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3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
46th Street Registration
5th Floor

Registration

6:00 pm and on Dinner on Your Own

 

 

 

7:00 am - 5:30 pm
46th Street Registration
5th Floor

Registration and Information Desk
8:00 am - 8:30 am
5th Floor Foyer
Continental Breakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Westside Ballroom
5th Floor

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Sponsor: Comcast | NBCUniversal

9:00 am - 10:00 am
Westside Ballroom
5th Floor

The Rockin' Women of Silicon Alley

“Silicon Alley” is home to New York’s bustling technology scene and these trailblazing entrepreneurs. Come sit in as they reveal what inspired them to build their businesses from the ground up. Learn the skills that are critical to launching a new project and how that differs from the skills needed to sustain a healthy operation. Plus, discover where they think technology and future opportunities are heading. Move over Silicon Valley - these are the Rockin’ Women of Silicon Alley!

  • Jesse Draper, CEO, Valley Girl, Inc.; Creator & Host, The Valley Girl Show (moderator)
  • Tiffany 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

Sponsor: Accenture

10:15 am - 11:15 am

The Big Picture
Westside Ballroom
5th Floor

The Science of Trends: Seeing Around Corners

In today’s competitive economy, understanding emerging business trends is more critical than ever. Shifts in consumer behavior and technological advances can disrupt entire industries in short order. The businesses staying on top of both current and emerging trends are the businesses that are not just surviving but thriving.  So, how do you forecast shifts in the landscape? Join our panel of seasoned leaders as they delve into the art and science of forecasting trends.

  • Sherita Ceasar, VP, NETO, DE, National Video Deployment Engineering, Comcast (moderator)
  • Marc Aldrich, VP, U.S. Cable Segment, Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Sandy Howe, SVP, Market Development, ARRIS
  • Julie Laulis, COO, Cable ONE, Inc.
  • Donna Speciale, President, Turner Entertainment & Young Adult Ad Sales, Turner Entertainment Networks
  • Liz Tinkham, Senior Managing Director, Accenture

Sponsor: Cable ONE

Management Essentials
Julliard Complex
5th Floor

Acute Awareness: Honing Your EQ

While analytical and technical skills are prerequisites for competence, emotional intelligence (EQ) is what determines exceptional performance. High EQ is a major contributor to many of the best decisions, the most dynamic organizations, and the most gratifying lives. Join Dr. Izzy Justice as he outlines the neuroscience behind EQ and the relationship between thoughts, emotions and actions. He will also share tangible steps you can take to start cultivating and increasing your own EQ. 

  • Dr. Izzy Justice, Founder Emeritus, EQmentor
Sharpening Your Tool Kit
Lyceum Complex
5th Floor

Pitch Perfect: Communicate and Connect Through Your Voice

Communication is at the heart of much of our day-to-day lives. And yet in a recent survey, women report that being taken seriously in the workplace is one of their biggest professional challenges. The good news is that communication skills can be improved and refined. You can learn how to connect with your own passion and conviction and use vocal and physical cues to express yourself. In this interactive program, Speakeasy faculty member and speech/language pathologist Mary Falkenstern will share how personal communication can be powerful, warm and effective. Learn how to stand up for your ideas, be heard by your team and positively influence others.

  • Mary Falkenstern, Faculty, Speech-Language Pathologist, Speakeasy Inc.
Career Builder
Majestic Complex
6th Floor

Playing to Your Strengths: Your Wisest Career Investment

Would you like to better understand what energizes you the most? Do you want to excel and improve on your performance? How do you find the passion to turn your unique talent into marketable strengths? This interactive workshop is designed to equip you with the tools and knowledge to learn how to leverage your strengths, energize your career, and standout from the crowd. Join workshop facilitator and executive coach Shannon Cassidy as she leads an interesting discussion on identifying your edge, leveraging your strengths, and building a network to maximize your opportunities.

  • Shannon Cassidy, Founder & CEO, bridge between, inc.
11:30 am - 1:15 pm
Broadway Ballroom
6th Floor

 

 

 

Recognizing:

 Woman of the Year
Abbe Raven, Chairman
A+E Networks

Woman to Watch

Bernadine Han, VP, News and Local Programming
Time Warner Cable

&

Marjorie Kaplan, Group President; Animal Planet, Science Channel & Velocity
Discovery Communications

Keynote Speaker
Sanya Richards-Ross, Four-Time Olympic Gold Medalist & Star of WE tv's Sanya's Glam & Gold

Honorary Chair
Ellen Kroner, EVP, Communications
AMC Networks

Premier Sponsor: WE tv

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

The Big Picture
Westside Ballroom
5th Floor

Art of the Deal: Tough Talk & High Stakes

This engaging and thought-provoking discussion will focus on the powerful dynamics and tactics at play in high-stakes negotiations. Our panel of dealmakers will discuss some of the myths and surprising lessons they have learned while navigating seemingly insurmountable differences.  They will also share their perspectives on how relationships play into negotiations and how they help, or perhaps even hinder, the deal making process. You might be surprised at what you learn!

