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23 Nov

Did you know Brittany Rhodes is giving back to her community by helping young girls overcome math anxiety!

Brittany Rhodes in Detroit is giving back to her community with her love of math by helping young girls overcome math anxiety! Brittany Rhodes is great at math and has always been good at it! A gradute in this field from Spelman, she started tutoring female algebra students in her community and realized they all struggled with basic mathematics. After researching academic journals about black girls and math anxiety, Rhodes discovered that this was a pressing need in her community. “Math anxiety 

23 Nov

Our November Woman of WICT: Kira Chrysczanavicz

Meet Kira Chrysczanavicz: Senior Director, Finance Technology & Automation at Comcast! What do you love most about your job? My passion resides in that my team and I build new or automate existing manual business processes by transforming them with the latest technology. It is so rewarding to see our business partners appreciation when they have been struggling for years with particular practices or need a brand new process implementation and we are able to make these aspirations possible. I have the best team that any...

26 Oct

2020 WICT Greater Philadelphia Open Board Roles

Open Board Positions The WICT Philadelphia Board has the following open positions available.  The Succession Planning Committee will review all applications and will notify applicants.  Apply Here Applications are due by EOD Friday, October 30.  Tech It Out Co-Director: Partner with another Co-Director2-year termResponsible for creating and leading an active committee involved in planning and executing Tech It Out event program.Develop event program for members to learn about the latest technologies.Develop outreach events to local universities...

26 Oct

Did you know Luvvie Ajayi Jones is hosting a second season of The Step!

The Step, a podcast for and about unstoppable women! Luvvie Ajayi Jones is a New York Times bestselling author, sought-after public speaker and podcast host who thrives at the intersection of comedy, justice and professional troublemaking. In each episode of “The Step,” Luvvie sits down with an inspiring woman to discuss what drives them to step forward for change. Be it witnessing injustice, fighting a harmful stereotype, or proving haters wrong, these women refuse to back down—no matter what. To check out episodes hosted by...

26 Oct

Our October Woman of WICT: Rajee Padmanabhan

Meet Rajee Padmanabhan: Senior Manager, Software Development & Engineering at Comcast Freewheel! What do you love most about your job? I am an engineer at heart. At Comcast Freewheel, problem solving and finding solutions are at the heart of what I do on a daily basis as part of a team working on the ingest, processing, and distribution of creative content. Each day is a learning experience, exploring new technology and applying it in the advertising domain. I am grateful to work in an...

26 Oct

Did you know Nina Chhita illustrates and runs an Instagram account showcasing trailblazing women in STEM!

Nina Chhita spends her days working as a medical writer, but in her free time, she runs an Instagram account featuring her own beautiful drawings of women who have made impacts in STEM from all over the world. Through her illustrations, her goal is to help her followers celebrate diversity and debunk stereotypes about who belongs in STEM, and her current focus is specifically on highlighting women of color.  To see more of her artwork and show appreciation for these unsung heroes...

26 Oct

Our September Woman of WICT: Lauren Blevins

Meet Lauren Blevins: Supervisor, Traffic Operations at Effectv! What do you love most about your job? Currently, I support Effectv’s Traffic Operations department, and like to think of us as the Operations side of Sales. I love how fast-paced and ever-changing my role is! We always joke about the “C” in Comcast standing for change, but it is so true in my department. When I think about one year ago to today, we look almost completely different as an organization. I see this continuing to happening for...

20 Aug

Did you know Girl Scouts of the USA rolled out STEM-related badges this year?

On July 17, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) introduced 30 new badges in environmental stewardship, space science, robotics, and more to help girls create positive change in their communities—and beyond. Some of these new programs include Think Like a Programmer and Think Like an Engineer journeys in addition to badges in Robotics, Cybersecurity, Space Science, and Mechanical Engineering.   Enhancing Girl Scouts’ proven girl-led programming, these new badges and Journeys will set girls up for a lifetime of leadership and success, and prepare them...

