2021 Tech It Out

In 2021, The WICT Network was proud to partner with the The WICT Network: Southern California to co-host a virtual program on August 26. Participants heard from inspiring leaders in production, big data, advertising, AR, and streaming who play critical roles in shaping the media landscape through cutting edge advancements in technology.

Visit our Online Learning Library to view recordings of past Tech It Out sessions.

WICT Midwest’s signature event is going virtual! Join us for three afternoons filled with influential and inspiring leaders, cutting edge technologies, critical updates from Washington and stories of women changing the technology landscape.

 

This year, WICT Global is partnering with WICT Midwest to bring you this web series.

 

Thursday, November 14, 2019 • Infinity Park Event Center • Denver, CO

Seats at the in-person event are sold out, but a live streaming option is now available

WICT’s Tech It Out Initiative premiered in 2009 with the goal of creating strong women leaders in technology, while also raising awareness about the vast opportunities for women in the tech fields within our industry. A growing body of research shows that strengthening gender diversity fosters innovation and improves the bottom line. Programs like Tech It Out give our stakeholders tools they need to keep pace with the latest advances in technology while connecting them with industry leaders and pioneers.

This year, WICT Global is proud to partner with the WICT Rocky Mountain Chapter to co-host a one-day conference in Denver on Thursday, November 14. While the event is sold out, we are excited to announce that the chapter has made arrangements to stream the full-day program live from Denver.

The live video feed represents a great opportunity for WICT members across the country to share in the experience of the chapter’s 12th annual event. We invite you to share this information with fellow members and chapter leaders, and even high school and college students who may be interested in tuning in.

Here are the details:

Tech It Out Livestream
8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Mountain Time)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Villanova University Connelly Center
Philadelphia, PA

WICT’s Tech It Out Initiative premiered in 2009 with the goal of creating strong women leaders in technology, while also raising awareness about the vast opportunities for women in the tech fields within our industry. A growing body of research shows that strengthening gender diversity fosters innovation and improves the bottom line. Programs like Tech It Out give our stakeholders tools they need to keep pace with the latest advances in technology while connecting them with industry leaders and pioneers.

In 2018, WICT Global partnered with the WICT Greater Philadelphia Chapter to co-host a one-day conference that focused on a single topic currently driving changes in technology, society and our industry. Almost half of American adults are using digital voice assistants on their smartphones, in their cars and on other devices such as Amazon Echo and Google Home. The advances in recent years of technologies to support voice and conversational user interfaces are transporting our businesses and society into a new age of voice control.

WICT President & CEO, Maria E. Brennan, CAE, gave welcome remarks and introduced the opening keynote speaker, Nomi Bergman, President of Advance/Newhouse. In her speech, Nomi spoke about the importance of women finding their voice and shared numerous tips on how to succeed in a sector of the industry that is dominated by men. And she speaks from experience: in addition to successfully climbing the corporate ladder, Nomi graduated from the first class of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute (BMLI) in 1995; she received the 2011 Woman of the Year Award, WICT’s highest individual accolade; and she was recognized as the Women in Technology Award honoree in 2004.

Above: Nomi Bergman delivered opening remarks.

Above: Nomi Bergman (left) with WICT President & CEO, Maria E. Brennan, CAE.

Jeanine Heck, VP, AI Product at Comcast delivered a memorable keynote speech. As the founding product lead for the X1 Voice Remote, Jeanine is leading efforts to bring AI into Xfinity products, and she spoke about her entrepreneurial approach to enhance the user experience.

Above: Jeanine Heck, expert on voice control and user experience.

Jennifer Cloer, Creator and Executive Producer, The Chasing Grace Project, gave a sneak peek into her six-episode documentary series about women in tech, the challenges they face and how companies can pave the way forward, to everyone’s benefit.

Michelle Ray, Acting Executive Director at the Walter Kaitz Foundation, delivered closing remarks to the record crowd who attended the program.

Above: Michelle Ray, the Walter Kaitz Foundation.

