Kristin Edwards
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3/15/2018

WICT Announces Stephanie Ruhle, NBC News Correspondent, MSNBC Anchor, to Host Signature Luncheon

Jen Neal, E! Entertainment's EVP, Marketing & Executive Producer, Live Events, to Serve as Honorary Chair

Event Honors PAR Top Companies for Women to Work


Washington, DC - Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) announced today that Stephanie Ruhle, NBC News Correspondent and anchor of MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle and MSNBC Live with Velshi & Ruhle, will host the 2018 WICT Signature Luncheon. Jen Neal, EVP, Marketing & Executive Producer of Live Events, E! Entertainment, will serve as the Honorary Chair. The luncheon will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown on April 4, marking the first time the event will be held in New York City. 

  
Stephanie Ruhle plays an active role in women's leadership development, having founded the Corporate Investment Bank Women's Network and co-chaired Women on Wall Street. She is a member of the board of trustees for Girls Inc. NYC, and in 2016, was honored as one of their Women of the Year. Ruhle currently sits on the board and advises for "React To Film," an issue-based documentary film series, and formerly served on the corporate councils of iMentor and The White House Project, a non-profit organization that works to advance women in business, government and media.

"As we convene to honor the PAR Top Companies for Women to Work, we are delighted to welcome two powerhouse women to help us shine a spotlight on the importance of gender diversity," said Maria E. Brennan, President & CEO of WICT. "Stephanie Ruhle boasts a stellar career as a journalist and news anchor, and her advocacy work to advance women is equally impressive. Likewise, Jen Neal is an accomplished and influential media executive who uses her influence to give back to the women's community in numerous ways, including serving on the Global Board of WICT. We are honored to welcome them to the 2018 Signature Luncheon." 
  
The WICT Signature Luncheon will recognize companies leading the way in fostering inclusive workplace cultures, based on the 2017 PAR Workplace Diversity survey. 

The 2017 PAR Top Operators for Women to Work are Comcast Corporation (Platinum), Cox Communications (Gold), Midco (Silver) and Mediacom Communications Corporation (Bronze). The 2017 PAR Top Programmers for Women to Work are NBCUniversal (Platinum), Scripps Networks Interactive (Gold), Disney ABC Television Group (Silver) and Discovery, Inc. (Bronze).
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About Stephanie Ruhle
In addition to having an active role in women's leadership development, Stephanie Ruhle anchors MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle and MSNBC Live with Velshi & Ruhle. 

Previously, Ruhle served as anchor and managing editor for Bloomberg Television and editor-at-large for Bloomberg News, where she co-hosted Bloomberg <GO>, Bloomberg TV's flagship morning show featuring global thought leaders across business, tech and media. In 2015, Ruhle produced and hosted the documentary Haiti: Open For Business?, which shed light on the country five years after it was hit by a devastating earthquake and explored its viability as the next emerging market.  Ruhle also participated in a short-form documentary, Sharkland: A Mission Blue & Fusion Expedition, which brought attention to the plight of sharks and the urgent needs to conserve our oceans.

Prior to Bloomberg, Ruhle worked at Deutsche Bank, serving as a Managing Director in Global Markets Senior Relationship Management. Ruhle began her career at Credit Suisse, where she was the highest-producing credit derivatives salesperson in the US. 

Follow Stephanie Ruhle on Twitter at @SRuhle.

About Jen Neal 
Jen Neal is the Executive Vice President, Marketing and the Executive Producer, Live Events for E! Entertainment. She oversees and directs all marketing initiatives for the global pop culture and lifestyle brand, including advertising, media strategies, creative, brand alliances, promotion and integrated marketing across all platforms. 

Neal's role expanded in June 2017 to oversee the network's live events strategy and programming initiatives. She is responsible for E!'s signature franchise Live from the Red Carpet, in addition to the network's recently announced acquisition of the People's Choice Awards, airing on E! in 2018. She will also oversee E!'s live coverage of tentpole events, including New York Fashion Week and Met Gala.

Neal has been recognized in prestigious industry publications including Adweek's Class of 2015 Brand Genius Awards, Cablefax Most Powerful Women in Business list 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017; Multichannel News '40 Under 40' most innovative and influential, cable and telecommunications list, 2013; and Adweek 'First Mover', June 2012. Neal serves on the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Board of Directors as well as the Georgetown McDonough School of Business Advisory Board. 

About WICT
WICT's mission is to create women leaders who transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B network that helps advance women. For nearly 40 years, WICT has partnered with cable and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,000 members strong, WICT is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in cable media. Comcast NBCUniversal and Charter Communications are WICT's Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information. 

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