THE TOUCHSTONE

WICT Washington DC/Baltimore Newsletter

Issue #8                                                                                                                                                                March 2014

Welcome to WICT Washington DC/Baltimore’s first issue of The Touchstone for 2014! The past year was filled with some really great events, including our annual mentoring program. In this issue, read how successful it was and details on the next round of mentors and mentees.

Also, take a moment to read a note from Monica Lucero, our chapter’s new president!

On the professional development front, take your career to the next level by attending our upcoming events (both local and national), which are designed to improve your knowledge of the industry, sharpen your leadership skills and offer strategies to keep you motivated and inspired. Be sure to attend the resume tips event taking place next month!

Happy Summer! WICT
Washington DC/Baltimore

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Event Recaps

Mentoring Program

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The WICT Washington DC/Baltimore Mentoring Program has been a great opportunity for both emerging and established professionals to assist in personal and professional development. The program matches individuals with senior level executives for a nine-month mentoring relationship to ensure powerful partnerships.

The 2013 Mentoring Program started off with a bang at a kick-off breakfast. The group checked in regularly with a midpoint event, monthly tips and StandOut assessments for both mentors and mentees so the pairs could get the most out of their time together. The program was a huge success and many wonderful relationships were created along the way. The group celebrated with a fun graduation ceremony, which marked the end of the program but hopefully just the start of continuing relationships!

For 2014, WICT welcomes back Shannon Cassidy, Founder & CEO of Bridge Between, to facilitate the opening event in April. New to the program this year is Dr. Donna Blancero, Associate Professor at Bentley University, who will facilitate the mentoring midpoint event in July. Here’s to another great mentoring year!

Art of Networking

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WICT members came together on March 11 for the Art of Networking 2014, where they had a great time learning from media executives how to sharpen their networking skills. The panel was moderated by Ardell Fleeson and panelists included top players in the industry who offered career advice and networking tips. Members picked up advice valuable to their networking goals such as:

  • Send handwritten notes as opposed to emails when possible
  • Do some research and find a common subject with people you are interested in meeting
  • Have a plan when you first meet people
  • Following up after the first meeting

The panel was then followed by some time for mingling where members were able to put their newly-learned skills to good use!

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Letter from the President

Meet Monica Lucero


Dear Members,
I am excited to get our year kicked off and look forward to the exciting events we are ramping up to produce this year. We look forward to getting you engaged in a variety of different programming topics, formats and platforms. We will be exploring ways to bring WICT Membership Value back to our members, but we will need your help in letting us know what is and isn’t working for you along the way.

Our goal this year is to become the year you focus on YOU! Whether you decide to invest in yourself by participating in our nine-month mentoring program or taking in some of the great programs that will focus on developing and honing in on various skill sets or simply joining us to connect with our WICT Washington, DC/Baltimore Chapter members in events like the Ride for the Cure team.

Our goal is to help you gain insights into yourself and our industry. We want this year to be the year you take a step in reaching your dreams – focusing on your goals and taking those leaps so that you get closer to reaching them.

Be sure to check out our great line-up of upcoming events and taking in the great information about our WICT Mentoring Program that will launch in April.

I look forward to seeing all of you!
Monica L. Lucero

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Upcoming Events…

                  Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter Events

We invite you to join us at one of our upcoming chapter events below.
For the latest updates, follow WICT DC/Baltimore on Facebook or connect on LinkedIn.

Resume Tips and Techniques

co-presented with WIFV
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Interface Media Group
1223 20th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Register Now

Join WICT Washington DC/Baltimore and Women In Film & Video for Resume Tips and Techniques. A group of panelists will lead a lively discussion on topics related to career development such as tips for updating your resume, the value of a headshot, understanding what hiring managers look for in candidates who are seeking freelance production opportunities and using social media to increase your visibility.

Panelists will include:

                  • Ashley Brady, Acrux Advisors
                  • Elizabeth Ventura, EMV Enterprises, Inc.
                  • Katarina Price, Katarina Price Photography
                  • Ken Nice, Yoh Company

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WICT National Events

WICT Rising Leaders Program

April 6-11, 2014
Fort Lauderdale, FL
June 1-6, 2014
San Diego, FL

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WICT Signature Luncheon

April 29, 2014
Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, CA

The WICT Signature Luncheon is the premier industry event where distinguished leaders come together to recognize the top companies that are paving the way in demonstrating exceptional gender diversity and inclusion programs. The luncheon will be held in conjunction with The Cable Show 2014. This year, the WICT Signature Luncheon will highlight those companies that are leading the way in practicing gender diversity by honoring the 2013 PAR Best Companies for Women in Cable Telecommunications.

Webinar: How to Conquer Your Worst Fears

June 12, 2014

Ever find yourself wondering what the ‘magic secret’ is for those people who always seem to be happy and successful? Katie Kelley is an expert at developing business superstars and she is going to reveal to you how you can begin to devise your own magical formula in this class. The foundation for true happiness and genuine satisfaction throughout our lives is a healthy and expansive sense of self worth and confidence. It is upon that platform that we then are able to effectively influence others and achieve our goals in an inspired and thoughtful manner. We will also explore how resilience, flexibility and optimism further fortify you when managing life and workplace curveballs. This webinar is free, however our system requires that you select the “pay by check” option when completing the online registration form. To register, click here.

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In the News

Why It’s Harder for Women to “Brag” at Work–and Why We Really Need To

“When [Professor Jessi] Smith and research assistant Megan Huntoon asked college-aged women at Montana State University to write two letters of recommendation for a scholarship — one on their own behalf and one for a friend — letters written for friends were judged as considerably better in quality than letters of self-recommendation. Why did these women have such a hard time writing on their own behalf? According to psychologists, engaging in a “norm violating” activity triggers anxiety, and ultimately, poorer outcomes. Even in 2014, fear of un-ladylike bragging stresses women out.” Click the link above to read more.

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WICT Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter would like to gratefully acknowledge our
2014 Sponsors. Their ongoing investment in our programs, initiatives and mission
makes a critical difference to our industry … Thank You!

 

Silver (Supporter) Sponsors:

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Bronze (Benefactor) Sponsors:

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In-Kind Donation (Event Patron) Sponsors:

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As always, your support of the WICT Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter is appreciated.
For more information on becoming a WICT Sponsor, please contact Monique Kennedy at (410) 513-3140
or via email at monique_kennedy@cable.comcast.com.

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