In this issue:  

News from WICT Global
  • The Industry's Ongoing Response to COVID-19
  • Call for Nominations: WICT Women of the Year & Women to Watch Awards

Educational Opportunities
  • The WICT Online Learning Library is Open to All
  • Join us Online for Learning to Love "No"
  • Become a Better Leader with EDS: Executive Leadership Presence
  • Registration Now Open for 2020 WICT Leadership Conference
News from WICT Global
The Industry's Ongoing Response to COVID-19

Our industry continues to provide content and connectivity to millions of customers, and we are proud to support the efforts of our stakeholders to enable people to continue to be productive and engaged citizens. Below are some examples of what cable, media and technology companies are offering, updated since our last communication on April 2.

Altice USA introduced premium pay for customer-interfacing field service and retail employees and has increased the complimentary internet data speed offering it provides to employees to 200Mbps.

AMC Networks launched “We’re With You,” an initiative that offers free programming, including the first half of Season 10 of The Walking Dead and full seasons of IFC’s Baroness von Sketch Show, as well as a variety of spots meant to encourage viewers. 

Antietam Broadband compiled a directory on its website called Local Eats in an effort to direct customers to local restaurants affected by the pandemic.

BET established a COVID-19 relief fund in partnership with United Way Worldwide to support African Americans that have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Cable ONE has been paying its techs “Purpose Pay” (same as hazard pay) “because they’re fulfilling our purpose of keeping our communities connected.” The company also donated to Meals on Wheels and numerous local food banks across its footprint. Company associates have banded together to make masks for first responders, send gift baskets and hot meals to first responders, and donate books to senior centers.

Charter Communications will increase its minimum wage to $20 an hour, up from $15, over two years, accelerating a plan already under discussion. Frontline workers will receive a retroactive raise of $1.50 immediately, as well as the same amount next March, due to their vital services during the ongoing pandemic.

Comcast senior executives including CEO Brian Roberts, Comcast Cable CEO Dave Watson and NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell are donating 100% of their salaries to charities to support coronavirus relief efforts. A few weeks ago, the company began offering additional compensation to employees who interact directly with customers and set aside $500 million for employees whose jobs have been affected by the coronavirus. Comcast has also made on-demand programming for more than two dozen entertainment networks and SVODs available for free.

Cox Media, the advertising arm of Cox Communications, is offering local restaurants free TV advertising to assure patrons that they remain open for takeout or delivery services.

ESPN2 will broadcast five matches from the League of Legends' 2020 Championship Series Spring Split Playoffs through April 19.

The FCC launched a website with home network tips for consumers, providing advice for optimizing in-home connectivity as well as links to additional resources, including EveryoneOn and Lifeline internet services offered by broadband providers.

Grande Communications will offer free internet and WiFi for 60 days to all qualifying low-income households — including students in low-income households who do not already subscribe to their internet service and who enroll in the Internet First program.

HBO encourages viewers to #StayHomeBoxOffice with a collection of fan-favorite programming available to stream for the first time with no subscription required on HBO NOW and HBO GO. Offerings include iconic series such as The Sopranos, Veep, Six Feet Under and The Wire.

Mediacom CEO Rocco Commisso issued a statement promising all 4500 of the company’s employees that Mediacom intends to continue providing them with employment, pay and benefits through at least May 31.

NCTA member companies committed to over $100 million in public service advertising through June to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and educate consumers about the impact of the pandemic. 

Noggin, Nick Jr.’s service for preschoolers, will extend the trial period from seven days to a month for all new users, and Paramount+ will also extend to a month.

Sinclair is teaming with the Salvation Army for the “Sinclair Cares: Your Neighbor Needs You” initiative to help those financially impacted by the pandemic. 

TDS Telecommunications has donated funds to five food pantries within the operator's footprint. The company is supporting relief efforts in North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin.

ViacomCBS extended trial periods for two of its streaming services in the Americas, beginning April 13. The company intends to scale up All Access by adding 30,000 TV episodes from Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and the Smithsonian Channel, as well as 1,000 movies from Paramount Pictures. 

WarnerMedia Networks will simulcast Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate special across HBO, HBO Latino, TBS, TNT, truTV, Cartoon Network and Boomerang on April 14 at 7:00 pm.

WICT has made its online distance learning library available to members and non-members for 30 days, giving free access to high-quality leadership development programs 24/7 (see article below for additional details).

WOW! has instituted a temporary pay increase for essential field staff and has enhanced its paid-time off policy to include 10 additional paid days for employees diagnosed with the virus.

Please send updates on your company's efforts to pr@wict.org .

Sources include: ACA Connects, Cablefax Daily, CTAM SmartBrief, NCTA - The Internet and Television Association, various corporate websites and social media accounts.
WICT Announces Call for Nominations for
2020 Women of the Year and Women to Watch Awards

Nominations Due by Monday, June 1, 2020

Awards to be Presented at the WICT Touchstones Luncheon, Monday, October 5 
in New York during Diversity Week

WICT is now accepting nominations for its 2020  Women of the Year  and  Women to Watch  honorees. The esteemed awards will be presented at the   Touchstones Luncheon   on Monday, October 5 in New York, during the WICT Leadership Conference, held in conjunction with the industry's Diversity Week. The deadline for nominations is  Monday, June 1, 2020, at 5:00 pm (Eastern).

