2016 Conference Agenda

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2:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Manhattan, 8th Floor

WICT Chapter Leader Roundtable

By invitation only


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7:45 am – 8:30 am

5th Floor Foyer

Continental Breakfast

Sponsor: Turner

8:30 am – 9:25 am

Westside Ballroom, 5th Floor


Conference Opening, Keynote

Get ready to sharpen your vision and shape your future as we kick-off the 2016 WICT Leadership Conference. This opening session sets the stage for two days of education, celebration, and networking, providing you with a fresh view of the tools and knowledge needed for success in today’s workplace.

  • Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, WICT
  • David L. Cohen, Sr. EVP & Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corporation
  • Jackie Joyner Kersee, Olympic Gold Medalist, Track and Field
  • Gail MacKinnon, Vice Chair, WICT Board of Directors
  • Martha Soehren, Chief Talent Development Officer & SVP, Comcast University

Sponsor: Comcast NBCUniversal

9:25 am – 9:50 am

5th Floor Foyer

Networking Break

Sponsor: Neustar, Inc.


The Big Stage

Westside Ballroom, 5th Floor

Trendspotting: What Every Media Professional Should Know

Feeling overwhelmed by the rapid pace of the technology evolution? The platform economy, the democratization of content creation, and the “Internet of Things” are just a few of the forces reshaping the entertainment and media industry. In this panel discussion, executives known for their cutting-edge approach will analyze the top trends with the potential to disrupt cable as we know it. Be part of this in-depth look at what every media professional should know!

  • Lynn McMahon (moderator), Managing Director, Media & Entertainment North America, Accenture
  • Sean Cohan, President, International & Digital Media, A+E Networks
  • Lisa Hook, President & CEO, Neustar, Inc.
  • Suzanne Kolb, EVP & GM, Discovery Digital Networks

Sponsor: TV One

Master Classes

Julliard Complex, 5th Floor

Wired to Grow: The Neuroscience of Learning

Recent developments in neuroscience illuminate how the brain learns, builds memories, and develops habits–all of which are vital to your success and that of your organization and teams. In this Master Class, Dr. Britt Andreatta, author of Wired to Grow, Leading with Emotional Intelligence, and Having Difficult Conversations, will share key findings on the neuroscience of learning and how you can leverage these principles to maximize your and others’ potential. Leave this interactive session with new strategies for intentionally building your learning capacity.

  • Britt Andreatta, Ph.D., CEO, Andreatta Consulting

Talks & Roundtables

Lyceum Complex, 5th Floor

Influence and Visibility: Building Clout with Teams and Peers

Cultivating influence in the workplace is vital for effective leadership and career advancement. And it is a skill that can be learned. Heighten your personal clout and visibility at work with this series of rotating roundtable discussions. Become a valued asset by collaborating effectively, leading persuasively and advocating fluently for initiatives. Want to move that proposal forward or attain a promotion? These revealing and lively discussions with top industry executives will bolster your influence IQ. Our presenters will lead the roundtables, sharing their personal experience and strategies for maximizing influence in today’s high-demand businesses.

  • Esther Weinberg (facilitator), CEO, MindLight Group, LLC
  • Nan Bischoff, SVP, Financial Planning & Analysis, Viacom
  • Catherine Frymark, SVP, Corporate Communications, Discovery Communications
  • Annie Howell, Founder & Co-President, The Punch Point Group
  • Claire Kostbar, SVP, Human Resources, iN DEMAND, LLC
  • Charisse Lillie, Fellow & VP, Community Investment, Comcast Corporation; EVP, Comcast Foundation
  • Gail MacKinnon, Vice Chair, WICT Board
  • Angela Santone, EVP & Global Chief Human Resources Officer, Turner
  • Leigh Woisard, SVP, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Cox Communications
  • Julie Yoo, SVP, Corporate Development, Scripps Networks Interactive

Think Tank

Majestic Complex, 6th Floor

Time Design: Changing the Productivity Conversation

So many smart professionals are overly burdened with too many responsibilities. The more capable one is, the greater the demands and expectations become. Moreover, the digital age speeds up the pace and makes it easier to get distracted. As a result, talented women often feel exhausted and sometimes resentful that their hard work does not always pay off. Based on what Dr. Stacy Kim knows from working directly with her clients, she will share effective – and counterintuitive – strategies to help you redesign your time and enable you to enjoy life more fully. In this interactive workshop, participants will leave knowing how to get unstuck as well as when to say “yes” and ways to say “no.”

