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2:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Manhattan Ballroom, 8th Floor

WICT Chapter Leadership Roundtable

By invitation only

Join fellow WICT chapter leaders at the annual roundtable discussions the day prior to the official start of the Leadership Conference, on Sunday, October 14, 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm. This must-attend program is designed to provide chapter leaders with ample time to network and collectively address issues relevant to running a successful WICT chapter amidst the ever-changing evolution of our industry. Chapter leaders will gain best practices and new ideas that will energize and inspire!

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6:00 - 7:00 am
Sky Lobby, 16th Floor
Sunrise Yoga

New This Year: Explore the Mind/Body Connection Through Onsite Yoga

Research has documented the connection between your physical well-being and your ability to learn and lead. Prepare your mind and body to learn by beginning your conference days with a yoga class exclusively for WICT Leadership Conference attendees -- open to all levels, from beginner to advanced. 

WICT will offer spots in our onsite yoga class, first-come, first-served, at 6:00 am on Monday and Tuesday mornings during the conference. Check in at the beautiful Sky Lobby on the 16th floor of the Marriott Marquis just in time for the October sunrise. Our handpicked instructor will help you prepare for a day of expanding your mind. 

Mats, towels, and water will be provided. More details will be available soon.

7:30 - 8:30 am

5th Floor Foyer

Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:30 am

Westside Ballroom, 5th Floor

GENERAL SESSION

Welcome and Opening Keynote

The Leadership Conference opening session sets the stage for two days of education, inspiration and networking as we seek to explore The Intersection of Imagination + Activation.

  • Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, WICT
  • David L. Cohen, Sr., Executive Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corporation
  • Bonnie Hammer, Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group
  • Stephanie Ruhle, Anchor, MSNBC Live

Sponsor: Comcast NBCUniversal

9:45 - 11:00 am

CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

The Big Stage

Westside Ballroom, 5th Floor

Win the Room: An Insider's Guide to Confident & Compelling Communication

Audiences crave authentic, bold communication. All too often, however, public speakers come across as rigid and canned, failing to keep their audiences engaged. We've all been on the receiving end of a presentation gone awry and can spot the telltale signs of a disconnected audience: reduced eye contact, fidgeting, checking cell phones. In this dynamic session, you will learn proven concepts to help reduce anxiety and bolster your confidence to keep the audience focused squarely on you and your message. 

  • Matt Abrahams, Lecturer, Organizational Behavior, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Co-Founder, BoldEcho LLC

Master Classes

Juilliard Complex, 5th Floor

Bring Your Human to Work

Smart companies honor relationships with customers, with employees, and with the world. Join author and workplace expert, Erica Keswin, as she shares her groundbreaking findings on the science of work relationships, based on a decade of research. She begins by outlining ten sure-fire ways people can "bring their human to work," then focuses on concrete strategies that companies can use to develop a workplace that encourages everyone to be authentic individuals. You will leave this session with a fresh appreciation for the work you do every day, and an actionable approach for making your workplace more "human."

  • Erica Keswin, Founder, Spaghetti Project; Author, Bring Your Human to Work

Impact Series

Lyceum Complex, 5th Floor

Storytelling Meets Machine Intelligence 

It's no secret that the digital revolution has radically changed the way we live and work. The rise of artificial intelligence (AI), big data, and deep learning have enabled people to rethink how we integrate information and analyze facts to improve decision making—and it is transforming every walk of life. Highlighting diverse and inclusive mechanisms, IVOW founder Davar Ardalan, formerly of NPR News, and Jeanine Heck, VP of AI Product at Comcast, will discuss the future of storytelling in a world that will be forever changed by AI. You'll leave this session armed with new tools for harnessing data gleaned from world cultures and history to create though-provoking narratives and new forms of social-impact media.

