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3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Promenade Fl. 3


6:00 pm and on Dinner on Your Own


7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Promenade Fl. 3
Registration and Information Desk
7:45 am - 8:45 am
Petit Trianon Fl. 3
Continental Breakfast
8:45 am - 9:45 am

Trianon Ballroom Fl. 3

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Be a part of the exciting kick-off to the 2012 WICT Leadership Conference and all of the Diversity Week activities! Chelsea Clinton, Special Correspondent for NBC News, will open the 2012 WICT Leadership Conference on Monday, September 10, and following her remarks will be a lively Q&A session with conference participants.

Chelsea Clinton joined NBC News in 2011 as a special correspondent, reporting feature stories as part of the "Making a Difference" series for NBC Nightly News and Rock Center with Brian Williams. Clinton is currently pursuing a doctorate at Oxford as well as working at New York University, the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. She serves on the boards of the School of American Ballet, Common Sense Media and the Weill Cornell Medical College. Previously, Clinton worked at McKinsey & Company and Avenue Capital.

  • Speakers:
    • Maria Brennan,  President & CEO, Women in Cable Telecommunications
    • David L. Cohen, EVP, Comcast Corporation
    • Chelsea Clinton, Special Correspondent, NBC News

Fireside Chat with Michael Powell
The cable industry takes diversity seriously. To learn what Michael Powell, President & CEO of NCTA thinks about the current state of diversity in the industry, join him as he and WICT Chair, Kathy Payne, sit down for a “fireside chat” to talk about the issue.

  • Speakers:
    • Kathy Payne, VP, Content Acquisition, Cox Communications
    • Michael Powell, President & CEO, NCTA
10:00 am - 11:10 am

Beekman/Sutton North Fl. 2

The Fearless Fish Out of Water: 5 Steps to Courageous Leadership

This presentation will inspire professional women to stand strong in the face of uncertainty. Robin Fisher Roffer will reveal how to create a renewed vision for your career and develop strategies to make it a reality.  You’ll learn to embrace, enhance and communicate your uniqueness so that you can live and work fearlessly and prosperously in today’s workplace. From unearthing the "real you" and collaborating with other “Fearless Fish,” to finding a signature cause and quieting your inner judge, you will learn the secrets to taking your personal brand to the next level. Whether you are a woman in a male-dominated environment, a geek, a nonconformist, or just boldly individual, being different doesn’t have to hold you back – in fact, it can actually fuel your success.

  • Robin Fisher Roffer, Founder & CEO, Big Fish Marketing

Sutton Center/South Fl. 2

A Seat at the Table: Paths to Board Leadership

Volunteering to serve on boards outside of your company is a great way to grow your experience and expand your resume. This session will give you a brief overview on the advantages of serving on a board and help you determine which is right for you - corporate, private, advisory or a non-profit board. You'll learn how to build compelling credentials, position yourself for a directorship and develop a personal roadmap, so that you are ready when the board comes calling.

  • Moderator: Susan Stautberg, Co-Founder/Co-Chair, WomenCorporateDirectors; President, OnBoard Bootcamps
  • Nancy Calderon, Global Lead Partner, KPMG LLP
  • Lorraine Hack, Partner, Consumer/Technology, Media & Entertainment Practices, Heidrick & Struggles

Trianon Ballroom Fl. 3

Risky Business: Challenging the Status Quo

“Challenge the Status Quo.” “Think Outside the Box.” “Fail fast, fail cheap and fail by design.”  Such advice appeals to your inner rebel, eager to break through safe routines that provide safe results.  But faced with real risks attached to financial and human capital, the reality of implementing a forward-thinking vision poses complex challenges.  How do you balance smart stewardship with leading your organization toward a stronger yet unknown future?  Join a panel of out-of-the-box thinkers who have broken through convention and "business as usual" to position their organizations as innovative market leaders.

  • Moderator: Michael D. Armstrong, SVP & General Manager, BET International & Paramount Channel, Viacom International Media Networks
  • Jennifer Caserta, President & General Manager, IFC
  • Mark Coblitz, SVP, Strategic Planning, Comcast Corporation
  • Lori Conkling, EVP, Distribution, A+E Networks
  • Maria Perez-Brown, SVP, Programming & Development, nuvoTV
11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Grand Ballroom Fl. 3


 Woman of the Year
Carol Hevey, EVP-East Region, Time Warner Cable

Woman to Watch
Jennifer Hightower, SVP, Law & Policy, Cox Communications
Jennifer Robertson, SVP, Digital Media & Business Development, WE tv

Keynote Speaker
FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

Honorary Chair
Kim Martin, President & General Manager, WE tv

David Tutera, Host, My Fair Wedding, WE tv

Premier Sponsor: WE tv

1:30 pm - 2:40 pm

Beekman/Sutton North Fl. 2

Health and Wellness: Looking Out for #1

Yes – it’s OK to view yourself as #1! You only have one body and one mind and you have to take care of yourself in order to be your best and help others. Drawing from first-hand knowledge of working with athletes and understanding how their thinking enhances their performance, Coach Leigh Weinraub will teach you how to perform at your best by using the mindset of an athlete to optimize your life.  You will increase your self-awareness and turn that insight into an executable and manageable action plan by learning to move more, talk more, solve more, relax more, discover more, win more and maximize more.

