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The WICT Network’s annual Leadership Conference shines a spotlight on the business case for diversity, equity and inclusion across the industry. The program features a robust lineup of general sessions, interactive workshops, expert panels, coaching appointments and numerous peer-to-peer networking opportunities. Conference speakers — who encompass a diverse array of industry professionals, business experts and academic thought leaders — address cutting edge innovations in strategy, human capital, productivity, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) and what it means to be a great leader.

Attendees are raving about the stellar programming at The WICT Network 2022 Leadership Conference. Scroll down for a look at what attendees had to say and a full pictorial recap. Be sure to mark your calendar to join us for our 2023 event, which promises to be just as impactful!

 

#LC2022 Recap

The WICT Network 2022 Leadership Conference, held October 10-11, 2022, at the New York Marriott Marquis, featured more than 70 executives, academics, journalists, entrepreneurs and athletes who shared their wisdom with over 700 conferees. Below we relive the 2022 Leadership Conference and Touchstones Luncheon experience through a pictorial review.

OPENING SESSION  

The conference opened with a heartfelt dance performance by students from the Summer Arts Institute, the American Ballet Theatre’s comprehensive initiative to increase racial and ethnic representation in ballet and diversify America’s ballet companies. It was a beautiful and moving kick-off for the industry’s Diversity Week activities and The WICT Network Leadership Conference. The opening entertainment was sponsored by Afiniti.

Summer Arts Institute
Above: Students from the Summer Arts Institute.

Following the dance performance, Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, and Sandra K. Howe, Technology Executive & Board Chair of The WICT Network kicked off the Opening Session, sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal, by thanking sponsors and welcoming attendees to the association’s first in-person leadership conference since 2019. The energy in the room was palpable, with everyone excited to be back together under one roof for two days of learning, networking and professional development.

Above, left to right: Maria E. Brennan and Sandra K. Howe.

Loren Hudson, SVP & Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Cable then welcomed MSNBC Anchor & Business Correspondent Ali Velshi and Karen Dougherty Buchholz, EVP, Administration at Comcast, to the stage for a fireside chat.

Above, pictured at the podium: Loren Hudson. (Photo by Kent Gibbons, Cablefax Reporter.)

Karen and Ali touched on several topics, including the need for leaders across all industries to employ critical thinking skills when reading the news and the driving force behind Ali’s commitment to social justice.

“One day I’ll find out who shot me, and thank them, because it awakened me,” Ali said, recounting an incident where he was hit with a rubber bullet while covering George Floyd protests in Minneapolis.

Above, left to right: Karen Dougherty Buchholz and Ali Velshi.  The opening session was sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal.

MONDAY MORNING BREAKOUTS 

Following the opening general session, attendees spent the rest of the morning in a variety of breakout sessions, which were delineated into three tracks:

  • The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Quotient track, which provided content and insights on navigating complex conversations around gender and racial equity, social justice, and inclusion.
  • The Your Best Self track, which centered around renewal, self-awareness, authenticity, performance, and overall wellbeing, at work and at home.
  • The Master Class track, which offered fresh ideas, cutting edge research and proven methods to bolster leadership skills.

Morning sessions and speakers included:

Representation & Creative Equity, Sponsored by Warner Bros. Discovery

  • Jo DiSante, VP, Current Programming & Synergy, ABC Entertainment
  • Makeda Mays Green, SVP, Digital Consumer Insights, Nickelodeon
  • Toni Judkins, SVP, Development, Hallmark Media
  • Ashley McFarlin, VP, Unscripted Development, WE TV, AMC Networks
  • Michelle Rice, President, TV One & CLEO TV – Moderator

Life on Purpose, Sponsored by AWS

  • Natalie Johnson, Co-Founder, ViDL Solutions

How to Avoid the Guillotine & Other PR Tips for Boosting Your Career

  • Leigh Woisard, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for Cox Communications and Vice Chair of The WICT Network

Leadership Roundtables, Sponsored by REVOLT

  • Manohar Ashwath, Global Head of Cable & Communications, Genpact
  • Mary Eldridge, Client Partner, Telecom, Media & Entertainment, NTT Data
  • Megha Joshi, Founder, The Resilient Human
  • Julia Levy, Head of Global Talent Acquisition, CommScope
  • Charles Neal, AVP, Media, Entertainment, Cable & Communications, Genpact
  • Lisa Prince, VP, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Afiniti
  • Eilisa Reid, GVP, Service Delivery Applications, Charter Communications
  • Michelle Strong, SVP, Distribution & Marketing, A+E Networks
  • Jodi Teitelman, VP, Affiliate Distribution, QVC/HSN, Qurate Retail Group
  • Shannon Cassidy, Author; Founder & CEO, bridge between — Moderator

Empower Hour (virtual conference only)

  • Kathryn Valentine, Founder, Worthmore Negotiations

Above: 2022 Leadership Conference attendees participate in a breakout session, Monday, October 10.

TOUCHSTONES LUNCHEON

Welcome & Keynote

The ballroom was buzzing with excitement as Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO of The WICT Network, welcomed attendees to this special event, held each year to shine a spotlight on the business imperative of diversity, equity and inclusion. AMC Networks served as a Champion Sponsor of the luncheon along with numerous table sponsors.

“While we may all come from different backgrounds and some of us may even be competitors, one common thread connects us — our commitment to equality,” she told the audience.

Above, Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel addresses more than 700 Touchstones Luncheon attendees.

Above, Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel addresses more than 700 Touchstones Luncheon attendees. (Photo: The WICT Network staff)

She then welcomed to the stage FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, who spoke to attendees about being bold enough to break barriers and the importance of giving others a leg up where possible.

“Working in technology, I have lost count of the times I have been the only woman in the room,” the Chairwoman said. “When you do break glass ceilings or get a seat at the table… find a way to be a sponsor, be a mentor, and be someone who brings someone else along. In other words, pull up a chair for others.”

Above, Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel.

Awards Presentation

In-person attendees dined and conversed while virtual participants were treated to replays of top Pearls of Wisdom speakers from the past, and then it was time to honor this year’s award winners. Sandra K. Howe, The WICT Network Board Chair, took the stage to begin the 2022 Women of the Year and Women to Watch awards ceremony. Our honorees have “a common denominator among them; a desire to pave the way for others to follow, building a legacy that will live on for years to come,” Sandra told attendees. Meet each of the honorees here.

This year The WICT Network was privileged to honor:

Woman of the Year – Operator 

Colleen Langner, EVP & COO, Cox Communications

Above, left to right: Colleen Langner and Mark Greatrex.

Woman of the Year – Programmer  

Wonya Lucas, President & CEO, Hallmark Media

Above: Wonya Lucas

Woman to Watch – Operator  

Shannon Atkinson, Regional VP, Field Operations – West Division, Charter Communications

Above, left to right: Shannon Atkinson and Debi Picciolo.

Woman to Watch – Programmer

Lisa Williams-Fauntroy, SVP, Business & Legal Affairs, Warner Bros. Discovery

Above, left to right: Lisa Williams-Fauntroy and Sheereen Russell.

Woman to Watch – Technology 

Urvi Shah, VP, Global Key Account Marketing, CommScope

Above, left to right: Urvi Shah and Leslie Miles.

