Happy New Year WICT Florida!

As we close out 2017 and as 2018 has dawned, it seems like a great time to give thanks, reflect on what we've accomplished, the journey we've taken to get to where we are and the plans we have for an exciting, bright future. 

 

I'd like to start by saying how much I appreciate each member of the WICT Florida team and that I recognize we wouldn't be where we are without the contributions made by each and every one of our board members and volunteers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Join me in thanking and congratulating our Board of Directors for their commitment and passion for WICT and let's take a moment to welcome the newest members of the WICT Florida board family… This bright, creative group of professionals brings an array of experiences and ideas that will enrich our chapter.

  • LaTonya Nelms, Secretary, Charter
  • Candace DiMassimo, Marketing/Communications Chair, AMT              
  • Stefanie Bowden, Programming Director, Comcast
  • Madeline Almonte, Co-Treasurer, Charter
  • Kasey Ferrua, Membership Chair, In Transition
  • Tanisha Coffee, Volunteer Ambassador, Kelly Services
  • Jami Phillips, Director-at-Large, Charter
  • Kate Wallace, Director-at-Large, Florida Internet & Television
  • Annemarie Medina, Director-at-Large, TNS

    Please click here to view full WICT Florida 2018 Board of Directors…

     Last year was a year of growth, change and transition for our chapter and for our industry as a whole. We delivered impactful programming with a clear focus on educating and inspiring our members, while working to ensure there were tangible takeaways in everything we did. With continued transition in our state and our industry, we will work to maintain WICT Florida as your local source for leadership training, mentoring programs and networking events.

    As FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn commented in the WICT Prepares Women to Lead video, "YOU are at the forefront of a never-ending mission that is crucial to the success of this country and its progress; that of preparing women to lead." I encourage you to watch the video in its entirety!

    Together we will continue to uphold WICT's mission to empower women who transform our industry and by doing that we will also Create Leaders. Together. These are exciting times and I thank you for your membership and support. What we can do together has the power to change the world!

    In 2017, our Chapter received the following WICT Global Chapter Awards:

    INSPIRE - Top Annual WICT Global Award

    BEST PROGRAMMING OF THE YEAR – For the 2nd Year in a Row!

    2ND PLACE MENTORING EXCELLENCE AWARD

    In addition…
  • Our Programming Team delivered 6 high-caliber face-to-face events.
  • Our Programming and Mentoring Team collaborated to present 3 educational and inspiring webinars.
  • Our Mentoring Program hosted 9 mentor/mentee pairs.
  • Our Membership Team hosted 4 member mixers, a new addition to our programming line-up.
  • Our Marketing/Communications Team significantly amplified our social media presence on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Our Book Club Team hosted close to 75 book club members, 3 virtual chats and 2 webinars live with the author.
     
    Because of the efforts of our phenomenal team, we not only survived 2017, we thrived! We continue to work to offer impactful events and leadership development opportunities throughout our diverse and at times geographically challenging state. Be sure to stay tuned for our programming calendar of events, leadership training, mentoring and networking opportunities. 

    Our door is always open to you; we love to hear from our members. Please don't hesitate to reach out with programming suggestions, general feedback and anything pertaining to how we can best serve you. Excited for 2018 and what's to come!


    With gratitude,

    Leah Brown, WICT Florida President
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2016 Accomplishments


WICT Florida Chapter~2016 Programming Chapter of the Year Award

2016 Accomplishments.jpgWICT Florida won the 2016 Programming Chapter of the Year Award! Competing among all Chapter's in the nation, WICT Florida came in First Place!

New York came in second place and Rocky Mountain for third place. Congrats to our sister chapters!


WICT Florida Chapter~2016 Inspire and Others Will Follow Award

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WICT Florida has been honored with the Inspire and Others Will Follow Award, which honors chapters who helped their members achieve their full potential by achieving 90 or more points on the 2016 WICT Model Chapter Business Plan.

 

The WICT Chapter awards measure important aspects of the Model Chapter Business Plan (MCBP), and chapters earn points for performance that meets or exceeds guidelines laid out in the MCBP.