  • Leigh Weinraub, Founder, Coach & Therapist, Mind in Motion

Sponsor: Cable ONE

Sutton Center/South Fl. 2

Her Place at the Table: Negotiating Skills for Women

Effective negotiation skills are essential in today’s workplace.  To get business done, women need to negotiate — in both formal and informal situations.  Research has shown, however, that many women are unsure of how to negotiate with confidence — and for good reason: expectations of women are different than they are of men. As a result, some women dread negotiating and avoid it whenever possible.  Others undermine their efforts before they even sit down at the bargaining table.  And still others, unaware of the pervasive assumptions society has about how women negotiate, react "in the moment" in ways that hamper successful results.

This interactive session will offer insights about why and how gender impacts negotiation and practical suggestions about actions you can take to address these issues. Outcomes include:

  • Understanding the role gender plays: The "Tiara Syndrome"- i.e., why doing great work is not enough by itself
  • Recognizing the difference between "Big N" (formal) and "little n" (informal) negotiations
  • Avoiding dangerous “drive-by negotiations” or unplanned negotiations that lead to walking away with an outcome less than was possible
  • Identifying common negotiation traps for women that can prevent them from reaching their potential
  • Using a 7 Step Negotiation Process to plan effectively and efficiently for negotiations. 
  • Carol Frohlinger, Esq., Principal, Negotiating Women, Inc.
Trianon Ballroom Fl. 3

Forest for the Trees: Big Picture Thinking

Bridging the gap from an operational to a strategic leadership focus is critical whether you are leading a team or the entire enterprise.  And yet, in today’s lean, competitive and action-oriented environments, it’s not surprising to see leaders pulled into a day-to-day operational focus. From building a solid infrastructure to support future growth; attracting and retaining the brightest talent available; or linking a company’s branding strategy to its vision; these global thinkers have demonstrated an ability to tie the big picture into their daily operations.  Join our panel as they provide a behind-the-scenes look at how they cultivate big picture thinking.

  • Moderator: Amy Maclean, Editor, CableFAX
  • Nomi Bergman, President, Bright House Networks
  • Jennifer Dorian, SVP, Strategy Development, TEN & AYAKM, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
  • Kathleen Finch, General Manager & SVP, HGTV
  • Dee Forbes, President & Managing Director, Discovery Networks Western Europe

2:40 pm - 3:00 pm
Trianon Foyer &
Sutton Foyer Fl. 2


Sponsors: Alcatel-Lucent & TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

3:00 pm - 4:10 pm

Beekman/Sutton North Fl. 2

Rapid Change: Immediate Action for the Impatient and Emotionally Intelligent Leader

This session will focus on deliberate actions leaders can make on a daily and weekly basis to bring about change.  Leaders who are successful at getting change to occur and making it stick are impatient about actions today and have envisioned a path forward to some long-term outcome. The session will review basics in the science of change that can be applied to bringing about personal, team and organizational change.  The session will include tips for tapping into self-management and customer responses, which are essential for ensuring sustainable change, and improving how we assess our impact on others - a crucial element of emotional intelligence. Participants will be encouraged to identify one to two things they will do differently to accelerate change. 

  • Joe Laipple, Ph.D., SVP, Strategic Services, Aubrey Daniels International
Sutton Center Fl. 2

The Savvy Networker: New Challenges, New Rules

Great business leaders have networks that are deep, broad, and strong.  They know just where to go for expertise, and they connect others together in powerful ways.  Why then is the critical skill of "networking" something that many of us neglect or avoid altogether?  This interactive and informative session addresses the myths and realities of meeting others and building relationships and highlights the importance of networking both inside and outside of your organization.  A simple process is presented, and participants actively practice the steps in a live exchange.  Learn these key skills and approaches to help you make the most of your conference experience.

  • Helene Lollis, President, Pathbuilders, Inc.
Trianon Ballroom Fl. 3

You Say You Want a Revolution: Managing Across Generational Teams

Different ages, different mindsets, different communication styles – and they are all working on the same team. What’s a manager to do? How can you effectively take advantage of the differences in values and expectations of the varying generations? Join what is sure to be a lively discussion as our generation-spanning panel talks about how to address potential problems and opportunities that can arise when workers from different generations are brought together on the same team.