  • Davar Ardalan, Founder, IVOW; Former NPR
  • Jeanine Heck, VP, AI Product, Comcast

Roundtables

Majestic Complex, 6th Floor

The Other Side of Change: Leading Through an Evolution

Limited seating

Mergers and consolidations, advances in technology, organizational and cultural shifts, new team members – sound familiar? Change is the one constant in life, both personal and professional. We can allow the frenetic pace to get the better of us, or we can ride the wave and embrace it as an opportunity for growth and innovation. Our table presenters have all faced workplace upheaval head-on, but each has used their experiences as catalysts for progress and emerged as stronger, more effective leaders. Come join them as they lead thoughtful and candid discussions on how to lead others with vision, empathy and purpose during times of uncertainty.   

  • Facilitator: LD Bennett, Principal, Maximize Consulting LLC; Senior Faculty, Center for Creative Leadership
  • Patricia Betron, SVP, Sales & Marketing, ESPN Media Networks
  • Catherine Bohigian, EVP, Government Affairs, Charter Communications
  • Vicki Brewster, SVP, Human Resources, ARRIS
  • Rhonda Crichlow, SVP, Chief Diversity Officer, Charter Communications
  • Susan Ennis, EVP, Program Planning & Strategy, HBO
  • Lee Schroeder, EVP, Government & Public Affairs/Chief Diversity Officer, Altice USA
  • Madhu Goel Southworth, SVP, Business & Legal Affairs, AMC Networks
  • Terri Thompson, EVP, Search Management & Strategy, Carlsen Resources
  • Leigh Woisard, SVP, Corporate Public Affairs, Cox Communications

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Broadway Ballroom, 6th Floor

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The WICT Touchstones Luncheon recognizes the stand-out achievements of cable's most influential women. Among the honors to be presented will be the 2018 Women of the Year and Women to Watch awards, WICT's highest individual accolades. 


Woman of the Year – Operator

Italia Commisso Weinand, EVP, Programming and Human Resources
Mediacom Communications Corporation

 

Woman of the Year – Programmer 
Mary Campbell, Chief Merchandising & Interactive Officer
Qurate Retail Group

 

Woman to Watch – Operator
Kristine Faulkner, SVP, General Manager, Cox Home Security & Smart Home 
Cox Communications


Woman to Watch – Programmer
Izabella Wiley, General Manager, A+E Networks Poland & CEE 
A+E Networks

 

Woman to Watch – Technology

Leslie Miles, VP, Corporate Programs & Indirect Procurement 
ARRIS


Sponsor:  AMC Networks

1:15 - 2:30 pm CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

The Big Stage

Westside Ballroom, 5th Floor

Fake It 'Til You Make It? How to Overcome Impostor Syndrome

Having moments of vulnerability or self-doubt is completely normal, but when those thoughts take over, they can be extremely detrimental to you and your company. So, how can you keep those feelings in check and quiet the voices inside that have the power to make us feel like frauds? This candid panel discussion with cable media leaders along with subject matter expert and author of The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women, Dr. Valerie Young, will explore the “Impostor Syndrome” phenomenon that plagues many senior executives. During the course of this interactive discussion, panelists will provide thoughtful and frank insights on overcoming internal doubts and emerging as a confident, effective leader.

  • Moderator: Becky Quick, Co-Anchor, Squawk Box, CNBC
  • Friday Abernethy, SVP, Content Distribution, Unvision Communications, Inc.
  • Meeka Bondy, SVP, Business Affairs & Legal, HBO
  • Jane Latman, EVP, Investigation Discovery & General Manager, Destination America, Discovery, Inc.
  • Dr. Valerie Young, Impostor Syndrome Expert; Author, The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women
Sponsor: TV One

Master Classes

Juilliard Complex, 5th Floor

Through the Looking Glass: The Customer Experience Prism 

With increasing competition for consumer's attention, the pioneer of the Chief Customer Officer role and author of Would You Do That To Your Mother? The "Make Mom Proud" Standard for How to Treat Your Customers, Jeanne Bliss, will share simple yet powerful ways to achieve customer centricity. Does leadership bravery inspire you to walk away from legacy practices that have defined your industry?  Have you established customer and company partnerships in which both sides win? Through a 5-step process, you will use a "Mom Lens" to evaluate your current performance and learn real-world tactics to enhance the customer experience and create a cultural transformation as soon as you return to the office. 

