2021 Leadership Conference Agenda

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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

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

     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

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2:20 – 3:15 pm General Session

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


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

     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.

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3:20 – 4:05 pm General Session

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


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

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


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

     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

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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

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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

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12:00 – 12:55 pm Special Activity

One-on-One Executive Coaching

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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


  • Marc Aldrich, Amazon Web Services

  • Patty Donaldson, Cisco

  • Orlando Hampton, Afiniti

  • Marissa Lambrinos, Charter Communications

  • Melody Smalls, The Weather Channel

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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


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

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

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2:20 – 3:05 pm General Session

Pearls of Wisdom


     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

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4:15 – 5:00 pm Special Activity

One-on-One Executive Coaching
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