20 Aug

Our August Woman of WICT: Zenita Henderson

Meet Zenita: Vice President, Marketing & Business Development at SCTE•ISBE! What do you love most about your job? I have the opportunity to interact cross functionally with the entire cable industry and technology companies, associations and partners around the world to drive initiatives to bring new technology to life. How have other women helped shape your career? The women I am blessed to have in my tribe have helped me to find my voice, know my value and be more confident. Outside of work, what’s...

17 Jul

WICT Philly Scoop – July 2020 Newsletter

WICT GREATER PHILADELPHIA Virtual Networking with Industry Influencers Friday, July 24, 20209:00 – 10:00AM ET Bring your own breakfast to our first virtual roundtable networking event. This is an opportunity to engage with friendly faces and tap into the expertise of industry leaders. We’ll get to know each other and discuss a wide variety of topics to help you navigate your career, including best practices for working remotely and anything else you want to bring up. You’ll share a virtual table with a group of up...

17 Jul

Did You Know: The world’s first international communications satellite launched 58 years ago.

The world’s first international communications satellite, Telstar I, launched into orbit this month 58 years ago. Photo courtesy of National Air and Space Museum A collaboration between the US, Britain, and France, Telstar I introduced the world to trans-Atlantic video feeds and ushered in a new era of communication.  It successfully relayed through space the first television pictures, telephone calls, and  telegraph  images, and provided the first live transatlantic television feed. Launched by NASA aboard a Delta Rocket from Cape Canaveral on July...

17 Jul

Our July Woman of WICT: Alicia Wade-King

Meet Alicia: Sr. Manager, Regulatory Compliance at Comcast! What do you love most about your job? Within my current role, I am responsible for leading a team of individuals who resolve consumer complaints received from state Regulatory and Consumer agencies. I enjoy developing programs and processes to ensure the department is adhering to regulatory compliance requirements as well as developing cross-functional relationships with our internal and external regulatory business partners to support and resolve compliance issues, regulatory filings and regulatory compliance obligations...

16 Jun

WICT Philly Scoop – June 2020 Newsletter

WICT GREATER PHILADELPHIA Virtual Networking with Industry Influencers Friday, June 19, 2020 9:00 – 10:00AM ET Bring your own breakfast to our first virtual roundtable networking event. This is an opportunity to engage with friendly faces and tap into the expertise of industry leaders. We’ll get to know each other and discuss a wide variety of topics to help you navigate your career, including best practices for working remotely—and anything else you want to bring up. You’ll share a virtual table with a group of up to...

15 Jun

Did you know SCTE/ISBE has pivoted its annual Cable-Tec Expo to a digital event?

SCTE/ISBE has quickly pivoted its annual Cable-Tec Expo conference to a digital event. Comcast, Charter and Cox will sponsor the event, which will be free to attendees. Late last month, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers announced the cancellation of their physical event, with Denver’s Colorado Convention Center configured as temporary hospital space for a potential COVID-19 spike through the remainder of 2020. What SCTE/ISBE calls “the educational heart of the show,” the Fall Technical Forum, will draw on a record 267...

15 Jun

Our June Woman of WICT: Lauren Schnatz

Meet Lauren: Senior Manager, Experience Design Operations at Comcast! Describe your What do you love most about your job? The people. I remind myself daily how lucky I am to work with such a talented group. I love that I can handle the business end of an organization so our designers can concentrate on being creative and strategic. Experience Design collaborates with leaders and teams across Comcast-NBCUniversal-Sky to create exceptional experiences that leave lasting impressions, improve daily lives, and foster long-term customer...

10 Jun

WICT is committed to diversity & inclusion in all aspects of life.

“We stand firm with our partners and the communities we serve to eradicate systemic racism like that we witnessed with George Floyd and many others. WICT stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Our hope is that together, we will rise above and emerge more united than ever before. Be well, stay strong.”WICT Global – WICT.org Read the full statement from WICT Global ...

