The WICT Network: Midwest 2022 Spirit of the Midwest Award

This award recognizes an industry woman who has made significant contributions to the cable and telecommunications industry throughout her career, serves as a mentor and role model for others, exhibits leadership qualities that have made a difference in her organization, is a risk taker and a groundbreaker, and inspires others.  This woman is highly regarded by her peers and teammates for career accomplishments and quality of work-life balance.


  • Recipient will have been in the industry for at least ten years.
  • Holds a management/leadership position within her organization.
  • Must exhibit the Touchstones of Leadership – Know Yourself, Communicate, Listen, Be a Catalyst, Be Fearless, and Inspire.

Congratulations, Patsy Baldes!

Patsy Baldes










Patsy Baldes has been with Charter Communications since 2002 and currently serves as Group Vice President of External Reporting and Accounting Policy. In this role, Patsy oversees the preparation of external financial reports, consolidation of financial information and partners with management on the application of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and internal controls over financial reporting (ICFR). She also partners with the programming acquisition group to review contracts and apply appropriate GAAP to transactions with cable networks and broadcasters and oversees the accounting and processing of payments for programming contracts.

Patsy began her career in 1994 in public accounting with Arthur Andersen LLP where she served in the audit practice with a focus on public companies in the telecommunications and manufacturing industries. Patsy is a CPA and earned her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois-Urbana.

Patsy is very involved with and serves on the board of directors of St. Francis Community Services, an organization that helps thousands of poor and vulnerable individuals each year in the St. Louis, Missouri area. She lives in Florissant, Missouri with her husband, Dale, her four children, Garrett, Gavin, Jacob and Rachel and two cats. She is frequently found poolside watching her kids swim or play water polo.

What her nominator has to say about Patsy

Lisa Neuwirth
Sr. Dir. ERP Strategic Readiness Charter Communications

“Patsy is a true leader. She has a desire to learn, to engage in new and challenging experiences and welcomes feedback. She recognizes the power others have in her life. She exerts influence and shares back what she has learned from people and experiences to help others develop and grow. She is bold, but not selfish. She knows who she is and uses her resources to easily navigate uncertain situations. She is collaborative, action-oriented and leads by example.”