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18 Apr

Our Woman of WICT: Paula I. Birth

Meet Paula! Chief Revenue Officer at Fiplex Communications!Describe your role & what you love about it.My role entails driving better integration and alignment between all revenue-related functions, including marketing, sales, customer support, pricing, and revenue management. I love the ability I have to mentor young professionals in the industry, as well as, share my experience and help the team move the ball forward. It is so rewarding to be able to give back.How have other women inspired you or helped shape your career?Through my...

12 Apr

Recap: How to Expand Your Network: A QVC Networking Event – Roslyn Prewitt

On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, WICT’s Sold-Out Networking event was held at QVC’s Studio Park. The night was exciting, filled with history, food and fun. We shopped, took a behind-the-scenes tour of the QVC studio, enjoyed cocktails, appetizers & networking. Before the Speed Networking event, there was a lot of energy in the room among the attendees and executives. Everyone was engaged, conversing, making connections and expanding their network.  The fun continued, when all attendees participated in this highly interactive...

08 Apr

Recap: WICT Executive Development Series: Leading with Power and Authenticity – Nora Kzirian

When women come together, great things happen.WICT Executive Development Series: Leading with Power and AuthenticityWriting By: Nora Kzirian, Senior Manager, Customer Communications, Comcast BusinessBetween April 3 – 5, 2019, 35 women leaders in the telecommunication industry gathered in Savannah, GA for WICT’s Executive Development Series with one purpose: to develop authentic leadership styles. As one of the recipients of this year’s event scholarship, I had the privilege to join these women and learn alongside them.  Over the course of the two-day seminar, Elaine...

21 Mar

Did you know that Margaret Hamilton was one of the first computer software programmers?

Margaret Hamilton, born in Indiana in 1936, is a pioneer for women in technology. After studying mathematics in college and teaching high school math, Margaret accepted a job at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Here she began programming software to help predict the weather, and it is also where her love for engineering was created.Over the next ten years, Margaret had a huge impact on science in America. At MIT’s Lincoln Lab, she worked on a project where...

21 Mar

Our Woman of WICT: Jin Zhou

Meet Jin! Staff QA Engineer at ARRISDescribe your role & what you love about it.I work as a Quality Assurance Engineer: whether it’s leading the X1 test or writing code for test automation, I always feel excited knowing I’m helping deliver top-quality products to our customers. In a fast-paced industry like Cable and Telecomm, you’ll never be bored if you’re curious and have an open heart.How have other women inspired you or helped shape your career?I was the first recipient of the...

20 Mar

Event Recap: Lunch and Learn: Branding with Marge Jackson – Charon Harris and Ros Prewitt

Lunch & Learn: Branding with Marge Jackson, an interactive conversation focused on developing your leadership skills and personal brand.WICT Lunch and Learn with Marge Jackson. This event was sold out for one main reason and her name is Marge Jackson. Marge Jackson exemplifies how important it is to know your personal value and your brand. She opens with building and selling your brand by knowing your game; making a memorable impression and writing your own story. Marge Jacksondoes an excellent...

20 Feb

Our Woman of WICT: Margaret Rickard Rubinacci

Meet Margaret! Director, Communications, Media and Entertainment at pureIntegrationDescribe your role & what you love about it.I am a Delivery and Sales Director at pureIntegration (PI). On a day to day basis my role can look very different.Part of my role is to work with leaders in the cable industry to find ways to drive value and solve problems in their organizations. I do this by working collaboratively with leaders to address challenges with Business Operations, Product Dev, Customer Experience or Business Process. I...

19 Feb

Have you renewed your WICT Membership yet?

Have you renewed your Women in Cable Telecommunications yearly membership yet? As a reminder, the renewal period ends Sunday, March 31, 2019! We’re so excited to engage our members this year, that we’re offering an Apple iPad® Mini raffle for all those who renew or join by March 31. Be a part of the 10,000 nationwide members and join one of the oldest and largest organizations serving women professionals in cable and telecommunications today!It is an excellent opportunity to network with peers and...

