In this issue: 

News from WICT Global
  • Meet the 2021 Chapter Presidents & Advisors
  • Each individual is an exemplary representative of WICT and its mission

Webinar Opportunity: Fireside Chat with Claire Wasserman, Author of Ladies Get Paid
  • Part of WICT's Women's History Month Celebration
  • Program will provide you with actionable advice to help advance your career and achieve your leadership goals

Four Questions with Aisha Thomas-Petit, AMC Networks' First Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
  • Experienced DEI expert joins AMC after prolific career in HR management and the financial services sector
  • Charged with building on and advancing the company’s DEI goals

@WICTHQ on Social Media
  • Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest WICT news, and learn more about the business case for gender diversity, equity and inclusion
Meet the 2021 Chapter Presidents & Advisors

WICT's 24 domestic and international chapters are an essential touchpoint for our members across the globe, especially as we continue to navigate leadership development during a pandemic. These individuals volunteer their time and expertise to foster relationships and support our members' professional goals, and are exemplary representatives of WICT and its mission. We are delighted to introduce below the esteemed volunteers who will serve as Chapter Presidents and Chapter Advisors this year. 
PRESIDENTS (view photos and bios here):
  • Carolinas - Christine Rodocker, VP, Distribution & Consumer Marketing, INSP
  • Europe - Soraya Loerts, VP, Product Quality, Liberty Global, Inc.
  • Florida - Sadie Molinet, Field Marketing Manager, Spectrum Enterprise
  • Great Lakes - Darralyn Griffin, Finance Supervisor, Comcast
  • Greater Chicago - Lisa Thomas, Sr. Manager, Procurement, CommScope
  • Greater Ohio - Jeannette Richardson, Director, Human Resources, Charter Communications
  • Greater Philadelphia - Carol Ann Sweeney, Sr. Manager, Business Operations, CommScope
  • Greater Pittsburgh - Sherry Ott, Sr. Manager, Business Partner Project Management, Comcast
  • Greater Texas - Juli Blanda, Vice President - West Division, Cable One
  • Heartland - Terri Rice, Sr. Manager, Marketing, Cox Business
  • Latin America - Fernanda Merodio, Senior Director, Distribution, Hemisphere Media Group
  • Midwest - Lisa Neuwirth, Sr. Director, Strategic Readiness Office, Charter Communications
  • New England - Anna Ciccone, Supervisor Remote Crewing, ESPN
  • New York - Lisa Tisdale, President, Tis Insights
  • Northern California - Jenn Banta, Executive Administrative Assistant, Comcast
  • Pacific Northwest - Abbie O'Dell, Senior Director Learning Services: Field Operations, Charter Communications
  • Rocky Mountain - Barbara Nelms, Sr. Project Manager, Mobile, Charter Communications
  • Southeast - Shelley Hoffmann, Senior Director, Content, Healthgrades
  • Southern California - Jennifer Miles, Sr. Director of Brand Marketing, Disney/ESPN
  • Southwest - Monica Cole Evans, Sr. Manager, Technical Project Management, Cox Communications
  • United Kingdom - Lauren Dolan, VP, Global Talent & Organization, Liberty Global, Inc.
  • Virginia - Shinese Collins, Corporate Marketing Strategy Manager, Consumer Product Marketing, Cox Communications
  • Washington DC/Baltimore - Anne Thompson, Senior Delivery Manager, Celerity
ADVISORS (view photos and bios here):
  • Carolinas - Meredith Garwood, Group VP, Tax, Charter Communications & Sandra Howe, Technology Executive
  • Florida - Marva Johnson, Group VP, State Government Affairs - South Region, Charter Communications
  • Great Lakes - Michelle Gilbert, VP, Public Relations, Comcast
  • Greater Chicago - Debra Piscola, Sr. Director, Government Affairs, Comcast
  • Greater Ohio - Jeffrey Gehrig, Area Vice President - Midwest South, Field Operations, Charter Communications
  • Greater Philadelphia - Susan Jin Davis, Chief Sustainability Officer, Comcast Corporation
  • Greater Pittsburgh - Danielle Erringer, Sr. HR Director, Comcast
  • Greater Texas - Tara Whitehead Stotland, Digital Consulting Partner, Cognizant
  • Heartland - Anne Harris, Director, Marketing & Client Solutions, Cox Media
  • Latin America - Julio Di Bella Roldán, President, Impulsando Entre Todos; Veritl Flores, President & Founder, Tanque Group; Mario Alberto Fócil Ortega, Operative Secretary of Administration, Federal Court of Administrative Justice; María Lizarraga Iriarte, Consultant and Formerly Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones
  • Midwest - Julie Potthast-Mueller, Manager, Compliance and Ethics, Charter Communications
  • New England - Lori LeBas, SVP, Business Operations – Disney Media Distribution, Disney & ESPN Media Networks
  • New York - Stefanie Nimick, SVP, Affiliate Sales & Marketing, STARZ
  • Northern California - Anju Ahuja, VP, Product Strategy & Insights, CableLabs, Inc. & Keith Turner, VP, Sales and Marketing - California Region, Comcast
  • Pacific Northwest - Megan Bishop, VP, Finance & Accounting, Comcast
  • Rocky Mountain - Keely Buchanan, Director, Employee Experience, Charter Communications
  • Southeast - Sheri McGaughy, Founder, McGaughy Law
  • Southwest - Shawn Duncan, Vice President, SWR Field Ops, Cox Communications
  • United Kingdom - Nicola Moore, Head of Employee Services, Virgin Media
  • Virginia - Toni Stubbs, VP, Technology, Engineering & Operations, Cox Communications
  • Washington DC/Baltimore - Svetlana Gans, VP & Associate General Counsel, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, NCTA
Webinar Opportunity:
Fireside Chat with Claire Wasserman, Author of Ladies Get Paid

