The 2018 Summer Conference is no different with students poised to descend upon New York University’s Kimmel Center on June 24-27 where they will hear from leading industry executives, participate in networking events, and exchange with alumni and much more.
Supported, in part, through grants from the Walter Kaitz Foundation, the Emma L. Bowden Foundation recruits promising students of color and places them in multi-year paid internships at some of the nation’s leading media and technology companies seeking to develop a pipeline of young talent and emerging leaders.
Over its 26-year history, the Emma L. Bowen Foundation has provided internships for almost 800 students of color while continuing its work of advocacy, developing best practices in diverse hiring, highlighting retention and advancement strategies.
The Martha Soehren Women Veterans Fellowship was named in honor of one of the cable industry’s most influential learning leaders, Dr. Martha Soehren, who currently serves as the Immediate Past Chair of WICT’s Global Board of Directors. Martha is also the chief talent officer and senior vice president at Comcast University and Comcast Cable where her career also covers 17 years in the telecommunications industry, 25 years in the defense industry and 13 years as an adjunct professor and research and academic advisor.
Designed to support career development and advancement for high potential women veterans employed by a cable company, the Fellowship enables recipients to experience the strength of WICT’s robust educational programs and strong professional network. The Fellowship is a one-year award that includes WICT membership and a fully funded scholarship to the WICT Leadership Conference in addition to other select programs offered by WICT. The fellowship is underwritten by WICT’s Leadership Endowment Fund, which was established in 1989 as an opportunity for WICT to give back to the industry in meaningful ways.
The two recipients named to the prestigious Fellowship on May 15, 2018, are: Judy Alsip, Senior Manager, Video on Demand Planning & Implementation, Charter Communications and Rose Roth, Senior Director, Business Operations, Comcast. Due to the overwhelming support for these two candidates, the selection committee was compelled to named two winners, rather than the one called for at the time of nomination.
Alsip, who has thrived in the industry for over 14 years, is a veteran of the United States Army where she served in the Gulf War. She manages the team that plans, coordinates and executes upgrades and maintenance on the Video on Demand platforms which maintains this product at the cutting edge of technology.
Roth served six years in the U.S. Air Force as an audio-visual specialist where she was stationed at Edwards Air Force Base in California. In her role as senior director of Operations for Comcast in the West Division she ensures that Comcast maintains high standards around the customer experience which are aligned to deliver the best operational experience possible for its mid-market segment of customers.
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