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19 Sep

WICT Philly Scoop – September 2019 Newsletter

Build Your Personal Brand with Marge Jackson October 7, 2019The Comcast Center, Room 45 JKL10:00am – 11:00am In a follow-up to the immensely popular first session, Marge will walk participants through how to best build your personal brand.  Whether you were able to attend the first session or not, this will be a valuable session you don’t want to miss with a lot of high-energy interactive learning. Don’t miss out! Register Today! Mid-Level Career Strategies: How To Survive, Thrive And Move On Up! October...

18 Sep

Did you know there is no time like the present to update your resume?

Was the resume invented in 1482 when daVinci put his personal accomplishments on paper? Maybe? Is September International Update your Resume Month, definitely – and the perfect time to freshen them up with all your latest skills and achievements. Resumes often fall into the following categories – Chronological: presents work history, personal achievements, and education in chronological orderFunctional: focuses on skills and abilitiesCombination: equal emphasis on work history, skills, and abilitiesTargeted: customize according to the position being applied for Which resume is...

18 Sep

Our September Woman of WICT: Czarina Agravante

Meet Czarina – Senior Consultant, IT Advisory at EY! Describe your role & what you love about it. I am a Senior Consultant in the IT Advisory practice where I primarily work as a technical business analyst in the software development space. What I love about my role is being able to work closely with the business stakeholders to help improve their business processes but also in the weeds of documenting technical requirements for the development teams to help build out the technical...

05 Sep

WICT Philly Spotlight: Girls, Inc.

By: Dena Herrin, Executive Director, Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey Girls Inc. is a national organization with a network of 84 affiliates across the U.S. and Canada. We are in 350 cities and over 1,200 sites serving girls 5-18 years old. The Girls Inc. network serves over 160,000 girls annually. Our Girls Inc. affiliate serves over 3,000 girls in our region annually. Over 80% of our participants live in low-income communities and 90% self-identify as minority. Our mission...

08 Aug

Our August Woman of WICT: Shannon Moores

Meet Shannon – Sr. Engineering Manager, xFi, Comcast Describe your role & what you love about it. I currently manage a team of engineers who build some of the APIs for Comcast’s xFi applications.  I love that we work on a product that millions of people use. Parents tell us in app reviews they love that they can pause their children’s WiFi devices and kids leave the opposite reviews, telling us they hate it. It’s fun to work on something that intertwines with...

07 Aug

Did You Know: August 15th is National Relaxation Day?

The day’s origins are a little murky: could be a suggestion made in 1985 by a 4th grader in Iowa, could be a US version of a similar UK holiday, Slacker’s Day. What we do know is stress can be harmful to our health – physical and mental – so take some time to slow down and relax. How can you celebrate? Carve out some time of your choosing, unplug from electronics, and settle in to your favorite way to relax....

26 Jul

Zenita Henderson Named 2019 Women in Technology Award Winner

WICT, SCTE•ISBE and Cablefax today announced Zenita Henderson winner of the prestigious 2019 Women in Technology Award. Henderson, the Vice President, Marketing and Business Development for SCTE•ISBE, is one of the most highly-regarded professionals in cable technology. The annual award lauds the achievements of one woman who demonstrates outstanding professional achievement and significantly contributes to the advancement of the cable telecommunications industry. Award Presented Jointly by WICT, SCTE•ISBE and Cablefax at SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo® Washington, DC – Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), the...

11 Jul

Our July Woman of WICT: Chelsey May

Meet Chelsey – Designer, XD, Comcast Describe your role & what you love about it. I’m a designer on the Experience Design (XD) team at Comcast. My daily responsibilities include designing new features and improvements for the X1, Flex and Stream products and seeing those projects through to launch. I love working on things that make an impact on the millions of people who use Xfinity products, and the challenge in designing experiences that are seamless and easy to use. How have other women...

10 Jul

Did you know technology played an important role during the 2019 Women’s World Cup?