AFTERNOON BREAKOUTS AND GENERAL SESSIONS

Following the luncheon, conference participants returned to more breakout sessions. Afternoon sessions and speakers included:

Beyond the Hashtag – #MentalHealthMatters, Sponsored by Cox Communications

  • Noopur Agarwal, Vice President, Social Impact, MTV Entertainment Studios at Paramount Global
  • Jill Harkavy-Friedman, Ph.D., SVP, Research AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
  • Kimberly Williams, President and CEO, Vibrant Emotional Health
  • Tina Simmons, SVP, HR Xfinity, Growth, Innovation, & Experience (XGIE), Comcast — Moderator

The Neuroscience of Leadership: Mind-Body-Movement, Sponsored by Cable One

  • Julia C. Basso, Ph.D., CYT, Assistant Professor and Director, The Embodied Brain Laboratory, Virginia Tech

Master Class: Becoming Change-Capable, Sponsored by TV ONE

  • Erika Andersen, Author, Business Thinker, and Founding Partner, Proteus International

Bold, New Space and Courageous Dialogue (virtual conference only)

  • Nilda Gumbs, Chief of Staff, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association
  • Deepa Purushothaman, DEI Leader, Former Senior Partner at Deloitte, and Author of “The First, The Few, The Only”

Attendees then reconvened in the Westside Ballroom for two final general sessions. The Rare Air: Insights from Women Chiefs session, sponsored by Korn Ferry, brought C-suite leaders together to reflect on tales of triumph and lessons learned throughout their careers. Panelists included:

  • Frances Berwick, Chairman, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming
  • Jessica Fischer, CFO, Charter Communications
  • Sujata Gosalia, EVP and Chief Strategy Officer, Cox Communications
  • Wonya Lucas, CEO, Hallmark Media
  • Christina Spade, CEO, AMC Networks
  • Hena Doba, Anchor & Breaking News Correspondent, Cheddar News — Moderator

Above, from left to right: Frances Berwick, Jessica Fischer, Sujata Gosalia, Wonya Lucas, Christina Spade and Hena Doba.

 

The final session of the day was the always-popular Profiles of Champions session, sponsored by Accenture, where world-class athletes discussed what competing at an elite level has taught them about cultivating endurance, strength, flexibility and focus – traits that also provide a competitive edge in the workplace. Speakers included:

  • Katrina Adams, Executive, Author, TV Analyst and Former Pro Tennis Player
  • Maia Chaka, Educator; NFL Official; Founder of Making Meaningful Change
  • Stefanie Dolson, Center, New York Liberty, WNBA
  • Summer Sanders, Former Olympic Swimmer, Gold Medalist, TV Commentator and Author
  • Molly Qerim, Host, First Take, ESPN – Moderator

Above, from left to right: Stefanie Dolson, Molly Qerim, Summer Sanders, Katrina Adams and Maia Chaka .

 

EVENING NETWORKING

In-person attendees wrapped up day one of LC2022 at the Big Apple Reception, sponsored by A+E Networks. A highlight of each year’s conference, the reception allows participants to relax, reconnect with old friends and meet new ones in a congenial environment. Virtual attendees had the option to participate in “networking roulette,” an activity designed to allow participants to engage in quick discussions and exchange ideas with colleagues via our online platform.

Above: Scenes from the Big Apple Reception.

 

WOMEN’S TECHCONNECT KICKOFF

Day two of the conference got off to a bright and early start as Women’s TechConnect mentors and mentees convened to meet one another for the first time. Developed collaboratively by Women in Technology awardees, The WICT Network and SCTE, a CableLabs® subsidiary, the TechConnect initiative seeks to educate and retain women who work in technology-related in our industry. This event represents the start of the 2023 program. TechConnect is supported by The WICT Network Women in STEM sponsor, Breaking the Glass.

Above: Women’s TechConnect program participants.

 

TUESDAY GENERAL SESSIONS

Attendees, both in person and virtual, had a full day of impactful general sessions on the docket for Tuesday, starting at 8:30 am with our Reimagination: The Future Workplace session. Panelists discussed work trends relevant to our industry and big picture concepts shaping our future workplace—from diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) to flexible work schedules, and more. Speakers included:

  • Samira Panah Bakhtiar, Director, Global Media & Entertainment, Amazon Web Services
  • Karen Dougherty Buchholz, EVP, Administration, Comcast
  • Soraya Loerts, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Liberty Global
  • Lorraine Hack, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry — Moderator

Above, left to right: Samira Panah Bakhtiar, Karen Dougherty Buchholz, Soraya Loerts and Lorraine Hack.

 

Brighter by the Day: A Fireside Chat with Robin Roberts

Next attendees were treated to a fireside chat between journalist and best-selling author Robin Roberts and The WICT Network’s own Maria E. Brennan. For more than three decades, Robin’s award-winning work and powerful personal story have inspired millions across the globe. Robin captivated audience members on Tuesday’s session, sponsored by Liberty Global, as she regaled them with stories from her latest book, filled with experiences that have helped shape who she is today and how she views the world.

“Happiness is contingent on something. Joy is just pure. Joy is… something that is within you,” Robin told attendees.

Above, left to right: Maria E. Brennan, Leigh Woisard, Robin Roberts and Sandra Howe.

Above, left to right: Maria E. Brennan and Robin Roberts.

 

SPECIAL TRIBUTE: Inaugural Fearless Leader Award

Following the fireside chat, The WICT Network held a ceremony to confer its inaugural Fearless Leader Award, which acknowledges an executive who exemplifies The WICT Network Touchstones of Leadership, serving as an inspirational role model to others. An unflinching commitment to the industry and workplace equality are hallmarks of the Fearless Leader honoree. The award was bestowed upon Jill Campbell, President and Chief People and Operations Officer, Cox Enterprises, by Board Chair Sandra K. Howe and Vice Chair Leigh Woisard.

As they presented the award, Leigh quoted Jill from her 2013 Pearls of Wisdom presentation, “You may not be able able to change the system, but you can make a difference one person at a time.”

The award will be named after Jill Campbell henceforth.

Above: Jill Campbell accepts the 2022 Fearless Leader Award.

 

Attendees were then treated to The WICT Network’s beloved Pearls of Wisdom capstone session, sponsored by Charter Communications and styled after the famed TED Talks. Speakers shared their journeys and transformational moments that have shaped their lives and careers, Speakers included:

  • Vivian Kaye, Founder and CEO, KinkyCurlyYaki
  • Detavio Samuels, CEO, REVOLT
  • Brianna Wiest, Author, Thought Catalog
  • Steve White, President & Special Counsel to CEO, Comcast Cable

Above, clockwise starting far-left: Vivian Kaye, Detavio Samuels, Steve White and Brianna Wiest.

 

The 2022 Leadership Conference closed with a Diversity Town Hall, presented in partnership with NAMIC and supported by the Walter Kaitz Foundation. Among other findings, the data revealed that representation of women in our industry increased by 5-percentage points despite the pandemic, from 33% to 38%, since the 2019 survey. A panel of experts in diversity and inclusion discussed the broader findings in an informative conversation, led by Suzanne Malveaux, Award-winning Journalist and National Correspondent, CNN. Panelists included:

  • Rhonda Nesmith Crichlow, SVP & Chief Diversity Officer, Charter Communications
  • Loren Hudson, SVP & Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Cable
  • Ann McGlennen, Chief Human Resources Officer, Midco
  • Kia Painter, EVP & Chief People Officer, Cox Communications
  • Shebani Patel, Partner, People Analytics, PwC
  • Aisha Thomas-Petit, Chief People & Diversity Officer, AMC Networks

Above, left to right: Maria E. Brennan, Michelle Ray, Rhonda Nesmith Crichlow, Loren Hudson, Ann McGlennen, Michael Powell, Suzanne Malveaux, Kia Painter, Aisha Thomas-Petit and Sandra K. Howe.

