Martha Soehren Veterans Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The Martha Soehren Veterans Fellowship is an annual fellowship that enables a high potential woman veteran employed at a programmer, operator or by a technology company to experience the strength of WICT’s educational programs and robust professional network. The Fellowship recipient embarks on a one-year journey designed to build crucial leadership development skills through WICT’s resources and programs.

The recipient of the fellowship was selected based in part on her ability to describe how receiving the fellowship will positively impact her leadership skills to the benefit of her organization and the industry as a whole.

2019 Martha Soehren Veterans Fellowship Recipient

Jennifer Hagwood
Project Manager, Military and Veterans Initiatives
Comcast Northeast Division

Jennifer is a Project Manager of Military and Veteran Initiatives for Comcast’s Northeast Division. She leads programs and initiatives including hiring and supporting veterans, National Guard and Reserve members and military spouses. She also leads and supports other business process and systems projects for the Division. Relatively new to Comcast and WICT, she is passionate about the military community and is an active member of Comcast’s Veterans Network, Women’s Network, and her local chapter of Team Red, White and Blue (Team RWB), a veteran service organization. She recently joined the Board of Directors for WICT New England as Membership Chair.

Before joining Comcast in 2017, Jennifer worked as a project manager at Zagster, a bike share company in Cambridge, MA and at Cisco Systems, in San Jose, CA. She led and managed projects from enterprise-wide systems implementations to a nation-wide bike-share upgrade project. Most notably she implemented a new ordering process and system for Cisco’s North American distribution partners that increased distributor profitability and streamlined distribution sales.

Jennifer is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and served six years as an officer in the U.S. Army. In addition to her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering, she holds a Master of Business Administration from University of Texas at Austin.

She is a New Hampshire native and resides in Greenland, NH. In her free time, Jenn enjoys running marathons, baking gluten free things and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

About the Fellowship Namesake

Pictured above: Martha Soehren, center, with the 2018 Veterans Fellowship recipients, Judy Alsip and Rose Roth, at the 2018 WICT Leadership Conference.

Martha Soehren currently serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the WICT Global Board of Directors. Martha is the Chief Talent Development Officer and Senior Vice President at Comcast University and Comcast Cable. Her career encompasses 17 years in the telecommunications industry; 25 years in the defense industry; and 13 years as an adjunct professor and research/academic advisor.

Martha holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in business, as well as a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. A lifetime supporter of the military community, she is an honor graduate of the Army’s Management Engineering College and serves as an Executive Champion for the Comcast Veteran’s Affinity Group.

Dr. Soehren’s affiliations and honors include:

  • Doctorate of Learning Advisor for the GSE/Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Learning Leader with the Elliott Masie Learning Consortium
  • Selection Committee Member for the Association of Talent Development’s (ATD) Board of Directors
  • Board of Directors Member of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE)
  • Past Chair of the ATD Board of Directors (2014)
  • Past Chapter Advisor of the WICT Greater Philadelphia Chapter
  • WICT Greater Philadelphia Liberty Award Winner and Catalyst Award Winner
  • Multichannel News Woman to Watch Award Winner
  • Cablefax Most Powerful Woman in Cable Award Winner (multiple years)
  • Learning 2012 Spotlight Award by The Masie Center