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)

In celebration of Women's History Month, join WICT for a virtual fireside chat on Wednesday, March 17 with educator, author, and founder of Ladies Get Paid, Claire Wasserman, facilitated by Annie Howell, Chief Communications Officer, Crown Media Family Networks.

Knowing your worth and advocating for yourself is vital for anyone, especially women, who want to take command of their professional lives and change the trajectory of their careers. Annie and Claire will explore the different professional challenges women face in the workplace and strategies to combat them. From dealing with imposter syndrome to navigating office politics to negotiating salaries, this session will highlight tactics Claire outlines in her new book, Ladies Get Paid, and provide you with actionable advice to help advance your career and achieve your leadership goals.
Annie Howell, Moderator

As Chief Communications Officer of Crown Media Family Networks, Annie leads the implementation and execution of the full scope of the company’s communications and social media strategies including corporate communications, media relations, publicity, talent management, social media, events and government relations. She provides strategic counsel to Crown executives and is the lead PR liaison with parent company, Hallmark Cards. 
Claire Wasserman, Speaker

An educator, author, and founder of Ladies Get Paid, Claire also hosts John Hancock’s podcast, Friends Who Talk About Money. She has traveled the country teaching thousands of women how to negotiate millions of dollars in raises, start businesses, and advocate for themselves in the workplace. 

Her book, Ladies Get Paidis available wherever books are sold.
Note that this program was originally scheduled for February 25 and will now take place on March 17.

WICT records all webinars and makes them available to members in our Online Learning Library.
Four Questions with Aisha Thomas-Petit, AMC Networks' First Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
AMC Networks recently appointed Aisha Thomas-Petit as the company’s first Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer. Before joining AMC Networks, Aisha served as Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility Officer at ADP. As a key member of AMC Networks' senior leadership team, Aisha is responsible for setting the strategy, roadmap and measures of success to develop, bolster, and retain a diverse and inclusive community both within the company’s workforce, as well as in front of and behind the camera across AMC Networks’ portfolio of entertainment brands. Read Aisha's full bio on our website.

This month we were delighted to speak with Aisha about the importance of DEI, her previous experience and her impressions of the media industry so far.

This interview has been abridged for publication; we encourage you to read the full version on our website.
After a prolific career in HR management and the financial services sector, what makes you excited about transitioning to the media industry? 
Media companies like AMC Networks excite me because they help shape the narrative around DEI in society like few other industries can. We’re storytellers, and we have the responsibility to use our platforms to tell stories that reflect the full spectrum of everyone’s lived experiences, making sure that audiences see themselves in the stories we produce and acquire, particularly those who have not traditionally been represented. That’s certainly what sets media apart. 

What are some of the lessons and skills from previous roles and industries that will apply to your work at AMC Networks? 
I come to AMC Networks with over 20 years of experience in developing human resources strategy and what makes me proud about that history is that at every step of the way, regardless of what organization I was in, the work I was doing always had DEI at the center. 

So far since joining AMC Networks, what’s stood out to me is definitely organizations like WICT, NAMIC, and the Walter Kaitz Foundation, who have a long history of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in media and entertainment specifically. That’s not something that you see in every industry and something that those who work in media, and are members of these organizations, should take pride in. 

Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion such an important business imperative to the media industry, specifically? 
Media companies and content creators can only benefit from embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion. DEI is a lever for growth and positive change that helps us reach audiences with greater authenticity and find new audiences who have never identified with what they’ve seen on screen before. Owning and having control over diverse content and being able to leverage that content to attract and retain audiences is a huge asset for any media company. 

For the industry more broadly, DEI is a source of strength because it helps ensure that everyone feels included in what we are doing and helps make sure that everyone’s stories are being told. 

AMC Networks is a strong supporter of diversity, both onscreen and off. What are some things that make you most excited about leading DEI at AMC Networks?
In my role I am laser focused on leading our efforts in three strategic areas: 1) our talent and workplace practices – focusing on developing and strengthening diverse talent pipelines for hiring and promotions, as well as working with everyone to bolster a culture of inclusivity; 2) our content – ensuring that our stories and products are reflective of our diverse world, both in front of and behind the camera, and 3) establishing AMC Networks as a leader in the industry that demonstrates diversity’s critical role as an imperative for success.

The people that make up the broader AMC Networks community – the level of passion they have for the work and for promoting DEI and their desire to do something markedly different than what’s been done in the past – is what excites me most and we’re only just getting started. 
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