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15 Mar

Did You Know: You don’t have to be a strong, bold FEMALE to join WICT?

In a recent study by the Financial Women’s Association, an overwhelming majority of people agreed that “men are instrumental to the success of women,” and 39 percent agreed that men should join women’s networking groups that have been set up to promote and advance women in the workforce. “Engaging men in the crusade to inspire a shift in corporate cultures, promoting gender balanced leadership teams up and down the corporate ladder seems to be imperative,” says PWN Global President, Marijo Bos. We...

26 Feb

Did You Know: Cinderella opened on this day in 1950?

Cinderella, based on another Brothers Grimm fairy tale, was chosen for its similarity to the Snow White story. The film’s immediate source was Charles Perrault’s French version of the fairy tale, which tells the story of a young girl whose father dies, leaving her at the mercy of her oppressive stepmother and two unsympathetic stepsisters. As in Snow White, Cinderella gets the help of a few friends-in this case singing mice and birds as well as a Fairy Godmother-to escape the...

13 Feb

Event Recap: A Night at the Movies – Sara Erbstein

WICT Philly kicked  off the year with a fun night out at the movies. Hosted at the Prince Theater in Philadelphia, guests enjoyed an hour of mingling while snacking on an amazing charcuterie & cheese board. The discussions were lively, many were catching up after the crazy holiday season, and all were bursting with excitement about the upcoming Eagles Superbowl.  One reason why I love WICT events – it’s a chance to catch up with friends and  colleagues I don’t...

01 Feb

Did You Know: On this day in history JFK made history

on this day in 1961, President John F. Kennedy becomes the first U.S. president to hold a live televised news conference. From a podium in the State Department auditorium, Kennedy read a prepared statement regarding the famine in the Congo, the release of two American aviators from Russian custody and impending negotiations for an atomic test ban treaty. He then opened the floor for questions from reporters, answering queries on a variety of topics including relations with Cuba, voting rights...

19 Dec

Event Recap: Holiday Tea – Anju Treohan

My first WICT event – Holiday Tea at The Logan Hotel At 2pm on Thursday, December 7, 140 women stepped away from their jobs and gathered in a beautiful ballroom at The Logan for WICT’s Holiday Tea. In attendance were VPs, senior managers, recruiters, consultants and freelancers with roles across marketing, program management, tech, data and user experience representing Philadelphia’s cable telecommunications companies—Comcast, ARRIS, QVC, Pure Integration and Robert Half to name a few. The cozy room was full of energy as...

01 Dec

Did You Know: Hedy Lamarr wasn’t just a pretty face?

While better known for her silver screen exploits and having no formal training, actress Hedy Lamarr became a pioneer in the field of wireless communications.   During World War II, the international beauty icon learned that radio-controlled torpedoes, which could be important in the naval war, could easily be jammed, thereby causing the torpedo to go off course. Lamarr, along with co-inventor George Anthiel, developed a secret communications system to help combat the Nazis. By manipulating radio frequencies it...

30 Oct

Did You Know: About the WICT Leadership Conference

The Conference is a professional development opportunity for cable professionals at all levels of their career journeys. Through inspiring keynote speakers and innovative workshops covering a variety of topics, as well as connecting with industry colleagues, each attendee is immersed in leadership activities designed to help impact their career and their company’s bottom line. This year’s event featured speakers like Katie Couric; Trudie Styler; WICT President, Maria Brennan; and many more. WICT chose BBC America President and General Manager, Sarah Barnett, and...

20 Sep

Event Recap: Wendy Bohling Speaker Series – Amy Thrush

Wendy Hall Bohling How Cowgirls rise, share their stories, and bring their posse with them Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at the Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia The latest WICT Philadelphia Speaker Series event, held at the Ritz Carlton in Center City Philadelphia, featured the much-anticipated speaker Wendy Hall Bohling. Wendy is author of Cowgirl Up! A Woman’s Guide to Navigating the Corporate Frontier, and advocate for gender intelligent teams and leaders. Guests were welcomed warmly into a breakfast event with delicious food, coffee, and high top...

21 Aug

Did You Know: The first coaxial cable was invented in 1880?

English mathematician, Oliver Heaviside, studied the so-called skin effect in telegraph transmission lines. He concluded that wrapping an insular casing around a transmission line both increases the clarity of the signal and improves the durability of the cable. He patented the first coaxial cable in England in 1880. In 1894, The U.S. Patent office awards renowned inventor, Nikola Tesla, with the first electrical conductor patent. These technologies were the key components necessary to construct the coaxial cables we use today. The Olympic...

