The WICT Network Announces Betsy Magness Leadership Institute  Classes 46 & 47

August 31, 2022

Greg Hickman
Tel: 202-827-4774

Washington, DC – The WICT Network is pleased to announce the members of Classes 46 and 47 of the 2022-2023 Betsy Magness Leadership Institute (BMLI). BMLI is recognized by the industry as the premier leadership development program for women holding senior leadership positions in media, entertainment and technology. Since its launch in 1994, more than 1,000 top-ranking industry executives have graduated from the program.

The 2022-2023 program has two cohorts, both of which will start their year with a week of training at The Center for Creative Leadership global headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, and will conclude their year in May 2023.

The WICT Network gratefully acknowledges Charter Communications as the premier sponsor and Comcast NBCUniversal as the supporting sponsor of the upcoming classes.

“The WICT Network is proud to announce the fifty-eight standout executives enrolled in the 2022-2023 BMLI program,” said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO. “The distinguished women in our forty-sixth and forty-seventh BMLI classes are superlative examples of the leadership skills, strategic thinking, and growth mindsets top executives must possess. Upon completion of their BMLI journey, they will join a prestigious cohort of over one-thousand program graduates spanning nearly three decades of leadership.”

Members of Class 46 of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute are:

  • Jeri Adams, Executive Director, Product Experience, Comcast
  • Heather Anderson, VP, Programming and Acquisitions, ESPN
  • Claire Avery, VP, Marketing & Creative Strategy, Charter Communications
  • Allison Bennett, VP, Corporate Communications & Talent Relations, Hallmark Media
  • Reshma Bennur, Executive Director, Product & Growth Insights, Comcast
  • Caroline Brown, SVP, Content Ops and Origination, Warner Bros. Discovery
  • Jessica Callahan, VP, Programming & Development, Hallmark Media
  • Jean Ciullo, VP, Enterprise Technical Support, Spectrum Enterprise
  • Nicole Coleman, SVP, Content Strategy & Planning, Warner Bros. Discovery
  • Melissa Diaz, VP, Distribution Strategy & Planning, Warner Bros. Discovery
  • Heather Dowd-Priel, VP, Ad Sales & Partnerships, AMC Networks
  • Kate Frame, VP, Human Resources, Paramount Pictures
  • Jessica Geremia, VP of Operations, Field Operations, Charter Communications
  • Morgan Greco, VP, Digital Business Development, A+E Networks
  • Audrey Gruber, VP, News & Asst. General Manager of News 12, Altice USA
  • Lisa Hailstone, VP, Market Expansion, Charter Communications
  • Jeannette Romero, VP, Product Management, Comcast
  • Kait Jewell, Executive Director, Comcast
  • Jess Korner, VP, Distribution Marketing, A+E Networks
  • Jennifer Metz, Vice President, Product Management for Core Platforms & Expansion, Paramount
  • Grace Moss, VP, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Warner Bros. Discovery
  • Rachel Ownes, SVP, Product & Technology, Altice USA
  • Sitarah Pendelton-Eaglin, SVP, Unscripted Series, Paramount Media Networks
  • Vickie Rodgers, VP, General Manager Cox Communities, Cox Communications
  • Lynette Schroder, Director, Technical Care Center, Cable One
  • Shashi Shamarao, VP, Video Operations, Charter Communications
  • Aimee Snead, VP, Human Resources – Freedom Region, Comcast
  • Erin Sullivan, Sr. Director, Controllership, NBCUniversal
  • Gabriela Vazquez, VP, Production, CBS Studios

Members of Class 47 of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute are:

  • Sarah Adams, VP, Product Management, Comcast
  • Dee Adeyemo, VP, Accounting Operations, Comcast Business
  • Maryann Balbo, GVP, Cox Media, Cox Communications
  • Rasheedah Carr, VP, Engineering, Comcast
  • Allison Cowperthwaite, VP, Distribution, Showtime Networks Inc.
  • Lisa Craig, VP, Technology Solutions, Warner Bros. Discovery
  • Lori Davey, VP, Commercial Sales, GCI
  • Yvonne Davis, VP, Marketing Strategy, Content Distribution, NBCUniversal
  • Heidi Donovan, Executive Director, HR, Comcast Effectv
  • Su Guaglianone, VP, Global Marketing, CommScope
  • Chanelle Hawken, VP, Government & Public Affairs, Cox Communications
  • Laura Heller, VP, Ad Sales Research, Hallmark Media
  • Tara Hines, VP, Enterprise PMO, Comcast Effectv
  • Stephanie Holmes, Senior Director, Programming & Acquisitions, ESPN
  • Greta Kim, VP, Customer Service Support, Charter Communications
  • Tendai Mashingaidze, VP, Compliance, Investor Relations & Reporting at UP Entertainment
  • Ndidi Massay, VP, Workplace Culture & Diversity Initiatives, CBS Sports
  • Julie McGlone, VP, Creative Content, ESPN, Production Department
  • Michele Neesley, SVP, Partner Marketing, Warner Bros. Discovery
  • Rachel Ozias, RVP, Xfinity Consumer Services, Comcast
  • Urvi Shah, VP, Global Key Account Marketing, CommScope
  • Carolyn Sheflin, VP, Advanced Advertising, Spectrum Reach, Charter Communications
  • Jennifer Smardo, VP, Planning Design & Construction, Comcast Corporation
  • Jacquelyn Smith, Executive Director, Enterprise Solutions, Comcast
  • Michelle Snyder, VP, Brand Marketing, Comcast Business
  • Trinity Thorpe-Lubneuski, Executive Director, Internet Essentials & Lift Zones Outreach, Partnerships & Channel Management, Comcast
  • Jennifer Tracy, VP, Talent Attraction & Acquisition, Charter Communications
  • Rita Wadhwani, Senior Director, PMO, Content Distribution, NBCUniversal
  • Sonya Wendell Manfredi, VP, Government Affairs, Cox Enterprises

Additional details about the BMLI program can be found here.

The Institute’s Founding  

Established by The WICT Network in 1994 with a generous grant from TCI’s Bob Magness and J.C. Sparkman, the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute is named in honor of one of the industry’s most charismatic leaders, a cable pioneer who combined business acumen with compassion. Betsy Magness was instrumental in transforming TCI, later AT&T Broadband and Internet Services, and now Comcast, into one of the nation’s most prominent and influential cable and telecommunication companies. Through The WICT Network’s access to the nation’s top ranking learning institutes, BMLI provides a powerful, year-long program consisting of five tailored sessions focusing on distinct leadership competencies.
About The WICT Network

Our mission is to help create women leaders that transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B network that helps advance women. For more than 40 years, The WICT Network has partnered with media, entertainment and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,000 members strong, The WICT Network is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in media. Charter Communications and Comcast NBCUniversal are The WICT Network’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Visit or follow @WICTHQ on Facebook/Instagram/LinkedIn/Twitter for more information.