September 15, 2022


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Ali Velshi, MSNBC Anchor and Business Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC, to Headline Day One of The WICT Network 2022 Leadership Conference on Monday, October 10


In keeping with The WICT Network Leadership Conference theme, "The Great Reset," 

Velshi will address post-pandemic economic recovery.

Ali Velshi

Washington, DC – The WICT Network announced today that award-winning journalist Ali Velshi will headline The WICT Network Leadership Conference on Monday, October 10, with a fireside chat. Velshi, an Emmy-nominated journalist, anchors at MSNBC and is a Business Correspondent for NBC News

Over the course of his accomplished career, Velshi has covered a range of breaking news events worldwide, including most recently the reset of the global economy following the pandemic. Velshi’s live general session in New York will also be streamed to virtual conference attendees.


“We look forward to welcoming Ali and gaining his insights on our looming economic recovery. He has a huge fan base for good reason. Among his many attributes, Ali is also a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, and we’re thrilled to feature him before our Leadership Conference audience,” said The WICT Network's President & CEO, Maria E. Brennan, CAE.


The WICT Network’s highly-acclaimed Leadership Conference is part of Diversity Week 2022, an annual event that shines a spotlight on the business case for diversity and inclusion across the media, entertainment and technology landscapes. The Leadership Conference will take place in person in New York, with a live-streamed and virtual option available for those who prefer to connect remotely. The program will encompass general sessions, interactive workshops, expert panels, coaching sessions and numerous peer-to-peer networking opportunities. Visit our Leadership Conference page to learn more about the program and register today.

The WICT Network gratefully acknowledges the top sponsors of the 2022 Leadership Conference, including Comcast NBCUniversal (Platinum), Charter Communications (Gold), Cisco (Silver) and Champion Sponsors Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution and TV One.  

About Ali Velshi

Ali Velshi is an MSNBC Anchor and Business Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC.


Velshi has covered a wide range of breaking news events and global affairs throughout his career, including U.S. presidential elections, ISIL and the Syrian refugee crisis, the Iran nuclear deal from Tehran, the tensions between Russia and NATO from Eastern Europe and the High Arctic, the debt crisis in Greece, the funeral of Nelson Mandela, and the global financial crisis.


Before joining NBC News and MSNBC, Velshi hosted “Ali Velshi On Target,” a nightly primetime show on Al Jazeera America. Before that, he served as CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent, anchor of CNN International’s “World Business Today” and host of CNN’s weekly business roundtable “Your Money.” Velshi also co-hosted CNN’s morning show, “American Morning.”


An award-winning journalist, Velshi was honored with a National Headliner Award for Business & Consumer Reporting for “How the Wheels Came Off,” a special on the near collapse of the American auto industry. His work on disabled workers and Chicago’s red-light camera scandal in 2016 earned him two News and Documentary Emmy Award nominations, adding to a nomination in 2010 for his terrorism coverage. Additionally, Velshi has taken his economic analysis to “Oprah,” “The View,” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”


Velshi is the author of "Gimme My Money Back" (Sterling and Ross, 2008) and co-author with CNN’s Christine Romans of "How to Speak Money" (Wiley, 2010).


Born in Kenya and raised in Canada, Velshi graduated from Queen’s University in Canada, which bestowed an honorary Doctorate of Laws upon him in 2016. Velshi splits his time between New York City and Philadelphia. Active in the community, Velshi serves on the Board of Trustees of the Chicago History Museum, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also volunteers with New York’s Center for Urban Community Services homeless outreach program.

About The WICT Network Leadership Conference | October 10-11, 2022
The WICT Network is pleased to present the 2022 Leadership Conference, aptly themed THE GREAT RESET. Join us as we take a deep dive into the newest, cutting-edge business innovations and workplace solutions to address business strategy, human capital, productivity, psychological safety, DEI and what it means to be a great leader today. In-person and hybrid participation options are available; visit to register for either the in-person program or the hybrid option
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About The WICT Network
The WICT Network is a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to create women leaders that transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B network that helps advance women. For more than 40 years, The WICT Network has partnered with media, entertainment and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,000 members strong, The WICT Network is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in media. Charter Communications and Comcast NBCUniversal are The WICT Network’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit or follow @WICTHQ on Facebook/Instagram/LinkedIn/Twitter for more information. 

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