Women in Cable is founded at the Western Cable Show in Anaheim, Calif., by a group of women building a networking base in an industry dominated by men.
WIC holds its first Accolades Breakfast to honor companies within the industry that address women’s issues in programming and in the professional working environment.
The first WIC professional education course takes place in Philadelphia. It offers training not available to many professionals and opens the door to the relationship between WIC and the University of Denver, which continues today through case study work featured at the WICT Forum.
The first National Management Conference takes place.
The WIC Foundation is established to address long-range work force productivity trends and issues that have an impact on the cable industry. The foundation serves as a catalyst for change through research, development and awareness efforts.
WIC and the University of Denver Center for Management Development jointly create the Certificate in Cable Management program, which later becomes the Management Education series.
The first Executive Development Seminar is held as a way to help women advance in the cable industry.
WIC holds its first Leadership Conference, in which national and chapter leaders come together to promote skills for chapter management, recruitment, programming, fiscal responsibility and leadership.
The Past President’s Council is formed to meet the needs of top women in the industry. This program offers meetings on a variety of political and advocacy topics.
WIC headquarters opens in Chicago. Full-time staff is hired.
The Betsy Magness Leadership Institute is formed to provide a year-long program of direct feedback, personal development and industry involvement for women at senior- and upper-middle-management levels.
WIC membership reaches 2,000.
Women in Cable changes its name to Women in Cable & Telecommunications to reflect the convergence of the cable and telecommunications industries.
WICT membership tops 3,000.
The first sold-out Accolades Breakfast takes place, selling more than 750 tickets.
WICT hires its first full-time paid president, Olympic gold medalist and former U.S. Olympic Committee VP Benita Mosley. Membership tops 4,000.
WICT headquarters moves from Chicago to Chantilly, Va., near Washington.
WICT unveils its Touchstones of Leadership-seven attributes that will drive much of the association’s course of work in programming, development, recruitment and research.
The WICT Foundation unveils the PAR Initiative, a groundbreaking advocacy program that measures and supports pay equity for the sexes, advancement opportunities for women and resources for work/life support. Cox Communications and The Weather Channel are named best operator and best programmer, respectively, for women in cable.
WICT partners with Cable Positive and Horowitz Associates, with the New York WICT chapter leading the way, to create Cable’s Spring Break Week, an industry effort to consolidate the events of each organization into one week in New York. n
History and photos courtesy of Women in Cable & Telecommunications.