19 Feb

Did you know that Kimberly Bryant is changing the face of technology for women of color?

Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and CEO of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to “changing the face of technology”. The program introduces girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts. Through after-school and summer programs, the organization is striving towards a goal of teaching one million black girls to code by 2040.Kimberly has been nationally recognized as a thought leader for her work to increase opportunities for...

17 Jan

Did You Know: One of WICT’s founding members was from Philadelphia?

Linda Brodsky Cooper is one of the pioneers of cable television. Brodsky’s cable career began at the University of Pennsylvania, where she wrote a paper about the nascent “pay TV” industry in the 1960s. This led to a very successful career in various influential positions in the industry at notable companies such as, Jerrold Electronics, Warner Cable Corp., BroadBand Communications Inc., and Bresnan Communications. As part of her commitment to women in the industry, Linda was a founding board member...

20 Dec

Did You Know: 2019 Marks WICT’s 40th Year of Developing Women Leaders?

WICT’s Ruby Anniversary will be memorialized throughout the year, including a very special 2019 Signature Luncheon on May 2, 2019 at The Plaza Hotel New York. The luncheon will honor the past, celebrate the present, and imagine the future of WICT with a collective of distinguished guests and talent.WICT’s mission is, and always has been, to create women leaders who transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B...

19 Dec

Event Recap: Holiday Tea 2018 – Yvette Thornton

The Holiday Tea has always been one of my favorite events and this year’s event surpassed the others by far.This year, we had the pleasure of having Stella Grizont speak to us about The Science of Happiness: How to Flourish at Work. What better way to end the year and ring in the new year than discussing how to be happy.Stella taught us how to drastically change our mood at work in three easy steps.Step 1: Stop complaining. ...

20 Nov

Event Recap: WICT Executive Development Series – Lynn Mueller

Continuing my learning and networking journey Back in early September, I applied for a scholarship to attend a WICT Executive Development Series (EDS) course.  Being relatively new to Comcast and WICT, I looked at this as excellent way to build upon my existing network while continuing to focus on my personal commitment to participate in and contribute to organizations, which sponsor professional development programs and support professional networking for women to aid in their career advancement.  To my great surprise the...

19 Nov

Event Recap: WICT Leadership Conference – Meghan Horn

I was fortunate enough to be given a scholarship to attend this year’s WiCT Leadership Conference. When I first arrived for registration for the event, little did I know the incredible learning experience I was about to embark on, as well as the incredible networking opportunities. The sessions and speakers were inspiring, informative, and transformative. However, it was the connections and networking that were the most pleasant and rewarding surprise. I have been to a handful of conferences and networking events,...

19 Nov

Did You Know: The First Stock Ticker Debuted in New York City on This Day in 1867?

The first stock ticker debuted in New York City on this day in 1867?The advent of the ticker ultimately revolutionized the stock market by making up-to-the-minute prices available to investors around the country. Prior to this development, information from the New York Stock Exchange, which had been around since 1792, traveled by mail or messenger.The ticker was the brainchild of Edward Calahan, who configured a telegraph machine to print stock quotes on streams of paper tape (the same paper tape...

24 Oct

My First WICT Leadership Conference – Tonya Fabrizio

I was awarded the opportunity to attend the 2018 WICT Leadership Conference in New York City this year thanks to the generosity of WICT Philadelphia’s chapter scholarship.  Being a first-time attendee, I was unsure what to expect—  I had heard remarkable things about prior conferences and knew that WICT always delivers top-notch programming, professional development and networking opportunities. Looking back, not only did the conference meet my expectations, it greatly exceeded them.The welcome session featured a local NYC dance company called “Pretty...

