WICT UK Chapter Educational Forum:
Leadership Lessons from the Top
Provided Compliments of WICT UK and our Sponsors
The WICT UK Chapter held its first educational forum and networking opportunity on
22 January at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park.
The program included brunch and networking time as well as a panel discussion with industry experts
Amy M. Blair (moderator), Chief Human Resources Officer, Liberty Global;
Miranda Curtis (panelist), Director, Liberty Global;
Dana M. Strong (panelist), Chief Operating Officer, Virgin Media, and WICT President & CEO,
Maria E. Brennan, CAE (panelist).
About our experts:
Amy M. Blair is Chief Human Resources Officer of Liberty Global. Ms. Blair was appointed to this position in June 2005 upon the combination of Liberty Media International, Inc. and UnitedGlobalCom, Inc. (UGC). In this capacity, Ms. Blair is responsible for developing and implementing policies and programs which address employment and retention, compensation and benefits, organizational structure, performance management, training and development, and compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Ms. Blair is an executive officer of Liberty Global and sits on the company's Executive Management Committee.
Miranda Curtis has served as a Board Director of Liberty Global plc since June 2010. Previously Ms. Curtis was President of Liberty Global Japan, and prior to the combination of Liberty Media and UGC in 2005 she served as President of Liberty Media International. Ms. Curtis has accumulated over 25 years' experience in the global cable industry in her capacity as an executive officer of Liberty and its predecessors, and has led the creation and development of both content and network distribution businesses across Asia and Continental Europe. She is also a veteran of UK cable, having originally helped launch the industry in this country in the late 1980s.
Dana M. Strong joined Virgin Media as Chief Operating Officer in July 2013 after two years as Managing Director of UPC Ireland, overseeing that operation's strong growth, improved customer satisfaction, and a successful track record of product innovation. Ms. Strong also serves as the elected Chairman of the Telecommunication and Internet Federation in Ireland. Before joining UPC Ireland, Ms. Strong served as the Chief Operating Officer of AUSTAR Communications in Australia for Liberty Global.
Maria E. Brennan is the President & CEO of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT). Prior to joining WICT, Ms. Brennan served as the President of American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) and has worked with numerous diversity-based nonprofits. As the public voice of WICT, Ms. Brennan is an experienced spokesperson and advocate for both media industry and workplace equity issues. Ms. Brennan was named among CableFAX's list of Most Powerful Women in Cable from 2010 to 2013. She serves on the Women's Leadership Board at Harvard University and is serving her fourth term on the FCC's Diversity Advisory Board.
With nearly 10,000 members, WICT is the largest and oldest organization serving women in cable media. Our mission is to help create women leaders who transform our industry. We accomplish this through highly acclaimed training and development programs. WICT also advocates for women in cable by commissioning original research that measures progress and by utilizing data that demonstrates the business benefits of increased gender diversity in the workplace.
The WICT UK community provides local opportunities for professionals to enhance their knowledge and make connections to achieve professional goals.
WICT recognizes the following sponsors of the UK Chapter: