2018 WICT SoCal LEAs - Inspiring and Diverse
By popular opinion, the WICT LEAs were regarded as an inspiring and exceptional event. Not only did it highlight six terrific honorees, with different styles, backgrounds and stories, who all professed the importance of mentorship and strength in numbers for women, but it became a unique experience to most industry events - with beautifully produced videos of each honoree delving into their views on leadership and a surprise ending with the legendary Mary Wilson of The Supremes’s acapella performance of “Here’s to Life” which received a standing ovation.
Held at the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel, emcees, Emmy award winning TV hosts Erica Olsen, CBS Los Angeles, and Mark Steines, former Entertainment Tonight reporter who is cohosting the Tournament of Roses with Leeza Gibbons on New Year’s Day, kept the program light and entertaining.
Media industry leader, former Style Network President, Salaam Coleman Smith, kicked off the event by introducing former FCC Commissioner, Mignon Clyburn, who got the crowd going with a rousing sermon on the power of women, encouraging them to band together for gender parity, pledging to remain a champion – it became the Church of Mignon!
Next came lunch with what was perhaps the most delicious truffle mushroom risotto anyone ever tasted (lol, really!), which Mary Wilson even wove into her remarks.
Next came the presenters, all acclaimed industry leaders in their own right, whose remarks were so powerful, it felt like there could have been 12 honorees in the room from Colleen Dillaway, VP Government Affairs, COX CA, introducing WICT SoCal Board Member of the year, Linda Kavanagh, to senior FOX and industry leader, Mike Biard, who gave a gracious introduction of Jamia Bigalow, to David Crichlow, distinguished lawyer who traveled from New York to introduce his wife, head of Diversity and Inclusion for Charter, Rhonda Crichlow, and to Oxygen Programmer Cori Abraham presenting top E! programming honoree, Amy Introcaso-Davis. Sarah Harden, who runs Reese Witherspoon's production company, Hello Sunshine, brought both a great presenter and great colleagues from Otter Media and ATT to the event. Rounding out the presenters, Sandra Dewey, head of Operations at TNT/TBS introduced colleague and BFF, Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for TNT/TBS who had the crowd laughing and wanting more of her wit and wisdom, saying when she practiced with her 15-year-old daughter, her daughter said, “say what it really is, is queens supporting other queens!”