In recognition of Women’s History Month, Altice USA (NYSE:ATUS) and its hyper-local news group News 12 Networks, hosted an open forum at the company’s Bethpage, NY theater to discuss women empowerment, leadership and closing the gender gap in the workplace and beyond.

The event was moderated by News 12 Long Island’s longtime and Emmy Award-winning news anchor Carol Silva with featured participants including Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, along with Altice USA’s EVP of Government & Community Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer, Lee Schroeder, and SVP of B2B Product Development and Marketing, Mirna Eusebio-Lithgow. More than 200 people attended the event on March 22, including Altice employees and dozens of local high school students from Bethpage High School, Freeport High School, Roosevelt High School and Westbury High School.

During the lively conversation, Curran, Singas, Schroeder and Eusebio-Lithgow shared learnings and commentary from their own experiences as women who have risen to positions of leadership in the world of politics and business. The women talked about their personal and career paths and provided inspiring thoughts with the high school students about the importance of speaking up, building confidence, being courageous and supporting each other during school years and into their careers. The discussion led to an energetic and powerful Q&A session with the students, followed by networking between the students, Curran, Singas and Silva.

“The critical issue of women and leadership presented a special opportunity for Altice USA and News 12 to bring together the community we serve on Long Island to spark dialogue and set a positive example for our future female leaders of the contributions women are making in this world,” said Lee Schroeder, Executive Vice President of Government & Community Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer for Altice USA. “We thank County Executive Curran and District Attorney Singas for participating in this important forum and sharing their personal experiences to help motivate and empower the female leaders of tomorrow.”

“I was proud to join Nassau County DA Madeline Singas and Altice Leadership in an empowering dialogue to celebrate Women’s History Month,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. “News 12’s Carol Silva led a fantastic and engaging program with local high school students to inspire confidence and courage in our next generation of women leaders.”

“I’m grateful to Altice and News 12 for hosting this important forum to inspire and engage the next generation of female leaders on Long Island,” District Attorney Singas said. “It was a privilege to participate alongside women who have distinguished themselves in business and government.”

The event was live-broadcasted on News 12 Long Island’s website and can be viewed here. This forum was one of many programs hosted by Altice USA in New York and across its national footprint in recognition of Women’s History Month.

About Altice USA

Altice USA (NYSE:ATUS) is one of the largest broadband communications and video services providers in the United States, delivering broadband, pay television, telephony services, Wi-Fi hotspot access, proprietary content and advertising services to approximately 4.9 million residential and business customers across 21 states through its Optimum and Suddenlink brands.