In this issue: 

2021 Betsy Magness Graduate Institute: Reimagining the Modern Workforce
  • Exclusively for BMLI alumnae
  • In-person program scheduled for November 18-19, 2021
  • Registration now open; save $100 by signing up before August 1, 2021

WICT Announces 2021 Rising Leaders Program Participants
  • Record number of 220 future industry leaders selected
  • Participants will gain skills enabling them to strengthen their companies

WICT Expands Beyond the Hashtag Series
  • Series seeks to present real-world solutions by moving workplaces from dialog to action
  • Presented in partnership with the Walter Kaitz Foundation and sponsored by Cox Communications

Recording Available: Fireside Chat with Claire Wasserman, Author of Ladies Get Paid
  • Part of WICT's Women's History Month celebration
  • Tune in to gain actionable advice to help advance your career and achieve your leadership 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
2021 BMGI: Reimagining the Modern Workforce

Four Seasons Hotel, Baltimore
November 18-19, 2021

Exclusively for BMLI Alumnae

Once again, WICT is partnering with leading experts at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) to design an experiential program, rooted in data, to address topics most pertinent to BMLI alumnae. Leveraging the power of the BMLI community, facilitated discussions and group brainstorming will explore how to reimagine career and work as we emerge from the pandemic.

The program will address timely challenges, including:

  • Blending virtual and in-person work
  • Reconnecting as teams, functions and organizations
  • Transitioning family and lifestyle back to in-person or hybrid work arrangements
  • Fostering psychological safety
  • Enabling safe risk-taking and courageous vulnerability

Take a look at what past attendees have said about their BMGI experience:

  • “So many takeaways, both professionally and personally.”
  • “I have the same spark and warm feelings I had from my first time with BMLI. Thank you for helping me push the ‘reset’ button.”
  • “The session is a good recharge and a reminder of leadership concepts I can always benefit from hearing again.”

The 2021 program is scheduled to take place in person at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore. Alumnae are invited to join us for a reception with the current BMLI classes on the evening of Wednesday, November 17.
WICT Announces 2021 Rising Leaders

220 of the Industry’s Top Emerging Talent Chosen to Participate in
Immersive Leadership Development Program 

WICT recently announced the designees of the 2021 Rising Leaders Program (RLP), and we are excited to welcome a record number of 220 participants to the program this year. RLP provides the next generation of leaders with essential tools to enhance their skills and strengthen their companies as the workplace continues to evolve.

The top candidates were selected based on an established review process led by nearly 100 cable professionals, themselves alumnae of the program, who served on the 2021 Application Review Committee.

The following companies will each be represented in the 2021 Rising Leaders Program:

  • A+E Networks
  • AMC Networks
  • Armstrong
  • Charter Communications (including Spectrum Reach)
  • Comcast (including Comcast NBCUniversal, Effectv & Xfinity Mobile)
  • Cox Communications (including Cox Media)
  • Crown Media Family Networks
  • Disney & ESPN Media Networks
  • GCI
  • iconectiv
  • INSP
  • NBCUniversal
  • Showtime Networks
  • Sparklight
  • UPtv
  • ViacomCBS (Including CBS News, Nickelodeon & Paramount Pictures)
  • WarnerMedia (Including CNN, HBO & Turner Broadcasting)

Visit the WICT website for a complete list of participants, their biographies, and more information about the Rising Leaders Program.
WICT Announces #BeyondtheHashtag Series Expansion

WICT's Beyond the Hashtag series was established at the WICT Leadership Conference in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, which ignited a global campaign about the obstacles women encounter routinely in their professional lives. The series seeks to present real-world solutions by moving workplaces from dialog to action in an effort to build inclusive and equitable workplace cultures that end bias, bigotry and prejudice.

This year, WICT has partnered with the Walter Kaitz Foundation to make the series a regular offering to WICT members with at least two sessions annually led by subject matter experts; specifically, one during the WICT Leadership Conference and one online webinar. Cox Communications has signed on as the Exclusive Platinum Sponsor of the series.

"Social media campaigns promoting hashtags have become a global phenomenon and an indicator of our society’s collective hopes, demands, and aspirations. Our partnership with WICT on this timely initiative will serve to unearth some of the more essential trends that directly impact our industry. At the Walter Kaitz Foundation we are proud to support WICT and collaborate with Cox on this important initiative. We believe that the conversations it fosters will not only lead to necessary but lasting change,” said Michelle Ray, Executive Director, The Walter Kaitz Foundation.
“Now more than ever, we’re thinking about inclusion, diversity and equity in terms of goal-oriented and measurable action plans. This series will complement the industry’s work to build and maintain cultures of inclusion. Cox is delighted to sponsor the series, and see it expand thanks to WICT and the Walter Kaitz Foundation,” added Karen Bennett, EVP & Chief People Officer, Cox Communications.
Maria E. Brennan, CAE, WICT President & CEO, concluded, “In this age of social awareness, strong diversity and inclusion practices are a mandate for any company that hopes to recruit and retain the best talent. Our #BeyondTheHashtag learning series aims to help companies improve their DEI practices. With the support of our partners at the Walter Kaitz Foundation and Cox, WICT is thrilled to expand the program to a larger audience as we strive to reach beyond dialog to achieve measurable progress." 

Learn more about the series and view past session recordings on our website.
Recording Available:
Fireside Chat with Claire Wasserman, Author of Ladies Get Paid

Recorded Wednesday, March 17, 2021

As part of its celebration of Women's History Month, WICT hosted a virtual fireside chat 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 explored the different professional challenges women face in the workplace and provided strategies to combat them. From dealing with imposter syndrome to navigating office politics to negotiating salaries, the session highlighted tactics from Claire's new book, Ladies Get Paid, and provided 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.
WICT records all webinars for later access by members. This program is now available through our Online Learning Library, a member benefit that provides access to a wide variety of virtual learning opportunities you can tap into at your convenience.
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