Beyond the Hashtag

The Beyond the Hashtag series was established in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, which ignited a global campaign about the obstacles women encounter routinely in their professional lives. The WICT Network’s #BeyondTheHashtag Series seeks to present real-world solutions by moving workplaces from dialog to action in an effort to build inclusive and equitable workplace cultures that end bias, bigotry and prejudice.

This series is presented in partnership with

The WICT Network gratefully acknowledges the #BeyondtheHashtag Series Platinum Sponsor

From the 2021 Leadership Conference

Beyond the Hashtag: #LoveWins

Presented in partnership with the Walter Kaitz Foundation, the multi-talented actor, comedian and Emmy Award-winning producer delivered an intimate keynote sharing her journey in entertainment, through self-acceptance, and sharing her #LoveWins truth with the world. Whether climbing the underworld as Claws’ rising queenpin Desna Simms or hosting TV’s zaniest singing competition, Niecy has been delighting global audiences with her powerful and spirited performances while her irrepressible energy and compelling personal story have provided inspiration for embracing honesty, acceptance and love.

SPEAKER: Niecy Nash, Emmy-Winning Producer and Twice-Nominated Actress


Beyond the Hashtag: #LoveIsLove

From enacting comprehensive policies to redesigning outdated systems that perpetuate bias, leading organizations have prioritized creating an accessible and human-centered work environment. Presented in partnership with the Walter Kaitz Foundation, the session goal is to help our members create an environment where people can show up to their workplaces as their authentic selves and feel a sense of belonging, both personally and professionally. This thought-provoking session will delve into the practices that successful companies have established to foster safe, welcoming and empowering environments for LGBTQ+ individuals and beyond.

MODERATOR: Monica Trasandes, Director of Programs, Spanish-Language and Latinx Media, GLAAD

SPEAKERS: Erica Barnes, Account Executive, Precision & Performance Advertising Sales, A+E Networks; Craig Robinson, EVP & Chief Diversity Officer, NBCUniversal; Geena Rocero, Writer, Producer, Director, Transgender Advocate & Founder, Gender Proud; Jason Sarlanis, President, Crime & Investigation Content, Linear & Streaming, Discovery, Inc.

Previous sessions in this series

Beyond the Hashtag Learning Series: #StopAsianHate
Recorded Thursday, May 27, 2021

Watch the Recording

As part of our recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, The WICT Network and the Walter Kaitz Foundation presented a powerful panel to address ways to #StopAsianHate.

Panelists shared perspectives regarding the violence and harmful rhetoric experienced by AAPI communities, the societal factors that lead to such incidents, and moreover, a path forward for civil engagement, advocacy and community activism for members of the AAPI communities and their allies.

Click here to download our #StopAsianHate Resources page which provides a sampling of the many resources available to help support AAPI communities.

View more AAPI activities from the WICT network here.

Meet the panelists:

Sujata Gosalia
EVP & Chief Strategy Officer, Cox Communications

Mindy Kang Hwang
Executive Director, NGAN Product Management, Comcast

Margaret G. “Peggy” Kim
Founder, iSTANDtv & FUTURE NOW Media Foundation, Inc.

Katherine Liu
EVP, Strategy & Operations, Viacom International Media Networks

Past Sessions

Beyond the Hashtag: Moving from Grassroots to Grand Landscapes

As we attempt to heal the deep wounds affecting our society, businesses have a moral obligation to hold themselves accountable and evaluate how they contribute to the tangled web of systemic racism. Our industry is one that wields great economic power, and we have tremendous social influence as content creators and conduits of information for billions around the world. Almost every major business has made a public commitment to diversity and inclusion following the recent social justice movement; however, we need to move past statements and spring into action if we are going to make real and measurable progress.

  • Lori Hall, Co-Founder & Head of Creative, Pop’N Creative
  • Michael K. Powell, President & CEO, NCTA – The Internet & Television Association

Moving from Grassroots to Grand Landscapes

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Beyond the Hashtag: Black Lives Matter & the Workplace

Presented by The WICT Network & SCTE Foundation

After years of advocacy, the #BlackLivesMatter movement has galvanized individuals, organizations, and industries across the globe to address perennial racism and police brutality. How is this social justice movement unfolding in our industry, and how can we rally behind cries/calls for justice to create equitable workplaces? A panel of Black women leaders, convened by The WICT Network and SCTE Foundation, will explore ideas, insights and strategies to advance the dialog from its current state to its future iteration. In this forward-looking discussion, panelists will use their experiences to help move companies and their people from hardships and hurdles to resolutions and results.

Host: Shannon Cassidy, Founder/CEO, bridge between, inc.

Keynote: Suzanne Malveaux, Journalist, Turner / CNN

Moderator: Sherita Ceasar, SVP, Technology Environments and Strategy, Comcast
Michelle Rice, General Manager, TV One
Angela Turner, SVP, Affiliate Marketing, REVOLT
Sharon White, SVP, HR, WarnerMedia

Black Lives Matter & the Workplace

Beyond the Hashtag: Creating a New Normal

Interactive Online Course

The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements awakened a sleeping giant and ignited a global campaign on the obstacles – both blatant and unconscious – women encounter routinely in their professional lives. More than a year since the most visible outcry began, the movement continues to galvanize both women and men who seek solutions to collectively strive for awareness and equity. So, what’s next? Through a panel of experts and The WICT Network President & CEO, Maria Brennan, will explore ideas, insights and strategies to shift the dialog from what was to what can be. In this forward-facing discussion, panelists will use their experiences to help move companies and their people from hardships and hurdles to education and resolutions as we look beyond the hashtags and step into a new normal.

Moderator: Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, The WICT Network
Susan Chira, Senior Correspondent & Editor, Gender Issues, The New York Times
Fernanda Merodio, Senior Director, Distribution, Hemisphere Media Group
Alyssa Milano, Actor, Activist, Producer
Michelle Rice, General Manager, TV One

Beyond the Hashtags Panel Discussion

Course sponsored by the Walter Kaitz Foundation