  • Amy Maclean, Editor-in-Chief, CableFAX Daily (moderator)
  • Patty McCaskill, SVP & Chief Programming Officer, Suddenlink
  • Jane Rice, SVP, Distribution, A+E Networks
  • Michelle Rice, EVP, Affiliate Sales & Marketing, TV One
  • Melinda Witmer, EVP & Chief Video & Content Officer, Time Warner Cable
Management Essentials
Julliard Complex
5th Floor

Leading from the Middle: Managing Up and Down to Build Value

Are your professional relationships working FOR or AGAINST you? Make no mistake - you need the support of colleagues, mentors and managers to get things done and get ahead! Join executive coach and leadership strategist Jane Hyun as she shares tips for identifying, engaging and influencing the multiple stakeholders who can serve as advocates for you and your projects. She will be joined by our team of industry executives to discuss the tools and techniques they have successfully employed when they need to get things done—with or without formal authority.

  • Jane Hyun, Founder & President, Hyun & Associates, Inc. (moderator)
  • Leah Brown, Public Relations Manager, Bright House Networks
  • Marva Johnson, Corporate VP, Government & Industry Affairs, Bright House Networks
Sharpening Your Tool Kit
Lyceum Complex
5th Floor

Maximum Productivity: Keeping Pace With It All

What if there was a way for you to double your productivity? Come and explore proven tactics to get more done in less time  while saving your sanity. In this practical and entertaining workshop, productivity expert Neen James shares the secret to Folding Time™. You will walk away with Neen’s hard-earned tips and techniques on how to: increase time accountability so you can achieve more; discover strategies to get you home earlier; create a prioritization process for everyday application; get clear on focused activity for greater results; and introduce work-life integration for more balance at work and home.

  • Neen James, Productivity Expert; President, Neen James Communications

Career Builder
Majestic Complex
6th Floor

Business Meetings: Empowering Face-to-Face Communications

Your reputation depends on how you conduct yourself in many different situations. And while email seems to be all pervasive, face-to-face business meetings are still a reality of doing business. We all want to make a favorable impression, and the manner in which you conduct yourself and interact with others has an impact on your reputation. Knowing the proper protocol for conducting a face-to-face meeting can help you improve your meeting skills and gain better results. Join A. Parker Geiger, III to learn how to conduct an effective meeting; interact with others outside of your organization and communicate more effectively, clearly and persuasively during meetings.

  • A. Parker Geiger III, CEO, CHUVA group

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
5th Floor Foyer

 

 

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Career Builder
Westside Ballroom
5th Floor
Off-Ramps and On-Ramps: Getting Where You Want to Be in Life and Work

Have you ever felt the “tug” between a career hitting its stride and the demands of your family and personal life? If so, sit in on this lively and revealing discussion about the decisions, trade-offs and sometimes unconventional choices these remarkable leaders have made. In this candid conversation, our panelists share their hard-earned wisdom and insights gleaned from facing their own tough choices. Whether off-ramping, switching industries, or making a lateral move; there is no definitive, “one-size-fits-all” solution to the work/life tug-of-war. Listen in on several completely unique stories, each providing food for thought.

  • Sophia Nelson, Esq., Award Winning Author & Jounalist; columnist, NBC theGRIO.com & Newsweek/Daily Beast (moderator)
  • Judith Feder, Managing Director, du Pasquier & Co., Inc.
  • Cynthia Gibson, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Scripps Networks Interactive
  • Mary Meduski, EVP & CFO, Suddenlink Communications
  • Karen Sumberg, EVP, Center for Talent Innovation; Principal, Hewlett Chivee Partners
Management Essentials
Julliard Complex
5th Floor

Critical Conversations: Navigating Conflict and Difficult People

We all know the feeling – that anxious tension we feel when we need to have a conversation that is important but uncomfortable.  To become a strong and influential leader, we must master the art of managing conflict.  In this workshop, Henna Inam, CEO of Transformational Leadership Inc., will lead you through a brief self-assessment to learn how you uniquely manage conflict and what factors may stand in your way. You will use a simulated workplace conflict to learn a 7-step process for being more effective in confrontational situations, and you will leave the session with an action plan for your next critical conversation. Putting this process into practice will give you a stronger voice and greater impact in the workplace.

  • Henna Inam, CEO, Transformational Leadership Inc.
Sharpening Your Tool Kit
Lyceum Complex
5th Floor

Social Media: Managing Your Personal Online Brand in a Brave New World

Do you know your digital persona? And does it support your personal reputation and brand? In today’s brave, new, information-driven world nearly every working professional has a digital self. LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, Google and other social outlets contribute to your online persona. Join our social media insider for an hour of tips and practical advice on leveraging your online activities to build your personal brand. We’ll cover the fundamentals of growing your network; optimizing your profile; attracting followers; and other best practices for managing your personal online reputation. Learn how you can be your best digital self in a brave new world.