  • Jeanne Bliss, Founder & President, CustomerBliss; Co-Founder, The Customer Experience Professionals Association

Impact Series

Lyceum Complex, 5th Floor

From Concept to Creation: Generating Ideas That Stick

In today's ever-evolving business landscape, media executives are pressed to develop big ideas in an increasingly competitive market. Innovation is the name of the game and novelty is in demand. How do you generate ideas with staying power in our over-crowded, constantly changing industry? Join Columbia Professor, Dr. Olivier Toubia, for an illuminating workshop to uncover the secrets of creative concept generation – and discover ways to ensure your next big idea is the one that stands out above the rest.

  • Dr. Olivier Toubia, Glaubinger Professor of Business, Columbia Business School

Roundtables

Majestic Complex, 6th Floor

Peer Mentoring Roundtables

Limited seating

We are flipping the script in this new addition to WICT's structured networking options. We polled conference registrants, asking them to share their most pressing professional challenge. Having selected some of the most compelling topics, we have asked those registrants to lead a discussion centered on their particular subject. As a participant in this dynamic and interactive session, you have the opportunity to share what you have learned in your own career journey, engage in a dialogue focused on solutions and pick up some news tips for yourself.

  • Facilitator: LD Bennett, Principal, Maximize Consulting LLC; Senior Faculty, Center for Creative Leadership
2:45 - 4:00 pm CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

The Big Stage

Westside Ballroom, 5th Floor

Gain a Competitive Edge: Build & Maintain an Awesome Personal Brand

Pop quiz:  What are you famous for? Your personal brand is one of your most strategic assets, helping you stand out in a crowded world of talent. Learn skills to be top of mind for the choicest assignments and professional advancement. Join us for a fresh conversation about building and managing your personal brand, and learn from a unique mix of leaders from all stages of life, who have leveraged their brands and deployed their skills to achieve success.  

  • Moderator: Jennifer Dorian, EVP, Turner Portfolio 360 Brand Strategy & General Manager, Turner Classic Movies and FilmStruck
  • Cynthia Carpenter, VP, Human Resources, Charter Communications
  • Mirna Eusebio Lithgow, SVP, Product Management & Marketing, Altice USA
  • Carrie Kerpen, Co-Founder & CEO of Likeable Media; Author and Columnist
  • Marge Jackson, SVP, National Call Center Sales, Comcast
Sponsor: Turner

Master Classes

Juilliard Complex, 5th Floor

The Person You Mean to Be: The Futile Pursuit of the Unicorn of Human Behavior 

Join award-winning New York University social psychologist, Dolly Chugh, for an entertaining and thought-provoking look at the science behind bias and decision-making. This interactive blend of stories and data will shine a light on human behavior, and how the illusions we create for ourselves can actually produce organizations that fall short of our expectations. Dolly challenges us to let go of the idea that we must be perfect, like the mythical unicorn, and focus instead on being a "good-ish" person who can use our inherent privilege to influence change. This session will not only broaden your thinking to enable you to make better decisions that positively impact inclusion, but give you tools to address ethical dilemmas that arise in everyday business. You will leave with a better understanding of yourself and how your mind works, enabling you to build a more innovative and inclusive workplace.

  • Dr. Dolly Chugh, Associate Professor, Management & Organizations, NYU Stern School of Business

Impact Series

Lyceum Complex, 5th Floor

Putting the Pro in Productivity

Never over-commit and under-deliver again! It's time we start getting realistic about how we navigate our day, manage our precious time, and uncover the pitfalls of working on "auto-pilot." The choices we make in our office each day can either set us up for success – or lead us down the path to failure. Become a pro with this interactive workshop. It will give you the tools necessary to manage your busy schedule, take stock of the constant deluge of emails and prioritize your projects. You will leave this session not only motivated to change the way you operate, you'll actually have the skills and knowledge to make it happen. 