 

Jessa Cooke, VP, Educational Programs, The WICT Network, closed the in-person conference, thanking all the presenters, sponsors and attendees, and reminding everyone to save the date for next year’s conference, which will return to the Marriott Marquis September 18-19, 2023.

The learning continued on for virtual conference participants, who had the option to attend two more breakout sessions from 1:00 – 2:00 pm:

  • Detoxing Off the Drug of Achievement
    • Megan Miller, Intentional Living Expert
  • Breathe to Transform
    • Max Strom, Trainer & Author

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The WICT Network’s 2022 Leadership Conference

October 10-11, 2022 | New York Marriott Marquis

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The first 100 registrants will receive a complimentary copy of Robin Roberts’ most recent book, Brighter By The Day: Waking Up to New Hopes and Dreams.

The last two years have profoundly changed how we do business and interact with one another. Now, how do we adopt, adapt or subtract what we’ve learned to navigate the path forward? Let’s explore that question, together.

The WICT Network is pleased to present the
2022 Leadership Conference: THE GREAT RESET

Join us this fall as we kickoff Diversity Week 2022 by taking a deep dive into the newest, cutting-edge business innovations and workplace solutions to address business strategy, human capital, productivity, psychological safety, DEI and what it means to be a great leader today.

We are thrilled to announce Robin Roberts, Co-Host of ABC’s Good Morning America and best-selling author, will headline day two of The WICT Network’s Leadership Conference. 

Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts is the co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America, founder and president of Rock’n Robin Productions and New York Times best-selling author. Under her leadership, Good Morning America has won numerous Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program, and the 2017 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Daytime TV Hosting Team.  Learn more about Roberts here.

Additional conference updates from The WICT Network coming soon.

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Join us live at the Marriott Marquis in New York for everything you remember most about the Leadership Conference — networking with your peers, meeting new people, coaching and mentoring sessions, and hours and hours of captivating content. Following the live event, you will have on-demand access to all virtual content for one year after the conference concludes.

If you can’t make it in person or prefer an option that fits your schedule, register to access our on-demand program. Select sessions will be streamed live, with additional curated virtual content and online networking for our remote participants. You will also have on-demand access to all virtual content for one year after the conference concludes.

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More Than 700 Participants Joined Virtually and In Person for the 2022 Leadership Conference

Attendees are raving about the stellar programming at The WICT Network 2022 Leadership Conference. Read on for a look at what attendees had to say, a written recap and photos from the event.

OPENING SESSION

The conference opened with a heartfelt dance performance by students from the Summer Arts Institute, the American Ballet Theatre’s comprehensive initiative to increase racial and ethnic representation in ballet and diversify America’s ballet companies. It was a beautiful and moving start to the industry’s Diversity Week activities and The WICT Network Leadership Conference. The opening entertainment was sponsored by Afiniti.

Above: Students from the Summer Arts Institute.

Following the dance performance, Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, and Sandra K. Howe, Technology Executive & Board Chair of The WICT Network, kicked off the Opening Session, sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal, by thanking sponsors and welcoming attendees to the association’s first in-person leadership conference since 2019. The energy in the room was palpable, with everyone excited to be back together under one roof for two days of learning, networking and professional development.

 Above, left to right: Maria E. Brennan and Sandra K. Howe.

Loren Hudson, SVP & Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Cable then welcomed MSNBC Anchor & Business Correspondent Ali Velshi and Karen Dougherty Buchholz, EVP, Administration at Comcast, to the stage for a fireside chat.

Above, pictured at the podium: Loren Hudson. (Photo by Kent Gibbons, Cablefax Reporter.)

Karen and Ali touched on several topics, including the need for leaders across all industries to employ critical thinking skills when reading the news and the driving force behind Ali’s commitment to social justice.

“One day I’ll find out who shot me, and thank them, because it awakened me,” Ali said, recounting an incident where he was hit with a rubber bullet while covering George Floyd protests in Minneapolis.

Above, left to right: Karen Dougherty Buchholz and Ali Velshi.

MONDAY MORNING BREAKOUTS

Following the opening general session, attendees spent the rest of the morning in a variety of breakout sessions, which were delineated into three tracks:

  • The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Quotient track, which provided content and insights on navigating complex conversations around gender and racial equity, social justice, and inclusion.
  • The Your Best Self track, which centered around renewal, self-awareness, authenticity, performance, and overall wellbeing, at work and at home.
  • The Master Class track, which offered fresh ideas, cutting edge research and proven methods to bolster leadership skills.

Morning sessions and speakers included:

Representation & Creative Equity, Sponsored by Warner Bros. Discovery

  • Jo DiSante, VP, Current Programming & Synergy, ABC Entertainment
  • Makeda Mays Green, SVP, Digital Consumer Insights, Nickelodeon
  • Toni Judkins, SVP, Development, Hallmark Media
  • Ashley McFarlin, VP, Unscripted Development, WE TV, AMC Networks
  • Michelle Rice, President, TV One & CLEO TV – Moderator

Life on Purpose, Sponsored by AWS

  • Natalie Johnson, Co-Founder, ViDL Solutions

How to Avoid the Guillotine & Other PR Tips for Boosting Your Career

  • Leigh Woisard, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for Cox Communications and Vice Chair of The WICT Network Board of Directors

Leadership Roundtables, Sponsored by REVOLT

  • Manohar Ashwath, Global Head of Cable & Communications, Genpact
  • Mary Eldridge, Client Partner, Telecom, Media & Entertainment, NTT Data
  • Megha Joshi, Founder, The Resilient Human
  • Julia Levy, Head of Global Talent Acquisition, CommScope
  • Charles Neal, AVP, Media, Entertainment, Cable & Communications, Genpact
  • Lisa Prince, VP, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Afiniti
  • Eilisa Reid, GVP, Service Delivery Applications, Charter Communications
  • Michelle Strong, SVP, Distribution & Marketing, A+E Networks
  • Jodi Teitelman, VP, Affiliate Distribution, QVC/HSN, Qurate Retail Group
  • Shannon Cassidy, Author; Founder & CEO, bridge between — Moderator

Empower Hour (virtual conference only)

  • Kathryn Valentine, Founder, Worthmore Negotiations

Above: 2022 Leadership Conference attendees participate in a breakout session, Monday, October 10.

TOUCHSTONES LUNCHEON

Welcome & Keynote

The ballroom was buzzing with excitement as Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO of The WICT Network, welcomed attendees to this special event, held each year to shine a spotlight on the business imperative of diversity, equity and inclusion. AMC Networks served as a Champion Sponsor of the luncheon along with numerous table sponsors.

“While we may all come from different backgrounds and some of us may even be competitors, one common thread connects us — our commitment to equality,” she told the audience.

She then welcomed to the stage FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, who spoke to attendees about being bold enough to break barriers and the importance of giving others a leg up where possible.

