WICT Announces NBC’s TODAY Co-Host Hoda Kotb to Deliver Opening Keynote at 2015 Leadership Conference

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For Immediate Release:
8/27/2015

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Hoda Kotb 

Washington, DC – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced that Hoda Kotb, veteran journalist and author, will speak during the opening general session of the 2015 WICT Leadership Conference on Monday, September 28, at the New York Marriott Marquis. Kotb is the co-host of the fourth hour of NBC’s TODAY.

"We are thrilled to have Hoda join us as WICT kicks off Diversity Week with a focus on leadership and empowerment. Hoda is someone with a story as powerful as her journalistic credentials," said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, WICT President & CEO. "Her success at TODAY builds on her remarkable career, and her insights on work and life will no doubt be inspiring to our audience." 

The 2015 WICT Leadership Conference is a renowned leadership development event for the cable industry. Taking place September 28-29 at the New York Marriott Marquis as part of Cable’s Diversity Week, the conference includes interactive workshops, expert panels and peer-to-peer networking opportunities. Speakers encompass a diverse array of industry professionals alongside other business experts and academic thought leaders. More information about the conference and the WICT Touchstones Luncheon may be found at www.wictconference.org.  

WICT gratefully recognizes the following sponsors of the 2015 Leadership Conference: Platinum Sponsor Comcast NBCUniversal; Bronze Sponsor Suddenlink Communications; and Champion Sponsors HBO, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and TV One. We also gratefully acknowledge AMC Networks for their Premier Sponsorship of the 2015 WICT Touchstones Luncheon.

About Hoda Kotb
Hoda Kotb is the co-host of the fourth hour of NBC’s TODAY alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. Since the duo teamed up in 2008, the Gifford-Kotb hour has been hailed as "appointment television" by Entertainment Weekly, "uproarious and irresistible" by People, and "TODAY’s happy hour" by USA Today.  

Since joining NBC in 1998, Kotb has served as a correspondent for Dateline. She has covered a variety of domestic and international news stories, as well as human-interest stories and features across all NBC News platforms. 

A New York Times bestselling author, Kotb has penned two books: Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer and Kathie Lee and Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives. Her third book, Where They Belong will be released January 2016.  

Kotb is a three-time Emmy winner, and she has also received two Gracie Awards, a Peabody Award, and an Edward R. Murrow Award. As a 7-year breast cancer survivor, Kotb is involved in several initiatives to raise awareness about the disease. Kotb graduated from Virginia Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism. She resides in New York City. 

About WICT
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 and telecommunications industry. Comcast NBCUniversal, Time Warner Cable, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Suddenlink Communications are WICT’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information.

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