  • Wendy Ellin, Workplace Productivity Strategist, The 25th Hour, Inc.; Author, Enough is Enough, Get Control of Your Stuff!

Roundtables

Majestic Complex, 6th Floor

Creating Your Blueprint for Success

Limited Seating

Where do you see yourself in the next five years? Ten years? You may have already pictured yourself in the corner office, but do you know how you are going to get there? Moving on to the next phase in your career may require a well-thought-out strategy on your part. Join our table presenters, all seasoned industry executives, as they share stories of the unique paths they took to move up the career ladder. Draw from their invaluable insights and ideas to devise your plan and take control of your career trajectory.

  • Facilitator: LD Bennett, Principal, Maximize Consulting LLC; Senior Faculty, Center for Creative Leadership
  • Sara Clarke, SVP, Corporate Strategy, Analysis & Communications, Showtime Networks, Inc.

  • Deena Demasi, EVP, Distribution Marketing, Viacom

  • Kimberley Euston, National Business Development Leader, TMT Sector, PWC

  • Elaine Frontain-Bryant, EVP, Head of Programming, A+E Networks
  • Emma Lyon, Team Vice President, Liberty Global, Inc.
  • Ann McGlennen, Chief Human Resources Officer, Midco
  • Angi Seitzer, SVP, Human Resources, CNBC
  • Martha Soehren, Chief Talent Development Officer & SVP, Comcast
  • Sally West, Director, Reporting & Analytics, Charter

4:00 - 4:20 pm

5th Floor Foyer

Networking Break

4:20 - 5:30 pm

Westside Ballroom, 5th Floor

GENERAL SESSION

Profiles of Champions: Becoming a Corporate Athlete

Top professional athletes don't come up with excuses—they come up with solutions. True champions are distinguished by how they overcome adversity to reach their goals, adopting skills of resilience, perseverance and teamwork along the way. These key attributes are very valuable in the workplace, and our panel's winning principles can be applied both on the field and in a corporate setting.  This encore panel discussion returns to explore the commonalities between high-performing athletes and high-performing executives. Let these top players be your "corporate coaches" by learning from their personal stories of trials and triumphs as you create your own unbeatable strategy.

Sponsor: Accenture 

5:30 - 7:00 pm

Broadway Lounge, 8th Floor

Big Apple Reception

WICT invites you to engage with your conference colleagues while enjoying an evening in the heart of New York City. This networking reception allows you to take in the panoramic views of Times Square and the Theater District in the sophisticated and comfortable, Broadway Lounge. Enjoy food and drink (and maybe a little song) while

you build connections and reconnect with friends.

Sponsor: A+E Networks 

5:45 - 6:30 pm

Broadway Lounge, 8th Floor

SPECIAL ACTIVITY

Speed Mentoring

Advance sign-up required

Take a seat at the table and connect with senior leaders, subject matter experts, and peers from across the industry. This is your chance to engage in high-level, yet intimate discussions on topics relevant to you. The small group format offers a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and glean wisdom from those who have blazed a trail. Held during the Big Apple Reception, each roundtable will feature a media executive or subject matter expert as a table moderator. The moderators will spend 12 minutes with each group. By the end of the 45-minute session, you will have connected with numerous peers and at least three table leaders. Space is limited and expected to fill quickly, so register early. You will not want to miss this one-of-a-kind experience.

