Volume 2 | June 2020
Jeannette Richardson
WICT Greater Ohio
Financial Wellness
The year 2020 has seen its fair share of major historic events, from the brush fires in New South Wales, the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic, to a movement acknowledging the need of equal rights for all – generating mass support from around the world.
In past newsletters, we shared information about the power of being resilient during turbulent times and the importance of self-care. Our goal was to promote a healthier and happier YOU to be able to handle challenges during these turbulent times. This month, we want to focus on financial wellness. One might ask what financial wellness is; it is having control over your day-to-day and month-to-month finances, therefore positioning yourself to successfully handle and absorb a financial crisis and life expenses while staying on track to meet your financial goals. 

A few recommended steps to help get you on the right path:

  • Assess your current/future financial wellness needs
  • Determine the right kind of financial wellness solutions for you
  • Find and commit to your financial wellness program
  • Implement and evaluate your solution
  • Review and reassess as needed to ensure you stay on the right path

This month’s highlights include:

  • Information that you can use to increase your short-term and long-term financial wealth.
  • An overview of our Virtual 5K walk hosted back in May.
  • An article on giving back.
  • Get to know your WICT GO Board Members; this month we introduce you to Mariam Waters, WICTGO Chapter Programming Chairperson.
It is finally summertime! While summer may look a bit different this year, take some time to enjoy the HOT summer days and relax and recharge. 2020 has been a tumultuous year thus far and this warm weather and relaxation is long overdue. 
Summer time should be stress free, relaxing and fun. I hope that everyone has a chance to partake in some fun activities this summer with family and friends and also a safe Fourth of July . I look forward to connecting with everyone in our next monthly Newsletter.
All the best,
Jeannette Richardson
WICT Greater Ohio President
Financial Highlight : Tiffany Aliche - The Budgetnista
Introducing Tiffany Aliche. She is a well-known financial educator, loved by many. She shares her personal story and milestones that have allowed her to bounce back.
She is dedicated to making life-changing financial education accessible to women worldwide. By founding the #LiveRicher movement, she has been able to help countless individuals save money, pay off debt and better educate themselves on finance. This community of “students” is known as the "Dreamcatchers" family.
Check out her website here
Get to know your WICT GO Board Members

Mariam Waters
Programming Chairperson
WICT Greater Ohio
Describe your role & what you love about it.
I’m an Account Executive with the Spectrum Retail team. I oversee the company’s authorized retailers in big box stores such as Wal-Mart, Best Buy, chain grocers and other locations in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area. I love that each person in this department is so well connected with each other! Everyone cheers for success not only in metric performance but our leaders really take quality time to invest in the development of each individual to help us reach our professional goals! In my 12 years of experience with the company and many roles I’ve held, this team is by far my favorite! 
How have other women inspired you or helped shape your career?
I’m inspired by many women! All it takes is one conversation and hearing another woman’s story of what drives her, her WHY and what her goals are, to be inspired with my own goals. I’m also so fortunate to have a circle of female friends who come from all walks of life and career paths, who are always just a call away for advice and guidance. 
What is something that most people don’t know about you?

I jump on any opportunity to throw a party and cook ALL the food and dessert! All my friends know who to call for the hostess with the mostest and that's why I love my role as Programming Chair for WICT GO! I even get really particular to make sure my display is aesthetically pleasing. I’ve even thought about starting my own side business in catering and event hosting! 
Why do you think WICT is important?
Networking is a crucial part of building one’s career and getting your foot in the door. Through WICT, our members not only get the opportunity to network within the Telecommunications field but also to exchange advice specific to the unique challenges women face in our industry.
Where do you hope to see the WICT GO chapter accomplish this year?
When I first began as Programming Chair this year, I helped put many event’s together that were going to bring our members together in-person, for that is what keeps us connected, involved and gives us a break from our day-to-day jobs. Then all of a sudden, due to COVID-19, it was necessary to move everything to a virtual platform. I thought it was going to be difficult to keep our members engaged, but collectively, we have done a great job adapting in 2020. I hope everyone continues to stay connected even if we can’t do it in-person because this chapter is such a breath of fresh air and I’m just happy to be here and meet with you! 
WICT GO Girl Virtual Walk Recap