“Working in technology, I have lost count of the times I have been the only woman in the room,” the Chairwoman said. “When you do break glass ceilings or get a seat at the table… find a way to be a sponsor, be a mentor, and be someone who brings someone else along. In other words, pull up a chair for others.”

Above, Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel.

Above, Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel addresses nearly 800 Touchstones Luncheon attendees. (Photo: The WICT Network staff)

Awards Presentation

In-person attendees dined and conversed while virtual participants were treated to replays of top Pearls of Wisdom speakers from the past, and then it was time to honor this year’s award winners. Sandra K. Howe, The WICT Network Board Chair, took the stage to begin the 2022 Women of the Year and Women to Watch awards ceremony. Our honorees have “a common denominator among them; a desire to pave the way for others to follow, building a legacy that will live on for years to come,” Sandra told attendees.

This year The WICT Network was privileged to honor:

Woman of the Year – Operator

Colleen Langner, EVP & COO, Cox Communications

Woman of the Year – Programmer

Wonya Lucas, President & CEO, Hallmark Media

Woman to Watch – Operator

Shannon Atkinson, Regional VP, Field Operations – West Division, Charter Communications

Woman to Watch – Programmer

Lisa Williams-Fauntroy, SVP, Business & Legal Affairs, Warner Bros. Discovery

Woman to Watch – Technology

Urvi Shah, VP, Global Key Account Marketing, CommScope

Meet each of the honorees here.

Above, left to right: Colleen Langner and Mark Greatrex.

Above, Wonya Lucas

Above, left to right: Shannon Atkinson and Debi Picciolo.

Above, left to right: Lisa Williams-Fauntroy and Sheereen Russell.

Above, left to right: Urvi Shah and Leslie Miles.
Above, left to right: Woyna Lucas, Shannon Atkinson, Maria E. Brennan, and Sandra K, Howe
AFTERNOON BREAKOUTS AND GENERAL SESSIONS

Following the luncheon, conference participants returned to more breakout sessions. Afternoon sessions and speakers included:

Beyond the Hashtag – #MentalHealthMatters, Sponsored by Cox Communications

  • Noopur Agarwal, Vice President, Social Impact, MTV Entertainment Studios at Paramount Global
  • Jill Harkavy-Friedman, Ph.D., SVP, Research AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
  • Kimberly Williams, President and CEO, Vibrant Emotional Health
  • Tina Simmons, SVP, HR Xfinity, Growth, Innovation, & Experience (XGIE), Comcast — Moderator

The Neuroscience of Leadership: Mind-Body-Movement, Sponsored by Cable One

  • Julia C. Basso, Ph.D., CYT, Assistant Professor and Director, The Embodied Brain Laboratory, Virginia Tech

Master Class: Becoming Change-Capable, Sponsored by TV ONE

  • Erika Andersen, Author, Business Thinker, and Founding Partner, Proteus International

Bold, New Space and Courageous Dialogue (virtual conference only)

  • Nilda Gumbs, Chief of Staff, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association
  • Deepa Purushothaman, DEI Leader, Former Senior Partner at Deloitte, and Author of “The First, The Few, The Only”

Attendees then reconvened in the Westside Ballroom for two final general sessions. The Rare Air: Insights from Women Chiefs session, sponsored by Korn Ferry, brought C-suite leaders together to reflect on tales of triumph and lessons learned throughout their careers. Panelists included:

  • Frances Berwick, Chairman, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming
  • Jessica Fischer, CFO, Charter Communications
  • Sujata Gosalia, EVP and Chief Strategy Officer, Cox Communications
  • Wonya Lucas, CEO, Hallmark Media
  • Christina Spade, CEO, AMC Networks
  • Hena Doba, Anchor & Breaking News Correspondent, Cheddar News — Moderator

Above, from left to right: Frances Berwick, Jessica Fischer, Sujata Gosalia, Wonya Lucas, Christina Spade and Hena Doba.

The final session of the day was the always-popular Profiles of Champions session, sponsored by Accenture, where world-class athletes discussed what competing at an elite level has taught them about cultivating endurance, strength, flexibility and focus – traits that also provide a competitive edge in the workplace. Speakers included:

  • Katrina Adams, Executive, Author, TV Analyst and Former Pro Tennis Player
  • Maia Chaka, Educator; NFL Official; Founder of Making Meaningful Change
  • Stefanie Dolson, Olympic Gold Medalist & WNBA World Champion
  • Summer Sanders, Former Olympic Swimmer, Gold Medalist, TV Commentator and Author
  • Molly Qerim, Host, First Take, ESPN – Moderator

Above, from left to right: Katrina Adams, Maia Chaka, Stefanie Dolson, Summer Sanders and Molly Qerim.

EVENING NETWORKING

In-person attendees wrapped up day one of LC2022 at the Big Apple Reception, sponsored by A+E Networks. A highlight of each year’s conference, the reception allows participants to relax, reconnect with old friends and meet new ones in a congenial environment. Virtual attendees had the option to participate in “networking roulette,” an activity designed to allow participants to engage in quick discussions and exchange ideas with colleagues via our online platform.

Above: Scenes from the Big Apple Reception.

WOMEN’S TECHCONNECT KICKOFF

Day two of the conference got off to a bright and early start as Women’s TechConnect mentors and mentees convened to meet one another for the first time. Developed collaboratively by Women in Technology awardees, The WICT Network and SCTE, a CableLabs® subsidiary, the TechConnect initiative seeks to educate and retain women who work in technology-related in our industry. This event represents the start of the 2023 program. TechConnect is supported by The WICT Network Women in STEM sponsor, Breaking the Glass.

Above: Women’s TechConnect program participants.

TUESDAY GENERAL SESSIONS

Attendees, both in person and virtual, had a full day of impactful general sessions on the docket for Tuesday, starting at 8:30 am with our Reimagination: The Future Workplace session. Panelists discussed work trends relevant to our industry and big picture concepts shaping our future workplace—from diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) to flexible work schedules, and more. Speakers included:

  • Samira Panah Bakhtiar, Director, Global Media & Entertainment, Amazon Web Services
  • Karen Dougherty Buchholz, EVP, Administration, Comcast
  • Soraya Loerts, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Liberty Global
  • Lorraine Hack, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry — Moderator

Above, left to right: Samira Panah Bakhtiar, Karen Dougherty Buchholz, Soraya Loerts and

Lorraine Hack.

Brighter by the Day: A Fireside Chat with Robin Roberts

Next attendees were treated to a fireside chat between journalist and best-selling author Robin Roberts and The WICT Network’s own Maria E. Brennan. For more than three decades, Robin’s award-winning work and powerful personal story have inspired millions across the globe. Robin captivated audience members on Tuesday’s session, sponsored by Liberty Global, as she regaled them with stories from her latest book, filled with experiences that have helped shape who she is today and how she views the world.

“Happiness is contingent on something. Joy is just pure. Joy is… something that is within you,” Robin told attendees.

Above, left to right: Maria E. Brennan and Robin Roberts.

SPECIAL TRIBUTE: Inaugural Fearless Leader Award

Following the fireside chat, The WICT Network held a ceremony to confer its inaugural Fearless Leader Award, which acknowledges an executive who exemplifies The WICT Network Touchstones of Leadership, serving as an inspirational role model to others. An unflinching commitment to the industry and workplace equality are hallmarks of the Fearless Leader honoree. The award was bestowed upon Jill Campbell, President and Chief People and Operations Officer, Cox Enterprises, by Board Chair Sandra K. Howe and Vice Chair Leigh Woisard.