23 Oct

Event Recap: Pennsylvania Conference for Women – Mary Malone

On Friday October 12, 2018, fifteen thousand women (and a few men) gathered at the PA Convention Center in Center City Philadelphia for the 15thannual PA Conference for Women.Through the generosity of WICT of Greater Philadelphia, many of us were able to attend the conference on scholarships – yet another growth opportunity offered by this wonderful organization whose declared mission statement is to develop strong women leaders in the cable and telecom industry.Throughout the day, a broad range of focused...

22 Oct

Event Recap: Pennsylvania Conference For Women – Akida Neely

Thank you @WICT for sponsoring me for the #Pennwomen Conference.  I was thoroughly inspired and WOWed!!  The overall feeling of over 10,000 women supporting each other is amazing, empowering and extraordinary.  The programs were impactful, innovative and useful! The exhibitors provided much needed retail therapy and the lessons learned were all actionable!  Thank you for a wonderful experience I am truly grateful! ...

17 Oct

Did You Know: WICT Philly Gives Back Raises Funds for Girls Inc?

… Our annual event, WICT Philly Gives Back, not only recognizes five outstanding leaders within our industry but also raises funds to support the local chapter of Girls Inc? The organization encourages young girls to be smart, strong and bold while also emphasizing STEM. Girls Inc was founded in 1864 to serve girls and young women who were experiencing upheaval in the aftermath of the Civil War. Across the decades, they adapted to meet the specific environmental challenges facing girls and...

19 Sep

Event Recap: Gail Evans Speaker Series – Salome Younes

Attending my first WICT event was nothing short of inspiring. The event was held at The Logan Hotel in a beautiful reception space with a delightful breakfast spread. Gail Evans was the Key Note speaker of the event. Her book, Play like a Man, Win like a Woman,talks about the relationships between women, men, and work.  Evans is a fantastic speaker that held the whole room’s attention through her words. Evans started with pointing out the layout of how each woman...

18 Sep

Did You Know: What is the Most Popular Career for STEM Grads?

… one of the most popular careers for STEM grads is sales! By now we’ve all heard how important science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is for the jobs of the future. But there are certain jobs that are more people than technology focused, right? Well, maybe not. While traditional selling tactics relied heavily on personal relationships, sales people are now interacting with buyers who have more information at their disposal than ever before. As a result, today’s deals are more often...

17 Jul

Did You Know: What Happens in an Internet Minute?

In your everyday life, a minute might not seem like much. But when it comes to the vast scale of the internet, a minute goes by much further than you ever could have imagined. That’s because the internet has a degree of scale that our linear human brains are unaccustomed to operating on.The numbers for these services are so enormous that they can only be shown using the 60 second time scale. Any bigger, and our brains can’t even process these massive...

21 May

Did You Know: WICT Global has a Virtual Learning Environment?

You will gain an understanding of the industry’s most challenging issues and develop or enhance your professional competencies. You will attend a presentation on a targeted issue, interact live with industry peers and be able to ask questions in real-time from recognized subject matter experts.Why WICT Webinars?Accessible– WICT Webinars are delivered entirely via the web and all you need is standard web browser technology and a telephone. Fast – get right to the heart of an issue in (generally) a 1-hour block that fits...

01 May

Empowered Women Empower Young Women – From QVC Leaders to Girls, Inc. Members

Recently, 24 young women from Girls, Inc. came to QVC to learn, laugh, and sell like a host of our own. With the help of some of our All-Star women team members, the Girls, Inc. ladies got a full taste of life at QVC. Girls, Inc. aims to inspire and empower all girls to be strong, smart and bold by building mentoring relationships and a pro-girl environment. Girls, Inc. members are encouraged to become role models in their community and...

25 Apr

Did You Know: Women Who Watched “The X-Files” Pursued More Careers in STEM?

It is called the Scully Effect. Dr. Dana Scully, portrayed by Gillian Anderson, was one of the first multidimensional female characters in a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field to be featured on a popular television show, and the first to play a leading role. She is known for her objectivity, skepticism, confidence, and brilliance. In the world of entertainment media, where scientists are often portrayed as white men wearing white coats and working alone in labs, Scully stood...

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:...