” – VP, Outsourcing Strategy and Support & eCare, Comcast 

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