Betsy Magness Leadership Institute

We are now accepting applications for the 2023-24 program! Applications are due via the online portal by Wednesday, February 1, 2023.

Learn more about the BMLI participants of Class 46 and Class 47 here


Recognized as the premier leadership development program for senior-level women across media, entertainment and technology, The WICT Network’s Betsy Magness Leadership Institute (BMLI) is a highly sought-after opportunity.

Established in 1994, more than 1,000 top-ranking industry executives have graduated from the program. BMLI convenes top ranked executive education institutions to provide competitively selected leaders with a year-long, immersive experience focused on developing critical leadership competencies and a B2B network.

The curriculum blends experiential and data-driven approaches to mastering the skills necessary for success at the executive level. BMLI participants are immersed in hands-on learning activities, structured introspection, classroom lectures, research, and peer mentoring.  As part of the learning journey, BMLI incorporates custom, assessment-based executive coaching, providing participants with interactive, guided explorations of strengths, development opportunities and how to leverage and manage both for exponential leadership impact.


Designed to accelerate career success, BMLI strengthens and develops:

  • Executive leadership skills including visioning, strategic mindset, teambuilding, change management and effective communications
  • Self-awareness in the context of the self, team and organization
  • Clarity on leadership vision, purpose and values
  • A network of industry peers and leaders
  • Leadership capacity for creating more inclusive workplace cultures
  • A clearly articulated leadership plan


  • VP or Senior Director level, and above, or equivalency thereof
  • At least 8 years of executive management experience
  • Substantive work experience and significant direct accomplishments
  • Approved and supported by senior management for participation in BMLI
  • Current member of The WICT Network

While participants are from diverse backgrounds, they each demonstrate common attributes, including a commitment to new ideas, an affinity for calculated risk taking, and support for the development of other women within their companies and across the media, entertainment and technology landscapes.


  • ”I loved that the content and conversation went way beyond the scope of our current job responsibilities, giving us insight as to how we should think of our roles as leaders in a broader context.”
  • “Hearing the diverse perspectives and experiences of the other women navigating many of the same challenges was very valuable.”
  • “I’ve described this process as “activating” my leadership. I’ve become more intentional in my own leadership brand and career, leaning into the conversation around larger business challenges and opportunities, and helping my team do the same.”
  • “I am SO thrilled I was able to participate in this program. I’m already suggesting it to key colleagues at the office. The network of women I have gained, and lifetime friendships made as a result, are just priceless. I’m forever grateful to WICT.


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