Save the date:

The 2018 WICT Touchstones Luncheon will be held in New York City in conjunction with the WICT Leadership ConferenceJoin us at the New York Marriott Marquis on Monday, October 15, 2018.

A look back at the 2017 WICT Touchstones Luncheon

Actress, producer and director (IFC Films' Freak ShowTrudie Styler, delivered an inspiring keynote address at the 2017 Touchstones Luncheon on September 25 at the New York Marriott Marquis. WICT Board Member, Lisa Schwartz, Co-President, IFC Films and Sundance Selects, served as the Luncheon's Honorary Chair and provided introductory remarks. WICT recognizes and thanks the 2017 Touchstones Luncheon Premier Sponsor AMC Networks along with our numerous table sponsors. 

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Lisa Schwartz, Co-President, IFC Films and Sundance Selects; Trudie Styler, Actress, Producer
and Director (IFC Films' 
Freak Show); and Maria Brennan, President & CEO, WICT

The Woman of the Year and Woman to Watch awards, WICT's highest individual accolades, were presented at the Touchstones Luncheon to the following women for their outstanding contributions to the cable media industry.

Woman of the Year -- Programmer, Sarah Barnett
President & General Manager, BBC America 

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Arlene Manos, President Emeritus, AMC Networks Advertising Sales & Sarah Barnett

Woman of the Year -- Operator, D'Arcy Rudnay
EVP & Chief Communications Officer, Comcast

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David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast;
D'Arcy Rudnay; and Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO, Comcast

Woman to Watch -- Technology, Samira Panah Bakhtiar
Director, Media Operations, Cisco Systems

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Samira Panah Bakhtiar & John Dorval, Vice President, Global Service Provider, Cisco Systems

Woman to Watch -- Operator, Charlene Keys
AVP, Field Operations -- Western North Carolina, Charter Communications

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Charlene Keys & Darrel Hegar, Regional Vice President of Operations, Charter Communications

Woman to Watch -- Programmer, Tina Thornton
SVP, Production & Multimedia Sponsorship Integration and Management Operations, ESPN

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Tina Thornton & Doris Burke, Basketball Analyst and Reporter, ESPN


Thank you to all of our generous table sponsors.

AMC NetworksHBO
​A+E NetworksLiberty Global/Virgin Media
​Altice USA
​BBC WorldwideScripps Networks Interactive
​Charter Communications
​Showtime Networks
​Cisco Systems
Speakeasy, Inc.
Comcast NBCUniversal Spectrum Reach
Cox Communications
Crown Media Family Networks
TV One
Discovery CommunicationsUnivision
​Disney & ESPN Media Networks Viacom



The WICT Touchstones Luncheon was held at the 

Marriott Marquis in New York, NY.

 2017 WICT Touchstones Luncheon Slideshow

Past Touchstones Luncheons:

2016 Luncheon Recap

2015 Luncheon Recap

2014 Luncheon Recap

2013 Luncheon Recap

2012 Luncheon Recap


​WICT recognizes our 2017 Touchstone Partners