Executives Mark Your Calendars, Twice


Cablers will have another week-long series of industry events to attend next Spring, when Cable Positive and Women in Cable & Telecommunications meld their respective conferences and events together in New York.

Taking a cue from Diversity Week, Cable Positive will stage its annual fundraising dinner and WICT its annual three-day industry Leadership forum during the week of March 30 through April 2 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, said representatives from both organizations.

Other events scheduled during that week include a Horowitz Associates breakfast seminar and a WICT New York chapter "Wonder Women" luncheon, sponsored by Reed Business Information, the owner of Multichannel News.

Cable Positive president and CEO Steve Villano said the new set-up offers greater value and convenience to the organization's supporters.

WICT president Benita Fitzgerald Mosley said her group's three-day WICT Forum — which drew more than 325 attendees last June in Orlando, Fla. — will benefit from having major industry executives in town for the other events. "We can really take advantage of having the great executives that have either lived in New York or will take advantage of other events," she said.

National Cable & Telecommunications Association spokesman Rob Stoddard said that the move will make it easier for industry executives to attend events or forums that they might not have otherwise.

"We hear frequently from industry leaders that they would prefer to have events consolidated down into shorter time frames to make it easier to move in and out of these events and to do it at less expense," he said. "By staging the events together, it simply makes it easier for attendees to go to any one of those events or to consider participation in the other events as well."

Mosley said the spring cable gathering could be extended beyond 2004 if it's successful.

"We'll know before the event actually happens whether it's potentially good for everybody," she said. "We want to have an opportunity to capitalize in 2005 and beyond."