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 devoted to supporting adolescent girls through public education, advocacy, volunteering, and funding. All to help them develop core values that will protect them from negative influences and support their success as adults. We have mentored over 500 people in our mentorship program and awarded over $300k in scholarships. We thank you for your involvement and support over the years, and as we continue to build the legacy of this amazing chapter.

I would also like to share my appreciation for a few key accomplishments this year:

  • 13% Membership Growth: That includes over 350 new members in 2019, welcome!
  • 3 SOLD OUT Programming Events including two branding seminars led by Marge Jackson and our Breakfast Speaker Series event, “My Climb up the Corporate Ladder” with Sarah Bryant, Susan Jin Davis and Nancy Davoust.
  • Record Attendance at Regional Events in West Chester at QVC and in Wayne at Comcast office.
  • Mentoring Circles: This year, we worked with 53 mentees and 15 mentors and welcomed our midpoint special guest speaker, Allison Joyce, to share personal experiences. Interested in becoming a mentee/mentor? Look out for our 2020 one-on-one mentoring program!
  • $42K in Scholarships Awarded: This year, we awarded 32 scholarships to notable programs and conferences; Executive Development Series, WICT Leadership Conference, Wonder Women Luncheon, PA Conference for Women, Signature Luncheon, and STEM Scholars Program.
  • Record Attendance at Tech It Out! Over 300 attendees, including 38 companies, 2 universities, and 3 high schools, came out to celebrate cutting-edge technologies, innovation, STEM Student Outreach, expert speakers, and influential technology leaders.
  • SOLD OUT WICT Philly Gives Back: Our biggest annual fundraiser, this year we hosted over 320 industry professionals, honored 5 industry leaders and raised funds for Girls Inc.!
  • New Sponsorship Partnerships: We partnered with our Premier Sponsors to launch our “Hot Jobs” page on our website, giving our members insight into the latest industry jobs. Reach out to become a sponsor for 2020!

As we look forward to 2020, the WICT Philly board is working hard to continue to drive successful program content to deliver to our members, additional scholarship opportunities and overall partnership for many years to come in our industry.

On behalf of the WICT Philly board, our Advisor, Marge Jackson, and our Executive Champions , Happy Holidays and we look forward to seeing you all in 2020!

Very truly yours,

Lisa Vetere
Women in Cable Telecommunications, Greater Philadelphia

Ruby Celebration

‘Twas the night before Ruby and all through the town, 
WICT members were deciding between a suit or a gown.
The red decorations were hung in the hotel with care,
And everyone wondered which colleagues would be there.
What an honor to celebrate WICT’s 40 years,
While our special guests got all of the cheers.
Founders, presidents, board members & guests,
We hit the dance floor and all tried our best.
Looking back at how far we have come,
Looking ahead to what is yet to be done,
Happy Holidays from everyone at WICT Philly,
Stay warm while the whole city is chilly!

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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.

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 comfort zone.

How have other women inspired you or helped shape your career?

I am an Accountant in the Cable Cash Management team. I enjoy analyzing and interpreting accounting data, resolving complex transactions, reconciliations and system discrepancies. Also, addressing opportunities for process improvements or to gain efficiencies, and utilizing best practices to design and develop procedures makes my job even more interesting and challenging.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

Not many people know that I lived in three countries, Russia, Japan, and the US, and I speak three languages – Russian, Japanese and English. 

Why do you think WICT is important?

WICT provides their members with fantastic learning and networking opportunities, which allow them to grow and develop in areas outside of their day to day responsibilities. The women I’ve met through WICT are smart, kind and collaborative.