THE TOUCHSTONE

WICT Washington DC/Baltimore Newsletter

Issue #9                                                                                                                                                                      May 2014

Welcome to WICT Washington DC/Baltimore’s second issue of The Touchstone for 2014! In this issue, catch up on events that you may have missed and check out events (both local and national) coming up, including Tech It Out and our summer celebration.

Also, be sure to keep an eye out for our new website, coming to a device near you soon!

Happy Summer! WICT

Washington DC/Baltimore


Event Recaps

Resume Tips and Techniques

During Resume Tips & Techniques, an event co-sponsored by Women in Film & Video, an experienced and savvy panel led us through new ways to update and reshape our resumes for today’s industry.

Recruiters Karen Proctor (Kreative Recruiting) and Ken Nice (the YOH Company) provided key tips for composing the best resume possible—use bullet points, concise job descriptions and strong verbs, and be sure to highlight your skills. Meanwhile, consultant Elizabeth Ventura (EMV Enterprises) gave some pointers on creating a skills-based resume and photographer Katarina Price (Katarina Price Photography) noted that these days, “first impressions are made online.” She recommended getting a good head shot at least for your LinkedIn profile–selfies don’t count!

Conflict in Style

How do you handle conflict? Are you an avoider? Maybe a compromiser? WICT members braved a thunderstorm to attend the Conflict in Style workshop. Mary Abbajay of Careerstone Group led an in-depth discussion (and even some role play!) on how to handle conflict in the workplace. The group discovered their personal conflict styles and how they can handle situations better in the future. Mary noted that relationships are weighed down by negative attitudes and fixed opinions. When things come to a head, it is best to tackle the conflict earlier, as it will be easier to resolve than at a later point, and that you should provide constructive and usable feedback about the conflict, disentangling impact from intent–which is also a key leadership skill!

Real Men Join WICT!

(From Will Martinez of the New Mexico & Arizona Chapter)

Today’s women are influential leaders as CEOs, political figures, fashionistas, athletes and of course, cable industry professionals. At its core, WICT brings together those of us who believe in the strength and equality of women. The organization celebrates strong leadership, provides the opportunity to advance in your career and participate in a welcoming atmosphere with valuable resources. I must admit, when I was new to the industry I was a little skeptical about joining solely based on the name. I thought, “Where can I join MICT – Men in Cable Telecom?” Forget about googling it; there’s no such thing! At my first mixer, I was introduced to veterans in the industry (both men and women) that shared their stories and excitement about WICT. I immediately felt part of the organization and made good relationships after attending a few events. I have also learned so much more about the industry and its changes, as well as more about myself as a professional through its resources (webinars, board participation, etc.). It’s important to have equal representation in this organization and show our support for women to continue climbing the corporate ladder. REAL (Rewarding Equality and Leadership) Men support the leadership of women and join WICT!

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.

Tech it Out
What you need to know about cloud technology and its impact on the cable industry

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
NCTA
25 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
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“It’s on the Cloud”…We’ve all heard this phrase, but what does it really mean? Join us for Tech It Out as we explore how Cloud technology has been a key enabler of the explosive change that’s taking place in our industry. Hear from industry experts about how Cloud technology is driving innovations that have created business advantages and efficiencies for operators and programmers alike. TV Everywhere, Dynamic Ad Insertion, Voice Services, etc. all trace back to the Cloud in some way. What is the Cloud? How does it work? More importantly, how will it continue to shape our industry going forward and what new opportunities will exist as a result?

Summer Celebration and Fundraiser

Friday, July 11, 2014
Bo Brooks
2701 Lighthouse Point
Baltimore, MD 21225
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Join WICT as we kick off summer with an evening celebration and enjoy delicious food, cocktails and networking. We will hold a silent auction with all proceeds benefiting the members of the chapter through scholarship opportunities, such as: the annual WICT Leadership Conference and Touchstones of Leadership Awards.

WICT National Events

WICT Leadership Conference

September 15-16, 2014
New York Marriott Marquis
New York, NY

  Registration is open for the 2014 WICT Leadership Conference, which will be held September 15-16 in New York City at the Marriott Marquis. Don’t miss out as WICT presents the 2014 Woman of the Year and Woman to Watch awards at the Touchstones Luncheon on September 15. The Woman of the Year award is bestowed on a woman who has made increasingly significant contributions throughout her career to her company and the overall cable telecommunications industry, and the Woman to Watch award is bestowed on a woman who shows tremendous promise for transforming the industry through her professional accomplishments. There will be a Woman to Watch honoree designated from a programmer and from an operator. To learn more about these awards or to nominate someone, visit the WICT website

Additionally, WICT is pleased to offer three Fellowship Opportunities to attend the 2014 WICT Leadership Conference. The June Travis, Cheryl Greene and Lucille Larkin Fellowships were created to honor early WICT leaders and to provide opportunities for deserving candidates to participate in a national event. To be considered, interested individuals must complete the online application(s) by Friday, June 20, at 5:00 pm Eastern. Learn more about each of the fellowships and WICT website

Tech It Out Conference

September 24, 2014
SCTE’s Cable-Tech Expo ®
Denver, CO

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The Tech It Out Conference is designed to bring together thought-leaders in technology from both inside and outside the cable industry. Speakers share their insights on leadership development with our target audience of women and people of color. In addition to a panel discussion, the Tech It Out Conference allows dedicated time for leadership training, as well as a guided group tour of select SCTE exhibits. This year’s program will take place inside of SCTE’s Cable-Tec Expo® on September 24 in Denver, CO, with NAMIC and SCTE serving as our partners. Registration is complimentary this year, so click here to learn more and register today!

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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