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|Danica Riddick talks WICT experience|
I have been a member of WICT for two years while being employed at Cox. Last year I was privileged enough to be a part of WICT’s mentoring program. This year my name was entered into a drawing with other Virginia WICT members in order to attend the Leadership Conference in New York. Surprise, surprise, surprise … my name was drawn and I was headed to the city of "big lights and dreams" … New York City! When I first received the email, I sat at my desk in complete disbelief. I was so shocked that I sent the email to my mother to read to make sure I read it correctly! When I realized I was indeed the winner I quickly responded to the invite and began to prepare to travel.
When arriving in New York we headed right to the hotel got checked in and registered. Angela Washington, president of the Virginia WICT chapter, was at the Registration Desk and she ensured we were checked in and had everything we had to begin the conference and she did it all with a smile!! That evening I was very pleased to be invited by the Virginia WICT board to dinner. I was able to talk to those whom I was not familiar with on a personal level. During dinner as I talked with Lashone Sanders, Vice President of the Virginia WICT chapter, who reminded me to never ever be ashamed of my journey and what it has taken for me to get where I am. She encouraged me to share my story with the next generation and my peers as you never know who it will inspire. I am grateful for those words of encouragement. Those are the same words I received from my mentor, Field Services Manager Aaron Button, last year during the WICT Mentoring Program.
The next morning as I prepared for the day with my morning devotional I had to pinch myself because I could not believe that I was experiencing being amongst so many great women and men with a genuine interest of being better and bettering the next generation. The conference kicked off with journalist Katie Couric talking about her life journey. In listening to her I never knew how accomplished she was in her field and within her family. She too had a story, like many of the women I met at the conference, where she was torn in life in being an involved and dedicated mother and pursuing her own life dreams. She has been able to do it all while wearing a smile on her face even though things have not always been the best. I also attended a session entitled, "Harnessing Chaos and Creating Opportunity", where we engaged in an exercise that involved us yelling, "I MADE A MISTAKE!!" when we goofed up in the tasks we were assigned. Man, this seems small, but being able to scream out those words and hear just how many of us make errors made me have a sense of just how human it is to err. It made me understand what is important is how I recover from those mistakes and the lessons I learned. While in that session I excused myself to use the restroom and to my greatest surprise……I MET AND TALKED TO KATIE COURIC!!!! Did you hear what I just said? I met and personally talked to Katie Couric. What?? HUH?? I am the kind of person who is not star struck. I saw her walking towards me and I just smiled and told her good morning. She stopped and had a conversation with me just like we had known each other for years. For once in my life I had a shortage of words to say. When I went back to my chair I was in awe. There were just so many great moments that I personally experienced while at the conference … like how people who never met could just stop and talk to one another without having to rush off to a meeting, not being nervous, not caring who came from what company, but just bonding and enjoying the speakers and atmosphere.
This conference has reminded me that I too have a story to tell and not be ashamed of it. Also, I could test what I have been reading in books about stepping outside of my "comfort zone" and allowing great things to happen. I am still processing all the countless pieces of information that I absorbed from attending the conference. I also met a young woman who is from Charlotte, North Carolina who has a lot in common with myself that I would have never talked to ordinarily that I plan on visiting next month when I visit my sister in Greensboro. I really want to thank the entire WICT Virginia board for affording me this great opportunity to attend the Leadership Conference. This is something that I hope everyone in the organization can attend one day. Hopefully, I will be able to return one year soon.
|Moneca Williams talks WICT conference|
|I’m so grateful for the opportunity to attend The 2017 WICT Leadership Conference in New York Sept. 25-26. The experience was life changing for me. I wish I could have attended all the workshops however the two that spoke volumes for me were the Power of Personal Brand and Move from Intuition to Action. The keynote speakers career paths were not easy but they echoed mentoring and standing firm on your beliefs. This has given me a new perspective of my career, going to the next level and what to look forward to. I would encourage everyone to join WICT the program has so much to offer. I appreciate Cox for investing in me. My take away get a mentor, sponsor, a mission statement, and know your purpose in life.|
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June 20th, 2017 – Mindset Matters: From Common to Confident- Richmond, VA from 7pm-9pm– From Common to Confident was an outstanding event. WICT Virginia partnered with NAMIC Virginia to learn six key principles regarding confidence taught by Shinese Collins.
