Washington, DC – September 17, 2015 – Char Beales, who for more than two decades led industry-wide collaboration on cable marketing activities as President and CEO of the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), will provide keynote remarks for the PowerBrokers Breakfast of the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Washington, D.C. / Baltimore Chapter on October 6.  Beales currently chairs the Advisory Board for the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University.

In addition, Grace Koh, Counsel, Committee on Energy & Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives, will be honored with the Touchstones of Leadership Public Policy Award, at the event.

The PowerBrokers Breakfast, the flagship function of the WICT Washington, D.C. / Baltimore Chapter, recognizes annual Touchstones of Leadership Awards honorees with the aim of raising awareness about women’s powerful contributions at the local level of the cable industry, and in public policy.  In addition to the Public Policy honoree, the Touchstones of Leadership Awards will recognize five other women executives who are making their mark on the cable and telecommunications industry in the mid-Atlantic region.

Maria Brennan, President & CEO of the 10,000-member WICT national organization, will offer welcome and opening remarks at the PowerBrokers Breakfast.  And for the second consecutive year, the breakfast event will be emceed by Travel Channel host, travel expert, and great escape artist, Samantha Brown.

Char Beales Keynote

“Char Beales has been a leader, mentor, and inspiration to many women in our industry,” said Jane Quilter, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, BET, and chair of the 2015 PowerBrokers event.  “From the early days of WICT through to her service today to faculty, staff, and students at GWU, Char has prospered and grown in dynamic times of immense change. We’re eager to welcome her to PowerBrokers and hear her thoughts on women’s leadership.”

In addition to her service to The George Washington University and her longtime leadership of CTAM, Beales previously worked as Vice President of Program Development at COMSAT; Vice President of Programming and Marketing for the then-National Cable Television Association (NCTA); and as a director and media buyer for broadcast television stations and advertising agencies.  Currently she also serves on the Board of Directors of CTAM Europe.

Public Policy Award Honoree, Grace Koh

The 2015 Touchstones of Leadership honoree for Public Policy, Grace Koh, is a veteran expert at the nexus of public policy, business, and technology.  As counsel on the Subcommittee on Communications & Technology, she advises members and staff on communications policy issues and most recently helped shepherd the landmark communications policy STELA Reauthorization Act through Congress. Prior to her work in the U.S. House of Representatives, she served as Policy Counsel for Cox Enterprises, the parent company of cable powerhouse Cox Communications and as an associate at the law firm Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. She came to the law and public policy after several years of work in New York in the dot com industry.

“Grace’s work is an inspiration to many women who aspire to careers in telecommunications and policy.  We’re pleased to honor her for her years of fine service to Congress and the public, her commitment to and knowledge of telecommunications issues, her advocacy on behalf of our own industry during her time at Cox Enterprises, and the experience and insight she has gained throughout the course of her career, both within and outside of government,” Quilter said.

The 2015 PowerBrokers Breakfast begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 6, followed by breakfast and the awards program. The event will be held in the Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center located at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, in Washington, D.C. Registration details, ticket fees, and additional information are available at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/powerbrokers-awards-breakfast-tickets-17528798107.

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