  • Anju Ahuja, VP Market Development & Product Management, CableLabs, Inc. 
  • Christine Bragan, VP, Marketing & Communications, AMC Networks 
  • Justin Connolly, EVP, Affiliate Sales & Marketing, Disney & ESPN Media Networks 
  • Wendy Ellin, Workplace Productivity Strategist
  • Catherine Frymark, SVP, Corporate Communications, Discovery 
  • Mary McLaughlin, SVP, Beltway Region, Comcast Northeast Division 
  • Leslie Miles, VP, Program Management & Strategy, ARRIS 
  • Jane Rice, SVP, Distribution, A+E Networks 
  • Debbie Stang, COO, Midco; Dalila Wilson-Scott, SVP, Community Impact, Comcast 
  • Dalila Wilson-Scott, SVP, Community Impact, Comcast 

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Brecht Meeting Room, 4th Floor

Women's TechConnect Kickoff

By invitation only

The TechConnect Initiative is designed in partnership with Women in Technology awardees, WICT and SCTE. Join us as we launch the 2018-2019 mentoring relationships between senior ranking and high-potential women in technology. 

6:30 - 7:30 pm

Liberty Ballroom, 8th Floor

Senior Executive Summit (SES) Alumnae Reception

By invitation only

As we look forward to the 2019 SES program at Stanford, WICT's SES alumnae have the opportunity to network in New York with other top-ranking women in the industry at this exclusive reception. Attendees will also get a sneak peek at the fresh curriculum we're crafting for next year's master-class program held in partnership with the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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6:00 - 7:00 am
Sky Lobby, 16th Floor
Sunrise Yoga

New This Year: Explore the Mind/Body Connection Through Onsite Yoga
Research has documented the connection between your physical well-being and your ability to learn and lead. Prepare your mind and body to learn by beginning your conference days with a yoga class exclusively for WICT Leadership Conference attendees -- open to all levels, from beginner to advanced. 

WICT will offer spots in our onsite yoga class, first-come, first-served, at 6:00 am on Monday and Tuesday mornings during the conference. Check in at the beautiful Sky Lobby on the 16th floor of the Marriott Marquis just in time for the October sunrise. Our handpicked instructor will help you prepare for a day of expanding your mind. 

Mats, towels, and water will be provided. More details will be available soon.


8:15 - 9:00 am

5th Floor Foyer

Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:45 am

Westside Ballroom, 5th Floor

GENERAL SESSION

To be announced

9:00 - 11:00 am

Lyceum & Juilliard, 5th Floor

SPECIAL ACTIVITY

One-on-One Coaching

Advance sign-up required

A favorite among our attendees, WICT's one-on-one coaching sessions offer you customized training on the topic of your choice with a professional executive coach. Each session gives 25 minutes of dedicated time to discuss any leadership or management issue relevant to your career. The number of appointments is limited and we expect the sessions to fill extremely fast. Don't miss your chance to sign up for this exclusive opportunity!

10:00 - 11:15 am

Westside Ballroom, 5th Floor

GENERAL SESSION

Beyond the Hashtags - Creating the New Normal

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, WICT 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, WICT
  • 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
Sponsor: REVOLT

11:15 - 11:30 am

5th Floor Foyer

Networking Break

11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Westside Ballroom, 5th Floor

GENERAL SESSION

Pearls of Wisdom: The Storytellers

Returning for its eighth year, Pearls of Wisdom is a highlight of the WICT Leadership Conference. This illuminating closing session is styled after the famed TED-talks, with dynamic and innovative thought-leaders imparting their wisdom in several mini-keynotes. Our unique group of sought-after storytellers will share their personal journeys and defining moments to leave you with both inspiration and aspiration as you move forward and forge your own unique story.

  • Michelle Gadsden-Williams, Managing Director, Inclusion and Diversity Lead - North America and Canada, Accenture
  • Roma Khanna, CEO, Revolt TV
  • Francesca Gino, Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Author, Rebel Talent
  • Masih Alinejad-Ghomi, Journalist; Author, The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran

Sponsor: Charter Communications 

 

Registration and Information Desk

Location: 45th Street Registration – 5th Floor

 

Sunday, October 14

2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Monday, October 15

7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Tuesday, October 16

7:00 am – 12:30 pm

 

 

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