Thursday, May 25th WICT Mentor/Mentee Kick Off
Toni Stubbs, WICT Chapter Advisor, is a leader in a male dominated field | First person
Being female in a male dominated field
"Cox is a great place to work for females, and we do have several female executives across the company. With my role, I really feel an obligation to represent the role I have and my company well. There are so many males in the technical space for rising leaders within our company and externally, to look up to. I try to ensure that I’m staying visible and accessible so that rising women in Engineering know that they can be in this role one day."
June 20th, 2017 – Mindset Matters: From Common to Confident- Richmond, VA from 7pm-9pm –
On Wednesday, April 27, Gary T. McCollum, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Cox Communications of Virginia and 2011 WICT Virginia Chapter Mentor, was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, VA and recognized Virginia leaders that excel in journalism, public relations, advertising and other media fields.
Virginia cable industry leader Gary McCollum, SVP and General Manager of Cox Communications Virginia, was inducted into the 2010 Virginia Cable Hall of Fame, the highest individual honor bestowed by the Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association (VCTA). McCollum was honored by VCTA on Monday, Nov. 8 at a ceremony at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, Va. McCollum is also the WICT VA chapter’s 2011 advisor.“We are incredibly proud of Gary for having achieved this honor,” says Jill Campbell, SVP Eastern Division Operations, Cox Communications. “He is a dynamic and influential leader who brings vision, enthusiasm, and a competitive edge to both the business of running a statewide cable operation and to making a difference in the communities he serves.” McCollum joined Cox Communications in 1989 as a manager trainee in Hartford, Conn., and was later promoted to a variety of management roles, including Plant Operations Manager and Vice President of Customer Care. He went on to serve as General Manager of Cox systems in Hampton Roads, Northern Virginia, Roanoke, and of the entire Virginia operation, a position he has held since February 2010.
Suddenlink’s Atlantic Region’s Data Engineer Tia Lee has been named to industry trade publication CableFAX: The Magazine’s “Top Women in Cable Tech” list. The list recognizes women based on how they are helping their companies grow and succeed, as well as the roles they play in mapping the future of cable and telecommunications. Tia is responsible for networks in seven states, including routing, switching and the fiber-optic transport networks supporting video, data, DOCSIS and commercial services. She has earned the Internet Protocol Engineering Professional (IPEP) certification from the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and the Master Technician – Customer Premises certification from Jones/NCTI.
Nathalie Malaty, Finance Manager at Cox Communications in Northern Virginia was named as the Emerging Leader on the WICT National Board of Directors for 2009. In her one year term she will serve as Chair for the inaugural WICT National Junior Board. Over the year the Junior Board will be working on a project based on social networking and associated technologies.
On Friday, April 3, 2009, Toni Stubbs, who serves as VP of Field Information Technology for Cox Communications, was awarded the Next Generation Leader Award by National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). The award was presented at the NAMIC Annual Awards Breakfast held as part of Cable Connection – Spring at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, DC.
Tia Lee, who serves as the Regional Data Engineer for Suddenlink Communications’ Atlantic Region, was recognized in Multichannel News’ "40 under 40" annual review. Tia has been with Suddenlink since August 2007, playing key roles in the implementation of its regional data-transport network, as well as the MSO’s cable-modem termination system upgrade and standardization. “I’m incredibly privileged to work with a great team at Suddenlink, where we’re always encouraged and empowered to be our best,” Lee said. “I sincerely look forward to coming to work every day in this business, to see what new challenges we can address and what new things we can learn together.” Lee began her career as a customer-service representative, then took on increased responsibility as a network administrator with Charter Communications. She’s successfully led a technical team that handled core switching and routing projects to upgrade the Internet-service provider network, worked on commercial business fiber projects, led a team of specialists maintaining a cable-modem network, and managed a number of other technical projects and responsibilities.
Marilyn Burrows, most recently VP/GM of Cox Roanoke (Va.), was named SVP and GM of Cox Las Vegas. Marilyn joined Cox in 2004 from Time Warner Cable’s National Division in Denver, where she was vice president, online services.
Christian & Barton attorney Cliona Mary Robb has earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® Accredited Professional (LEED® AP) designation from the Green Building Certification Institute. The LEED® AP designation marks an individual who has passed an exam to demonstrate knowledge and skill of the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. Approximately 15 Virginia attorneys currently hold the designation, and Cliona was the first woman attorney in Virginia to become a LEED AP.
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