03 Aug

Did You Know: Philadelphia was home to America’s first zoo?

Chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on March 21, 1859, its opening was delayed by the American Civil War until July 1, 1874. It opened with 1,000 animals and an admission price of 25 cents. For a brief time, the zoo also housed animals brought over from safari on behalf of the Smithsonian Institution, which had not yet built the National Zoo. The zoo is 42 acres and is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of which are rare...

29 Jun

Did You Know: The History of Girls Inc?

Did you know Girls Incorporated was formed in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1864 as a response to the needs of new working class: young women who had migrated from rural communities in search of newly available jobs in textile mills and factories? Girls Incorporated centers were warm, friendly places where girls could forget their troubles, even though the world outside had fallen into chaos. Girls gave plays, made their own dresses and hats, danced and made lasting friendships. Head on over to 

13 Jun

Event Recap: Tech It Out – Robyn O’Brien

Receiving the WICT scholarship gave me the opportunity to attend Tech It Out on June 6th at Villanova University. This year’s TIO event was on the topic of the Internet of Things and the positive impact IoT can have on our lives. There was also a focus on women in STEM and the importance of encouraging and empowering young girls who are interested in pursuing a career in STEM. The speakers were inspiring, and I learned a lot about how...

05 Jun

Did You Know: How WICT got it’s start?

Did you know WICT was officially launched when its board of directors met July 30, 1979, in New York City to approve its bylaws. The first annual membership meeting was December 13 in Anaheim, California, at the Western Show. Lucille Larkin stated in an article she wrote for the December 15, 1979, edition of TV Communications magazine, that the goals would be, “to highlight the accomplishments of women in cable; to broaden the arena in which they can contribute; to promote...

19 Apr

Did You Know: WICT National recently announced their 2017 Rising Leaders?

The RLP is comprised of industry professionals primarily at the manager and director level who have demonstrated leadership potential within their companies. “WICT’s Rising Leaders Program provides the next generation of industry leaders with essential tools to enhance their skills and strengthen their companies,” said Joanna Dees, WICT’s Associate Vice President of Educational Programs. “We’re very pleased to continue to have such strong demand for this important program from a remarkable group of rising professionals.” Many of our sponsors and WICT Greater Philadelphia...

19 Apr

Event Recap: Executive Development Series – Various Contributors

I went into EDS: Leading with Power and Authenticity expecting to meet some phenomenal women and gain some insight into being a better leader. Well, that happened in a huge way. The seminar was so much more than sitting in a room and following along with presentations. We spent two and a half very interactive days discussing professional—and personal—growth and how a balance of both are paramount to achieving success at home and in the workplace. The connections I made at the...

17 Apr

Event Recap: Wonder Women Luncheon – Various Contributors

The Wonder Women Luncheon honors 17 accomplished and influential women from the media industry. In addition, they recognize 12 “Women to Watch” and this year introduced the “Woman of Influence” award. The honorees were from cable networks, cable operators and media companies. The speeches were brief and many of the same themes came up: perseverance, risk, collaboration, asking for what you want, work ethic and perseverance (to name a few!). These women were transparent and often noted mistakes along the way:...

14 Mar

Did You Know: The ENIAC Six?

In 1946 six brilliant young women programmed the world’s first all-digital, programmable computer, the ENIAC, a project run by the U.S. Army in Philadelphia. The ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was the clunky, incredibly buggy predecessor to the general purpose computers in everyone’s lives today. It was 1,000 times faster than similar electromechanical machines and 2,400 times faster than a human at calculating artillery trajectories. The team included Jean Jennings, Marlyn Wescoff, Ruth Lichterman, Betty Snyder, Frances Bilas, and Kay...

14 Mar

Event Recap: Speed Networking – Marianna Kind

The February 23rd WICT networking event was a very special one.  This particular WICT event had no guest speaker, it was organized differently, but, was still made for a very informative evening.  At the same time everyone had an opportunity to voice their questions and concerns proving this networking event to be a very productive one. As this event was in collaboration with Comcast and held at the Comcast Center, I was excited to attend.  This networking event was different than traditional...

14 Feb

Did You Know: The real story behind Hidden Figures?