The  Woman of the Year Award is bestowed on a woman who has made significant contributions throughout her career to her company and the overall cable telecommunications industry. She is a proven leader and asset who shows great resolve to help others along their path. WICT will select one honoree each from a programmer and an operator.

The  Woman to Watch Award honors a woman who shows tremendous promise for transforming the industry through her professional accomplishments. She has already demonstrated exemplary leadership skills in her company and a strong dedication to the industry. WICT will select one honoree each from a programmer, an operator and an industry supplier.

A complete list of past honorees is available on the   WICT website . For more information on the  Women of the Year  and  Women to Watch  criteria, or to submit nominations, visit our website
Educational Opportunities
The WICT Online Learning Library is Open to All

During this uncertain time, many of us are facing new challenges as we adapt to remote work and keep ourselves indoors for the protection of ourselves and others. As this  Forbes article  reminds us, while we cannot completely control what is happening during this pandemic, we can look for opportunities to continue our professional development at a pace that works for each of us individually. 

To help you with this effort,  WICT’s Online Learning Library is open to everyone for a limited time. We encourage you to share the library with members and non-members in your network.

Enjoy our online course content, which includes Pearls of Wisdom from the 2019 WICT Leadership Conference (pictured below), as well as recordings from our vast library of webinars on topics such as resilience, emotional intelligence, negotiations, and more.
Join us Online for Learning to Love "No"

Thursday, April 23 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)

According to Harvard Business Review, women in business must substantially outperform the average professional in order to advance. As a result, a ‘yes’ culture has been created. Society tells women that to be seen as deserving of success, we must say yes to everything that comes our way. We must prove that we’re willing, eager, and capable of doing it all.

The reality, however, is just the opposite. In this presentation, entrepreneur and award-winning business consultant, Erin Joy , draws from experience and qualitative research to refute the dangerous ‘just say yes’ mindset and prove that there is even more power in learning to say ‘no.’

The WICT team is working to bring you more webinar opportunities – stay tuned for updates.
Registration Now Open for the Fall Session of
EDS: Executive Leadership Presence

September 30 - October 1, 2020 | Rancho Bernardo Inn | San Diego, CA

In the first seven seconds of exposure to another individual, we make 11 judgments, which boil down to three key areas:

  • Character
  • Intelligence
  • Likeability

Too many of today’s professionals are failing to pass the credibility test as these judgments are made.

Executive leadership presence is a critical competency for today’s leaders and is expected in order to move beyond mid-management. Executive Leadership Presence , one of two workshops in WICT’s Executive Development Series , is designed for mid-career cable professional women to inspire confidence, engage and influence others, and maintain productivity while increasing visibility and career mobility.

This two-day program introduces participants to a unique framework and toolkit of 21 specific attributes, skills and thought processes that work together to help them build the knowledge and skills needed to:

  • Project strong executive presence.
  • Create powerful, high-impact first impressions.
  • Achieve a “Confident Casual®” style in both formal presentations and impromptu communications.
  • Build and maintain a reputation for strong executive presence and a value-based leadership brand.

Finally, participants practice bringing all elements together to convey the “Confident Casual®” target (the ability to convey complementary messaging that is both strategic and visionary, while also engaging hearts/emotions in the processes), are videotaped, and receive feedback from their peers and our professional coaches.
Meet the facilitator, Terri Nimmons
Terri specializes in leadership development, executive coaching, and personal brand management. She has facilitated programs for thousands of leaders and aspiring leaders in financial services, law, IT, telecommunications, entertainment, and engineering. A veteran facilitator of custom coaching as well as executive-level programs for the private sector and federal organizations, Terri has managed courses in personal brand management, coaching skills, emotional intelligence, strategic and critical thinking, influencing, and leading across generations.
Registration is Open for the 2020 WICT Leadership Conference

October 5-6, 2020 | Marriott Marquis | New York, NY*

During the cable industry's Diversity Week

The WICT Leadership Conference opens cable's Diversity Week and is the preeminent leadership and professional development opportunity for media professionals at all career levels. Through inspiring keynote speakers and innovative concurrent sessions covering a variety of topics, as well as connecting with industry colleagues, each attendee is immersed in leadership activities designed to help impact their career and their company's bottom line. 

Registration includes attendance at the WICT Touchstones Luncheon on Monday, October 5. During the luncheon, WICT will recognize our 2020 Women of the Year and Women to Watch honorees.

Accommodations
The Diversity Week room block is now open. All sessions will take place at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, 1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036. The Diversity Week room rates, starting at $415/night, plus applicable taxes, will be available while supplies last. Reserve your room online or call 1-877-303-0104 and request the WICT Diversity Week room block.

*We continue to monitor developments regarding COVID-19, and look to the WHO, CDC and local authorities for guidance. While our plan is for the WICT Leadership Conference to return to New York this fall, please be advised we are exploring additional options, including virtual opportunities as well as alternate locations. We will provide any necessary updates as they become available.

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