2021 Signature • Touchstones Luncheon

The WICT Network Celebrated Its Women of the Year and Women to Watch Honorees


The WICT Network converged in Times Square to celebrate the live and in-person Signature • Touchstones Luncheon at the Marriott Marquis. We were thrilled to convene the industry’s best and brightest as we announced The WICT Network’s highly-coveted Women of the Year and Women to Watch awards.

The WICT Network recognized the following outstanding honorees:

Woman of the Year – Operator
Noopur Davis, EVP, Chief Information Security and Product Privacy Officer
Comcast Corporation and Comcast Cable

Woman of the Year – Programmer
Nancy Daniels, Chief Brand Officer
Discovery & Factual

Woman to Watch – Operator
Sharon Peters, SVP, Marketing
Charter Communications

Woman to Watch – Programmer
Stephanie Yates, SVP, Research
AMC Networks

Woman to Watch – Technology
Reshma Patil Bijoor, Managing Director, Communications and Media Strategy
Accenture

Click here to read how each of our honorees exemplifies the Touchstones of Leadership and gain insight into their views on leadership.

The WICT Network is grateful to all of the sponsors of the
2021 Signature • Touchstones Luncheon

 

 

 

The WICT Network Celebrated Its Women of the Year and Women to Watch Honorees


The WICT Network converged in Times Square to celebrate the live and in-person Signature • Touchstones Luncheon at the Marriott Marquis. We were thrilled to convene the industry’s best and brightest as we announced The WICT Network’s highly-coveted Women of the Year and Women to Watch awards.

The WICT Network recognized the following outstanding honorees:

Woman of the Year – Operator
Noopur Davis, EVP, Chief Information Security and Product Privacy Officer
Comcast Corporation and Comcast Cable

Woman of the Year – Programmer
Nancy Daniels, Chief Brand Officer
Discovery & Factual

Woman to Watch – Operator
Sharon Peters, SVP, Marketing
Charter Communications

Woman to Watch – Programmer
Stephanie Yates, SVP, Research
AMC Networks

Woman to Watch – Technology
Reshma Patil Bijoor, Managing Director, Communications and Media Strategy
Accenture

Click here to read how each of our honorees exemplifies the Touchstones of Leadership and gain insight into their views on leadership.

The WICT Network is grateful to all of the sponsors of the
2021 Signature • Touchstones Luncheon

 

 

 

The WICT Network Celebrated Its Women of the Year and Women to Watch Honorees


The WICT Network converged in Times Square to celebrate the live and in-person Signature • Touchstones Luncheon at the Marriott Marquis. We were thrilled to convene the industry’s best and brightest as we announced The WICT Network’s highly-coveted Women of the Year and Women to Watch awards.

The WICT Network recognized the following outstanding honorees:

Woman of the Year – Operator
Noopur Davis, EVP, Chief Information Security and Product Privacy Officer
Comcast Corporation and Comcast Cable

Woman of the Year – Programmer
Nancy Daniels, Chief Brand Officer
Discovery & Factual

Woman to Watch – Operator
Sharon Peters, SVP, Marketing
Charter Communications

Woman to Watch – Programmer
Stephanie Yates, SVP, Research
AMC Networks

Woman to Watch – Technology
Reshma Patil Bijoor, Managing Director, Communications and Media Strategy
Accenture

Click here to read how each of our honorees exemplifies the Touchstones of Leadership and gain insight into their views on leadership.

The WICT Network is grateful to all of the sponsors of the
2021 Signature • Touchstones Luncheon

 

 

 

Looking Back at 2019:

The Broadway Ballroom was filled to capacity during the Touchstones Luncheon on Monday, September 16. AMC Networks returned for the 8th year in a row as the Premier Sponsor of the Luncheon. The program began with an artists panel, featuring Meredith MacNeill and Jennifer Whalen, co-creators and stars of IFC’s Baroness von Sketch Show. Honorary Chair of the luncheon, Georgia Juvelis, members of the WICT Global Board of Directors and EVP & Co-Head, Corporate Communications, AMC Networks, led the conversation, during which the two comic actors discussed challenges and opportunities they faced when developing their show. Their goal was to represent women as multi-faceted and break away from the typical depictions of women over 40 on television.

