Dear Fellow WICT Greater Philadelphia Members:
The past year has definitely been one of great change for our industry, WICT Greater Philadelphia membership and myself personally. Through all of the personal, professional and industry transitions we have experienced together, our chapter has continued to THRIVE, not just survive – THANKS TO YOU!
Your involvement has made it possible for our board, our advisor and our executive champions to introduce new experiences to you and to amplify our legacy events.
Here’s what we’ve accomplished together this year for WICT Greater Philadelphia:
- We kicked off the year launching a new experience to our chapter, A Night at the Movies, with our film premiere of “She Started It,” about five young women who will stop at nothing to pursue their startup dreams.
- We partnered with Network of Women in Computer Technology (NWCT) to allow you access to the Build Your Dream Network event, featuring acclaimed networking guru Kelly Hoey.
- The Board made a conscious decision this year to host fewer events, but BETTER events. Well, we knocked that goal out of the park! Several legacy programs were amped up and covered topics that are extremely important to the membership. Our Enrichment Series event, Managing Your Personal Brand, WICT Executive Level Distance Learning Series, and The Seismic Shift Reshaping Today’s Workplace webinar. SOLD OUT Tech It Out: The Age of Voice Control, our Speed Networking event in South Jersey, our Holiday Tea and our Speakers Series with Gail Evans, author of “Play Like A Man, Win Like A Woman.” We ended the year with a sold WICT Holiday tea and learned how to work happier with phenomenal guest speaker Stella Grizont and WICT Webinar ‘Cleaning Out Your Headtrash’ with author Tish Squillaro.
- We resurrected our Junior Board Member program and – WOW! – what an amazing trio of future leaders we were able to attract! Our Junior Board members leveled up our activities in their respective committee roles. They were influential in helping the board create memorable events, communications and new experiences across the year – especially with Tech it Out and our new 3 Questions in 3 Minute video series.
- Speaking of 3 Questions in 3 Minutes, we captured some of the industry’s most high profile executives and have built quite a pipeline of future executive interviews to keep our YouTube page flooded with views. We encourage you to email any of our board members to recommend executives from your company to be interviewed. Be sure to follow the WICT Philly YouTube channel to stay up to date on the video series and other WICT Philly news.
- We reimagined our Mentorship program and created an exciting program with Bridge Between as our partner. The WICT Mentoring Circles Midpoint on the topic of “Progress and innovation; Taking initiative and raising standards; Diversity and Respect” was a phenomenal success; thanks to Comcast executives Martha Soehren, Melanie Penna, Susan Jin Davis and Justin Cardones from ARRIS for their participation. Don’t miss the opportunity to boost your career development through mentorship or to share your industry expertise and leadership skills as a mentor. Keep your eyes open for 2019 program information and PARTICIPATE!
- Our ongoing support of our little sister organization Girls Inc., thru our signature event, WICT Philly Gives Back, continues to pay off in big ways. WICT Philly was able to donate $12,000 to Girls Inc (the largest donation to date), to help the young ladies that participate om Girls Inc programs continue their journey to becoming strong, smart and bold women.
As we look forward to 2019 and welcome Lisa Vetere as our chapter President, the entire board will continue to drive transformation of the programs and content we deliver to our members. Every event, speaker, webinar and communication we develop will have one goal – to provide valuable information that helps to uplift, encourage and develop women leaders in our industry.
Happy New Year!
Immediate Past President
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Thank you to everyone who attended the WICT Holiday Tea. We hope you had a wonderful afternoon networking, listening to speaker Stella Grizont and enjoying a cup of tea.
Please enjoy a recap of the event from Yvette Thornton:
View the photos from the Holiday Tea and Share them with your friends
Check out our feature, 3 Questions in 3 Minutes, where we will get to know a new industry influencer each month. Next Up:
Executive Director, HR Service Delivery at Comcast
… 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 network that helps advance women. For 40 years, WICT has partnered with cable and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,500 members strong, WICT is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in cable media.
To learn more, visit wict.org.
What do you do for work and what do you love about it and what is most challenging?
I’m a Director of Internal Communications for the technology organization at Comcast. In this role, I’m part of the team that develops communications, programs and initiatives to inform and engage employees. What I love most about my job is that every day I learn something new, whether it be about next generation technology, new products, or the industry in general. Come to think of it, the pace of change and the need to keep learning is one of my favorite challenges!
How have other women inspired you or helped shape your career?
Countless women have inspired me and helped shape my career. I have been inspired by women who take risks, change careers, overcome tough situations and later have the courage to tell their story. And as a WICT member for many years, I’ve had the privilege to hear from and be inspired by many!
What is your favorite TV show and/or movie?
I love watching The Voice with my kids (10 and 12), and Homeland when they’re in bed:-) There are so many excellent shows to watch and not enough time! The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is next on my list.
What is something that most people don’t know about you?
I’m the youngest of 8 children.
What’s your role with WICT? What did you enjoy most about that role?
I’ve been a member of WICT for ten years and I was a Board member for six serving as Programming Director, Vice President and President. It has been incredibly rewarding to work with the other members of the board to design programs that advance WICT’s mission of developing women leaders. Working on projects where I was able to develop in areas outside of my day job and partner with amazing women whose paths I would not have otherwise crossed, made it a wonderful learning experience. Since serving as President, I’ve been an active member by attending programs and events and informally mentoring Chapter members.
Why do you think WICT is important?
WICT provides opportunity and access. On the national and local level, WICT offers key professional development programs, hosts events where you can learn and be inspired, and provides resources to grow your career. Additionally, the access to women and men across the industry, from different walks of life, is unparalleled. Whenever I meet someone new to Comcast, or the industry in general, the first thing I tell them is to join!