WICT Announces NBC’s TODAY Co-Host Hoda Kotb to Deliver Opening Keynote at 2015 Leadership Conference

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) today announced that Hoda
Kotb,
veteran journalist and author, will speak during the opening
general session of the 2015 WICT Leadership Conference on Monday,
September 28, at the New York Marriott Marquis. Kotb is the co-host of
the fourth hour of NBC’s TODAY.

“We are thrilled to have Hoda join us as WICT kicks off Diversity Week
with a focus on leadership and empowerment. Hoda is someone with a story
as powerful as her journalistic credentials,” said Maria E. Brennan,
CAE,
WICT President & CEO. “Her success at TODAY builds
on her remarkable career, and her insights on work and life will no
doubt be inspiring to our audience.”

The 2015 WICT Leadership Conference is a renowned leadership
development event for the cable industry. Taking place September 28-29
at the New York Marriott Marquis as part of Cable’s Diversity Week, the
conference includes interactive workshops, expert panels and
peer-to-peer networking opportunities. Speakers encompass a diverse
array of industry professionals alongside other business experts and
academic thought leaders. More information about the conference and the WICT
Touchstones Luncheon
may be found at www.wictconference.org

WICT gratefully recognizes the following sponsors of the 2015 Leadership
Conference: Platinum Sponsor Comcast NBCUniversal; Bronze Sponsor Suddenlink
Communications;
and Champion Sponsors HBO, Turner Broadcasting
System, Inc. and TV One.
We also gratefully acknowledge AMC
Networks
for their Premier Sponsorship of the 2015 WICT Touchstones
Luncheon.

About Hoda Kotb

Hoda Kotb is the co-host of the fourth hour of NBC’s TODAY
alongside Kathie Lee Gifford. Since the duo teamed up in 2008, the
Gifford-Kotb hour has been hailed as “appointment television” by Entertainment
Weekly
, “uproarious and irresistible” by People, and “TODAY’s
happy hour” by USA Today.

Since joining NBC in 1998, Kotb has served as a correspondent for Dateline.
She has covered a variety of domestic and international news stories, as
well as human-interest stories and features across all NBC News
platforms.

A New York Times bestselling author, Kotb has penned two books: Hoda:
How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer and Kathie Lee
and Ten
Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives
.
Her third book, Where They Belong will be released January 2016.
Kotb is a three-time Emmy winner, and she has also received two Gracie
Awards, a Peabody Award, and an Edward R. Murrow Award. As a 7-year
breast cancer survivor, Kotb is involved in several initiatives to raise
awareness about the disease. Kotb graduated from Virginia Tech
University with a Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism. She resides
in New York City.

About WICT

For over thirty-five 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 10,000 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. and Suddenlink
Communications
are WICT’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please
visit www.wict.org
or follow @WICT
on Twitter for more information.

Contacts

Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT)
Talton Gibson,
202-827-4782

tgibson@wict.org