Maria Brennan

Brennan and the WICT board have taken steps to ensure the organization continues to advance its mission during this evolutionary time in the industry. She regularly emphasizes WICT’s responsibility to keep data points on the business case for gender diversity and inclusion front and center. “Because the cable industry allows WICT and NAMIC to measure diversity within its workforces,” she says, “we are truly a groundbreaking industry.”

Do you see any potential backlash to the #MeToo/Time’s Up movements?
Like any movement before it, we cannot get from here to there without breaking a few dishes. (Pun intended.) Education and dialog are key, so too is common sense. We don’t want women isolated or left behind in the workplace out of fear of this movement—a movement that is, at its core, simply trying to clearly define acceptable norms and put an end to unacceptable behavior.

What’s a recent example of a step forward for women in the media industry?
Because the cable industry allows WICT and NAMIC to measure diversity within its workforces, we are truly a groundbreaking industry. Through our most recent survey, we know that women at top levels of leadership in companies is higher than ever before, reaching 38%. If our industry can raise the percentages at the same rate of growth, women may see parity with men within the next four PAR Surveys. How cool is that?!

If there were a reality show based on your office, what would it be called?
It’s a toss-up between “Keeping Up With the Little Engine That Could” and “Survivor: Sister, Sister Edition.”

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