  • Stacy S. Kim, Ph.D., C.E.C., Founder, Life Junctions
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Broadway Ballroom, 6th Floor


At The Touchstones Luncheon WICT will honor the

2016 Woman of the Year and Women to Watch


Honorary Chair:

Ellen Kroner, EVP & Chief Communications Officer, AMC Networks

Keynote Speaker:

Danai Gurira, Actress, The Walking Dead



Woman of the Year


Kathleen Finch
Chief Programming, Content & Brand Officer
Scripps Networks Interactive


Woman to Watch (Programmer)


Laura Gentile

SVP, espnW and Women’s Initiatives, ESPN

Woman to Watch (Operator)

Mary McLaughlin
SVP, Beltway Region
Comcast Cable


The Big Stage

Westside Ballroom, 5th Floor

Courageous Leadership in the New Normal

In the VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) economy we are experiencing, courageous leadership has never been more important. With day-to-day work involving rapid-fire change and shifting roles, it can be difficult to see clear-cut answers in the face of challenges. Decisive action requires courage and an ability to assess constructive risk. Wise leaders know this and build their skill through practice and reflection. In this session, we spotlight leaders who have honed their business courage, relying on it to navigate their organizations through the new normal. Listen to their stories as well as current research to draw inspiration for making your own smart courage calculations.

  • Susan Tardanico (moderator), Founding Partner & CEO, The Authentic Leadership Alliance
  • Italia Commisso Weinand, EVP, Programming & HR, Mediacom Communications Corp.
  • Judi Lopez, SVP, Content Distribution & Affiliate Marketing, Fuse Media
  • Kamila E. Sip, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Postdoctoral Affairs, New York University, Langone Medical Center

Master Classes

Julliard Complex, 5th Floor

Maximum Creative – PART 1

Join us for vivid inspiration that will get your creative juices flowing! Emmy award-winning producer Val Nicholas leads a two-part interactive session on how to be more creative every day, both on your own and in team settings. He delivers a lifetime of tips and strategies designed to bring out the best in you and your collaborators. From creative problem solving and brainstorming to pitching and executing, make sure your ideas flow freely and get the attention they deserve.  And best of all, no PowerPoints. You’re welcome.

  • Val Nicholas, Vice President & Creative Director, NBC News

Talks & Roundtables

Lyceum Complex, 5th Floor

Designing Diversity: How to Solve Deficits and Earn Dividends

The business case for diversity and inclusion is well documented. Research from Harvard Kennedy School, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and others show that increased workplace diversity leads to better leveraged talent, increased innovation, and improved performance. However, despite the evidence and millions of dollars spent on diversity initiatives, progress remains very slow. Attend this Master Class with British writer, broadcaster, thought leader and consultant in diversity, Simon Fanshawe, to learn how to design diversity—from processes to ways of recruiting and promoting—so that the numbers actually change.

  • Simon Fanshawe, OBE, Partner, Diversity by Design

Think Tank

Majestic Complex, 6th Floor

Career Clarity: Picturing Paths to Success

Career growth in the modern workplace can be uncertain. Whether you’re interested in reinvention or simply taking on additional responsibilities, Dr. Beverly Kaye, founder of Career Systems International, will bring focus to your career strategy. This interactive workshop will help you to identify your professional goals and gain new insights to achieving those goals in a shifting workplace. Come prepared for a lively and thoughtful conversation to help you forge a path to success.

  • Dr. Beverly Kaye, Founder, Career Systems International
1:10 pm – 3:15 pm

One-on-One Coaching Appointments

A favorite among our attendees, WICT’s one-on-one coaching sessions offers you customized training on the topic of your choice with a professional executive coach. You will have 25 minutes of dedicated time to discuss any specific leadership or management issue relevant to your career.  The number of appointments is limited and last year’s sessions filled quickly.  Don’t miss your chance to sign up for this exclusive opportunity!

  • Jim Arnoff, Professional Certified Coach, The Arnoff Company, Inc.
  • Yana Blackwelder, Executive Coach, PCC, Coach Trainer, Cross-Cultural OD Consultant, Executive Gravitas, LLC
  • Paul Bolles-Beaven, Senior Consultant, Proteus International
  • Leandro Borello, Coach Leo
  • Angelina Darrisaw, Founder, C-Suite Coach
  • Paula T. Edgar, Esq., Principal, PGE, LLC
  • Susan Ginsberg O’Sullivan, Career Coach, GO’ Coaching
  • John Hoover, Ph.D., SVP – Global Head of Contextual Coaching, Partners International
  • Sue Negrey, Founder, Coach 2 Achieve
  • Margaret McLean Walsh, Executive Coach, McLean Walsh LLC
  • Alicia Rodriguez, President, Sophia Associates, Inc.
  • Robin Schletter, Executive and Career Coach, Robin Schletter, LLC
  • Nancy Snell, CPC, PCC, Executive Productivity, Business & ADHD Coach, Nancy Snell & Associates, Inc.
  • Mary Walsh, Owner, Mary Walsh Leadership Development + Career Performance

The Big Stage

Westside Ballroom, 5th Floor

Business Intelligence: Crafting Strategy with Big Data

Big data is everywhere but absent thoughtful analysis and practical implementation, the information has no value. Want to harness the massive amounts of information that today’s networks produce to yield actionable results? This panel discussion will explore how big data is shaping the cable industry, providing examples of how to successfully incorporate this resource into your organization’s operations, marketing and overall strategy.