Clockwise from top left: Jennifer Whalen and Meredith MacNeill on stage with Georgia Juvelis; Woman of the Year – Programmer, Jennifer Caserta; the capacity crowd in the Broadway Ballroom; and Jocelyn Cooley, SVP, Human Resources & Global Talent Acquisition, Viacom Media Networks and Treasurer, WICT Global Board of Directors.

This year WICT was privileged to honor:

Woman of the Year – Operator
Lee Schroeder, EVP, Government & Community Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer
Altice USA

Woman of the Year – Programmer
Jennifer Caserta, Chief Transformation & People Officer
AMC Networks

Woman to Watch – Operator
Susan Anable, VP, Public Affairs, Southwest Region
Cox Communications

Woman to Watch – Programmer
Meeka Bondy, SVP, Legal Affairs
HBO

Woman to Watch – Technology
Zenita Henderson, VP, Marketing & Business Development
SCTE•ISBE

Meet each of the honorees here.

Zenita Henderson (left), Woman to Watch – Technology, with presenter Sherita Ceasar, SVP, Technology Environments and Strategy, Comcast.

Above, Susan Anable, Woman to Watch – Operator, with presenter, Pat Esser, President, Cox Communications.

Meeka Bondy (left), Woman to Watch – Programmer, with presenter Sloan Kennedy, VP, Domestic Network Distribution, HBO.

Above: Jennifer Caserta, Woman of the Year – Programmer, with presenter Ed Carroll, COO, AMC Networks.

Above: Lee Schroeder, Woman of the Year – Operator, with presenter Dexter Goei, CEO, Altice USA.

 

Let’s relive the 2018 WICT Touchstones Luncheon, when we gathered to celebrate the achievements of some of the industry’s most outstanding women.

After welcome remarks by WICT President & CEO, Maria Brennan, the luncheon opened with a conversation with Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan, fresh off their recent film project, Wildlife, written and produced by Kazan with Mulligan as the lead actress. Lisa Schwartz, member of the WICT Global Board of Directors and Co-President of IFC Films & Sundance Selects, facilitated the engaging and intimate Touchstones Talk with the two Hollywood stars.

Maria Brennan, WICT President & CEO, opens the 2018 WICT Touchstones Luncheon.

Lisa Schwarta, Honorary Chair of the Touchstones Luncheon, led a conversation with Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan.

The view from the balcony overlooking the 2018 WICT Touchstones Luncheon at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Honorees

2018 Woman to Watch – Operator, Kristine Faulkner, Cox Communications

2018 Woman to Watch – Programmer, Izabella Wiley, A+E Networks

2018 Woman to Watch – Technology, Leslie Miles, ARRIS

2018 Woman of the Year – Programmer, Mary Campbell, Qurate Retail Group

Italia Commisso Weinand (left), 2018 WICT Woman of the Year – Operator, with presenter Abbe Raven, A+E Networks.

Marva Johnson (left), Chair, WICT Global Board of Directors, with Chapter Leaders during the 2018 WICT Touchstones Luncheon.

All photos by Getty Images/Larry Busacca for WICT.

Save the date for next year’s Touchstones Luncheon when we return to the New York Marriott Marquis on Monday, September 16, 2019.


Let’s relive the 2018 WICT Touchstones Luncheon, when we gathered to celebrate the achievements of some of the industry’s most outstanding women.

After welcome remarks by WICT President & CEO, Maria Brennan, the luncheon opened with a conversation with Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan, fresh off their recent film project, Wildlife, written and produced by Kazan with Mulligan as the lead actress. Lisa Schwartz, member of the WICT Global Board of Directors and Co-President of IFC Films & Sundance Selects, facilitated the engaging and intimate Touchstones Talk with the two Hollywood stars.

Maria Brennan, WICT President & CEO, opens the 2018 WICT Touchstones Luncheon.

Lisa Schwarta, Honorary Chair of the Touchstones Luncheon, led a conversation with Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan.

The view from the balcony overlooking the 2018 WICT Touchstones Luncheon at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Honorees

2018 Woman to Watch – Operator, Kristine Faulkner, Cox Communications

2018 Woman to Watch – Programmer, Izabella Wiley, A+E Networks

2018 Woman to Watch – Technology, Leslie Miles, ARRIS

2018 Woman of the Year – Programmer, Mary Campbell, Qurate Retail Group

Italia Commisso Weinand (left), 2018 WICT Woman of the Year – Operator, with presenter Abbe Raven, A+E Networks.

