The 2015 Signature Luncheon

The WICT Signature Luncheon was held on Tuesday, May 5, at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, in conjunction with NCTA’s Internet & Television Expo (INTX). The Luncheon is the premier industry event where distinguished leaders come together in support of women in the cable industry. 

Meghan Markle, star of USA Network’s original drama, Suits,

hosted the Luncheon.


Meghan Markle



WICT once again honored cable’s exemplary community service initiatives with its Signature Accolades at the 2015 WICT Signature Luncheon. The 2015 honorees represented international, national and regional programs that positively impact women.



 Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, WICT




2015 Signature Accolade Honorees


Liberty Global/Virgin Media - Closing the Gender Gap: "Think, Act, Report – Mending the Gap​."



A+E Networks/LifetimeStop Breast Cancer for Life Campaign

ComcastInternet Essentials



Juniper Networks/Juniper Networks Foundation FundNot for Sale Reinvent Program

Suddenlink CommunicationsSuddenlink Family First


Pictured (l to r): Back Row – Mike Fries, President & CEO, Liberty Global; Cathy Avgiris, EVP & CFO, Comcast Cable; Caitlin Ross, Regional Director (U.S. and Europe), Not for Sale; Meghan Markle, Star of Suits, USA Networks
Front Row – Tracy Powell, VP, Distribution Marketing, A+E Networks; Mary Meduski, EVP & CFO, Suddenlink; Maria Brennan, President & CEO, WICT; Martha Soehren, Chief Talent Development Officer & SVP, Comcast University & Comcast Cable; Ajit Pai, FCC Commissioner



Accolade winner Comcast presented Gale Woods, an Internet Essentials customer, with the first Internet Essentials Gold Medal Achievement Award. The award, a check for $25,000, will be used to pay for her last two years of tuition at Northeastern Illinois University.

Salme Steinberg, Northeastern Illinois University; Gale Woods; Cathy Avgiris, Comcast Cable



A special thank you to the WICT Greater Chicago Chapter for helping to make the Signature Luncheon a success!