One of the things VAR (Video Assistant Referee) helps officials do is determine penalties and ensure no clearly wrong decisions are made. VAR recommends to the ref when a incident should be reviewed. The ref can either act on the advice of VAR or review the video footage before accepting or rejecting the advice. In the World Cup final, VAR intervened and alerted the ref to the possibility of a foul against Alex Morgan, leading to this match winning moment...

20 Jun

Our June Woman of WICT: Paige Andersen

Meet Paige – Senior Manager, UX, Comcast Describe your role & what you love about it. I lead the Experience Design project management team, and am inspired every day by being in such a creative environment. I feel lucky that I get to satisfy both my analytical and creative sides, and I find great joy in mentoring others. How have other women inspired you or helped shape your career? My mother instilled the confidence in me to dream big and go for what I wanted, no...

19 Jun

Did you know the first female Chief Technology Officer of the United States is also an active proponent of STEM education and an LBQTQ+ advocate?

One paragraph cannot contain all the accomplishments in Megan Smith’s career. She is an award-winning entrepreneur, engineer, and tech evangelist. As U.S. CTO, a role which serves as an Assistant to the President of the United States, Smith focused on how technology policy, data and innovation can advance the future of our nation. As an LBGTQ+ advocate, she served as CEO of PlanetOut, a leading LGBT online community in the early days of the web. To learn more about Megan and...

10 May

Recap: WICT Signature Luncheon – Jessica DeBurro

A novice at transportation to and from The Big Apple, I surprisingly arrived at the Plaza early enough to browse the foyer adjacent to the Grand Ballroom. It had been decorated with a larger than life time line charting the 40 year history of WICT in tandem with the last 40 years of women in history, from Margaret Thatcher’s election to Prime Minister of England, to Sally Ride’s historic trip to space as the first American woman to do so,...

09 May

Did you know Friday, May 17 is World Telecommunications Day (WTD)?

This year marks the 50th anniversary of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. The day marks the founding of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on May 17, 1865 when the first international Telegraph Convention was signed in Paris. May 17 celebrates the constant evolution of one of the most important factors of our lives: communication. The main goal of WTD is to highlight the importance of communication and how information travels across the world. It also aims to increase awareness of...

09 May

Our May Woman of WICT: Dalila Wilson-Scott

Meet Dalila! Senior Vice President, Community Impact at Comcast Corporation! Describe your role & what you love about it. I lead the team that oversees Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation, Employee Engagement & Volunteerism and our corporate sponsorship portfolio.  Each day my experiences are unique.  I have an opportunity to meet and connect with different individuals and organizations inside and outside of our company and industry. How have other women inspired you or helped shape your career? They helped me see what’s possible, to get comfortable with...

06 May

Recap: WICT Signature Luncheon – Meredith B. Rendall

Have you ever attended WICT’s Signature Luncheon? If you haven’t, I need to let you in on a little secret, Go! As a new “Comcaster”, this is my first year as a WICT member and Signature Luncheon attendee, and boy did I hit the jackpot on both counts. On May 2, I traveled to New York City to participate in WICT’s 40-year anniversary celebration; and was captivated by its history of forging gender diversity and inclusion in the cable and...

25 Apr

Did you know Katie Bouman is creating advancements into the phenomena of black holes?

In 2016, Katie Bouman was just a graduate student at MIT studying electrical engineering and computer science when she discovered something that will help change history. Bouman led a team of researchers that developed a new algorithm that could one day help astronomers produce the first image of a black hole. After 3 years, that moment has finally happened. With the assistance of Bouman’s and several other algorithms, MIT announced this week that they were able to successfully capture the first...

18 Apr

Our April 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 Business Between 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 March Woman of WICT: Jin Zhou

Meet Jin! Staff QA Engineer at ARRIS Describe 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 February Woman of WICT: Margaret Rickard Rubinacci

Meet Margaret! Director, Communications, Media and Entertainment at pureIntegration Describe 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...