For Immediate Release:
Washington, DC – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced that Gretchen Carlson, recently named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2017, will speak during a keynote session on Tuesday, September 26 at the 2017 WICT Leadership Conference, in New York at the Marriott Marquis.
Carlson’s new book, Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back, gives a voice to women around the world who have been silenced by harassment and intimidation, inspiring them to reclaim their power against injustice. The first 500 registrants of the WICT Leadership Conference will receive a voucher that entitles them to a complimentary copy of Gretchen’s book when it is released in October.
Carlson is one of the nation’s most successful and recognized news anchors as well as an advocate for workplace equality. In 2016, she became the face of sexual harassment in the workplace, gracing the cover of TIME Magazine and standing strong in her determination to promote a safe working environment for all women. As a result of her experiences, Carlson created the Gift of Courage Fund, a foundation designed to empower young girls.
"We are honored to welcome Gretchen Carlson to the WICT Leadership Conference. She is a well-respected journalist who has leveraged her experiences to empower other women and girls around the world," said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, WICT President & CEO. "Gretchen has reignited an important dialog about workplace respect and equality, and we look forward to gaining her insights and inspiration this September."
The 2017 WICT Leadership Conference is a renowned leadership development event for the cable industry. Taking place September 25-26 at the New York Marriott Marquis as part of Cable’s Diversity Week, the conference includes interactive workshops, expert panels, coaching sessions, and peer-to-peer networking. Speakers encompass a diverse array of industry executives, business and leadership experts and academic thought leaders. More information about the conference and the WICT Touchstones Luncheon may be found at www.wictconference.org.
WICT gratefully acknowledges the 2017 Leadership Conference Platinum Sponsor Comcast NBCUniversal and Champion Sponsors Disney and ESPN Media Networks, HBO, and TV One. WICT also recognizes and thanks AMC Networks for their Premier Sponsorship of the 2017 WICT Touchstones Luncheon.
About Gretchen Carlson
Gretchen Carlson is one of the nation’s most successful and recognized news anchors and a tireless advocate for workplace equality and the empowerment of women. She most recently hosted "The Real Story" on Fox News for three years, and prior to that co-hosted the #1 rated cable morning news show, "Fox and Friends," for more than seven years. Carlson started her television career in Richmond, Virginia, as a political reporter, and later served as an anchor and reporter in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dallas. She moved to the national scene as the co-host of "The Saturday Early Show" on CBS in 2000 where she also served as a CBS News correspondent. In 2016, Carlson became the face of sexual harassment in the workplace, gracing the cover of Time Magazine and standing strong in her determination to promote a safe working environment for all women. In January 2017, Carlson was tapped as a columnist for TIME magazine’s online Motto newsletter, focusing on women and empowerment issues. In April 2017, she was recognized as TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2017 AND awarded a MATRIX Award for her brave advocacy work against sexual harassment.
An honors graduate of Stanford University, Carlson was valedictorian of her high school class and studied at Oxford University in England. Carlson grew up as a child prodigy on the violin, and in 1989, became the first classical violinist ever to win the Miss America crown. In 2017 Carlson created the Gift of Courage Fund, a foundation to empower young girls. Carlson serves as a national Trustee for the March of Dimes, a member of the Board of Directors for the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary and a Trustee of Greenwich Academy.
About WICT (Women in Cable Telecommunications)
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, Charter Communications, and Turner are WICT’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information.
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