Leadership Conference

October 5-6, 2020
New York Marriott Marquis


Join us October 5-6, 2020, when we return to the New York Marriott Marquis for Diversity Week and the 2020 WICT Leadership Conference. Conference registration includes a ticket to our WICT Touchstones Luncheon.

We continue to monitor developments regarding COVID-19, and look to the WHO, CDC and local authorities for guidance. While our plan is for the WICT Leadership Conference to return to New York this fall, please be advised we are exploring additional options, including virtual opportunities as well as alternate locations. We will provide any necessary updates as they become available.

Here’s a brief reminder of last year’s conference experience:

More than 800 participants took over the New York Marriott Marquis during the 2019 WICT Leadership Conference, and more than 1,000 people attended the Touchstones Luncheon — and we hope you enjoyed every minute!

The conference opened with a heartwarming rendition of John Lennon’s Imagine, brought to life by the all-female a capella group, Mezzo. It was an inspiring kick-off for the industry’s Diversity Week activities.


The dynamic duo of WICT President & CEO, Maria E. Brennan, CAE, and Marva Johnson, WICT Global Board Chair and VP, State Government Affairs – South Region, Charter Communications, welcomed participants and thanked sponsors for their support of the conference. Comcast’s David L. Cohen joined them on stage to deliver remarks about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the industry.

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Above: Maria E. Brennan & Marva Johnson (left panel); David L. Cohen (right panel).

Following the opening general session, attendees spent the rest of the morning in a variety of breakout sessions, which included a dynamic array of speakers from a wide variety of business disciplines.

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Above: Scenes from just a few of the breakout sessions attendees could select.

At 11:00 am, attendees moved to the Broadway Ballroom for the 2019 WICT Touchstones Luncheon.Over 1,100 people filled the Broadway Ballroom to capacity during the Touchstones 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.

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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.

We also saluted each of our 2019 Women of the Year and Women to Watch honorees, and you can meet them here.

WICT gratefully acknowledges AMC Networks as the
Premier Sponsor of the 2019 WICT Touchstones Luncheon

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Following the luncheon, conference participants returned to more breakout sessions, and then reconvened in the Westside Ballroom for the closing session of the day, the always-popular Profiles of Champions. The panel of athletes and leaders spoke about women’s empowerment and how girls and young women can use sports to build confidence and develop skills that will serve them well as future executives.

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Above: Victoria Arlen, Nicole Briscoe (moderator), Sarah Klein, Eglantina Zingg, and Laurel Lawson (seated) participated in Profiles of Champions.

Attendees wrapped up 2019 WLC Day 1 at the Big Apple Reception, sponsored by A+E Networks. A highlight of each year’s conference, the reception allows participants to relax, reconnect with old friends and meet new ones in a congenial environment. Some chose to sign up for the Speed Networking Roundtables to connect with numerous peers and table leaders in a more structured setting.

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Above: Scenes from the Big Apple Reception & Speed Networking Roundtables.

Some participants opted for an early morning yoga session just for WICT attendees. No doubt this prepared them well for Tuesday’s opening session, when a group of powerful women C-suite leaders took the stage for a lively panel discussion, Learn How to Cultivate a Career in the C-Suite.

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Above: Ella Bell-Smith (moderator), Sarah Baehr, Elisa Bannon-Jones, Sandra Howe, Jeanine Liburd, Rosemary Mercedes and Lee Schroeder.

WICT proudly partnered with NAMIC to unveil the results of the 2019 WICT PAR and NAMIC AIM diversity surveys during the Diversity Town Hall, supported by the Walter Kaitz Foundation. A key finding for both organizations was the importance of retention of women and people of color. A panel of experts in diversity and inclusion discussed the findings in an informative conversation, led by Suzanne Malveaux, Award-winning Journalist and National Correspondent, CNN.

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Above, left to right: Karen Bennett, David L. Cohen, Johnita Due, Suzanne Malveaux, Adria Alpert Romm, Rhonda Crichlow, and Lee Schroeder.

The 2019 WICT Leadership Conference closed with the capstone session, Pearls of Wisdom, a series of mini-keynotes that leaves the audience inspired, energized and ready to move forward to Forge the Future.


Above, left to right: Princess Beatrice of York, Sameer Deen, Wasfia Nazreen, Shannon Lee, Gloria Feldt, and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. Charter Communications sponsored the Pearls of Wisdom session.

View a complete recap of the 2019 WICT Leadership Conference here.

WICT gratefully acknowledges the sponsors of the
2020 Leadership Conference:


Photos by Larry Busacca and Gary Gershoff for Getty Images.