As they presented the award, Leigh quoted Jill from her 2013 Pearls of Wisdom presentation, “You may not be able able to change the system, but you can make a difference one person at a time.”

The award will be named after Jill Campbell henceforth.

Above: Jill Campbell accepts the 2022 Fearless Leader Award

Attendees were then treated to The WICT Network’s beloved Pearls of Wisdom capstone session, sponsored by Charter Communications and styled after the famed TED Talks. Speakers shared their journeys and transformational moments that have shaped their lives and careers, Speakers included:

  • Vivian Kaye, Founder and CEO, KinkyCurlyYaki
  • Detavio Samuels, CEO, REVOLT
  • Brianna Wiest, Author, Thought Catalog
  • Steve White, President & Special Counsel to CEO, Comcast Cable

Above, clockwise starting far-left: Vivian Kaye, Detavio Samuels, Steve White and Brianna Wiest.

The 2022 Leadership Conference closed with a Diversity Town Hall, presented in partnership with NAMIC and supported by the Walter Kaitz Foundation. Among other findings, the data revealed that representation of women in our industry increased by 5-percentage points despite the pandemic, from 33% to 38%, since the 2019 survey. A panel of experts in diversity and inclusion discussed the broader findings in an informative conversation, led by Suzanne Malveaux, Award-winning Journalist and National Correspondent, CNN. Panelists included:

  • Rhonda Nesmith Crichlow, SVP & Chief Diversity Officer, Charter Communications
  • Loren Hudson, SVP & Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Cable
  • Ann McGlennen, Chief Human Resources Officer, Midco
  • Kia Painter, EVP & Chief People Officer, Cox Communications
  • Shebani Patel, Partner, People Analytics, PwC
  • Aisha Thomas-Petit, Chief People & Diversity Officer, AMC Networks

Above, left to right: Maria E. Brennan, Michelle Ray, Rhonda Nesmith Crichlow, Loren Hudson, Ann McGlennen, Michael Powell, Suzanne Malveaux, Kia Painter, Aisha Thomas-Petit and Sandra K. Howe.

Jessa Cooke, VP, Educational Programs, The WICT Network, closed the in-person conference, thanking all the presenters, sponsors and attendees, and reminding everyone to save the date for next year’s conference, which will return to the Marriott Marquis September 18-19, 2023.

The learning continued on for virtual conference participants, who had the option to attend two more breakout sessions from 1:00 – 2:00 pm:

  • Detoxing Off the Drug of Achievement
  • Speaker: Megan Miller, Intentional Living Expert
  • Breathe to Transform
  • Speaker: Max Strom, Trainer & Author

(Photos by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images unless otherwise noted)

 

2021 Program Recap

Looking back on The WICT Network’s 2021 Leadership Conference
October 4 – 5, 2021

Thank you for logging on and joining The WICT Network for its 2021 Leadership Conference. Hundreds attended the two-day event virtually and showed their excitement through chat features and social media.

October 4

Let’s re-experience some of the top sessions and moments from the conference, which opened with an exceptional piece of art created by the first U.S. female speed painter, Jessica Haas. This unique opening entertainment interlude was sponsored by Afiniti.

The finished painting by Jessica Haas.

Sandy Howe, Technology Executive and The WICT Network Global Board Chair.

Maria Brennan, CAE, WICT President & CEO.

In their opening remarks, Sandy Howe, Technology Executive and The WICT Network’s Global Board Chair, joined Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, to discuss what attendees could expect over the course of the conference. Next up, Dalila Wilson-Scott, EVP & Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corporation & President, Comcast Corporation and Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation, then spoke about The WICT Network’s other educational programs and how COVID impacted women in the workplace. She then introduced a keynote conversation with Rashida Jones, President, MSNBC, and Stephanie Ruhle, MSNBC Anchor, NBC News Senior Business Correspondent.

A glimpse into the keynote conversation with Rashida Jones and Stephanie Ruhle.

“You have to love what you do to be on this team, what we do is a team sport,” said Jones.

Marleise Resick, an attendee said, “Many great takeaways from Dalila, Rashida and Stephanie. Thank you!”

The opening keynote conversation was sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal.

REVOLT sponsored the first general session, Power Panel: Thriving Amid Disruption. This session received a lot of positive feedback from attendees. After a short break, participants were able to choose from three concurrent sessions:

  • Technology & Innovation: Tapping TikTok to Grow Your Business
  • The Leading Edge: Human-Centered Leadership (sponsored by Crown Media)
  • Master Classes: Mastering Your Voice: Secrets of a Top Vocal Coach (sponsored by TV One)

The excitement continued to build as the highly anticipated Beyond the Hashtag: #LoveWins, presented with the support of the Walter Kaitz Foundation, was set to begin. The general session featured Niecy Nash, an Emmy-winning producer and twice-nominated actress.

Niecy Nash during her #LoveWins session.

“You’ve got every right to recreate or reimagine yourself at any moment in your life. Living your life in a way that you’re comfortable when you lay your head down at night is how you win at love.” – Niecy Nash.

Nash’s energy dazzled the audience as she spoke about her experiences with love, her career, and more through her session.  The Beyond the Hashtag series continued with the panel discussion: Beyond the Hashtag: #LoveIsLove. Cox Communications sponsored both sessions.

“Sessions like this move us beyond hashtags to real action, measurable progress. So much wisdom and transparency from one panel,” said Maria Brennan, President & CEO, The WICT Network.

A+E Networks sponsored The Power of Range: The Secret to Success in Any Domain, which was presented by David Epstein, New York Times Best-Selling Author & Expert on the Science of High Performance. Throughout this session, Epstein examined some of the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. Revealing that in most fields — especially those that are complex, unpredictable, and difficult to automate — generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel.

“This all reminds me of what one of my professors said in film school – ‘If you want to be a great filmmaker, you better know a lot about everything else too’ in other words, he highly encouraged us to take courses in other disciplines. I always think about that,” said attendee Sarah Dawson.

Day one’s last session included three champions who explored the winning traits of high-performing athletes and how specific traits can be seen and used in the workplace. Profiles of Champions, sponsored by Accenture, included:

Profiles of champions group photo.

  • Julie Foudy, espnW Writer, Soccer Commentator, Features Reporter & Host, Disney & ESPN Media Networks
  • Phaidra Knight, Former International Athlete, Sports Media Talent, Motivational Speaker, Lawyer & Business Entrepreneur
  • Jen Welter, Ph.D., First Female NFL Coach, Sports Psychologist, Gold Medalist

Each panelist shared priceless strategies through their personal stories of trials and triumphs, which left attendees empowered.

Attendee, Alice Nelson-Sidibe said, “Courage comes from having a squad around you! Loved that Julie Foudy! We should all build our squad!”

The first day of the Leadership Conference concluded with One-on-One executive coaching, virtual networking roundtables and a dance fitness class.

October 5

Attendees began the second day of the conference with the same level of excitement shown on the first, beginning with yoga and One-on-One coaching sessions.