  • Vicki Lins (moderator), President & CEO, CTAM
  • Judi Allen, SVP, Client Solutions, Nielsen
  • Chris Bastian, SVP & Chief Technology Officer, SCTE
  • Charlotte Field, SVP, Application Platform Operations, Charter Communications
  • Sandy Padula, SVP, Research, TBS & TNT, Turner

Master Classes

Julliard Complex, 5th Floor

Maximum Creativite – PART 2


Continuation of the 1:10pm session.


Talks & Roundtables

Lyceum Complex, 5th Floor

Presence & Power: The Mechanics of Effective Communication

Exuding knowledge and authority to gain trust and confidence is critical to advancement. Learn how to project a stronger Executive Presence to help propel your career. Executive Presence is a top qualification everyone looks for, but few talk about. This intangible can impact your workplace influence as much as the education and experience you have. Terri Nimmons, president and co-founder of Stone Lake Leadership Group, will lead this interactive, roundtable discussion, and break down the abstract in concrete, actionable terms. Manifest the image and demeanor your credentials support with these strategic takeaways.

  • Terri Nimmons, Principal, Stone Lake Leadership Group

Think Tank

Majestic Complex, 6th Floor

Crucial Conversations: Leading the Feedback Loop

Based on 30 years of observational research and the best of modern social science, Crucial Conversations teaches people how to step up to and effectively dialogue their way through high stakes conversations. One of the most common crucial conversations for leaders? Giving and receiving feedback. In this session, you will learn two key principles necessary for creating the high degree of psychological safety necessary for effective feedback conversations.  And, we will apply these principles to real feedback conversations you need to hold.

  • Emily Hoffman, VP, Development & Delivery, VitalSmarts
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Barrymore, 9th Floor 


Recruiter Workshop: Take Charge of Your Transition

Are you currently or soon-to-be unemployed?  Ongoing changes within the industry have impacted the workforce, leaving many accomplished professionals in search of new opportunities. To retain the industry’s seasoned talent, WICT has assembled an hour-long, interactive workshop, available exclusively for Leadership Conference attendees in job transition. Learn to market yourself like an insider with the help of this dynamic session, led by recruitment guru Ann Carlsen of Carlsen Resources, Inc. Taking charge of your transition is just a workshop away.

  • Ann Carlsen, Founder & CEO, Carlsen Resources, Inc.
3:15 pm – 3:25 pm

5th Floor Foyer

Networking Break

Sponsor: Neustar, Inc.

3:25 pm – 4:00 pm

Westside Ballroom, 5th Floor


Candid Conversations: S-T-R-E-T-C-H to Future-Proof Your Career

Don’t let events overtake you. Determine your trajectory in the face of change and challenge with mind-expanding guidance from Barbara Mistick, Ph.D., co-author of Stretch: How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace. Glimpse into the future of the workplace with this enlightening fireside chat. Stay ahead of business trends by mastering ten key capabilities, critical to thriving in an ever-shifting world. Stretch your mind, and your potential, with Mistick’s evidence-based teachings.

  •  Jocelyn Cooley, SVP, Human Resources, Viacom Media Networks
  • Dr. Barbara Mistick, President, Wilson College; Author, Stretch: How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace

Sponsor: Accenture

4:05 pm – 5:20 pm

Westside Ballroom, 5th Floor


Leadership Lessons from Women of Color

Presented in partnership with NAMIC and the Walter Kaitz Foundation

Empirically, we know that women face obstacles in the workplace that their male counterparts do not confront. This is especially true for women of color. Nevertheless, there are countless women of color who transcend these challenges and overcome unique barriers to make it to the top of their fields. How have they done it? How can you do it? In this panel discussion, some of the industry’s top cable executives will share their most valuable insights and strategies, revealing the skills and abilities they marshal to succeed.

  • Dr. Ella Bell (moderator), Founder, ASCENT-Leading Multicultural Women to the Top and Associate Professor, Business Administration, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
  • Monica Diaz, VP, Diversity, Inclusion, & Wellness, ESPN
  • Tamara Franklin, EVP, Digital, Scripps Networks Interactive
  • Susan Jin Davis, SVP, Operations & Compliance, Comcast Cable
  • Michelle Rice, EVP, Content Distribution & Marketing, TV One

Sponsor: REVOLT

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Broadway Lounge, 8th Floor

Big Apple Reception

Let WICT treat you to a networking reception filled with great food and even better company, all while enjoying the best view in New York City.  After a full day of learning, take in the sights of Times Square and the Theater District while meeting or reacquainting with colleagues and friends.  The comfortable and sophisticated Broadway Lounge is the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Sponsor: A+E Networks

5:45 pm – 6:30 pm

Broadway Lounge, 8th Floor


Speed Mentoring Roundtables

Have a seat at the executive table and connect with senior leaders from across the industry.  This is your chance to engage in high-level, intimate discussions with cable’s most esteemed executives.  Equal parts speed networking and executive mentoring, the roundtables offer a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and glean wisdom with those that have blazed a trail. Held during the Big Apple Reception, each roundtable will feature an executive as a table moderator. The moderators will spend 10 to 12 minutes with each group. By the end of the 45-minute session, you will have connected with numerous peers and at least three senior leaders. Space is limited. Register early. You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind experience.