Marva Johnson (left), Chair, WICT Global Board of Directors, with Chapter Leaders during the 2018 WICT Touchstones Luncheon.

All photos by Getty Images/Larry Busacca for WICT.

Save the date for next year’s Touchstones Luncheon when we return to the New York Marriott Marquis on Monday, September 16, 2019.


Let’s relive the 2018 WICT Touchstones Luncheon, when we gathered to celebrate the achievements of some of the industry’s most outstanding women.

After welcome remarks by WICT President & CEO, Maria Brennan, the luncheon opened with a conversation with Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan, fresh off their recent film project, Wildlife, written and produced by Kazan with Mulligan as the lead actress. Lisa Schwartz, member of the WICT Global Board of Directors and Co-President of IFC Films & Sundance Selects, facilitated the engaging and intimate Touchstones Talk with the two Hollywood stars.

Maria Brennan, WICT President & CEO, opens the 2018 WICT Touchstones Luncheon.

Lisa Schwartz, Honorary Chair of the Touchstones Luncheon, led a conversation with Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan.

The view from the balcony overlooking the 2018 WICT Touchstones Luncheon at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Honorees

2018 Woman to Watch – Operator, Kristine Faulkner, Cox Communications

2018 Woman to Watch – Programmer, Izabella Wiley, A+E Networks

2018 Woman to Watch – Technology, Leslie Miles, ARRIS

2018 Woman of the Year – Programmer, Mary Campbell, Qurate Retail Group

Italia Commisso Weinand (left), 2018 WICT Woman of the Year – Operator, with presenter Abbe Raven, A+E Networks.

Marva Johnson (left), Chair, WICT Global Board of Directors, with Chapter Leaders following the 2018 WICT Touchstones Luncheon.

All photos by Getty Images/Larry Busacca for WICT.

Save the date for next year’s Touchstones Luncheon when we return to the New York Marriott Marquis on Monday, September 16, 2019.


A look back at the 2017 WICT Touchstones Luncheon

Actress, producer and director (IFC Films’ Freak ShowTrudie Styler, delivered an inspiring keynote address at the 2017 Touchstones Luncheon on September 25 at the New York Marriott Marquis. WICT Board Member, Lisa Schwartz, Co-President, IFC Films and Sundance Selects, served as the Luncheon’s Honorary Chair and provided introductory remarks. WICT recognizes and thanks the 2017 Touchstones Luncheon Premier Sponsor AMC Networks along with our numerous table sponsors.

 

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Lisa Schwartz, Co-President, IFC Films and Sundance Selects; Trudie Styler, Actress, Producer and Director (IFC Films’ Freak Show); and Maria Brennan, President & CEO, WICT

The Woman of the Year and Woman to Watch awards, WICT’s highest individual accolades, were presented at the Touchstones Luncheon to the following women for their outstanding contributions to the cable media industry.

Woman of the Year – Programmer, Sarah Barnett
President & General Manager, BBC America

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Arlene Manos, President Emeritus, AMC Networks Advertising Sales & Sarah Barnett

Woman of the Year – Operator, D’Arcy Rudnay
EVP & Chief Communications Officer, Comcast

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David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast;
D’Arcy Rudnay; and Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO, Comcast

Woman to Watch – Technology, Samira Panah Bakhtiar
Director, Media Operations, Cisco Systems

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Samira Panah Bakhtiar & John Dorval, Vice President, Global Service Provider, Cisco Systems

Woman to Watch – Operator,
Charlene Keys
AVP, Field Operations – Western North Carolina, Charter Communications

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Charlene Keys & Darrel Hegar, Regional Vice President of Operations, Charter Communications

Woman to Watch – Programmer,
Tina Thornton
SVP, Production & Multimedia Sponsorship Integration and Management
Operations, ESPN

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Tina Thornton & Doris Burke, Basketball Analyst and Reporter, ESPN

A look back at the 2017 WICT Touchstones Luncheon

Actress, producer and director (IFC Films’ Freak ShowTrudie Styler, delivered an inspiring keynote address at the 2017 Touchstones Luncheon on September 25 at the New York Marriott Marquis. WICT Board Member, Lisa Schwartz, Co-President, IFC Films and Sundance Selects, served as the Luncheon’s Honorary Chair and provided introductory remarks. WICT recognizes and thanks the 2017 Touchstones Luncheon Premier Sponsor AMC Networks along with our numerous table sponsors.