Attendees had the opportunity to meet experts who demoed products and talked about how voice and conversational user interfaces are designed, what technologies enable them, how they are being used, and why they are changing our lives.

Attendees gathered for a group shot outside the Connelly Center on the campus of Villanova University.

 

WICT’s Tech It Out Initiative was launched in 2009 with a goal to create strong women leaders in technology, while also raising awareness about the vast opportunities for women in cable technology.

The Tech It Out Conference is designed to bring together thought-leaders in technology from both inside and outside the cable industry. Speakers share their insights on leadership development with our target audience of women and people of color. In addition to a panel discussion, the Tech It Out Conference allows dedicated time for networking.

 

Tech It Out’s Esteemed Panelists and Keynote Speaker

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Tal Laufer, Director, Product Management, ARRIS, Deborah Picciolo, SVP, Operations,
West Region, Charter Communications & 2017 Women in Technology Award Winner,
Dr. Raychelle Burks, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, St. Edward’s University,
Tonya Adams, Executive Director Business Services Operations, Comcast and
Jana Henthorn, President & CEO, The Cable Center

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Raychelle Burks 

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Panel Discussion on Thriving as a
Leader in the Technology Field

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Theresa Hennesy, 2016 Women in Technology Award Winner, Randy Burke,
VP, National Operations, Comcast and Tonya AdamsExecutive Director
Business Services Operations, Comcast 

 

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October 15, 2015 |​ New Orleans, LA

 

 

The Tech It Out Conference is designed to bring together thought-leaders in technology from both inside and outside the cable industry. Speakers shared​ their insights on leadership development with our target audience of women and people of color. In addition to a panel discussion, the Tech It Out Conference allows dedicated time for leadership training, as well as a guided group tour of select SCTE exhibits. 

Darcy Antonellis, CEO, VUBIQUITY delivered the opening Keynote 

 

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The program featured a panel of experts who explored the intersection between leadership and technology. Moderated by Marva Johnson, Corporate VP, Government & Industry Affairs at Bright House Networks, panelists included Maggie Bellville, VP, U.S. Communications, Media & Entertainment Industry, Hitachi Consulting Corp; Sandra K. Howe, SVP, Global Marketing, ARRIS; and 2015 Women in Technology Award honoree, Vibha Rustagi, President & CEO, itaas, Inc., a Cognizant company.

 

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Mark Dzuban, President/CEO of SCTE concluded the Tech It Out Conference with closing remarks that addressed the need for more gender and ethnic diversity in cable technology.​ 

 

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WICT’s Tech It Out Initiative was launched in 2009 with a goal to create strong women leaders in technology, while also raising awareness about the vast opportunities for women in cable technology.​

​​​​​​​2015 Junior Board tasked with continuing efforts to enhance local and regional programming under the umbrella of “Tech It Out”​

 

​The Junior Board is a task force that includes some of the industry’s top emerging leaders from WICT’s Strategic Partner companies.

 

Since 2009, WICT has worked in partnership with the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and cable’s top women in technology to expand WICT’s Tech It Out Conference​ into a full STEM initiative. Building on that expansion, the members of the WICT Junior Board (which reports in and collaborates with the WICT National Board) have worked together to identify gaps and provide innovative ideas for refining WICT’s STEM initiatives. In 2012, the WICT Junior Board focused specifically on how chapters can engage STEM students at local colleges and universities in tandem with chapter Tech It Out events. That work was built upon in 2013 and 2014 as the Junior Board was tasked with looking more broadly at how WICT’s robust network of local chapters could leverage the mission and goals of the Tech It Out Initiative to help address the industry’s gender gap in technology. Their extensive work led to the creation of a guidebook for WICT chapters to follow when implementing a local Tech It Out event.

 

In 2015, the WICT Junior Board will strive to develop a database of potential speakers and topics that chapters will be able to consult as they look to develop a Tech It Out program.

