WICT Greater Ohio
Inside Look
Volume 3 | July-August 2021










Jeannette Richardson
President
WICT Greater Ohio
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Summer is a season that represents youth, carefree attitudes, and free-spirited living. Therefore, it is never easy to say goodbye to the summer months. However, summer is ending as there are sure signs that autumn is just around the corner: school supplies, tax-free weekend sales, Nike sneaker commercials, yellow school buses, etc. Autumn can mean different things to different people happy or sad. Personally, for me fall means I get to watch my favorite sport….FOOTBALL. Not to mention watching the transformation of plants and trees as we fall into autumn and leaves turn from green to the beautiful colors of red, yellow and orange which are just amazing to see.
 
As we embark upon the remaining months of 2021, let us look back as we transition to some form of normalcy. Over the past year, we have all established some new rituals – which ones will you continue? Some of the rituals that I plan to continue include self-love and reconnecting more with family and friends. By learning to spend quality time with myself, I have learned to cherish moments of solitude.
 
Recommendations for maintaining your sanity:
MyLife offers a personalized mindfulness boost any time of the day. Download the app free. There are over 400 relaxation activities.
§ Enjoy reading - check out the moving memoir Ladyparts written by Deborah Copaken. Deborah is a best-selling author who has been through it all – illness, divorce, parenting worries and financial struggles and guess what; she made it through it all. 

“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths” Etty Hillesum, An Interrupted Life.
 
Exciting plans are happening with the Greater Ohio Chapter:
We have made great strides in the planning of our 2021 WICT Tech It Out Event scheduled for Wednesday, October 6. We have a special keynote speaker this year, Sophia Constantine, Morning Anchor with Spectrum News 1. Sophia Constantine joined Spectrum News Ohio as its first morning anchor; she was recruited and moved from Texas to help launch the company’s news channel. She has a compelling story that lends itself to the 2021 WICT touchstone of “Be Fearless.” We are excited and looking forward to her discussion.
 
We provide leadership resources affording our members’ continuous development:
WICT GO is committed to supporting its members at every stage of their career. This year we are proud to sponsor two committed members to attend the 2021 WICT Global Leadership Conference scheduled for October 5 and 6. 
 
2021 WICT GO Recipients:
  • Ebru Burroughs, Manager, Field Marketing Spectrum Reach
  • Stephanie Megas, Manager Government Affairs, Charter
 
We take great pride in supporting our communities:
WICTGO takes great pride in giving back to the communities that support us. This year, we were able to give the Bethany House over $3,000.00 in donations. Bethany House Services empowers homeless and at-risk families with solutions to achieve housing stability and long-term self-sufficiency.
 
If you are looking for an amazing organization with a mission to create women leaders who transform the industry, WICT GO is for you. Our professional development programs and business-to-business network have helped women for over 40 years. We would love to have you as part of our TEAM.
Upcoming Events/Opportunities

  • Spectrum Women Book Club: Tuesday August 3, 2021
  • Besa Be the Good - Community Outreach: September 2021
  • WICT Greater Ohio Tech It Out 2021: Wednesday October 6, 2021
Do you get weekends off of work? Lunch breaks? Paid vacation? An eight-hour workday? Social security? If you said “yes” to any of these questions, you can thank labor unions and the U.S. labor movement for it. How did it start? On May 4, 1886, at a time when most American laborers worked 18 or even 20 hours a day, tens of thousands of workers protested in cities all across the U.S. to demand an eight-hour workday. Because of this movement we celebrate Labor Day to reflect on the American worker’s contributions to our country and society. 
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The Five Major Benefits of Yoga
 
We are living in stressful times - surviving through our current events. As a result, we all are searching for ways to better manage our stress levels and health. Yoga is one of the many ways that we can use to manage our stress levels and also gain some health benefits. Here are five major benefits of yoga:
 
  • Improves strength, balance and flexibility
  • Helps with back pain
  • Benefits heart health
  • Relaxes you to help improve sleep patterns
  • Boosts your energy levels while improving your mood and managing stress
 
Yoga improves strength, balance and flexibility
It is said that deep breathing increases our blood flow and gets our muscles all warm and toasty and holding a pose for a period of time can help build strength over time (Hopkins).

Try it: Tree Pose

Balance on one foot, while holding the other foot to your calf or above the knee (but never on the knee) at a right angle. Try to focus on one spot in front of you while balancing for one minute. 
 
Yoga helps with back pain relief

Since we know that Yoga makes our muscles warm and toasty many healthcare providers recommend that it be used as a first line of defense for treatment of chronic back pain (Hopkins).

Try it: Cat-Cow Pose

Get on all fours, placing your palms underneath your shoulders and your knees underneath your hips. First, inhale as you let your stomach drop down toward the floor. Then, exhale as you draw your navel toward your spine, arching your spine like a cat stretching. 
 
Yoga benefits heart health

Consistent use of yoga can reduce levels of stress and overall body inflammation, which aids in heart health. Linked aliments such as heart disease and high blood pressure can also be treated with yoga over time.(Hopkins). 

Try it: Downward Dog Pose

Get on all fours then tuck your toes under and bring your sitting bones up, so that you make a triangle shape. Keep a slight bend in your knees, while lengthening your spine and tailbone.
 
Yoga relaxes you, and improves sleep

Who doesn’t love a good night of REM sleep? If you’re having trouble sleeping, yoga may be the answer. Nightly yoga can help you fall asleep and stay asleep, so that you can wake up and feel refreshed (Hopkins).

Try It: Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose

Sit with your left side against a wall, then gently turn right and lift your legs up to rest against the wall, keeping your back on the floor and your sitting bones close to the wall. You can remain in this position for 5 to 15 minutes. 
 
Yoga can mean more energy, brighter moods and less stress
History has shown that yoga supports overall health and contributes to an increase an energy, brighter moods and lower stress levels. Yoga provides benefits of mindfulness of being one with your body and aligning mind, body and soul (Hopkins).

Try It: Corpse Pose (Savasana) 

Lie down with your limbs gently stretched out, away from the body, with your palms facing up. Try to clear your mind while breathing deeply. You can hold this pose for 5 to 15 minutes.
Here's what you will learn:

What the future holds for technology.

How to become a key contributor.

Cutting-edge industry trends to watch out for in 2022.
 
Registration details coming soon, an email will be coming to you soon.
July/August Monthly Riddle
Can you guess the answer?

I am a type of building and from the top I shine. I warn sailors about rocks so that ships will be fine. What am I?
Coming this October, you can attend virtually the WICT Leadership Conference 2021
WICT’s Leadership Conference is the premier leadership development program for members and other industry stakeholders. Our theme, Together, We Shine. Together, We Thrive, reflects the collective power of our community. Gather with peers and key thought leaders to learn how businesses can thrive and how together we can multiply our impact on our companies and careers.
WICT Online Learning Library and Free Online Learning Opportunities
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During this uncertain time, many of us are facing new challenges such as working remotely or having to self-quarantine. Just like this Forbes article reminds us, while we cannot completely control what is happening during this pandemic, we can look for opportunities to engage our communities in positive ways. 

To help you with this effort, the WICT Online Learning Library is open to members. Not a member? Join today and access this benefit and more!
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There are many different ways you can continue to increase your knowledge and learning.


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2021 WICT Global Events Calendar
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