In this issue: 

News from WICT HQ
  • Meet the 2021 WICT Global Board of Directors
  • Congratulations to 2020's Chapter Award Winners
  • Amanda Gorman inspires the nation with The Hill We Climb

Include WICT in Your 2021 Professional Development Plan
  • Deadline approaching for BMLI Applications
  • Waiting list open for April 2021 virtual program, EDS: Executive Leadership Presence

@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
WICT Announces 2021 Global Board of Directors

WICT proudly announced the members of its 2021 Global Board of Directors earlier this month.

Sandy Howe, technology executive and industry consultant, enters her second year as Board Chair. Marva Johnson, GVP, State Government Affairs (South) of Charter Communications, enters her final term as Immediate Past Chair.

Karen Buchholz, EVP, Administration, Comcast and Alaka Williams, SVP, Human Resources – U.S. Networks, Discovery, Inc., rose to the Executive Committee and will serve as the Governance Committee Chair and Industry Relations Committee Chair, respectively. New At-Large Members of the Board of Directors are: Crystal Barnes, SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility, ViacomCBS; Laura Gentile, SVP, Marketing & Social Media, ESPN; Grace Ho, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Liberty Global; and Tina Simmons, SVP, Human Resources, Comcast Cable-Central Division.

The WICT Global Board is a subset of WICT’s 10,500 members. Each board leader brings their deep industry experience and astute business perspectives to ensure WICT remains on the forefront of the ever-evolving media landscape.

“It is a great honor to continue to serve as WICT’s Board Chair,” Sandy Howe said. “As we leave behind an unprecedented, difficult year and look forward to 2021, I am proud to help lead an organization that constantly innovates and pivots while championing gender diversity and leadership development opportunities.”

Meet all the esteemed members of the WICT Global Board of Directors below, and read their bios here.

2021 WICT Global Board of Directors 

Executive Committee

  • Sandy Howe, Technology Executive, Chair
  • Marva Johnson, GVP, State Government Affairs (South), Charter Communications, Immediate Past Chair
  • Jen Neal, EVP, Live Events, Specials and E! News, E! Entertainment, Treasurer
  • Karen Buchholz, EVP, Administration, Comcast, Governance Committee Chair
  • Justin Connolly, President, Disney Platform Distribution, The Walt Disney Company, Development Committee Chair
  • Michelle Rice, President, TV One & CLEO TV, Chapter Development Committee Chair
  • Alaka Williams, SVP, People & Culture – U.S. Networks, Discovery, Inc., Industry Relations Committee Chair
  • Catherine Bohigian, EVP, Government Affairs, Charter Communications, Strategic Planning Committee Co-Chair
  • Leigh Woisard, SVP, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Cox Communications, Strategic Planning Committee Co-Chair
  • Maria E. Brennan, CAE, WICT, President & CEO/Ex Officio


  • Julie Agnew, Executive Director, Construction & Delivery, Network Expansion, Virgin Media, Chapter Leader Designee
  • Crystal Barnes, SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental, Social and Governance Strategy & Reporting, ViacomCBS
  • Karen Bennett, EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Cox Communications
  • Morgan Bondon, Vice President, Sales, Cisco
  • Rhonda Crichlow, SVP & Chief Diversity Officer, Charter Communications
  • Johnita Due, SVP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, WarnerMedia News & Sports
  • Carmela Fournier, Executive Director, Data Platform, Comcast Advertising, Emerging Leader Designee
  • Jodi Friedman, Account Vice President, Business Services, CommScope
  • Laura Gentile, SVP, Marketing & Social Media, ESPN
  • Orlando Hampton, General Manager, USA, Afiniti
  • Jonica Hartman, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Spectrum Reach, Emerging Leader Designee
  • Grace Ho, Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, Liberty Global
  • Georgia Juvelis, EVP, Corporate Communications, AMC Networks
  • Sloan Kennedy, Vice President, Partnership Management, WarnerMedia
  • Lee Schroeder, EVP, Government & Community Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer, Altice USA
  • Peri Shamsai, Managing Director, Accenture
  • Tina Simmons, SVP, Human Resources, Comcast Cable-Central Division
  • Michelle Strong, SVP, Content Distribution, A+E Networks
WICT's chapter awards measure important aspects of its Model Chapter Business Plan (MCBP), and chapters earn points for performance that meets or exceeds guidelines laid out in the MCBP. WICT presents the Chapter of the Year award to the top performing chapter(s) as measured by MCBP scores in areas such as programming, marketing and communications, governance and membership. For 2020, the WICT Europe, Greater Philadelphia and Southeast Chapters earned the most possible points and received the Chapter of the Year award.

WICT also recognized the Chapter President of the Year, WICT Southeast’s Renita Griskel, Director, Emerging Media Content, Discovery, Inc.; and the Chapter Advisor of the Year, WICT New England’s Lori LeBas, SVP, Business Operations, Disney Media Distribution.

“Our chapters serve an integral role in achieving our mission of developing women leaders,” said Hassana Howe, WICT Global’s VP, Member and Chapter Development. “In the face of a pandemic, their dedication never wavered as they pivoted from in-person programs to virtual events. It has been inspiring to witness, and it helped our WICT community tremendously.”

Click here to view the full list of honorees and salute their commitment to excellence.
Amanda Gorman: Author, Poet & Role Model

On January 20, 2021, Amanda Gorman became the youngest poet, at age 22, to deliver a reading at a presidential inauguration. WICT salutes Amanda, America's first-ever Youth Poet Laureate, for her message of unity delivered via her poem, The Hill We Climb. 

Some of you may recall that Amanda opened WICT's 2020 Leadership Conference last fall, inspiring us with her words of wisdom. Click the image below to listen to her full poem from the conference.
Important Deadlines Approaching for BMLI Applications

HR Approval Forms Due Tuesday, February 2;
Completed Applications Due Thursday, February 18

Applications for BMLI Classes 44 and 45 are now being accepted, and deadlines for submission are quickly approaching.


  • Click here to download the HR Approval form. Please submit your HR Approval form to by Tuesday, February 2, 2021. 
  • Click here to download a version of the BMLI Application in Microsoft Word. (NOTE: This form is only intended to be a guide to developing your answers–the actual application must be submitted using our online system). Your application must be submitted using our online system by 1:00 pm (Eastern) on Thursday, February 18, 2021. 
EDS: Executive Leadership Presence

Registration full; waiting list now open

April 6-9, 2021
1:00 - 5:00 pm (Eastern) Each Day
Virtual Program

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 professional women to inspire confidence, engage and influence others, and maintain productivity while increasing visibility and career mobility.

This virtual program introduces participants to a unique framework and toolkit of 12 specific attributes, skills and thought processes that work together to help them build the knowledge and expertise needed to:

  • Project strong executive presence;
  • Create powerful, high-impact first impressions;
  • Project your power and presence through vocal and verbal command;
  • Promote your economic impact; and
  • Build and maintain a reputation for strong executive presence and a value-based leadership brand.

Finally, participants practice bringing all elements together by recording themselves delivering an Emotionally Intelligent POV mock presentation and then receiving feedback from their peers and our professional coaches.

Registration is currently full, however seats may open up as the program approaches. Click the button below to place your name on the waiting list and reserve your place in line.
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