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 it forward and deliver valuable content for our members. Below are a few notable highlights from 2019:

  • WICT Philly wins 4 Global Awards! Chapter of the Year, Chapter Advisor of the Year, Marge Jackson, 1st Place Programming Excellence and the Inspire Award. WICT Global Awards
  • With over 1,400 members (over 350 new members in one year), we are the LARGEST chapter across the 24 chapters and 10,500 members internationally.
  • Held 11 events including 3 SOLD OUT events and record attendance at Tech It Out.
  • Awarded 32 scholarships and had a record number of mentees in our program in the past 6 years through our Mentoring Circles Program (Bridge Between).
  • WICT Philly Gives Back, our annual fundraising event, reached a milestone raising $100,000 in the past decade for our community (Girls Inc.) WOW!

Our Chapter Board is elated with our 2019 achievements and even more enthusiastic for 2020! We can accomplish even more together, we just need YOU to show up, we will do the rest. Let’s empower each other to be bold, confident, and fabulous! A few things to look forward to in 2020:

  • Annually our chapter awards over 30 scholarships including 3 STEM scholarships.
  • Our mentoring program is going back to one-on-one mentoring, including virtual training on career growth and happiness at work.
  • Engaging events with cutting edge industry knowledge and leaders, as well as access to build your network and create career growth opportunities.
  • Rebranding of our “3 Questions in 3 Minutes” series, which continues to showcase members and leaders within our industry.

Please stay engaged with our chapter by attending our  events , share feedback on our programs through our  membership survey , and helping us make WICT Philly even better by getting involved as a  volunteer . Thank you for being a part of this incredible network we have built together! 

Very truly yours,

Lisa Vetere
Women in Cable Telecommunications, Greater Philadelphia

Congratulations Marge Jackson on receiving 2019 WICT Chapter Advisor of the Year!

WICT recognized Marge Jackson, SVP, National Call Center Sales, Comcast , as WICT Chapter Advisor of the Year.
Thank you for all you do and the continued support for the Philadelphia Chapter.

2020 Spring Executive Development Series (EDS):Leading with Power and Authenticity
April 1 – 3, 2020
The Brice Hotel, Savannah, GA

You are invited to apply for a Greater Philadelphia WICT scholarship for the Executive Development Series (EDS) offered through WICT National. Please note that these programs are designed for women at the Director level or above.

All EDS scholarship applications are due  FEBRUARY 7 by 5 PM EST  in order to qualify. The scholarship covers registration fee, hotel, airfare, and taxi/Uber transportation to and from the airport.
Before you apply for the scholarship, please read all program information detailed  here .

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Did you know Oprah Winfrey was born this week 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.

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 have other women inspired you or helped shape your career?

I am inspired by women leaders who are top performers and who are creating space for other women to lead. I have seen good examples of this throughout my career. Early in my career, I aspired to become a television director and was mentored by successful women in entertainment. Now working in technology and business, I continue to see examples of strong women leaders advocating for other women. Women mentors and sponsors have been critical to shaping my own aspirations in business and inspire me to create opportunities for other women.

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

Few people know that I get pretty ambitious when it comes to outdoor activities. Last summer, I hiked 4800 feet to the top of Mt Moosilauke in New Hampshire on a whim. This was my first time summiting a mountain on foot and I had no hiking boots or proper hiking gear. I will admit this was risky, but the outcome was well worth it. My risk-tolerance has also benefited me at work since I am always willing to try new approaches.

Why do you think WICT is important?

I have found WICT valuable for fostering leadership development and networking opportunities for women. One of the most meaningful experiences I have had with WICT was participating in the Rising Leaders Program (RLP), an intensive leadership immersion. Through RLP, I was able to build relationships and share best practices with other women leaders across the cable industry. In addition, I learned valuable management tools for expanding my organizational impact such as identifying different social styles and building effective alliances. I appreciate that WICT offers many opportunities like these for women to grow in their careers.