Thank you to all of the participants who enjoyed the challenge of completing their 5K walk or run. Even with rain in the forecast, you all were determined to finish. We hope you consider incorporating this into your everyday lives!
How to Save $$$

  1. Record your expenses by category (gas, groceries, etc.). Look for a free tracker or create your own.
  2. Budget by category for future months/years. Include all forms of income and deduct expenses to get to your savings.
  3. Find ways to cut spending, pay off debt and shoot for savings of 10% to 15% of your income.
  4. Set savings goals (vacation, new TV, etc.) to motivate yourself to save and limit impulse buying.
  5. Decide on priorities for your savings goals and don’t forget the long-term.
  6. Make savings automatic by depositing a certain percentage of each check.
Summer-time Fun during COVID
Here are a few ideas for the entire family to still enjoy your summer:

·      Take a virtual trip - view travel landmarks, museums and virtually sight-see in top travel cities and destinations.

·      Get Outside - enjoy nature by hiking and camping.

·      Virtual cooking classes, sharing recipes - you can share ideas with your families and friends all while communicating virtually.

  • Kids fun at home - travel themed puzzles, virtual field trips to the space museum, online theater featuring Broadway shows and a virtual tour of Disney World.
Giving Back In The Time of Need
By: Adrienne Henley

WICT GO gave back to those in need and made a donation in support of a Women’s group. Our donation went to the Bethany House Services (BHS) provides housing, education and assistance to homeless families in the Greater Cincinnati area, including Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. They provide holistic services including, emergency shelter, housing, comprehensive case management, post shelter support and permanent affordable rental housing. They strive to address a family’s current needs and seek to prevent repeat episodes of homelessness. WICT GO was happy to donate $1,000 to this organization during these difficult times. This donation, which was greatly appreciated by Bethany House Services, provided assistance for families who were completing their intake on the day we delivered it.
History Fact

Independence Day is annually celebrated on July 4 and is often known as "the Fourth of July". It is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776. Patriotic displays and family events are organized throughout the United States.
About Independence Day:
In 1775, people in New England began fighting the British for their independence. On July 2, 1776, the Congress secretly voted for independence from Great Britain. Two days later, on July 4, 1776, the final wording of the Declaration of Independence was approved and the document was published. The first public reading of the Declaration of   Independence was on July 8, 1776. Delegates began to sign the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776. In 1870, Independence Day was made an unpaid holiday for federal employees. In 1941, it became a paid holiday.
The first description of how Independence Day would be celebrated was in a letter from John Adams to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776. He described "pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations" throughout the United States. However, the term "Independence Day" was not used until 1791.
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, WICT’s Online Learning Library is open to everyone. We encourage you to share the library with your network.
Information and Guidance

For information and guidance during this time please refer to information from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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The Empowered Woman
By: Sonny Carroll
The Empowered Woman, she moves through the world
with a sense of confidence and grace.
Her once reckless spirit now tempered by wisdom.
Quietly, yet firmly, she speaks her truth without doubt or hesitation and the life she leads is of her own creation.
She now understands what it means to live and let live.
How much to ask for herself and how much to give.
She has a strong, yet generous heart and the inner beauty she emanates truly sets her apart.
Like the mythical Phoenix,
she has risen from the ashes and soared to a new plane of existence,
unfettered by the things that once posed such resistance.
Her senses now heightened, she sees everything so clearly.
She hears the wind rustling through the trees;
beckoning her to live the dreams she holds so dearly.
She feels the softness of her hands and muses at the strength that they possess.
Her needs and desires she has learned to express.
She has tasted bitter and savored the sweet fruits of life,
overcome adversity and pushed past heartache and strife.
And the one thing she never understood,
she now knows to be true,
it all begins and ends with you.