 

Check out all of the Chapter Award Winners here.


   Congratulations to Marva Johnson!  

Marva Johnson, WICT Florida Chapter Advisor Marva Johnson, Vice President of State Government Affairs for Charter's South Region, will be serving as Vice Chair for the WICT National Board of Directors. She will become the organization's Chair in 2018. Marva was also named a "Woman to Watch" by Multichannel News Magazine.

We would like to offer a sincere thank you to Marva for her continued commitment to our Florida Chapter. Her experience and insight serves as an important benefit to our Chapter's overall mission and strategy, and we sincerely appreciate her time and effort.

Marva is most certainly a "Woman to Watch," and we are lucky to have her on our Board of Directors!    


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2015 Accomplishements


Leah.jpgLeah Brown ~ WICT Chapter Leader of the Year

Leah Brown was presented with the WICT Chapter Leader of the Year award. Leah, Senior Manager, Government & Public Affairs, Bright House Networks, served as the Programming Chair for WICT Florida. Congratulations Leah! We are so proud of your accomplishment and the amazing events you coordinated in 2015!



WICT Florida Chapter ~2015 WICT Most Improved Chapter Award
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WICT Most Improved Chapter award honors chapter growth and development from the previous year.









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WICT Touchstones of Leadership


​ ​​The WICT Touchstones of Leadership form the foundation for all of WICT's initiatives. They serve as our compass along the path of strategic and effective leadership development. We encourage members to leverage the WICT Touchstones as a motivational tool and Chapters to look to the Touchstones as the basis for their local program offerings.


KNOW YOURSELF and what you stand for and where you are headed.
You must understand who you are before you can decide who you want to be. Take stock of your strengths and weaknesses, and understand your limitations. Set realistic goals for yourself, keeping in mind that a balance between work and life makes for a healthy leader. Maintain your own morals, values and ethics, so you can hold yourself to the high standards you set. Unleash the leader within you, taking control of your career and steering it in the precise direction you want to go.


COMMUNICATE with passion and poise, in writing and in-person.
The strongest communicato​​rs do more than just talk. Aspire to deliver a speech powerful enough to inspire an entire auditorium or to put pen to paper in such a way that others can be rallied into action through the power of your words. Learn to negotiate for the best possible outcomes with both logic and compassion. The ability to do all this will make you a communicator who embodies conviction and passion - qualities a great leader needs to succeed.


LISTEN with more than just your ears.
Strive to be an active listener who processes what is being conveyed and learn from people through their words. It is by listening with your heart, as well as your head, that you will build lasting relationships strengthening your cohort and helping others around you to grow along the way.


CONNECT to your peers, your industry, and everything around you.
You cannot move forward without a keen understanding of your network – the people you work with and the industry you work in. Immerse yourself in the economics and business practices that affect your company, clients, and colleagues. Keep your ear to the ground. Be aware of your competition and gain the upper hand. Build a support system for yourself and those within your community. Great leaders get connected and stay connected, using every ounce of information to their advantage.


BE A CATALYST and set the wheels of change in motion.
Progress is never made by standing still or by relying on the same old ideas. As a leader you must push the envelope to transform our industry with innovative concepts that are bigger and better than ever before. Take initiative. Raise the bar. Demand equality on all fronts and embrace diversity. Above all, never accept less respect than you offer others, because change can only take hold if it is grounded in respect.
 
BE FEARLESS and confident in your convictions as you take risks and bring others along.
To be a great leader, look fear in the eye and turn it to your advantage as the force driving you into uncharted territory. Use the adrenaline to keep climbing the corporate ladder. Don't surrender or retreat. Commit to your vision and believe in it above everything else. Others will sense your conviction and be willing to follow - without fear.


INSPIRE and others will follow.
Rally those around you to support your vision. Be a mentor, a guide, and a role model - one who learns from what she teaches. Help those around you achieve their full potential with a helping hand that paves the way for future leaders. Be dynamic and strong, and you will inspire others to embrace your vision as the one they want to be part of, and the one they choose to follow.