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 Track and Field.  Jackie spoke of how and why she now gives back to her community. She has a foundation which supports a community center in the neighborhood where she grew up.  Through this center she provides youth, adults, and families with the resources to improve their quality of life.  Her humility and gratefulness for what she has achieved in life and why she feels compelled to give back to her community is inspiring.  Her story was just one of many such stories that we heard over the course of the conference.

 Claire Shipman, Television Journalist, Author, The Confidence Code, was a passionate and fascinating keynote speaker on the second day.  Her topic on women building self-worth and gaining confidence had everyone riveted.   Lack of confidence, which statistically affects women more than men, is exactly why this conference is so relevant.  Women attend, listen, connect and discuss these topics at the networking sessions.  We exchanged email addresses, met new friends, and heard stories of how women work, learn, professionally develop, and manage their home life.   These stories are what connect us to each other; across business lines, across company lines, and across diversity lines.  We are all women first and this conference gives us a forum to share stories, inspire each other, and help each other grow.

 The Profiles of Champions session was phenomenal.  The topic of success, how women have achieved it, the many different, twisted paths their lives took, what drives an individual to achieve, and where they are now in their lives was an incredible story.  It leaves one in awe of what women can achieve and inspires us all to continue to strive towards our own goals.

 I learned so much from these speakers, the breakout sessions, and the other women that I met at the networking sessions.  I came away with a few books by the speakers along with stories by and photos of women that I met, especially from the great WICT Southeast Chapter!

It really was an amazing experience to be a part of and I’d like to thank the WICT Philly chapter for sponsoring me for this humbling and inspiring leadership development opportunity.

Event Recap by Patty B. Ragsdale