Meet the Outstanding Speakers Lined Up for the

2022 Leadership Conference

Learn more & register for the conference today

The WICT Network is thrilled to once again kick-off Diversity Week with an action-packed Leadership Conference. Scroll down to meet the top executives, academics, journalists, entrepreneurs and athletes we will convene on October 10-11 in New York.

Some of our compelling highlights include:

  • A keynote by journalist and best-selling author Robin Roberts.
  • Insights from Women Chiefs, featuring a panel of industry C-suite executives.
  • Remarks from FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel during the Touchstones Luncheon.
  • Profiles of Champions, where world-class athletes will dissect the strategies that deliver peak performance under pressure.
  • The return of Pearls of Wisdom, an inspirational session styled after the famed TED Talks. 


  • Katrina Adams, Executive, Author, TV Analyst, Former Pro Tennis Player; Harlem Junior Tennis & Education Program; CBS Sports 
  • Noopur Agarwal, VP, Social Impact, MTV Entertainment Studios, Paramount Global 
  • Erika Andersen, Author and Founding Partner, Proteus International, Inc. 
  • Melissa Arnot, Mountaineer, Mountain Guide, & Co-Founder, The Juniper Fund 
  • Shannon Atkinson, Regional Vice President, Field Operations – West Region, Charter Communications (Woman to Watch - Operator)
  • Samira Panah Bakhtiar, Director, Global Media & Entertainment, Amazon Web Services 
  • Julia C. Basso, Ph.D., CYT, Assistant Professor and Director, The Embodied Brain Laboratory, Virginia Tech 
  • Frances Berwick, Chairman, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Television & Streaming 
  • Maria E. Brennan, CAE, President & CEO, The WICT Network
  • Karen Buchholz, EVP, Administration, Comcast Corporation 
  • Rhonda Nesmith Crichlow, SVP & Chief Diversity Officer, Charter Communications 
  • Jo DiSante, VP, Current Programming & Synergy, ABC Entertainment
  • Stefanie Dolson, Center, New York Liberty, WNBA 
  • Jessica Fischer, CFO, Charter Communications  
  • Sujata Gosalia, EVP & Chief Strategy Officer, Cox Communications
  • Makeda Mays Green, VP, Digital Consumer Insights, Nickelodeon 
  • Nilda Gumbs, Chief of Staff, NCTA - The Internet & Television Association
  • Lorraine Hack, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry
  • Sandra Howe, Technology Executive and Chair, The WICT Network Board of Directors
  • Loren Hudson, SVP & Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Cable 
  • Natalie Johnson, Co-Founder & CVO, ViDL Solutions 
  • Toni Judkins, SVP, Programming Development, Hallmark Media
  • Colleen Langner, EVP & Chief Operations Officer, Cox Communications (Woman of the Year - Operator)  
  • Soraya Loerts, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Liberty Global
  • Wonya Lucas, President & CEO, Hallmark Media (Woman of the Year - Programmer)
  • Suzanne Malveaux, National Correspondent, CNN
  • Ashley McFarlin, VP, Unscripted Development, WE TV, AMC Networks 
  • Ann McGlennen, Chief Human Resources Officer, Midco 
  • Kia Painter, EVP & Chief People Officer, Cox Communications
  • Shebani Patel, Partner, PwC
  • Deepa Purushothaman, DEI Leader, Former Senior Partner at Deloitte, and Author of The First, The Few, The Only
  • Molly Qerim, Host, First Take, ESPN
  • Michelle Rice, President, TV One & CLEO TV
  • Robin Roberts, Co-Anchor, “Good Morning America” and President, Rock’n Robin Productions
  • Jessica Rosenworcel, Chairwoman, U.S. Federal Communications Commission 
  • Detavio Samuels, CEO, REVOLT 
  • Summer Sanders, Former Olympic Swimmer, Gold Medalist, TV Commentator and Author 
  • Urvi Shah, VP, Global Key Account Marketing, CommScope (Woman to Watch - Technology)
  • Christina Spade, CEO, AMC Networks 
  • Aisha Thomas-Petit, Chief People & Diversity Officer, AMC Networks
  • Kathryn Valentine, Founder, Worthmore Negotiations
  • A. Shuanise Washington, President & CEO, NAMIC
  • Brianna Wiest, Author, Thought Catalog 
  • Kimberly Williams, President & CEO, Vibrant Emotional Health 
  • Lisa Williams-Fauntroy, SVP, Business & Legal Affairs, Warner Bros. Discovery (Woman to Watch - Programmer)
  • Leigh Woisard, SVP, Public Affairs, Cox Communications and Vice Chair, The WICT Network Board of Directors 


