For Immediate Release:
Washington, DC – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced Cox Communications President Pat Esser will deliver remarks on the opening night of the Betsy Magness Graduate Institute (BMGI) on Wednesday, November 30, starting at 6 PM. Esser will share his insights on the state of the industry and the future of media during a Welcome Reception that will include over 100 BMLI alumnae and the current Betsy Magness Leadership Institute (BMLI) Classes 34 and 35.
Esser’s address will serve as the kick-off to the full program held November 30-December 2 in Atlanta, GA. BMGI 2016 will focus on Leadership Foresight, guiding participants to heighten their ability to anticipate events and shape outcomes. Developed in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership, WICT’s BMGI is an educational program offered exclusively to BMLI graduates, providing focused instruction to senior-level leaders in the telecommunications industry. Charter Communications serves as the premier sponsor of the Betsy Magness programs.
"We are thrilled to welcome to BMGI one of our industry’s most respected leaders, Pat Esser," said WICT President & CEO Maria E. Brennan, CAE. "As we use this year’s BMGI program to delve into Leadership Foresight, our audience will undoubtedly benefit from Pat’s insights into the future of cable."
About Pat Esser
Patrick (Pat) Esser is president of Cox Communications, a multi-service broadband communications and entertainment company serving more than 6 million residential and commercial customers.
Esser brings more than 30 years of experience in cable and telecommunications to bear on his role as Cox’s top executive, a position he’s held since 2006. He joined Cox in 1979 as director of programming in Hampton Roads, VA., and was part of the original management team that pioneered Cox’s advertising sales division now known as Cox Media.
Cox has earned numerous accolades during Esser’s tenure as president; many tied to his personal passion for diversity and inclusion. In 2006, Cox debuted in DiversityInc’s listing of the Top 50 Companies for Diversity; the company has placed in the Top 50 for five consecutive years. In 2015, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) named Cox the Best Operator for Women in Cable for the ninth time. In 2007, Esser was personally distinguished with recognition as Multichannel News’ first "Executive of the Year." At the 2013 Cable Show, Esser was awarded with the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s (NCTA) Distinguished Vanguard Award for Leadership.
For over thirty-five 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 10,000 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the cable industry. Comcast NBCUniversal, Charter Communications, and Turner are WICT’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information.