  • Moderator: Erica Dhawan, Founder & CEO, Gen Y to Genius
  • Pat Crull, Ph.D., GVP, Chief Learning Officer, Time Warner Cable
  • Margaretta Noonan, CEO, noonanWorks
  • Katie Richman, Director, Social Media Strategy, ESPN/espnW
  • Jason Welz, VP, MSO Sales, Alcatel-Lucent
4:10 pm - 4:30 pm
Trianon Foyer Fl. 3


4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Trianon Ballroom Fl. 3

Rarified Air: A New Class of Rising Innovators

These superstars are blazing trails in technology, movies, education, design and more.  Through innovation, disruption and tenacity each of these women has shaped the world around her in a remarkable way, and they have compelling stories to share.  Join in and learn how they began, where they are now, and where they hope to be in the not-so-distant future.  Along the way you may even find some inspiration to reach for your own Rarified Air!

  • Moderator: Cindy McConkey, SVP, Corporate Communications, Scripps Networks Interactive
  • Genevieve Gorder, Host, Dear Genevieve & HGTV Design Star
  • Michelle Marciniak, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, SHEEX, Inc.
  • Rachel Sklar, Writer, Social Entrepreneur; Co-Founder, Change the Ratio
  • Christine Yoo, CEO, GoGoGo Entertainment; Director, Wedding Palace
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Grand Ballroom Foyer Fl. 3


Sponsor: A+E Networks

6:15 pm - 7:45 pm
Beekman/Sutton North Fl. 2
WICT Chapter Leadership Roundtable
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Sutton Center/South Fl. 2
Women's TechConnect Session
6:30 pm and on Dinner on Your Own



8:00 am - 12:45 pm
Promenade Fl. 3
Registration and Information Desk
8:00 am - 8:45 am
Petit Trianon
Continental Breakfast
8:45 am - 9:45 am
Trianon Ballroom Fl. 3

Pearls of Wisdom: The Power of Transformation

Every definition of the word "transformation" begins with the same two words – "to change." In this unique session, each of our speakers will share what he or she has discovered about the power of change. Join us as each delivers a brief keynote on the journeys and moments that transformed their lives and the lives of those around them. The focus will be on transformative leadership and the hard-won insights they gained during their time of change. Don’t miss these “Pearls of Wisdom” – you just might find them transformational.

In order of appearance:

  • Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids & Family Group
    “How the Audience Always Leads us Through Change”
  • Charlie Collier, President & General Manager, AMC
    “Transformation: Don’t Ask for the “No”’
  • Karen Sumberg, Executive Vice President, Center for Talent Innovation
    “Innovation, Diversity and the Marketplace”
  • Debra Lee, Chairman & CEO, BET Networks
    “Taking Ownership of Your Leadership…and Other Notes on Managing the Unknown”
  • Kathleen O'Reilly, Global Managing Director, Accenture
    “From Volatility to Value: The Power of Agile Transformation” 
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Trianon Ballroom Fl. 3

Can Women Have It All?

Maybe.  Maybe not. But can you have a more satisfying and integrated life? Yes! The key is to discover just what it is you really want and what it is that’s most important to you. Once discovered, you can take the steps to integrate your priorities into all areas of your life without compartmentalizing between work and home.

Join a thought-provoking conversation between Stew Friedman, founding director of Wharton’s work/life integration project,  together with former U.S. State Department Director of Policy Planning Anne-Marie Slaughter, who sparked a recent debate about women and work/life integration challenges with her article in The Atlantic, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” 

Remember, it’s all your life, and you deserve to live it fully—with joy—in all aspects.

  • Moderator: Ellen East, EVP & Chief Communications Officer, Time Warner Cable
  • Stew Friedman, Practice Professor of Management & Director, The Work/Life Integration Project, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter, Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics & International Affairs, Princeton University; former Director of Policy Planning, U.S. State Department
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Trianon Foyer Fl. 3

11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Trianon Ballroom Fl. 3

Closing Keynote Panel: C-Suite Conversations

The closing session will take a top-line view of the media landscape from the next wave of innovation to strategy and organizational transformation in our ever-evolving industry.  Glean insights about how these C-Suite leaders have positioned themselves and their organizations to thrive in a climate of continual change. The moderated discussion will conclude with audience questions posed to the panel members.

  • Moderator: Paula Zahn, Journalist
  • Irene Esteves, EVP& CFO, Time Warner Cable
  • Mindy Grossman, CEO, HSN, Inc.
  • Wonya Lucas, President & CEO, TV One
  • Mary Meduski, EVP & CFO, Suddenlink Communications
  • D'Arcy Rudnay, Chief Communications Officer & SVP, Comcast Corporation

Sponsor: Scripps Networks Interactive

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Grand Ballroom Fl. 3

L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program Luncheon
Presented in partnership with NAMIC

Sponsor: Walter Kaitz Foundation