  • Madhu Goel Southworth, SVP, Business & Legal Affairs, AMC Networks
  • Kimber Hanrahan, Director, Learning Delivery – West, Cox Communications
  • Kathy Hatala, SVP, National Accounts, Speakeasy
  • Theresa Hennesy, SVP, Group Technical Advisor, Comcast
  • Nancy Murphy, Executive Director, Learning Operations, Cox Communications
  • Andrea Nelson, Senior Director, Human Resources, Altice USA
  • Mary Rooney, VP, Strategic Planning & Communications, Comcast Spotlight
  • Debbie Stang, Chief Operating Officer, Midco
  • Sally West, Sr. Director, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Altice USA

6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Gilbert, 4th Floor

TechConnect Graduation


By Invitation Only


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8:15 am – 9:00 am

5th Floor Foyer

Continental Breakfast

Sponsor: Turner

9:00 am – 9:40 am

Westside Ballroom, 5th Floor


Code Your Life for Confidence

Build your workplace confidence with award-winning broadcaster Claire Shipman, co-author of The Confidence Code, The Science and Art of Self-Assurance. Evidence suggests confidence is more important than ability when it comes to getting ahead. But women are sometimes more critical than men about their performance and skills. While women need not mimic male bravado, they must command poise to reach their highest goals. In this session, Shipman shares eye-opening research and solutions on building self-worth. Tap the transformational potential of empowerment and (re)code your life with confidence.

  • Claire Shipman, Television Journalist; Author, The Confidence Code
9:50 am – 11:10 am

Westside Ballroom, 5th Floor


Profiles of Champions: Train to Be a Corporate Athlete

Champions share many characteristics, few of which are determined by their talents. Success, both in sports and in business, is directly related to how willing you are to venture outside of your own comfort zone. It is the simple habit of “getting comfortable being uncomfortable” that drives an individual to do just a little bit more than everyone else, run a little faster, make that extra sacrifice. In this session, back by popular demand, we will re-explore the correlation between winning athletes and successful executives, from those who have trained their minds and bodies to gain a competitive edge over their peers. Listen as they share their personal journeys to success and get inspired to train as a “corporate athlete.”

  • Laura Gentile (moderator), SVP, espnW & Women’s Initiatives, ESPN
  • Sasha Cohen, Olympic Silver Medalist, Figure Skating
  • Donna de Varona, Olympic Gold Medalist, Swimming; Sports Commentator
  • Jean Driscoll, Olympic/Paralympic Gold, Silver, Bronze Medalist, Track
  • Vicky Duval, Professional Tennis Player,WTA
11:10 am – 11:30 am

5th Floor Foyer

Networking Break

Sponsor: Neustar, Inc.

11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Westside Ballroom, 5th Floor


Pearls of Wisdom: Insight + Foresight + Hindsight

Featuring fresh perspectives each year, WICT’s capstone session has easily become the Leadership Conference’s signature capstone. Join us as today’s thought leaders share their transformative “aha” moments and impart the wisdom they have earned from their inspiring journeys. Styled after the famed TED talks, each speaker will deliver an attention-grabbing, motivating mini-keynote, leaving you invigorated and ready to pursue your passions.

  • Debbie Berebichez, Ph.D., Physicist, Science Channel
  • Simon Fanshawe, OBE, Co-Founder, Diversity by Design
  • Melissa Lee, Anchor, Fast Money & Options Action and Co-Anchor, Power Lunch, CNBC
  • Michael Veltri, Peak Performance Keynote Speaker and Author, The Mushin Way
  • Abbe Raven, Chairman Emeritus, A+E Networks
  • Carol Eggert, Brigadier General (Ret.), US Army; VP, Military & Veteran Affairs, Comcast NBCUniversal

Sponsor: Scripps Networks Interactive

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

Broadway Ballroom, 6th Floor

L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program Luncheon

Presented in Partnership with NAMIC


Supported by: The Walter Kaitz Foundation

Registration and Information Desk

Location: 45th Street Registration – 5th Floor

Sunday, September 18

2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Monday, September 19

7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Tuesday, September 20

8:15 am – 12:45 pm