Then, Marva Johnson, GVP, State Government Affairs – South Region, Charter Communications and Immediate Past Chair, The WICT Network’s Global Board of Directors, took the stage to talk about the organization’s successes.

Marva Johnson

“When you join The WICT Network you become something bigger than yourself,” she said, during the opening remarks for Day 2.

Next, attendees chose from three concurrent sessions:

  • Technology & Innovation: The Growth Playbook — Reaching Beyond Trends (sponsored by NCTA – The Internet & Television Association)
  • The Leading Edge: Culture as a Competitive Edge (sponsored by Cable ONE)
  • Master Classes: The Role of Neuroplasticity in Learning (sponsored by Grande/RCN/Wave Communications)

The keynote conversation with Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Anchor, CNN and Johnita Due, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, WarnerMedia News & Sports, sponsored by WarnerMedia, immediately followed the concurrent sessions. The keynote resulted in an abundance of positive comments.

Christiane Amanpour and Johnita Due

“Mission and purpose was my driving force,” said Amanpour.

“Christiane Amanpour has a particular brand of magic and I am humbled in her presence,” said attendee, Angela Manring.

“We have to hold power accountable and the issue of power is something I’ve spent years analyzing. I never really expected to be doing this when I was a child,” said Amanpour.

“My mantra is be truthful not neutral,” added Amanpour.

Another round of One-on-One coaching and concurrent sessions followed the keynote. Attendees chose from the following:

  • Technology & Innovation: Think Like a Founder (sponsored by Red Hat)
  • The Leading Edge: Roundtables
  • Master Classes: Leaning Into Conflict

AMC Networks sponsored the next session, Stronger Together: Supporting Gender Equity Through Male Allyship. The panel-style session featured leading presidents and C-suite executives who spoke about their advocacy for women within their workplaces and in the industry at large.

Stronger Together Panel

The conversation was moderated by Joiava Philpott, SVP & General Counsel, Law & Policy, Cox Communications. The panelists included: Pat Esser, President & CEO, Cox Communications; Dexter Goei, CEO, Altice USA; Alfred C. Liggins, III, Chairman, TV One, CEO & President, Radio One; and Christopher L. Winfrey, CFO, Charter Communications.

The last session of the conference, Pearls of Wisdom, sponsored by Charter Communications, offered several mini-keynotes from dynamic and innovative leaders. Martha Beck, New York Times Best-Selling Author, Sociologist and Life Coach; Allyson Felix, Most Decorated Woman in U.S. Track and Field History; Julie Laulis, Chair of the Board, President & CEO, Cable One, Inc.; and Stephanie Mitchko-Beale, EVP & Chief Technology Officer, Charter Communications, shared their journeys and transformational moments that helped shape their lives and careers.

The conference concluded with additional One-on-One coaching sessions. Be on the lookout for news of next year’s conference! We hope to see you at the New York Marriott Marquis, October 10-11, 2022. 

Thank you for logging on and joining WICT virtually for its 2021 Leadership Conference. Hundreds attended the two-day event digitally and showed their excitement through chat feature options and social media.

October 4

Let’s re-experience some of the top sessions and moments from the conference, which opened with an exceptional piece of art created by the first U.S. female speed painter, Jessica Haas. This unique opening entertainment interlude was sponsored by Afiniti.

The finished painting by Jessica Haas.

Sandy Howe, Technology Executive and WICT Global Board Chair.

Maria Brennan, CAE, WICT President & CEO.

In their opening remarks, Sandy Howe, Technology Executive and WICT Global Board Chair, joined Maria E. Brennan, CAE, WICT President & CEO, to discuss what attendees could expect over the course of the conference. Next up, Dalila Wilson-Scott, EVP & Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corporation & President, Comcast Corporation and Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation, then spoke about WICT’s other educational programs and how COVID impacted women in the workplace. She then introduced a keynote conversation with Rashida Jones, President, MSNBC, and Stephanie Ruhle, MSNBC Anchor, NBC News Senior Business Correspondent.

A glimpse into the keynote conversation with Rashida Jones and Stephanie Ruhle.

“You have to love what you do to be on this team, what we do is a team sport,” said Jones.

Marleise Resick, an attendee said, “Many great takeaways from Dalila, Rashida and Stephanie. Thank you!”

The opening keynote conversation was sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal.

REVOLT sponsored the first general session, Power Panel: Thriving Amid Disruption. This session received a lot of positive feedback from attendees. After a short break, participants were able to choose from three concurrent sessions:

  • Technology & Innovation: Tapping TikTok to Grow Your Business
  • The Leading Edge: Human-Centered Leadership (sponsored by Crown Media)
  • Master Classes: Mastering Your Voice: Secrets of a Top Vocal Coach (sponsored by TV One)

Attendees who missed a concurrent session are able to login to view any part of the conference through December 31, 2021.

The excitement continued to build as the highly anticipated Beyond the Hashtag: #LoveWins, presented with the support of the Walter Kaitz Foundation, was set to begin. The general session featured Niecy Nash, an Emmy-winning producer and twice-nominated actress.

Niecy Nash during her #LoveWins session.

“You’ve got every right to recreate or reimagine yourself at any moment in your life. Living your life in a way that you’re comfortable when you lay your head down at night is how you win at love.” – Niecy Nash.

Nash’s energy dazzled the audience as she spoke about her experiences with love, her career, and more through her session.  The Beyond the Hashtag series continued with the panel discussion: Beyond the Hashtag: #LoveIsLove. Cox Communications sponsored both sessions.

“Sessions like this move us beyond hashtags to real action, measurable progress. So much wisdom and transparency from one panel,” said Maria Brennan, WICT President and CEO.

A+E Networks sponsored The Power of Range: The Secret to Success in Any Domain, which was presented by David Epstein, New York Times Best-Selling Author & Expert on the Science of High Performance. Throughout this session, Epstein examined some of the world’s most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists. Revealing that in most fields — especially those that are complex, unpredictable, and difficult to automate — generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel.

“This all reminds me of what one of my professors said in film school – ‘If you want to be a great filmmaker, you better know a lot about everything else too’ in other words, he highly encouraged us to take courses in other disciplines. I always think about that,” said attendee Sarah Dawson.

Day one’s last session included three champions who explored the winning traits of high-performing athletes and how specific traits can be seen and used in the workplace. Profiles of Champions, sponsored by Accenture, included:

Profiles of champions group photo.

  • Julie Foudy, espnW Writer, Soccer Commentator, Features Reporter & Host, Disney & ESPN Media Networks
  • Phaidra Knight, Former International Athlete, Sports Media Talent, Motivational Speaker, Lawyer & Business Entrepreneur
  • Jen Welter, Ph.D., First Female NFL Coach, Sports Psychologist, Gold Medalist

Each panelist shared priceless strategies through their personal stories of trials and triumphs, which left attendees empowered.

Attendee, Alice Nelson-Sidibe said, “Courage comes from having a squad around you! Loved that Julie Foudy! We should all build our squad!”

The first day of the Leadership Conference concluded with One-on-One executive coaching, virtual networking roundtables and a dance fitness class.

October 5

Attendees began the second day of the conference with the same level of excitement shown on the first, beginning with yoga and One-on-One coaching sessions.

Then, Marva Johnson, GVP, State Government Affairs – South Region, Charter Communications and Immediate Past Chair, WICT Global Board of Directors, took the stage to talk about WICT’s successes.