 

Lisa Schwartz, Trudie Styler, Maria Brennan.JPG

Lisa Schwartz, Co-President, IFC Films and Sundance Selects; Trudie Styler, Actress, Producer and Director (IFC Films’ Freak Show); and Maria Brennan, President & CEO, WICT

The Woman of the Year and Woman to Watch awards, WICT’s highest individual accolades, were presented at the Touchstones Luncheon to the following women for their outstanding contributions to the cable media industry.

Woman of the Year – Programmer, Sarah Barnett
President & General Manager, BBC America

Arlene Manos and Sarah Barnett.JPG

Arlene Manos, President Emeritus, AMC Networks Advertising Sales & Sarah Barnett

Woman of the Year – Operator, D’Arcy Rudnay
EVP & Chief Communications Officer, Comcast

David Cohen, DArcy Rudnay, Brian Roberts.JPG

David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast;
D’Arcy Rudnay; and Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO, Comcast

Woman to Watch – Technology, Samira Panah Bakhtiar
Director, Media Operations, Cisco Systems

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Samira Panah Bakhtiar & John Dorval, Vice President, Global Service Provider, Cisco Systems

Woman to Watch – Operator,
Charlene Keys
AVP, Field Operations – Western North Carolina, Charter Communications

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Charlene Keys & Darrel Hegar, Regional Vice President of Operations, Charter Communications

Woman to Watch – Programmer,
Tina Thornton
SVP, Production & Multimedia Sponsorship Integration and Management
Operations, ESPN

Tina Thornton and Doris Burke.JPG

Tina Thornton & Doris Burke, Basketball Analyst and Reporter, ESPN

A look back at the 2017 WICT Touchstones Luncheon

Actress, producer and director (IFC Films’ Freak ShowTrudie Styler, delivered an inspiring keynote address at the 2017 Touchstones Luncheon on September 25 at the New York Marriott Marquis. WICT Board Member, Lisa Schwartz, Co-President, IFC Films and Sundance Selects, served as the Luncheon’s Honorary Chair and provided introductory remarks. WICT recognizes and thanks the 2017 Touchstones Luncheon Premier Sponsor AMC Networks along with our numerous table sponsors.

 

Lisa Schwartz, Trudie Styler, Maria Brennan.JPG

Lisa Schwartz, Co-President, IFC Films and Sundance Selects; Trudie Styler, Actress, Producer and Director (IFC Films’ Freak Show); and Maria Brennan, President & CEO, WICT

The Woman of the Year and Woman to Watch awards, WICT’s highest individual accolades, were presented at the Touchstones Luncheon to the following women for their outstanding contributions to the cable media industry.

Woman of the Year – Programmer, Sarah Barnett
President & General Manager, BBC America

Arlene Manos and Sarah Barnett.JPG

Arlene Manos, President Emeritus, AMC Networks Advertising Sales & Sarah Barnett

Woman of the Year – Operator, D’Arcy Rudnay
EVP & Chief Communications Officer, Comcast

David Cohen, DArcy Rudnay, Brian Roberts.JPG

David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast;
D’Arcy Rudnay; and Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO, Comcast

Woman to Watch – Technology, Samira Panah Bakhtiar
Director, Media Operations, Cisco Systems

Samira Bakhtiar and John Dorval.JPG

Samira Panah Bakhtiar & John Dorval, Vice President, Global Service Provider, Cisco Systems

Woman to Watch – Operator,
Charlene Keys
AVP, Field Operations – Western North Carolina, Charter Communications

Charlene Keys and Darrel Hegar.JPG

Charlene Keys & Darrel Hegar, Regional Vice President of Operations, Charter Communications

Woman to Watch – Programmer,
Tina Thornton
SVP, Production & Multimedia Sponsorship Integration and Management
Operations, ESPN

Tina Thornton and Doris Burke.JPG

Tina Thornton & Doris Burke, Basketball Analyst and Reporter, ESPN