September 15 - 16, 2014


The WICT Leadership Conference is the preeminent leadership and professional development opportunity for cable professionals at all levels of their career journeys. The theme for the 2014 conference was Step In. Step Up. 


Journalist & Author, Andrea Mitchell 

provided the opening keynote.



Andrea Mitchell​


The conference opening featured a special tribute to WICT's extraordinary formative years by featuring six of the organization's founders, early pioneers and leaders.



Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, WICT; Rori Peters, SVP, National Accounts & Field Sales Strategy, TV One; Gerladine Laybourne, Media Entrepreneur; Ann Carlsen, Founder and CEO, Carlsen Resources; Amy Tykeson, former President & CEO, BendBroadband; Lucille Larkin, Co-Founder and First Executive Director of WICT; and Gail Sermersheim, Co-Founder & First President of WICT



David L. Cohen, EVP and Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corporation; Sandra K. Howe, SVP, Global Marketing, ARRIS; Gail MacKinnon, EVP & Chief Government Relations Officer, Time Warner Cable; Amy Tykeson, former President & CEO, BendBroadband; Maria E. Brennan, WICT President & CEO; Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News and host of MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports; Mary E. Meduski, EVP & CFO, Suddenlink Communications & 2014 WICT National Board Chair; Marva Johnson, Corporate VP, Government & Industry Affairs, Bright House Networks​


 2014 WICT Touchstones Luncheon 


​Special Guest, Maggie Gyllenhaal, 

 delivered remarks at the Luncheon.


Maggie Gyllenhaal



 ​Honorary Chair - Sarah Barnett, President & General Manager, SundanceTV;
Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Maria E. Brennan



We presented awards to our 2014 Woman of the Year​ Christine Driessen, EVP & CFO, ESPN, and the two Woman to Watch honorees, Jennifer Mirgorod, EVP, Brand Distribution, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (Programmer); and Deborah Picciolo, SVP, Residential Technical Operations, Time Warner Cable (Operator).



Jennifer Mirgorod, Christine Driessen, and Deborah Picciolo


​L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Program Luncheon



 Maria E. Brennan and Eglon Simons, President, NAMIC


The WICT Leadership Conference was held at the 

Marriott Marquis in New York, NY.


New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway
New York, NY 10036