Marva Johnson

“When you join WICT you become something bigger than yourself,” she said, during the opening remarks for Day 2.

Next, attendees chose from three concurrent sessions:

  • Technology & Innovation: The Growth Playbook — Reaching Beyond Trends (sponsored by NCTA – The Internet & Television Association)
  • The Leading Edge: Culture as a Competitive Edge (sponsored by Cable ONE)
  • Master Classes: The Role of Neuroplasticity in Learning (sponsored by Grande/RCN/Wave Communications)

The keynote conversation with Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Anchor, CNN and Johnita Due, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, WarnerMedia News & Sports, sponsored by WarnerMedia, immediately followed the concurrent sessions. The keynote resulted in an abundance of positive comments.

Christiane Amanpour and Johnita Due

“Mission and purpose was my driving force,” said Amanpour.

“Christiane Amanpour has a particular brand of magic and I am humbled in her presence,” said attendee, Angela Manring.

“We have to hold power accountable and the issue of power is something I’ve spent years analyzing. I never really expected to be doing this when I was a child,” said Amanpour.

“My mantra is be truthful not neutral,” added Amanpour.

Another round of One-on-One coaching and concurrent sessions followed the keynote. Attendees chose from the following:

  • Technology & Innovation: Think Like a Founder (sponsored by Red Hat)
  • The Leading Edge: Roundtables
  • Master Classes: Leaning Into Conflict

AMC Networks sponsored the next session, Stronger Together: Supporting Gender Equity Through Male Allyship. The panel-style session featured leading presidents and C-suite executives who spoke about their advocacy for women within their workplaces and in the industry at large.

Stronger Together Panel

The conversation was moderated by Joiava Philpott, SVP & General Counsel, Law & Policy, Cox Communications. The panelists included: Pat Esser, President & CEO, Cox Communications; Dexter Goei, CEO, Altice USA; Alfred C. Liggins, III, Chairman, TV One, CEO & President, Radio One; and Christopher L. Winfrey, CFO, Charter Communications.

The last session of the conference, Pearls of Wisdom, sponsored by Charter Communications, offered several mini-keynotes from dynamic and innovative leaders. Martha Beck, New York Times Best-Selling Author, Sociologist and Life Coach; Allyson Felix, Most Decorated Woman in U.S. Track and Field History; Julie Laulis, Chair of the Board, President & CEO, Cable One, Inc.; and Stephanie Mitchko-Beale, EVP & Chief Technology Officer, Charter Communications, shared their journeys and transformational moments that helped shape their lives and careers.

The conference concluded with additional One-on-One coaching sessions. The sessions are available on-demand if you weren’t able to attend this year’s conference. Be on the lookout for news of next year’s conference! We hope to see you at the New York Marriott Marquis, October 10-11, 2022. 

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Note: All times are Eastern.

Monday, October 4, 2021

9:00 – 11:00 am Special Activity

One-on-One Executive Coaching

Advance sign-up required.

11:00 am Opening Entertainment


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11:00 – 11:55 am General Session: The Grand Opening



Welcome & Opening Remarks:

     Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, WICT

     Sandra K. Howe, Technology Executive & Board Chair, WICT Global


Introductory Remarks:
     Dalila Wilson-Scott, EVP & Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast

Keynote Conversation:

     Rashida Jones, President, MSNBC
     Stephanie Ruhle, MSNBC Anchor, NBC News Senior Business Correspondent




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12:00 – 12:50 pm General Session

Power Panel: Thriving Amid Disruption


Moderator:
     Ravena Valentine, SVP, Human Resources, A+E Networks

Panelists:
     Tina Shah, EVP & GM, Turner Sports, WarnerMedia
     Aisha Thomas-Petit, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, AMC Networks
     Leigh Woisard, SVP, Corporate Public Affairs, Cox Communications


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12:50 – 1:05 pm Break

1:05 – 2:00 pm Concurrent Sessions

Technology & Innovation: Tapping TikTok to Grow Your Business

  • Rebecca Rosenblat, Global Industry Relations Manager, TikTok (moderator)

  • Priti Dalal, Head of Global Brand Strategy Platform, TikTok

  • Julie Green, Director, Global Business Solutions, TikTok


The Leading Edge: Human-Centered Leadership (sponsored by Crown Media)

  • Cheryl Flink, Ph.D., Global Vice President, Leadership Research and Analytics, CCL

  • Abigail Dunne-Moses, Senior Faculty, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, CCL


Master Classes: Mastering Your Voice: Secrets of a Top Vocal Coach (sponsored by TV One)

  • Jennifer Hamady, Voice and Performance Coach, Author and Therapist, Finding Your Voice

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2:05 – 2:20 pm General Session
Beyond the Hashtag: #LoveWins

Presented with the support of the Walter Kaitz Foundation


     Niecy Nash, Emmy-winning producer and twice-nominated actress


Sponsored by

2:20 – 3:15 pm General Session

Beyond the Hashtag: #LoveIsLove
Presented with the support of the Walter Kaitz Foundation


Moderator:

     Monica Trasandes, Director of Programs, Spanish-Language and Latinx Media, GLAAD

Panelists:
     Erica Barnes, Account Executive, Precision & Performance Advertising Sales, A+E Networks
     Craig Robinson, EVP & Chief Diversity Officer, NBCUniversal
     Geena Rocero, Writer, Producer, Director, Transgender Advocate & Founder, Gender Proud

     Jason Sarlanis, President, Crime & Investigation Content, Linear & Streaming, Discovery, Inc.


Sponsored by

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3:20 – 4:05 pm General Session

The Power of Range: The Secret to Success in Any Domain


Presenter: 

     David Epstein, New York Times Best-Selling Author & Expert on the Science of High Performance



Sponsored by

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4:10 – 5:15 pm General Session
Profiles of Champions



Moderator:

     Laura Gentile, EVP, Commercial Marketing, Networks and ESPN,  Disney & ESPN Media Networks


Panelists:
     Julie Foudy, espnW Writer, Soccer Commentator, Features Reporter & Host, Disney & ESPN Media Networks
     Phaidra Knight, Former International Athlete, Sports Media Talent, Motivational Speaker, Lawyer & Business Entrepreneur
     Jen Welter, Ph.D., First Female NFL Coach, Sports Psychologist, Gold Medalist


Sponsored by

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5:30 – 6:30 pm Special Activities


Fun with Fitness - Dance Fitness


Virtual Networking Roundtables

Advance sign-up required.

4:15 – 5:00 pm Special Activity


One-on-One Executive Coaching
Advance sign-up required.

Tuesday, October 5

9:00 – 10:00 am Special Activity

Fun with Fitness - Yoga

9:00 - 11:00 am Special Activity


One-on-One Executive Coaching

Advance sign-up required.

