The annual Walter Kaitz Foundation Fund-Raising Dinner is the centerpiece of
the industry's annual Diversity Week festivities, but it certainly isn't the
only cable-related event occurring in New York this week.
The National Association for Minorities in Communications, Women in Cable and
Telecommunications, the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing
and Paul Kagan Associates Inc. will all hold conferences or events during the
week, focused predominantly on the industry's efforts to increase diversity
throughout its employment ranks, as well as through its programming and
While many of these same events were canceled last year due to the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, most organizations expect
respective attendance figures to remain on par with previous years.
The Kaitz Foundation, for example, has already raised $1.4 million through
ticket sales for its Sept. 25 event, which this year honors Comcast Corp.
president Brian Roberts.
NAMIC is also expecting to near last year's 400-attendee count for its Sept.
23 and 24 conference, dubbed, 'The Digital Connection: Creating a World Without
Boundaries,' organization executives said.
Meanwhile, CTAM's New York chapter said it has already sold out the 350
tickets allotted for its Sept. 25 breakfast, 'Today's Broadband Tightrope:
Balancing Customers, Technology and Cashflow' at the New York Marriott.
A full house is also anticipated at WICT's Sept. 25 Executive Women's
Luncheon saluting 'Female Risk Takers.'
Other events slated for Diversity Week include a Sept. 24 and 25 Kagan
Broadband Technology Summit at the Regency Hotel and a Sept. 29 and 30 Forrester
Research Inc. conference on 'Television's On-Demand Transformation' held at the
Millenium Broadway Hotel.