2013 WLC Recap

​​Conference Opening


Alex Wagner, host of MSNBC’s NOW with Alex Wagner, opened the 2013 WICT Leadership Conference on Monday, October 7. Wagner was introduced by Comcast|NBCUniversal Executive Vice President, David Cohen. Cohen shared his insights and experience on creating strong diversity and inclusion practices with the Leadership Conference audience.

Alex Wagner, Host of Now With Alex Wagner, MSNBC

The Rockin’ Women of Silicon Alley

Pictured (L to R): Jesse Draper (moderator), CEO, Valley Girl, Inc.; Creator & Host, The Valley Girl ShowTiffany Dufu, Chief Leadership Officer, Levo League; Kristin George, VP, Product, TuneIn; Kay Koplovitz, Founder, USA Network; Chairman & CEO, Koplovitz & Company; Co-Founder, Springboard Enterprises; Sonia Nagar, Co-Founder & CEO, Pickie

Rarified Air: Paying it Forward

Pictured (L to R): Lori Hickok (moderator), EVP, Finance, Scripps Networks Interactive; Allyson Ahlstrom, Founder, Threads for Teens; Malaak Compton-Rock, Author & Humanitarian, The Angelrock Project; Christine Driessen, EVP & CFO, ESPN, Inc.; Judy Girard, Retired, Former President, Food Network & HGTV

Leaning In: How to Take Your Seat at the Table

Pictured (L to R): Deborah Norville (moderator), Anchor of Inside Edition; Cathy Avgiris, CFO, Comcast; Marianne Cooper, Lead Researcher, Lean In; Sociologist, The Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University; Madeline Heilman, Social Psychologist/Researcher, NYU; Ellen Kroner, EVP, Communications, AMC Networks; Amy Tykeson, President & CEO, BendBroadband


Diversity Town Hall Meeting: Successes and Opportunities

Pictured (L to R): Suzanne Malveaux (moderator), Anchor, CNN; Adria Alpert Romm, SEVP, Human Resources & Global Diversity, Discovery Communications; David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation; Jacqueline Hernandez, COO, Telemundo Media; Rhonda Taylor, EVP & Chief People Officer, Cox Communications

Michael Powell, President & CEO, NCTA


Pearls of Wisdom: Innovation, Imagination & Initiative

Pictured (L to R): Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, Women in Cable Telecommunications; Iyanla Vanzant, Spiritual Life Coach, New York Times Best Selling Author, Host of Iyanla: Fix My LifeDavid Kenny, Chairman &CEO, The Weather Company;Michelle Ganeless, President, Comedy Central; Jill Campbell, EVP & COO, Cox Communications; Mary Meduski, EVP & CFO, Suddenlink Communications


m, Social Entrepreneur & Founder, Back On My Feet


Thank you to our WONDERFUL volunteers!



Keynote Spea



Sanya Richards-Ross, Olympic Gold Medalist and star of WE tv’s “Sanya’s Glam & Gold,” delivered a keynote address at this year’s Touchstones Luncheon. Sanya is a track and field superstar, having won numerous medals, including four gold medals, competing for the United States Olympic team. Her docu-series on WE tv follows her as she juggles her professional life as a competitive athlete and businesswoman with a high-profile marriage to NFL star Aaron Ross.

Sanya Richards-Ross, Olympic Gold Medalist & Star of WE tv’s “Sanya’s Glam & Gold”



We presented awards to our 2013 Woman of the YearAbbe Raven, Chairman, A+E Networks, and the two recipients of the Woman to Watch award, Bernie Han, VP, News and Local Programming, Time Warner Cable; and Marjorie Kaplan, Group President; Animal Planet, Science Channel & Velocity, Discovery Communications.

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Pictured (L to R): Marjorie Kaplan, Bernie Han, Abbe Raven​


Honorary Chair Ellen Kroner, EVP, Corporate Communications, AMC Networks with Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, Women in Cable Telecommunications

Pictured (L to R): Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, WICT; Mary Meduski, EVP & CFO Suddenlink Communications; Michelle Rice, EVP, Affiliate Sales & Marketing, TV One; Jill Campbell, EVP & COO, Cox Communications

Pictured (L to R): Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, WICT; Rob Marcus, President & COO, Time Warner Cable; Bernie Han, VP, News and Local Programming, Time Warner Cable; Glen Britt, Chairman & CEO, Time Warner Cable; Abbe Raven, Chairman, A+E Networks; Katherine Oliver, Commissioner, NYC Mayor’s Office of Media Entertainment; Dane Snowden, Chief of Staff, NCTA; Sanya Richards-Ross, Olympic Gold Medalist & Star of WE tv’s Sanya’s Glam & GoldMary Meduski, EVP & CFO, Suddenlink Communications; Marjorie Kaplan, Group President; Animal Planet, Science Channel & Velocity, Discovery Communications; David Zaslav, President & CEO, Discovery Communications​​

All photos by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Women in Cable Telecommunications​

To take a look at the recap from the 2012 conference, click here​.