If it's January, it must be time for Wonder Women.
We're proud that our annual tribute to outstanding achievement by women in cable has already become, after only three years, an industry institution—— as anyone who attended last year's luncheon at Tavern on the Green (especially those who had trouble finding a seat) can attest.
And it's particularly auspicious that, in its fourth year, Wonder Women moves to Multichannel News, providing an even larger platform from which to recognize the accomplishments of this year's honorees.
Which is all the more appropriate, considering their varied backgrounds and exceptional achievements over the past year. This year's Wonder Women include programmers, marketers, operations and technology supervisors, an international dealmaker and the truly wondrous woman who somehow pulls the industry's annual convention together.
What have they done?
Thanks in no small part to Nicole Browning, MTV Networks' distribution is the gold standard for the industry; Abbe Raven has helped put The History Channel on the map; Pamela Thomas-Graham leads the top business news network; and Home Box Office's Sheila Nevins is synonymous with HBO's prestigious programming. Marketing veteran Chris Moseley, who was responsible for so much of Discovery Networks' brand identity, is now getting the Hallmark Channel noticed. And our two operators, Jill Campbell and Susan Marshall, are helping to lead Cox Communications Inc. and AT&T Broadband, respectively, into the new era of new services——with a helping hand from Scientific-Atlanta Inc.'s Sherita Ceasar. And Miranda Curtis and Barbara York have two of the more intriguing jobs in cable: the former is a global troubleshooter for John Malone and the latter makes the National Show happen for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.
The good news is that so many women are doing so well in so many high-level jobs. The bad news is that there's still a long way to go before women are paid equally and represented proportionally at the executive level. Recent surveys by Women in Cable & Telecommunications confirm both the progress and the remaining challenges for women in the industry.
Last year, nearly 40 percent of WICT's members cited lack of access to high-visibility projects or professional development as the major impediment to success. That situation clearly has to change.
Perhaps, then, it's particularly fortunate that the visibility of the Wonder Women awards has increased so dramatically over the past few years. The tribute you're now holding in your hands won't get women into meetings they should be in but aren't, but it will, hopefully, prove to be inspirational.
As will this year's annual luncheon at The Plaza Hotel in New York on April 25——where everyone will have a good seat.
See you there.