10:15 am Day 2 Welcome Remarks

Marva Johnson, GVP, State Government Affairs - South Region, Charter Communications; Immediate Past Chair, WICT Global Board of Directors

10:15 – 11:10 am Concurrent Sessions

Technology & Innovation: The Growth Playbook — Reaching Beyond Trends
          (sponsored by NCTA – The Internet & Television Association)

  • Sandra K. Howe, Technology Executive & WICT Global Board Chair (moderator)

  • Marge Jackson, Senior Vice President - Head of Sales, Comcast

  • Malia Moran, GVP, Strategic Product Management, Charter Communications

  • April Wirtz, Managing Director, Accenture Strategy

  • Nicole Zheng, President & CMO, Minim

 
The Leading Edge: Culture as a Competitive Edge (sponsored by Cable ONE)

  • Sarah Levitt, Author and Founder, Magnificent Leadership® Executive Forum


Master Classes: The Role of Neuroplasticity in Learning (sponsored by Grande/RCN/Wave Communications)

  • Lara Boyd, Ph.D., Professor and Wall Scholar, University of British Columbia

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11:15 – 11:45 am General Session
Keynote Conversation




     Christiane Amanpour, 
Chief International Anchor, CNN     

     Johnita Due, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, WarnerMedia News & Sports


Sponsored by

12:00 – 12:55 pm Special Activity


One-on-One Executive Coaching

Advance sign-up required.

12:00 – 12:55 pm Concurrent Sessions     

          

Technology & Innovation: Think Like a Founder (sponsored by Red Hat)

  • Siobhan Dullea, CEO, MassChallenge

  • Donna Levin, CEO, Arthur M. Blank School for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Babson College

 
The Leading Edge: Roundtables

Moderators:

  • Marc Aldrich, Amazon Web Services

  • Patty Donaldson, Cisco

  • Orlando Hampton, Afiniti

  • Marissa Lambrinos, Charter Communications

  • Melody Smalls, The Weather Channel

More to come


Master Classes: Leaning Into Conflict

  • Dr. Dravon James, Motivational Speaker, Radio Host and Author

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1:00 – 2:15 pm General Session
Stronger Together: Supporting Gender Equity Through Male Allyship


Moderator:

     Joiava Philpott, SVP & General Counsel, Law & Policy, Cox Communications


Panelists:
     Pat Esser, President & CEO, Cox Communications
     Dexter Goei, CEO, Altice USA
     Alfred C. Liggins, III, CEO, Urban One
     Chris Winfrey, CFO, Charter Communications


Sponsored by

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2:20 – 3:05 pm General Session

Pearls of Wisdom

Presenters:

     Martha Beck, New York Times Best-Selling Author, Sociologist and Life Coach
     Allyson Felix, Most Decorated Woman in U.S. Track and Field History

     Julie Laulis, Chair of the Board, President & CEO, Cable One, Inc. 
     Stephanie Mitchko-Beale, EVP & Chief Technology Officer, Charter Communications



Sponsored by

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4:15 – 5:00 pm Special Activity


One-on-One Executive Coaching
Advance sign-up required.

LIVE! VIRTUAL NETWORKING ROUNDTABLES:
TIME TO UNWIND AND EXHALE

You must be registered for the conference to participate.

BYOB (or not) and connect with leaders across the industry. These engaging and interactive conversations will allow you to meet other professionals and share ideas and experiences on timely topics. Space is limited and seats are expected to fill quickly, so register early.

SIGN-UPS ARE NOW CLOSED.
We will admit walk-ups as space allows. 

The session will take place on Monday, October 4 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm ET. 

Networking Roundtable Leaders:

  • Stephanie DeWald, VP, Inbound Sales, Cox Communications
  • Stefanie Nimick, SVP, Distribution, STARZ
  • Ron Saykin, Sr. Director, Affiliate Sales & Distribution, ION Media Networks
  • Amber Schwiesow, Director, Procurement & Supply Chain, Midco
  • Carol Ann Sweeney, Sr. Manager, Business Operations, CommScope

ONE-ON-ONE EXECUTIVE COACHING

You must be registered for the conference to participate.

A Leadership Conference crowd favorite, WICT’s one-on-one executive coaching sessions offer customized guidance on your area of interest with a professional executive coach. Based on participant feedback, we have expanded the length of each session from 25 to 45 minutes, allowing you more time to explore with your coach any leadership or management issues relevant to your career. Time slots will be available at various points across both days of the conference, enabling more choices and flexibility.

*Note: Only one coaching session per conference attendee.

Monday, October 4, 9:00 – 9:45 am ET – TIME SLOT FULL

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Tuesday, October 5, 4:15 – 5:00 pm ET – TIME SLOT FULL

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 Speaker Information

We are delighted that you will be joining us as a speaker at The WICT Network’s 2022 Leadership Conference: The Great Reset. This page contains helpful information as you prepare for the conference and your role as a speaker.

On this page you will find the following:

  • Important Dates & Forms
  • Audio Visual Guidelines
  • Handouts & Resources
  • Conference Mobile App
  • Accommodations & Transportation
  • Health & Safety Information

Complimentary Conference Registration

In appreciation of your time, we are pleased to provide you with a complimentary full conference registration. Your registration includes admission to all conference sessions and special activities, including our awards luncheon on Monday – The Touchstones Luncheon. We will automatically register you if you indicate on the speaker form your plans to attend the full conference in person.

Important Dates & Forms

Action Items Due Date
2022 Speaker Information Form As soon as confirmed
Speaker Bio and Photo Friday, August 5, 2022
Conference Presentation Materials Friday, August 5, 2022
Session Preparation: Conference Calls with
Presenters & Panelists
Scheduled by The WICT Network by
Friday, September 9, 2022 

A Note About Program Promotion

Our conference sessions will be live in-person, pre-recorded and live-streamed. By participating, you understand and agree that your voice, image and person may be used in accordance with program promotion.

Audio Visual Guidelines

Panel discussions will not involve PPT or additional media; however, workshop presenters may elect to use PPT or other visual aids. Please let us know at your earliest convenience if you will be presenting with PowerPoint, using any other media in your session, or if you have additional audio-visual requests. This allows us ample time to coordinate with our production team.

We ask that you submit your presentation files and handouts to events@wict.org no later than Friday, September 9, 2022.

Accepted media for all sessions:

  • For PowerPoint presentations, please use the screen aspect ratio:
    • 16:9 for all sessions.
  • Please provide any video media as a .mp4 or .mov file.

Handouts & Resources

We can make handouts and resources available to attendees electronically via the conference website and mobile app. If you reference resources and handouts in your presentation, please make them available to our team no later than Friday, September 9, 2022.

Conference Mobile App

The conference mobile app will be announced approximately 2-3 weeks prior to the conference via email and on the conference website. Be sure to install the mobile app on your smartphone to access the most up-to-date conference information including schedules, session information, speaker bios, and much more.

Accommodations & Transportation 

New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway
New York, New York 10036
Phone: 212-398-1900
Fax: 212-704-8930

To ensure you have a guest room on property, make your room reservation early with the Marriott Marquis. Reserve your room directly online via this link: New York Marriott Marquis Online Reservations or by calling 877-303-0104 and asking for the Diversity Week room block. The Diversity Week rate of $339/night is available until Saturday, September 17, 2022. Guest rooms and rates are subject to availability.

Information about the Marriott Marquis, transportation in and out of the city, and parking at the hotel can be found here.

Health & Safety Information

The health and safety of our members, participants and staff is important to The WICT Network. We are taking precautions in close collaboration with our event and hotel partners to ensure a safe and healthy environment.

By participating in this event in person, you agree and understand that even with precautionary measures, The WICT Network is unable to prevent attendees from being exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while attending and/or entering onto premises where The WICT Network’s events are held. You also agree that you will not attend this event in person if you have experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 within 10 days of the program start date.