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Leslie Ellis Named 2010 Women in Technology Award Winner

Award Spotlights Female Technology Professional in the Cable Telecommunications Industry


Chantilly, VA – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and Communications Technology magazine today named Leslie Ellis the winner of the prestigious 2010 Women in Technology Award. Ellis, an independent technology consultant and analyst, is one of the most well respected professionals in the technology sector of cable.

The Women in Technology Award, sponsored by Bright House Networks, was created in 1995 to recognize and honor leading technology professionals.  The award annually acknowledges the achievements of one woman who has demonstrated outstanding personal and professional growth and significantly contributed to the cable telecommunications industry.

“WICT is thrilled to recognize Leslie. This award gives us an opportunity to show the critical and growing role that women play in the technical side of the cable industry, and Leslie is a fantastic honoree,” said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO of WICT. 

The 2009 winner, Barbara Jaffe, EVP, Technology Operations, HBO, will present the 2010 Women in Technology Award during SCTE Cable-Tec Expo®, October 19-22, during Cable Connection Fall in New Orleans.  As the 2010 Women in Technology Award recipient, Ellis also will be featured in an upcoming story in Communications Technology magazine.

“There’s no more fitting place to honor Leslie than at SCTE’s Cable-Tec Expo,” said Mark Dzuban, President and CEO of SCTE.  “Like her predecessors on the list of Women in Technology Award winners, she has devoted her career to helping the industry to embrace the technological innovation that is reshaping the industry and directly impacting the bottom lines of operators and programmers.” 

In addition to Jaffe, past recipients of the award have been Cyndee Everman, Carolyn Terry, Vicki Marts, Charlotte Field, Nomi Bergman, Marcie Anderson, Christy Martin, Sabrina Calhoun, Margaret Gaillard, Sally Kinsman, Sheri Sharp, Yvette Gordon-Kanouff, Pam Nobles, and Pam Arment.

About Leslie Ellis
Leslie Ellis is an independent technology columnist, analyst, author, and owner of and Ellis Edits, Inc., based in Denver, CO.  She writes a weekly column for Multichannel News called “Translation Please,” now in its 10th year, aimed at demystifying commonly-used cable and broadband technology terms.

Ellis wrote the A-to-Z dictionary “Definitive Broadband: Next Generation,” in November 2005, as a follow-on to “Definitive Broadband,” published in May 2001. She co-authored “The Field Guide to Broadband,” published in October 2002. Additionally, Ellis was a contributing author for the September 2003 release of “Planet Broadband,” a hardcover book describing a vision of the future as foretold by cable modem inventor Rouzbeh Yassini.

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, Rainbow Media/WE tv, Time Warner Cable and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. are WICT’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit for more information.

About SCTE
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) is a non-profit professional association that provides technical leadership for the telecommunications industry and serves its members through professional development, standards, certification and information. SCTE currently has approximately 13,000 members from the U.S. and 70 countries worldwide and offers a variety of programs and services for the industry’s educational benefit. A prime example is SCTE’s Smart Energy Management Initiative (SEMI), an unprecedented effort to help cable operators leverage financial and environmental advantages of implementing Green strategies. SCTE has 68 chapters and meeting groups and more than 3,000 employees of the cable telecommunications industry hold SCTE technical certifications. SCTE is an ANSI-accredited standards development organization. Visit SCTE online at Follow SCTE on Facebook and Twitter.

About Communications Technology
Communications Technology, part of Access Intelligence’s Cable Group, is the industry’s most trusted and reliable source of information on broadband technology trends, strategies, implementations and best practices. The Communications Technology team also produces CT Reports, CT’s Tech Guides, CT’s Communications Executive, CT’s IT Executive, CT Europe, NCTC Technology Edge, and other custom publications; maintains a vibrant web presence at and presents a full schedule of topical web events. Access Intelligence’s Cable Group also publishes CableFAX Daily and CableFAX Magazine. The group’s web site is

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