2017 WLC Recap


New York Marriott Marquis
The WICT Leadership Conference is the renowned leadership development event for the cable industry. Through inspiring keynote speakers and innovative workshops covering a variety of topics, as well as connecting with industry colleagues, attendees were immersed in leadership activities.


Here are some exciting highlights from our 2017 conference:


Katie Couric opened the WICT Leadership Conference with a 

Keynote Conversation featuring Joanne Lipman

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Katie Couric, Award Winning Journalist & Bestselling Author and Joanne Lipman,
Editor in Chief, USA Today & USA Today Network; Chief Content Officer, Gannett


Opening Session

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Trudie Styler delivered Keynote Remarks to the largest audience
ever at the Touchstones Luncheon

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Trudie Styler, Actress, Producer, Director (IFC Films’ Freak Show)


WICT President & CEO, Maria Brennan presented WICT Chair,
Martha Soehren with a Diversity Medallion at the Touchstones Luncheon

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Taking Charge of Your Feedback during Roundtable Discussions

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The exceptional athletes featured on the
Profiles of Champions Panel

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 Kathrine Switzer, First Registered Female Boston Marathon Runner, Emmy-Winning Commentator; Carli Lloyd, World Cup Soccer Champion; Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist; NWSL Player, broadcast on Lifetime; Chiney Ogwumike, WNBA player, Analyst, ESPN;
Lisa Kerney, Anchor, SportsCenter, ESPN


Networking at the Big Apple Reception

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Gretchen Carlson kicked off Day 2 of the conference with
an inspirational Keynote speech

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Gretchen Carlson, TV Journalist & Women’s Empowerment Advocate


Activating Allies: Uniting Against Unconscious Bias

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Jennifer Brown, Founder & CEO, Jennifer Brown Consulting; Deepali Bagati, Executive Director, United States, Catalyst, Inc.; LeVoyd Carter, Executive Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Cox Communications; Angela Santone, EVP & Global Chief Human Resources Officer, Turner; Tina Simmons, SVP, Human Resources – Central Division, Comcast


WICT partnered with NAMIC and the Walter Kaitz Foundation to unveil
the results of the 2017 PAR AIM Survey 
at the Joint Diversity Town Hall

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Michael K. Powell, President & CEO, NCTA; Eglon Simons, President & CEO, NAMIC, David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast; Rhonda Crichlow, SVP, Chief Diversity Officer, Charter Communications; Karen Bennett, EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Cox Communications; Adria Alpert Romm, Chief HR & Global Diversity Officer, Discovery Communications; Monica Diaz, VP, Diversity, Inclusion & Wellness, ESPN; John Yang, Correspondent, PBS NewsHour, NewsHour Productions; Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, WICT; and David Porter, Executive Director, Walter Kaitz Foundation


Thought leaders from the capstone session, Pearls of Wisdom

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Dana Strong, President & COO, Virgin Media; Alison Wright, Photographer, Alison Wright Photography; Juju Chang, Co-anchor, ABC News’ Nightline; Reshma Saujani, Founder & CEO, Girls Who Code; and Kimberly Brooks, Host/Correspondent, Fusion Network


View more photos in our Facebook photo album.



Registration included attendance at the WICT Touchstones Luncheon on September 19. During the luncheon, WICT recognized our 2016 Woman of the Year and the Woman to Watch.

The WICT Leadership Conference was held at the

Marriott Marquis in New York, NY.

New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway
New York, NY 10036