Females working as “human computers” dates back long before space exploration. In the late 1800’s Harvard employed a group of women who collected, studied, and catalogued thousands of images of stars and a woman named Williamina Fleming was the first to recognize the existence of white dwarfs. In 1941, with World War II raging in Europe, President Franklin Roosevelt banned discrimination in the employment of workers in government because of race, creed, color, or national origin. NACA (precursor to NASA) began recruiting...

14 Nov

Event Recap: WICT Philly Gives Back 2016 – Tiffany Lindsay

On November 10, 2016, WICT Philadelphia held its annual fundraising event WICT Philly Gives Back (WPGB) to raise funds for the WICT scholarship and honor outstanding women in the telecommunications industry. The event also recognizes a Girls, Inc., a non-profit youth organization dedicated to inspiring young girls to be strong, smart and bold. This year’s event was held at the Crystal Tea Ballroom. The following women were recognized for their outstanding contributions to our industry: • The Catalyst Award – Sharon Desmond,...

19 Oct

Event Recap: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk – Sara Erbstein

WICT Philly participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on October 15, 2016. It was a beautiful day for a noncompetitive, 5K (3.1 miles) walk through Fairmont Park in Philadelphia.  Our small but mighty team raised almost $800 for the American Cancer Society. The donations our team raised will enable investment in groundbreaking breast cancer research as well as provide free information and services for those diagnosed with the disease. Event recap by Sara Erbstein ...

19 Oct

Event Recap: QVC Regional Event – Amy Bennett

On Thursday October 13th QVC hosted Philadelphia WICT’s “Leading at The Speed of Technology”  panel discussion with a focus on being resiliency.   Moderated by  QVC Host – Leah Williams, the panelists included Monica Justice, VP Enterprise Portfolio Management, QVC, Jodi Friedman, Account VP,  Arris,  Betsy Brightman, VP, Content Acquisition, Comcast, and Deighton Liverpool, VP, Information Technology SCTE.  Approximately 55 cable industry professionals attended the event.   The evening started with a behind the scenes tour of QVC’s broadcast operations.  Prior to the panel discussion...

19 Oct

Event Recap: One Day Immersion – Zenita Henderson

WICT Philly along with Comcast and SCTE Foundation sponsored the One Day Immersion in Cable, TV and Digital Entertainment conference, held on Monday, September 26, 2017, in conjunction with SCTE/ISBE’s Cable-Tec Expo. The One Day Immersion conference brings together area college students to receive real world career advice from some our industry’s smartest executives, and learn about internships and job opportunities in our industry. The robust half day conference was filled with informative idea charged discussions, led by executives from Comcast,...

19 Oct

Event Recap: WICT Leadership Conference – Patty B. Ragsdale

The WICT Leadership Conference is the national event that draws women from the entire cable industry together for two jam packed days.   WICT’s commitment to developing women leaders shines through in the programming they offer at this yearly event.  The agenda with its keynote general sessions along with concurrent breakout sessions allowed participants to attend classes, workshops or talks that were geared to their specific interests. The conference kicked off with a Keynote address from Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympic Gold Medalist in...

15 Aug

Event Recap: Tech It Out – Jennifer White

My background is in sports and business so I don’t get much more technical then being able to connect my laptop to a new router… But having the ability to sit in on a discussion about VR/MR/AR at Philadelphia’s chapter of WICT’s Tech-It-Out annual event was amongst the best experiences I’ve had at Comcast so far. Being surrounded by executives at major technical companies (such as Comcast) and just listening to what they had to say about the future of...

15 Aug

Event Recap: Tech It Out – Caoimhe McCrory

As an attendee with little knowledge in the field, I was expecting to have a day full of complicated acronyms, perplexing technological jargon, and all around, plain confusion. Yet, I found that I wasn’t confused, but rather, inspired. We marched onto Villanova’s campus and into the Connelly Centre to set up. After helping, I separated from my team to join a group heading to the VR Cave at approximately 9:45 AM sharp. The room appeared to be constructed as an...

15 Aug

Event Recap: Tech It Out – Nidhi Desai

On June 30, 2016, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) hosted the annual Tech It Out Conference, but with a spin this year, being held for the first time at the Villanova University. Tech It Out, first launched in 2009, has since become a yearly conference to raise awareness of opportunities for women and build women leaders in cable technology. The day commenced with a two-hour breakfast and networking reception, which allowed time for participants to visit the 10-12Sponsor Booths throughout the...