21 May

WICT Philly Scoop – May 2020 Newsletter

WICT GREATER PHILADELPHIA Virtual Networking with Industry Influencers Friday, June 19, 2020 9:00 – 10:00AM ET Bring your own breakfast to our first virtual roundtable networking event.  This is your opportunity to have conversations with industry leaders, influencers, and other WICT members. You’ll be placed in small groups with a table lead, where you’ll discuss current topics in telecommunications and build meaningful relationships with your group. Table leads and more details coming soon.  Register here WICT GREATER PHILADELPHIA Webinar: The State of...

21 May

Our May Woman of WICT: Sindhusha Ravi

Meet Sindhusha – Manager, XCS Strategy & Planning at Comcast! Describe your role & what you love about it. In my new role as part of Industry & Competitive Insights, I love the fact that I get a chance to craft the most compelling stories that not only provide a much needed perspective on the landscape, but really identify the threats/opportunities for our business. It’s even more fun to figure out through coaching from my team and manager on how to best tell...

16 Apr

WICT Philly Scoop – April 2020 Newsletter

WICT GLOBAL Webinar: Learning to Love No Thursday, April 23, 202012:00 – 1:00PM EDT FREE for all members According to research published by Harvard Business Review, women in business must substantially outperform the average professional in order to get ahead. As a result, a ‘yes’ culture has been created. Society tells us that to be seen as a true go-getter, deserving of success, we must say yes to everything that comes our way. We must prove that we’re willing, eager, and capable of doing...

09 Apr

Did you know on this day in 1977 two brands of personal computers were introduced?

Did you know on this day in 1977, at the first annual West Coast Computer Faire, both the Apple II and Commodore PET 2001 personal computers are introduced. Ironically, Commodore had previously rejected purchasing the Apple II from Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, deciding to build their own computers. Both computers used the same processor, the MOS 6502, but the companies had two different design strategies and it showed on this day. Apple wanted to build computers with more features at a higher price point. Commodore wanted to...

09 Apr

Our April Woman of WICT: Latonya Jefferson

Meet Latonya – Director, Competitive Insights, XCS Strategy and Planning at Comcast! Describe your role & what you love about it. I lead up our competitive intelligence collection efforts.  This involves tracking our competitors’ strategic and tactical activity and reporting back the most relevant insights so that Comcast teams are prepared to respond.  It’s like being a archaeologist, private detective and news reporter all in one role.  I love this job because no two days are the same.  That is exciting.  How have other...

07 Apr

Video Calling Best Practices by Margaret Rickard Rubinacci

Over the course of the past 3 weeks, with the huge increase of video calls we’ve all experienced, I have found there are practices we might adapt to help maintain a professional perception of our work and our teams—even as work takes on a more casual air. Thus, I put forth for your consideration this list of video calling best practices, which I have put in place for myself: Margaret’s at home work station. 1. Pick a space with a “work-appropriate” background. Be...

20 Mar

WICT Philly Scoop – March 2020 Newsletter

EVENT SCHEDULE UPDATE As we continue to gain information on the COVID-19 pandemic, WICT Global is requiring all Chapters to cancel or postpone all upcoming in-person events until further notice. We want to work within the recent CDC recommendations to do what’s best for all WICT members, and we strongly believe that canceling or postponing live events is in everyone’s best interest. Stay safe and check back for updates on our website ! Speaker Series: Diversity & Inclusion...

20 Mar

Did you know International Women’s Day was first honored on March 19, 1911?

Did you know International Women’s Day was first honored on March 19, 1911, when more than 1 million people attended rallies in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. At the time, topics of discussion included women’s right to work and vocational training, to vote and hold public office, and an end to workplace discrimination. Now, all of March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements of women and encourage the acceleration of equality for all. #IWD2020 #EachforEqual ...

20 Mar

Our March Woman of WICT: Gabrielle Cacia

Meet Gabrielle – Director, HR Communications & Engagement at Comcast Business! Describe your role & what you love about it. I lead HR Communications and Engagement for Comcast Business – think all things Employee Experience.  I love being part of an organization that is always growing. When I started with Comcast Business we were just moving up market to support large Enterprise customers. Now in SMB, mid-Market, large Enterprise and the Federal Government space, I can’t walk into a business without thinking about how...

