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WICT Names Betsy Magness Fellows

Women in Cable Telecommunications Monday announced the members of Class XVIII and Class XIX of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute, the organization’s 15-year-old executive leadership program.

BMLI provides intensive, yearlong leadership training geared to increasing the presence of women among the industry’s executive ranks. More than 430 women have graduated from the Institute since its inception in 1993.

Members of Class XVIII of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute include:

Friday Abernethy, Vice President - Field Operations, MTV Networks

Shannon Cassidy, Executive Director, Leadership Coach, bridge between, inc.

Rebecca R. Cianci, Director - Regional Programming Greater Chicago Region, Comcast- NorthCentral Division

Diana Clark-Baty, Senior Vice President & General Manager, BET Interactive

Bonnie Cleaver, Senior Director - Strategic Initiatives, Comcast Media Center

Marsha J. Conaway, Regional Vice President Human Resources Midwest Region, Time Warner Cable

Nancy Crawford,Director - Human Resources, North Puget Sound Area, Comcast Cable

Laura Dames, Senior Vice President, TNT, TBS and TCM Marketing Operations

Rosalyn Durant, Vice President and General Manager - ESPNU , ESPN, Inc.

Laura Fleury, Vice President - Non-Fiction and Alternative Programming, A&E Television Networks

Michele Golden, Vice President - Talent Management, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Liza M. Grier, Vice President - Administration, Insight Communications

Kellie W. Grutko, Vice President - Marketing, Comcast Spotlight

Susan Leigh, Vice President Ad Sales - GAC, Scripps Networks Interactive

Sonya Lockett, Vice President - Public Affairs, BET Networks

Deborah Lucas, Vice President Solution Initiation and Management, Comcast Cable

Charlon McIntosh, Senior Director - Customer Care, Comcast Cable Communications, Inc.

Catherine Mitchell, Vice President - Field Service, Cox Communications, Inc.

Heidi Newman, Senior Vice President - National Accounts, TV Networks Distribution, NBC Universal

Stefanie Nimick, Senior Vice President - Distribution, Rainbow Network Sales, Rainbow Media Holdings LLC

Abigail Pfeiffer, Vice President, Human Resources-Operations, Charter Communications

Betsy Rella, Vice President - Research, Lifetime Networks

Cinnamon Rogers, Vice President & Legislative Counsel - Government Relations, National Cable & Telecommunications Association

Laurie Root, Vice President - Education & Program Development, Women in Cable Telecommunications

Amy Skiff, Senior Director - BASS Marketing, ESPN

Charlotte Strong, Director - Technical Operations, Time Warner Cable Southwest Division

Sue Wante, Area Vice President - Metro Boston East Area, Comcast

Members of Class XIX of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute are:

Susan Adams, Senior Vice President - Engineering & Technical Operations, Comcast North Central Division

Jennifer Bergman, Vice President - Business Operations Kansas & Arkansas, Cox Communications, Inc.

Dianne Blackwood, Regional Vice President - Customer Care, TWC Carolina Region

Karen Broach, Division President, Bright House Networks

Lauren Cassidy, Creative Director - Special Projects, Rainbow Media Holdings LLC

Sherita Ceasar, Vice President Product Engineering, Comcast

Katrina Cukaj, Vice President CNN Sales, Turner Broadcasting Sales Inc.

Ardella Darst, Vice President - Human Resources, Comcast

Sharon T. Desmond, Senior Vice President - Finance & Business Operations, Business Unit, Marketing & Product Development, Comcast Cable

Nell DeVane, Associate General Counsel, ESPN, Inc.

Dianne E. Earley, Vice President, General Manager, Cox Media--Northern Virginia

Vickie Fiala, Vice President Operations Planning, Time Warner Cable

Elisa Freeman, Vice President - Domestic Distribution, Discovery Communications

Linda Hossinger, Senior Vice President - Three Rivers Region, Comcast

Tricia Hulse, Vice President - TV Networks Distribution, NBC Universal

Marcia Keegan, Vice President - Content Integration & Strategic Planning, ESPN

Jennifer Kranz, Vice President - Advertising and Branding, WE tv

Elena Laskin, Assistant General Counsel, Comcast Interactive Media, LLC

Carla Lewis-Long, Senior Vice President - Affiliate Sales, AmericanLife TV Network

Sheri Gates McGaughy, Senior Counsel, The Weather Channel Companies

Mary R. Meier, Senior Vice President - Marketing, Suddenlink Communications

Donna Northington, Vice President Strategic Planning, Turner Broadcasting Corporation

Shari Pace, Vice President - Licensing and Merchandising, The Weather Channel

Mimi Thigpen, Senior Vice President - Strategy, Cox Communications

Susie Tomenchok, Senior Director - Content Services, Comcast Media Center

Lisa Washa, Vice President & General Manager, Charter Communications

Brucetta M. Williams, Vice President - Off-Channel Marketing & Promotions, BET Networks

The 2008 Betsy Magness Leadership Institute is presented by WE tv.