WICT Washington, DC/Baltimore Chapter Applauds Leaders Empowering Others Locally to Succeed

Honorees to Be Recognized at Annual PowerBrokers Event October 4

Eight powerful and effective leaders, who are making their mark on the cable telecommunications industry and in public policy, will be honored on Friday, October 4, 2019 with Touchstones of Leadership Awards. The awards will be presented during the annual PowerBrokers Breakfast sponsored by the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Washington, DC/Baltimore Chapter, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

The PowerBrokers Breakfast recognizes annual Touchstones of Leadership Awards honorees with the aim of raising awareness about women’s impactful contributions at the regional and local level of the cable telecommunications industry. ABC News Live anchor and correspondent, industry veteran and role model, Kimberly Brooks, will keynote the 2019 breakfast with musical talent performed by local area pianist, jazz artist and composer, Ellington Carthan. The 2019 Touchstones of Leadership Award honorees include:

Geraldine B. Laybourne Fearless Award:

Michelle Rice

General Manager

TV One and Cleo TV

Inspire Award:

Jana D. Fay

Vice President of Finance


Communicate Award:

Janet Uthman

Vice President, Inclusion and Multicultural Marketing

Comcast Northeast Division

Connect Award:

Brad Surdam

Vice President, Engineering

Comcast’s Beltway Region

Know Yourself Award:

Michelle A. Ray

Executive Director

The Walter Kaitz Foundation

Catalyst Award:

Lesli Rotenberg

Chief Programming Executive and General Manager Children’s Media and Education


Listen Award:

Vonya Alleyne

Vice President, Human Resources

Cox Communication, Virginia

Glenn Britt Emerging Leader Award:

Karen Greenfield

Senior Vice President of Business & Production Operations


National Geographic Partners

In addition, this year’s 2019 Touchstone Award for Outstanding Public Service was awarded to The Hon. Michael O’Rielly, Commissioner, U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

Outstanding Public Service Award:

Michael O’Rielly


U.S. Federal Communications Commission

The WICT Washington, DC/Baltimore Chapter’s Touchstones of Leadership Awards are dedicated to the WICT Touchstones of Leadership, which serve as a compass along the path of strategic and effective leadership development. The Touchstones are:

  • Know Yourself. Know what you stand for. Know where you’re going.
  • Communicate. With passion and poise. In writing and in person.
  • Listen. With more than just your ears.
  • Connect. To your peers, your industry, and everything around you.
  • Be a Catalyst. Raise standards, promote respect. Set the wheels of change in motion.
  • Be Fearless. Be confident in your convictions as you take risks and bring others along.
  • Inspire. And others will follow.

The 2019 PowerBrokers Breakfast begins at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, October 4, with a coffee reception followed by breakfast and the awards program. The event will be held at the National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, 13th Floor, in Washington, DC. More information about the event, and a link to sponsor tables or purchase tickets, is available here: https://www.wictdcbalt.org/powerbrokers/.

For Media Inquiries:

Dana Fragnoli-Piteo

Marketing & Communications Chair

2019 WICT Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter



Crystal Diane Byrd

PowerBrokers Chair

2019 WICT Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter



LaTanya Butler

PowerBrokers Co-Chair

2019 WICT Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter



About WICT

WICT is a global organization whose mission is to create women leaders who transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B network that helps advance women.

For 40 years, WICT has partnered with cable and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,500 members strong, WICT is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in cable media. Charter Communications and Comcast NBCUniversal are WICT’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICTHQ on Twitter for more information. Information about the WICT Washington, DC / Baltimore Chapter is available at https://www.wictdcbalt.org/, and on Twitter @WICTDCBALT.

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