13 Mar

WICT Philly Scoop – February 2020 Newsletter

SPEAKER SERIES Diversity & Inclusion Featuring Mini Timmaraju APRIL 8, 2020 | 9:30am-10:30am Mini Timmaraju, Executive Director of D&I at Comcast, will be discussing the state of diversity and inclusion in our industry and how women can advance in their careers. WICT Member $25 | Non-Member $35 Apply Now for WICT Mentorship Program! We are accepting applications for the 2020 WICT Greater Philadelphia Mentoring Program, facilitated by Stella Grizont, creator of The Work Happiness Method™! Mentees will each be paired with an individual mentor for a 1:1 relationship-building experience.Program...

13 Mar

Nichelle Nichols was convinced by Martin Luther King Jr. to continue acting on Star Trek?

Nichelle Nichols was convinced by Martin Luther King Jr. to continue acting on Star Trek, in hopes that her role on the show would advance racial equality. And he was right. Nichelle first portrayed Lieutenant Uhura in 1964, and by 1969, she was working with NASA to recruit women and people of color into the program—including Mae Jemison, who became the first black woman to go to space. It goes to show that representation matters! In another momentous step forward for...

13 Mar

Our February Woman of WICT: Amanda App

Meet Amanda – Director of Mover Marketing Strategy and Acquisition Email at Comcast Cable! Describe your role & what you love about it. As the mover marketing strategy lead within the commercial marketing organization, I partner with teams across the enterprise to develop and execute marketing and sales strategies to win share during a residential move. Retaining and acquiring new customers during a move requires visibility into macro trends impacting mobility rates, targeting capabilities to reach consumers at the right moment, and close...

30 Jan

WICT Philly Scoop – January 2020 Newsletter

Dear WICT Philly members, Leaping into a new decade, let’s be  BOLD  in 2020! It’s such an exciting time to be a WICT Greater Philadelphia member as we achieved so many milestones in 2019, and we did it together! Thank you all (members and sponsors) for putting your trust in us through our events, programs, and scholarships. I want to take the opportunity to give a special thanks to the Philly Chapter Board, who continually show up and are always eager to pay...

29 Jan

Did you know Oprah Winfrey was born on this day, January 29, in 1954!

Media mogul, actress, talk show host, producer, and philanthropist, Oprah is best known for her multiple-Emmy-award-winning talk show, which was the highest-rated program of its kind in history. Her success has made outstanding strides in paving the way ahead for females, women of color, and young girls. 1988 was the year Oprah started her own production company, Harpo Inc. In 1997, she started her charitable foundation, Angel Network. In 2003, she became the first African-American woman on Forbes magazine’s “World’s Richest...

28 Jan

Our January Woman of WICT: Diahna James

Meet Diahna – Director, Xfinity Internet at Comcast! Describe your role & what you love about it. In my current product strategy role, I evaluate opportunities to optimize and extend the Internet product portfolio. This may involve building business cases to target under-penetrated customer segments, launch new products or take different approaches to pricing/packaging. I love that my job allows me to tackle a variety of business problems and collaborate across different areas of the company – from marketing to engineering – to deliver solutions. How...

22 Jan

WICT Philly Scoop – December 2019 Newsletter

Dear WICT Greater Philadelphia Chapter, The past year has been so exciting for WICT as we celebrated our 40 th Anniversary. WICT is the oldest and largest organization for women in cable media with over 10,500 individual members and 24 chapters across the globe. The WICT Greater Philadelphia Chapter is the largest chapter across the 24 chapters and represents 13% of the total WICT Membership. We are currently 1,449 members strong and growing! In the past decade, WICT Philly has raised $100k for Girls Inc., a charity...

22 Jan

Did you know holiday messages have been transmitted into space?

On this day in 1952, the first radio broadcast from space was President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Christmas message, “to all mankind, America’s wish for peace on Earth and goodwill to men everywhere.” His message (which can be hear in its entirety here) was transmitted using shortwave radio and conveyed America’s wish for peace on earth and good will to people everywhere. Read More Here ...

