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Women in Cable Telecommunications Announces BMLI Call for Applications

Completed Applications Due by 3:00 pm Eastern Time, May 21, 2010


Chantilly, VA – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced that applications for the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute Classes XXII & XXIII are now being accepted through May 21, 2010.  For more information or to apply online, please visit

Named in honor of Betsy Magness, one of the industry’s most successful pioneers, The Betsy Magness Leadership Institute, or BMLI, is sponsored by WE tv and serves as the gold standard in leadership development programs geared toward training senior-level women in the cable telecommunications industry. Those accepted into the program are immersed in an educational journey that focuses on core leadership competencies, including honing effective negotiation skills, building and leading productive teams, navigating and embracing change, communicating and executing organizational vision and many other timely and hard-hitting topics.

More than 530 women have graduated from BMLI and continue to be actively engaged in transforming their companies and our industry at the highest levels, with many alumnae collegially referring to themselves as "Betsies."

"WICT has an unmatched track record of success over the past seventeen years in preparing senior-level women to take on significant leadership responsibilities within their organizations," said Laurie Root, Vice President, WICT Education & Program Development. "The Betsy Magness Leadership Institute is WICT’s flagship professional development opportunity for senior-level women and is one of the industry’s most sought-after seats," Root concluded. Added WICT’s President & CEO, Maria E. Brennan, CAE, "We are proud to once again partner with one of the world’s leading providers of executive leadership training programs, the Center For Creative Leadership, to bring this program to the industry, and equally proud to welcome back WE tv as the BMLI Premier Sponsor in 2010."

The Institute’s Founding
Established by WICT in 1993 with a generous grant from TCI’s Bob Magness and J.C. Sparkman, the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute is named in honor of one of the industry’s most charismatic leaders, a cable pioneer who combined business acumen with compassion. Betsy Magness was instrumental in transforming TCI, later AT&T Broadband and Internet Services, and now Comcast, into one of the nation’s most prominent and influential cable and telecommunications companies.

About WICT
For over thirty years, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) has partnered with cable and telecommunications leaders to provide professional development programs, research, and services that help advance women in cable media. With over 7,800 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the cable and telecommunications industry. Comcast Cable, Rainbow Media, Time Warner Cable and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. are WICT’s Strategic Partners. Please visit for more information.