WICT UK Chapter Hosts First Educational Forum: Leadership Lessons from the
January 22 Event Will Take Place at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London
WASHINGTON -- January 21, 2014
As part of a strategic initiative to further its mission and expand its
resources to more women, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) will hold
its first UK Chapter educational forum in London at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde
Park on January 22 at 11:30 a.m.
WICT has been working with its partners to lay the groundwork for its first
international chapter, WICT UK. This work culminates with the January 22
event, featuring leadership lessons from industry experts Amy M. Blair
(moderator), Chief Human Resources Officer, Liberty Global; Miranda Curtis
(panelist), Director, Liberty Global; Dana M. Strong (panelist), Chief
Operating Officer, Virgin Media; and WICT President & CEO, Maria E. Brennan,
CAE (panelist). In addition to the leadership panel, participants will learn
more about WICT and the value of membership while engaging with other industry
"WICT is dedicated to developing women leaders, and we are excited to expand
offerings globally," said Maria E. Brennan, CAE, WICT President & CEO. "We are
grateful to our sponsors, Discovery Communications, Scripps Networks
Interactive, and Liberty Global, as well as our working group, for their
support of WICT UK and this event."
The UK Chapter is WICT's first international expansion, adding to 19 domestic
About the industry experts:
Amy M. Blair is Chief Human Resources Officer of Liberty Global. Ms. Blair was
appointed to this position in June 2005 upon the combination of Liberty Media
International, Inc. and UnitedGlobalCom, Inc. (UGC). In this capacity, Ms.
Blair is responsible for developing and implementing policies and programs
which address employment and retention, compensation and benefits,
organizational structure, performance management, training and development,
and compliance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Ms. Blair is an
executive officer of Liberty Global and sits on the company's Executive
Miranda Curtis has served as a Board Director of Liberty Global plc since June
2010. Previously Ms. Curtis was President of Liberty Global Japan, and prior
to the combination of Liberty Media and UGC in 2005 she served as President of
Liberty Media International. Ms. Curtis has accumulated over 25 years'
experience in the global cable industry in her capacity as an executive
officer of Liberty and its predecessors, and has led the creation and
development of both content and network distribution businesses across Asia
and Continental Europe. She is also a veteran of UK cable, having originally
helped launch the industry in this country in the late 1980s.
Dana M. Strong joined Virgin Media as Chief Operating Officer in July 2013
after two years as Managing Director of UPC Ireland, overseeing that
operation's strong growth, improved customer satisfaction, and a successful
track record of product innovation. Ms. Strong also serves as the elected
Chairman of the Telecommunication and Internet Federation in Ireland. Before
joining UPC Ireland, Ms. Strong served as the Chief Operating Officer of
AUSTAR Communications in Australia for Liberty Global.
Maria E. Brennan is the President & CEO of Women in Cable Telecommunications
(WICT). Prior to joining WICT, Ms. Brennan served as the President of American
Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) and has worked with numerous
diversity-based nonprofits. As the public voice of WICT, Ms. Brennan is an
experienced spokesperson and advocate for both media industry and workplace
equity issues. Ms. Brennan was named among CableFAX's list of Most Powerful
Women in Cable from 2010 to 2013. She serves on the Women's Leadership Board
at Harvard University and is serving her fourth term on the FCC's Diversity
For thirty-five years, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) has partnered
with cable and telecommunications leaders to provide professional development
programs, research and services that help advance women in cable media. With
nearly 10,000 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association
serving women in the cable and telecommunications industry.
Comcast|NBCUniversal, Time Warner Cable, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and
Suddenlink Communications are WICT's Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please
visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information.
Talton Gibson, 202-827-4782
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