Woman of the Year & Woman to Watch Awards

The WICT Network is proud to shine a spotlight on some of the industry’s most accomplished and influential professionals. The 2022 Women of the Year and Women to Watch were recognized at the Touchstones Luncheon, Monday, October 10, in New York. Held inside of our multi-day Leadership Conference, the Touchstones Luncheon showcases the value of diversity and recognizes women who are paving the way for tomorrow’s generation of leaders.

 

2022 Women of the Year

Women of the Year is The WICT Network’s highest individual accolade, bestowed on individuals who embody its mission to develop women leaders who transform the industry. Honorees have achieved top industry status and show great resolve to help others along their path.

Woman of the Year – Operator
Colleen Langner

Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer

Cox Communications

Woman of the Year – Programmer

Wonya Lucas

President and Chief Executive Officer

Hallmark Media

 

2022 Women to Watch

The WICT Network’s Women to Watch accolade recognizes leaders who show tremendous achievement and progression in their professional goals with a strong commitment to their company and the industry at large.

Woman to Watch – Operator
Shannon Atkinson

Regional Vice President, Field Operations – West Region

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

View a list of past Women of the Year and Women to Watch here.

 

2023 Awards

We encourage you to use your influence to nominate women deserving of this recognition. Below you will find award criteria and some tips to ensure the review panel gets to know your candidate(s).

Woman of the Year

The Woman of the Year Award is bestowed on a woman who has made significant contributions throughout her career to her company and the overall industry. She is a proven leader and asset who shows great resolve to help others along their path. The WICT Network will select one honoree from a programmer and an operator.

Attributes:

  • Strong and articulate communicator who can rally others into action;
  • Serves as a catalyst to advance the industry and its people;
  • Inspires others through words and deeds;
  • Listens to and connects with her peers;
  • Leads fearlessly with a sense of purpose and vision.

This award is presented at The WICT Network Touchstones Luncheon during the Leadership Conference.

Current members of The WICT Network Global Board are ineligible for this award.

Woman to Watch

The Woman to Watch Award honors a woman who shows tremendous success and promise through her professional accomplishments. She demonstrates exemplary leadership skills in her company and a strong dedication to the industry. The WICT Network will select one honoree from a programmer, an operator and a technology company.

Attributes:

  • Contributes significantly to transform her organization;
  • Serves as a catalyst to help advance others at her organization;
  • Serves as a role model and mentor to colleagues and others;
  • Listens to and connects with her peers;
  • Leads authentically with a commitment to her values.

This award is presented at The WICT Network Touchstones Luncheon during the Leadership Conference.

Current members of The WICT Network Global Board are ineligible for this award.

The WICT Network’s Women of the Year and Women to Watch

The WICT Network works to help develop and advance women in the media, entertainment and technology industry. One of the ways we do this is by shining a spotlight on some of the industry’s most influential women. The Women of the Year and Women to Watch are The WICT Network’s highest individual honors. The honorees are recognized annually at The WICT Network Touchstones Luncheon held inside of The WICT Network Leadership Conference during Diversity Week in New York, NY.

We encourage you to use your influence to nominate women deserving of this recognition. And here are some tips to ensure the Review Panel gets to know your candidate(s).

  • Review the award eligibility criteria to ensure your candidate meets the criteria. Also, here is a list of the past award winners.
  • Be specific and provide concrete examples as they relate to the questions on the nomination form. Remember, the review committee does not know the nominee as well as you, so use examples to illustrate why your candidate(s) is a stand-out.
  • Proofread your nomination for spelling and grammar errors, and to ensure you have addressed all parts of each question completely.
  • Letters of recommendation are highly encouraged. We ask that you limit letters to one page and send no more than three per nominee.
  • Note the deadline and submit your nomination on time.
  • If applicable, be sure to note the nominee’s involvement in The WICT Network both locally and globally, and include if they are a current member of The WICT Network.
Questions?

If you have any questions about our awards or the nomination process, please contact Kathleen McNally.

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