Women in Cable Telecommunications Hosts Marina Levchenko, Senior Official for the Russian Olympic Committee

Sep 06, 2012, 10:59 ET from Women in Cable Telecommunications

"Women in Leadership" Panel Kicks Off Global Sports Mentoring Program

International Program a Collaborative Effort Between espnW, U.S. Department of State, University of Tennessee

CHANTILLY, Va., Sept. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) will serve as one of 17 organizations mentoring an international emerging woman leader, connecting each mentee with leading American women executives in sports-related fields for a three-week mentorship in the United States. The emerging leaders hail from Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Macedonia, Nigeria, the Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Tajikistan, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

WICT will host its mentee, Marina Levchenko, for three weeks in September. Levchenko, a Senior Official for the Russian Olympic Committee, will join WICT for its annual Leadership Conference in New York. In addition to business leadership exposure, as part of her mentorship, Marina will be paired with several WICT members whose companies have a specific focus on sports programming.

The Global Sports Mentoring Program is part of the State Department's larger "Empowering Women and Girls Through Sports Initiative," which aims to increase the number of women and girls who participate in sports worldwide. The program is a collaboration between espnW, the Department of State, and the University of Tennessee's Center for Sport, Peace, and Society. The mentorship was developed in response to growing evidence that women and girls who play sports are increasingly likely to excel not only on the playing field, but also in life. More information about the program may be found online at http://exchanges.state.gov/womeninsports/.

The Mentoring Program officially begins today, September 6, with a panel discussion that will address "Women in Leadership." Panelists will discuss their views on women's leadership and share insights into their own career journeys. WICT's own Maria E. Brennan, CAE, is a featured panelist, along with Assistant Secretary of State Ann Stock, Dr. Sarah Hillyer from the University of Tennessee, and Laura Gentile from espnW.

About WICT
For over thirty years, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) has partnered with cable and telecommunications leaders to provide professional development programs, research and services that help advance women in cable media. With over 9,000 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the cable and telecommunications industry. Comcast/NBCUniversal, Time Warner Cable, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., AMC Networks/WE tv and Suddenlink Communications are WICT's Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information.

WICT Contact:
Talton Gibson


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