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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 

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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. ...

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...

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. ...