 

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September 23, 2014 |  Denver, Colorado

Yvette Kanouff, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Service Provider Video Software & Solutions Group of Cisco  delivered the opening keynote.


Yvette Kanouff
 

Yvette received the National Cable and Television Association’s 2014 Vanguard Award for Leadership in Science and Technology. Cablefax included her numerous times on its Top 100 Women list, named her the industry’s “Top Techie” for 2011, and included her in its Cablefax’s “Digital Hot List” for 2012. Other accolades include the 2001 Multichannel News Wonder Woman award and the Woman in Technology award from SCTE, WICT and Cablefax.

Bob Stanzione, Chairman and CEO of ARRIS

 

Robert J. Stanzione

Bob is a board member of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA). He was awarded the SCTE’s Chairman’s Award in 2008, the NCTA Vanguard Award for Associates & Affiliates in 2009, and was inducted into the Cable TV Pioneers in 2010.

Speakers

Maria Popo, President & Chief Business Officer, Ubee Interactive, Inc. ; Tammy Franklin, EVP, Digital, Scripps Networks Interactive; Vickie Fiala, GVP, Business Operations & Planning, Time Warner Cable; Sherita Ceasar, Vice President of National Video Deployment Engineering for Comcast Communications; and Veronica Sheehan, Senior Vice President of Global Network, Technology & Studio Operations, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (Moderator)

 

 2014 Women in Technology Award honoree

Sherita Ceasar

The Tech It Out Conference is designed to bring together thought-leaders in technology from both inside and outside the cable industry. Speakers share their insights on leadership development with our target audience of women and people of color. In addition to a panel discussion, the Tech It Out Conference allows dedicated time for leadership training, as well as a guided group tour of select SCTE exhibits. More information about the 2014 program will be available soon. 

WICT’s Tech It Out Initiative was launched in 2009 with a goal to create strong women leaders in technology, while also raising awareness about the vast opportunities for women in cable technology.

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The WICT Network’s Tech It Out Initiative premiered in 2009 with the goal of creating strong women leaders in technology, while also raising awareness about the vast opportunities for women in the tech fields within our industry. A growing body of research shows that strengthening gender diversity fosters innovation and improves the bottom line. Programs like Tech It Out give our stakeholders tools they need to keep pace with the latest advances in technology while connecting them with industry leaders and pioneers.

In 2022, The WICT Network is thrilled to be partnering with The WICT Network: Northern California Chapter for a hybrid event to take place on Thursday, November 3. Check back for more information as it becomes available.

 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  • Raise awareness about the many opportunities for women technology professionals within the media and entertainment industry.
  • Showcase the accomplishments of women technology leaders.
  • Explore the latest technological developments and solutions impacting the media and entertainment industry.
  • Strengthen the network of industry peers and leaders within the technology field.

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Open to all members of The WICT Network

 

A LOOK BACK AT PAST TECH IT OUT PROGRAMS


Visit our Online Learning Library to view recordings of past Tech It Out sessions.

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The WICT Network’s Tech It Out Initiative premiered in 2009 with the goal of creating strong women leaders in technology, while also raising awareness about the vast opportunities for women in the tech fields within our industry. A growing body of research shows that strengthening gender diversity fosters innovation and improves the bottom line. Programs like Tech It Out give our stakeholders tools they need to keep pace with the latest advances in technology while connecting them with industry leaders and pioneers.

In 2022, The WICT Network is thrilled to be partnering with The WICT Network: Northern California Chapter for a hybrid event to take place on Thursday, November 3. Check back for more information as it becomes available.

 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  • Raise awareness about the many opportunities for women technology professionals within the media and entertainment industry.
  • Showcase the accomplishments of women technology leaders.
  • Explore the latest technological developments and solutions impacting the media and entertainment industry.
  • Strengthen the network of industry peers and leaders within the technology field.

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Open to all members of The WICT Network

 

A LOOK BACK AT PAST TECH IT OUT PROGRAMS


Visit our Online Learning Library to view recordings of past Tech It Out sessions.