Letter from the President

Dear friends,  

 

As I reflect on 2016, I am humbled at what we accomplished together and thrilled to report WICT Florida was named WICT Best Chapter Programming of the Year by WICT National in recent weeks. This honor is shared with our WICT Florida Programming Team, without whom none of this would be possible.  Congratulations to our WICT Florida 2016 Board of Directors and members and thank you for your continued support and commitment!

 

I also want to thank our entire board and our WICT Florida members for the opportunity to lead our chapter this year. The impact WICT has had in my life has shaped my world for the better. Our WICT family has taught me valuable lessons, shown me different paths I could travel, guided me through the ebbs and flows of life, and made an irrevocable impact on who I am today and I am forever grateful.  

 

As one of our board members noted, with so many changes in our industry, one thing that doesn't change is WICT's consistent support, valuable network of leaders and their dedication to escalate our member's careers. The learning and sharing opportunities continue to elevate year after year as does the growth in membership due to WICT's commitment to create bold, self-empowered leaders through advocacy and leadership training.   

 

Thank you again for this amazing opportunity. I'm honored to be your WICT Florida President and excited for what our chapter leaders have in store for 2017. Our 16th President of the United States, President Abraham Lincoln said it best, "The best way to predict the future is to create it."   

 

Let's create the future together!  

 

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.