22 Jan

Our December Woman Of WICT: Irina Yeager

Meet Irina – Accountant at Comcast! Describe your role & what you love about it. My mother is a brilliant economist and worked for many years as President of a bank at a time when similar positions were mostly filled by men. She consistently encourages me to work hard and to pursue opportunities for advancement. In addition, I am fortunate to be on a team with strong female leadership who have inspired me to challenge myself and to seek out additional opportunities outside of my...

09 Dec

WICT Philly Scoop – November 2019 Newsletter

Write caption… Cheers to 40 Years!Join us December 5as we celebrate WICT’s We’ll be taking a look back at the last four decades and recognizingMartha Soehren for her contributions and dedication to WICT. Join us to toast Martha and celebrate this milestone withhors d’oeuvres, music and dancing. December 5, 2019Philadelphia 201 Hotel4:00 pm – 6:00 pm This will be our final event of the year.Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime jubilation and wear your red! Register Now WICT Philly Gives Back Thank you to everyone who...

09 Dec

Did you know November is National Gratitude Month?

We’re entering the holiday season and Thanksgiving is right around the corner – it’s the perfect time to think about gratitude. For example, we’re grateful for WICT’s strong network of fierce women … and that today is National Gingerbread Cookie Day. Looking for a way to observe? We’ve got you covered. ...

09 Dec

Our November Woman of WICT: Angel Vanbennekom

Meet Angel – Communication Manager, National Call Center Sales at Comcast! Describe your role & what you love about it. I serve as the lead for internal communication for the National Call Center Sales team, and also as the liaison for external agent-facing communication and comms platforms targeted toward our 5,000 call center sales agents in partnership with other internal communication teams, division partners, Comcast University, and product teams. I am so passionate about people and I believe that communication and transparency are...

28 Oct

WICT Philly Scoop – October 2019 Newsletter

Write caption… Mid-Level Career Strategies:How to Survive, Thrive and Move on Up! Tuesday, October 22, 2019Comcast – Chesterbrook725 Chesterbrook Blvd.Wayne, PA 19087 United States5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Please join us as our WICT Philadelphia President , Lisa Vetere , moderates an open discussion about how best to navigate the “middle” of your career.  Our panelists Ariel Johnson-Peredo , Manager in the Advisory Services practice of EY and Janet Christodoulou , Vice President, System Development and Engineering at Comcast,  discuss how they have focused on development, relationship building, and growth opportunities at the most integral time in their career. 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm...

28 Oct

Did you know about these insights into breast cancer?

October is breast cancer awareness month and not only are women are out there surviving, thriving but they’re also developing and pursing innovations into cancer research and treatment. Women like Dr. Deborah Rhodes, a director of the Mayo Clinic who developed a new tool for quick tumor detection, and Ananda Shankar Jayant, a classical Indian dancer whose  performance is a metaphor for strength. Want to know more? Check out this TedTalk playlist featuring Dr. Rhodes and Ananda Shankar...

28 Oct

Our October Woman of WICT: Roslyn Prewitt

Meet Roslyn – Service Delivery Consultant/Account Project Manager at Comcast Business! Describe your role & what you love about it. I work for Comcast Business in the Enterprise market.  I manage the Comcast National Teleworker program for Fortune 1000+ companies with multiple sites for individuals who work from home. I am responsible for owning the customer experience, issues triage and managing the complete life cycle of projects for over 59,000+ End-Users across the Comcast footprint. What I love about my role is in...

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...

16 Aug

WICT Philly Scoop – August 2019 Newsletter

The State of Diversity & Inclusion – WebinarSeptember 6, 201911:30am – 12:30pm Two industry leaders, Mini Timmaraju, Executive Director of D&I at Comcast, and Jennifer Allyn, Managing Director of Diversity at PwC to discuss the state of diversity and inclusion within our industry and across Corporate America. Read More Here Build Your Personal Brand with Marge JacksonSeptember 30, 2019The Comcast Center, Room 45 JKL2:00pm – 3:00pm In a follow-up to the immensely popular first session, Marge will walk participants through how to...