WICT Establishes U.S. Veterans Fellowship

Media contact:
Kristin Edwards
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For Immediate Release:
2/01/2018

Fellowship Supports Career Development for Women Veterans in the Industry
Applications Open from February 1 to March 30
Washington, DC – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced the establishment of the Martha Soehren Women Veterans Fellowship. Designed to support career development and advancement for high potential women veterans employed by a cable company, the Martha Soehren Women Veterans Fellowship enables recipients to experience the strength of WICT’s robust educational programs and strong professional network.           
  
The fellowship is a one-year award that includes WICT membership and a fully funded scholarship to the WICT Leadership Conference and other select WICT programs, to include travel stipends. The fellowship will be underwritten by WICT’s Leadership Endowment Fund, which was established in 1989 in a measure to enable WICT to give back to the industry in meaningful ways. 
  
Named in honor of one of the cable industry’s most influential learning leaders, Dr. Soehren currently serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the WICT Global Board of Directors. Martha is the Chief Talent Development Officer and Senior Vice President at Comcast University and Comcast Cable. Her career encompasses 17 years in the telecommunications industry; 25 years in the defense industry; and 13 years as an adjunct professor and research/academic advisor.
Martha holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in business, as well as a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. A lifetime supporter of the military community, she is an honor graduate of the Army’s Management Engineering College and serves as an Executive Champion for the Comcast Veteran’s Affinity Group. 
"WICT is proud to announce the new Martha Soehren Women Veterans Fellowship. As an organization dedicated to diversity and inclusion, WICT’s fellowship acknowledges the critical  contributions women make every day in serving our country and to advancing our industry," said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, WICT. "We are delighted to name the fellowship in honor of Dr. Martha Soehren, who embodies the true spirit of this fellowship as a lifelong educator and champion of women in the workplace."
 
Women veterans currently employed by a programmer, operator or technology company are eligible and encouraged to apply at www.wict.org. The inaugural Fellowship recipient will be announced in April 2018.
About the Fellowship Namesake, Martha Soehren, PhD 
Dr. Soehren’s affiliations and honors include:
  • Doctorate of Learning Advisor for the GSE/Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Learning Leader with the Elliott Masie Learning Consortium
  • Selection Committee Member for the Association of Talent Development’s (ATD) Board of Directors
  • Board of Directors Member of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) 
  • Past Chair of the ATD Board of Directors (2014)
  • Past Chapter Advisor of the WICT Greater Philadelphia Chapter
  • WICT Greater Philadelphia Liberty Award Winner and Catalyst Award Winner
  • Multichannel News Woman to Watch Award Winner 
  • Cablefax Most Powerful Woman in Cable Award Winner (multiple years)
  • Learning 2012 Spotlight Award by The Masie Center
WICT has a public commitment to hire, train, and support veterans. In addition to the fellowship, WICT has partnered with Mission Media to support veterans transitioning to a career in the media entertainment and cable industry. For more information, visit www.missionmedia.org
About WICT
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 and Charter Communications are WICT’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information. 
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