  • Emily Miethner, Founder & President, NY Creative Interns & MCG Social
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Westside Ballroom
5th Floor

Rarified Air: Paying it Forward

Join us for a thoughtful conversation spotlighting four extraordinary leaders who are leaving a mark in pro-social arenas. Driven by a passion to make a difference, these women are using their clout, creativity and chutzpah to shape the world around them in positive and meaningful ways. They will share their inspirations and lessons learned during their philanthropic journeys, including pivotal moments and candid revelations. Each story offers a unique perspective on how one individual can pay it forward to make a real difference.

  • Lori Hickok, EVP, Finance, Scripps Networks Interactive (moderator)
  • Allyson Ahlstrom, Founder, Threads for Teens
  • Malaak Compton-Rock, Founder & Director, the Angelrock Project
  • Christine Driessen, EVP & CFO, ESPN, Inc.
  • Judy Girard, Retired, Former President, Food Network & HGTV

Sponsor: AMC Networks

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Broadway Lounge
8th Floor

 

Big Apple Reception 

Sponsor: A+E Networks

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Broadway Lounge
8th Floor

 

Structured Networking: Mentoring Roundtables
Our annual Big Apple Reception is where you have the chance to meet and network with colleagues over hors d’oeuvres and a beverage. New this year – we are providing you with an opportunity to participate in a mentoring roundtable during the reception! We’ve invited eight senior level cable executives to act as table hosts to discuss several diverse topics.

Our table hosts will spend 10 minutes discussing and answering questions on their topics. At the end of 10 minutes the host will change tables and a new host will join you. At the end of 30 minutes, you’ll have met not only your table mates but three industry leaders. You'll experience networking taken to the next level.

Space is limited to 40 participants for this exciting new event, and you’ll need to sign up in advance if you want your seat at the table. Sign-up started pre-conference and is continuing, based on availability, onsite at the WICT Registration Desk.

6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Majestic Complex
6th Floor

WICT Chapter Leadership Roundtable
By invitation only

6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Shubert Complex
6th Floor

Women's TechConnect Session
By invitation only

7:00 pm and on Dinner on Your Own

 

 

 

8:00 am - 12:45 pm
46th Street Registration
5th Floor
Registration and Information Desk
8:00 am - 8:30 am
5th Floor Foyer
Continental Breakfast
8:40 am - 9:40 am
Westside Ballroom
5th Floor

Leaning In: How to Take Your Seat at the Table

With the release of Lean In earlier this year, Sheryl Sandberg sparked a highly charged, nationwide debate about gender equity in the workplace. Assumptions about differences between men and women in leadership roles are being challenged anew and viewed through the lens of advanced research. This thought-provoking dialogue, with cable's top influencers and leading social science researchers, dissects the implications for our day-to-day lives. Join us and weigh in: Are women still being held back in the workplace or are we holding ourselves back? And either way, how do we level the opportunities?

  • Deborah Norville, Anchor, Inside Edition (moderator)
  • Cathy Avgiris, EVP & CFO, Comcast Cable
  • 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

Sponsor: Scripps Networks Interactive

9:40 am - 10:00 am
5th Floor Foyer

 

10:00 am - 11:30 am
Broadway Ballroom
6th Floor

Diversity Town Hall Meeting: Successes and Opportunities
Presented in partnership with NAMIC

Have we changed the gender and ethnic diversity equation? Join WICT and NAMIC as we reveal for the first time key data points from the joint 2013 NAMIC AIM and WICT PAR employment survey. The executive overview will help frame our discussion about the status of diversity in the cable industry, while allowing us to highlight areas of success and challenges. Our panel of industry leaders will share best practices surrounding diversity and inclusion, and you’ll be able to join in with your questions and observations.

Opening Remarks:

  • Michael Powell, President & CEO, NCTA

Panelists:

  • Suzanne Malveaux, Anchor, CNN (moderator)
  • Adria Alpert Romm, SEVP, Human Resources & Global Diversity, Discovery Communications
  • David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation
  • Gail Greenfield, PhD, Principal, Mercer
  • Jacqueline Hernandez, COO, Telemundo Media
  • Laureen Ong, President, Travel Channel
  • Rhonda Taylor, EVP & Chief People Officer, Cox Communications
11:45 am - 12:45 pm

 

Westside Ballroom
5th Floor

Closing General Session
Pearls of Wisdom: Innovation, Imagination & Initiative

Entering its third year, the top-rated Pearls of Wisdom is a fast-paced session featuring some of today’s most interesting thinkers and leaders. The speakers in this year’s lineup offer a compelling look into their work, ideas, and unique – if not crazy – inspirations. Join us and discover how these influencers redefined their businesses and shaped the world around them. What wisdom will you take-away?

  • Jill Campbell, EVP & COO, Cox Communications
    "Fired Up and Leaning In"
  • Michele Ganeless, President, Comedy Central
    "Audience First"
  • David Kenny, Chairman & CEO, the Weather Company
    "The Power of Generosity"
  • Anne Mahlum, Social Entrepreneur & Founder, Back On My Feet
    "Running Towards Opportunity"
  • Iyanla Vanzant, Spiritual Life Coach, New York Times Best Selling Author, Host of Iyanla: Fix My Life
    "Living Your Vision"

Sponsor: The Weather Channel

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

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

Sponsor: Walter Kaitz Foundation

 

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