Oxygen, 'MCN,' WICT Announce Coe Award

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Oxygen Media, in partnership with Multichannel News
and Women in Cable & Telecommunications, has created an annual Bernice Coe Award to encourage future female leaders in the cable industry by recognizing young women with exceptional leadership skills.

Named for Bernice Coe Stavis, the award provides the recipient with a full grant to the WICT Forum 2002 leadership event, to be held in Denver from Wednesday, July 31, through Friday, Aug. 2.

Candidates are nominated by senior-level executives, who must provide one to two paragraphs that describe the candidate's leadership skills. Nominations must demonstrate how the candidate will influence the future of the cable and telecommunications industry.

A panel of judges from Oxygen, Multichannel News
and WICT will select the winner.

All nominations must be received by Friday, June 7, and the winner will be notified on Monday, June 17. More information on criteria and ways to submit nominations is at WICT's Web site (www.WICT.com/wictforum).

Bernice Coe Stavis was a member of the first governing board of WICT. One of the first women to head an independent film-distribution company, she supplied product to launch cable networks, including Nickelodeon and Discovery Channel.

She served as a mentor to two generations of women executives who became leaders in broadcast and cable television, including Oxygen co-founder Geraldine Laybourne.

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