WICT Staff: Marketing & Industry Relations Consultant Talton Gibson
Talton Gibson is the Marketing & Industry Relations Consultant for Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT). He is responsible for marketing, branding and public relations, working to help advance WICT’s mission in a collaborative and strategic manner. Gibson brings over 20 years of experience in management, strategic communications and advocacy in the entertainment and media, political, and nonprofit sectors, with a focus on empowering women.
Gibson’s entertainment and media experience includes work as a sweeps publicist for Paramount Domestic Television’s Hard Copy, managing media relations for American Women in Radio & Television and serving as the public relations director for Feld Entertainment’s luxury circus, Barnum’s Kaleidoscape. Gibson’s political background includes work for former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt and managing Congressional campaigns in North Carolina, Georgia and Illinois, including those of several female candidates. In the nonprofit sector, Gibson helped create and served as a senior advisor and executive director for The Israel Project, successfully leading their international research and advocacy efforts. From 2006 until joining WICT in 2010, he worked as a communications, management and strategy consultant with international nonprofits focused on promoting human rights and empowering women. In that capacity, he served as the US Director for the European Foundation for Democracy – creating a campaign with Muslim reformer, author and filmmaker, Irshad Manji, to educate media, Congress and the nonprofit community on challenges to universal human rights. He also served as a curriculum advisor for an award-winning online advocacy institute for women in the Middle East and North Africa on behalf of the Center for Liberty in the Middle East.
A native North Carolinian, Gibson was educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Additionally, he studied crisis management and communications, and entertainment publicity at UCLA.