To remain competitive, it is imperative that the cable industry continue to attract and retain more women in the highly sought-after STEM fields. At WICT we are committed to supporting women in STEM through various initiatives. We are pleased to share some of WICT’s related initiatives to ensure we help our member companies fuel the pipeline of talented women coming up in tech-related fields.
- Tech It Out: WICT’s Tech It Out Initiative premiered a decade ago with the goal of creating strong women leaders in technology, while also raising awareness of the vast opportunities for women in STEM careers within our industry. We achieve this by partnering with our local chapters as well as SCTE and NAMIC to bring rich educational content and networking activities to build stronger, well connected tech leaders. View photos and read a wrap up of past programs here. The 2020 program is taking place in June with the WICT Midwest Chapter as our partner.
- Nomi M. Bergman Fellowship: Named in honor of one of the industry’s most dedicated supporters of WICT and women in STEM, the Fellowship enables a high-potential woman employed by a technology company to experience the strength of WICT’s educational programs and robust professional network. The Fellowship recipient embarks on a one-year journey designed to build crucial leadership development skills through WICT’s resources and programs. Learn about the Fellowship and the 2020 recipient, Joanna Casas, Network Engineer, Charter Communications, on our website.
- PAR Initiative: WICT’s biennial survey collects data on women in technology fields in cable, and compares the findings against other industries. Visit the PAR section of our website to learn more.
- Women’s TechConnect: The Women’s TechConnect Initiative is designed in partnership with
Women in Technology honorees, WICT and SCTE to provide a mentoring relationship between senior ranking and high-potential cable tech executives to help educate and retain women in the technology fields of the cable industry. The goal of the program is to provide a crucial support system to better equip mentees to overcome workplace challenges, while helping them rise through the cable ranks until they themselves become the leaders and innovators. This year’s program will begin with a kick-off meeting during the 2020 WICT Leadership Conference, and will conclude with graduation in fall 2021 at the SCTE•ISBE Cable-Tec Expo. Read more about the program online.
- Women in Technology Award: Created in 1995 to recognize and honor top women executives in cable technology, the annual Women in Technology Award is presented in partnership with the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and its global arm, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and Cablefax. The award acknowledges the achievements of an individual who has demonstrated outstanding professional growth while contributing to the advancement of the cable industry. In 2020, Cox Communications’ Kim Keever received the award. Click here to meet Kim and learn about her background and many accomplishments.
- Woman to Watch – Technology: WICT’s Woman to Watch distinction recognizes leaders who show tremendous growth and progression through their professional accomplishments with a strong commitment to their companies and the industry at large. Beginning in 2017, WICT added a category to honor Woman to Watch from a technology company. The 2019 honoree is Zenita Henderson from SCTE•ISBE, and she received her award during the 2019 WICT Touchstones Luncheon in New York. Learn more about Zenita and all of the 2019 award winners by visiting our website.
- Girls Who Code: WICT has cultivated an alliance with Girls Who Code, a nationwide organization with a single mission: to close the gender gap in technology. We are proud to support the laudable efforts of Girls Who Code by making an annual financial contribution on behalf of all of our 10,000 members. In addition, Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code, spoke during the Pearls of Wisdom session during the 2017 WICT Leadership Conference, after which WICT announced plans to donate copies of Reshma’s book, Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World, to the Young Women’s Leadership Network. WICT members can view video of the 2017 Pearls of Wisdom session on our website (login required).
- Doug Semon Scholarship: Technology pioneer Doug Semon, beloved husband of 2010 WIT honoree Leslie Ellis unexpectedly passed away in 2020. Doug had a wonderfully long and successful career in the cable industry. He was also an avid supporter of the FIRST Robotics program in the Denver area, and served as mentor to George Washington High School’s FRC Team 1410 “The Kraken.” The SCTE Foundation, in partnership with past honorees of the SCTE•ISBE / WICT Women in Technology Award, has started a campaign to permanently memorialize Doug Semon, creating a scholarship fund to continue his work, inspiring young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators. Click here to learn more.
In addition to these activities led or coordinated by WICT Global, many of WICT’s chapters also conduct numerous programs, including in-person events and webinars, geared toward promoting gender diversity in STEM fields. View the full calendar of WICT Global and Chapter programs on our homepage at www.wict.org.