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  • Manohar Ashwath, VP & Global Head of Telecommunications, Cable & Media Vertical, GenPact
  • Megha Joshi, Founder, The Resilient Human
  • Julia Levy, Head of Global Talent Acquisition, CommScope
  • Lisa Prince, VP, Diversity, Equity & inclusion, Afiniti
  • Michelle Strong, SVP, Content Distribution & Marketing, A+E Networks
  • And more to come!


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  • Crystal Barrow, Career & Leadership Coach, Shape Your Success Coaching 
  • Amy Bloustine, Certified Life & Career Coach, Time Management Coach, Amy Bloustine Coaching 
  • Işılay Çabuk, Executive Leadership & Personal Growth Coach, Işılay Çabuk Leadership Consulting 
  • Karyn Gallant, Executive Coach, Gallant Consulting Group 
  • Lisa Greene, Executive Coach, Lisa Greene Consulting 
  • Erin Hyland, Founder & Principal, Navigatrix Collaborative 
  • Jody Jacob-McVey, Founder & Managing Director, EquiSense Solutions
  • Meghana Karanjkar, Executive Coach
  • Brendalyn King, Executive Leadership Coach, Bhavana Learning Group 
  • Gina Martin, Life & Leadership Coach, Gina Martin Coaching 
  • Dominique Mas, Leadership & Executive Coach, Lead With A Twist 
  • Luci Rainey, Founder, Day One Training and Coaching 
  • Christine Reinhard, Executive and Leadership Coach; Principal, Chrysalis Coaching
  • Julie Rohmer, VP, Comcast; Executive Coach, Julie Rohmer Coaching 
  • Stephanie Simpson, Coach, Speaker, Consultant, Facilitator/Educator
  • Pamela Weinberg, Career Coach and Personal Brand Strategist, Pamela Weinberg Career Coaching  

Executive Roundtable Conversations

Roundtable conversations will take place in New York on Monday, October 10 at 10:15 am ET, and are open to anyone who is registered for the conference. Note that seating is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

One-on-One Coaching: Open to ALL Attendees, Virtual AND In-Person

A Leadership Conference crowd favorite, The WICT Network’s one-on-one coaching sessions offer you customized training on the topic of your choice with a professional executive coach. Each virtual session provides 45 minutes of dedicated time to explore specific, career-focused leadership or management issues with your coach. The number of appointments is limited, and we expect the sessions to fill quickly. Don’t miss your chance to sign up for this exclusive opportunity!

If you have not already, first register for the conference and then sign up for the coaching time slot of your choice by clicking here.

Note: Only one coaching session per conference attendee.

Register Now for the 2022 Leadership Conference

Accommodations -

New York Marriott Marquis

If you plan to join us live in New York City, make your hotel reservations at the New York Marriott Marquis today to lock in the room rate of $339/night (plus tax), while supplies last. The group cutoff date is Friday, September 16, or until the group rate is sold out. 

As of this email, rooms are still available on Sunday, October 9 and Monday, October 10. The hotel has very limited availability for the night of Tuesday, October 11. For those planning to stay past Tuesday evening that are unable to secure a room for that night, please note there is availability at the following properties:

To reserve your room at the New York Marriott Marquis, click the button below or call 1-877-303-0104.

Guest rooms and rates are subject to availability.

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