Touchstones Luncheon

 

Save the Date for 2020 – October 5, 2020

The WICT Touchstones Luncheon showcases the value of diversity and recognizes women who are paving the way for tomorrow’s generation of leaders. Among the honors to be presented are the Woman of the Year and Woman to Watch awards, WICT’s highest individual accolades. The Touchstones Luncheon boasts a sold-out crowd of more than 1,100 professionals.

Looking Back at 2019:

The Broadway Ballroom was filled to capacity during the Touchstones Luncheon on Monday, September 16. AMC Networks returned for the 8th year in a row as the Premier Sponsor of the Luncheon. The program began with an artists panel, featuring Meredith MacNeill and Jennifer Whalen, co-creators and stars of IFC’s Baroness von Sketch Show. Honorary Chair of the luncheon, Georgia Juvelis, members of the WICT Global Board of Directors and EVP & Co-Head, Corporate Communications, AMC Networks, led the conversation, during which the two comic actors discussed challenges and opportunities they faced when developing their show. Their goal was to represent women as multi-faceted and break away from the typical depictions of women over 40 on television.

Clockwise from top left: Jennifer Whalen and Meredith MacNeill on stage with Georgia Juvelis; Woman of the Year – Programmer, Jennifer Caserta; the capacity crowd in the Broadway Ballroom; and Jocelyn Cooley, SVP, Human Resources & Global Talent Acquisition, Viacom Media Networks and Treasurer, WICT Global Board of Directors.

This year WICT was privileged to honor:

Woman of the Year – Operator
Lee Schroeder, EVP, Government & Community Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer
Altice USA

Woman of the Year – Programmer
Jennifer Caserta, Chief Transformation & People Officer
AMC Networks

Woman to Watch – Operator
Susan Anable, VP, Public Affairs, Southwest Region
Cox Communications

Woman to Watch – Programmer
Meeka Bondy, SVP, Legal Affairs
HBO

Woman to Watch – Technology
Zenita Henderson, VP, Marketing & Business Development
SCTE•ISBE

Meet each of the honorees here.

Zenita Henderson (left), Woman to Watch – Technology, with presenter Sherita Ceasar, SVP, Technology Environments and Strategy, Comcast.

Above, Susan Anable, Woman to Watch – Operator, with presenter, Pat Esser, President, Cox Communications.

Meeka Bondy (left), Woman to Watch – Programmer, with presenter Sloan Kennedy, VP, Domestic Network Distribution, HBO.

Above: Jennifer Caserta, Woman of the Year – Programmer, with presenter Ed Carroll, COO, AMC Networks.

Above: Lee Schroeder, Woman of the Year – Operator, with presenter Dexter Goei, CEO, Altice USA.