Volume 2 | November 2020
Jeannette Richardson
WICT Greater Ohio
Diabetes Awareness Month
As we are fast approaching the holiday season, I ask that you keep safe and protected during this time. In normal times, some 50 million Americans usually travel at least 50 miles for Thanksgiving dinner, according to AAA. This year especially, the need to draw loved ones close feels urgent, and the idea of sacrificing one more sacred tradition in a year when we have already sacrificed so much feels deeply unfair. Skipping or scaling back in-person holiday celebrations now is as much a civic duty and an act of solidarity as wearing a mask in public or standing at least six feet apart. For your safety and the safety of your family and friends, I ask that you opt to minimize the risk as the surge continues to impact people across the country.

While new ways to celebrate such as Zoom gatherings will never fully match the intimacy of in-person ones, it is still a means that can help keep families connected and preserve some traditions. Social media is full of suggestions for how to make virtual holidays more festive, like pie baking over FaceTime, cooking and eating the same meal across different tables and time zones.

While the world is full of people in need year-round, no time is that more apparent than during the holiday season. I ask that you find some way to make a charitable donation to your favorite cause or volunteer your time, which will give you the opportunity to lift the spirits of those in need. 

Please join us for our upcoming end of year gala scheduled for December 16, 2020 from 12 noon until 2 pm as we celebrate the chapter's success, learn how to get our sparkle back and hear more about our plans for 2021. We look forward to your attendance.

To the members of the WICT Greater Ohio Chapter, you are so special to us. We want to thank you for your continued support and engagement especially during these challenging times. May this holiday season bring much joy to your heart and your home.

All the best, 
Jeannette Richardson
2020 WICT Greater Ohio President & US Army Veteran
A Word Cloud Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Thank you WICT Greater Ohio members for your word contributions.
WICT Greater Ohio Chapter Board Member Openings
On behalf of the WICT Greater Ohio Chapter, we are issuing a call for nominations for the positions on our 2020 Board of Directors.

Roles and responsibilities for the open positions can be found on the WICT GO website link below:

  1. Marketing and Communications Chairperson
  2. Social Media Chairperson
  3. Community Outreach Chairperson
  4. Sponsorship-Fundraising Chairperson

WICT Greater Ohio would like to honor our veterans:

In honor of Veteran's Day on November 11, we would like to honor all of our WICT members who currently serve, formally served or are a part of a military family. We appreciate your sacrifice to help protect our country. You are valued and appreciated.

We hope you had a Happy Veteran's Day!
World Diabetes Day
November 14

This day is the primary day to bring awareness around the globe on Diabetes.

Ways to bring awareness is by supporting virtual walks, supporting local charity organizations and use social media to educate people.

A few organizations to partner with for support, advocacy and education are listed below:

Get to know your WICT GO Board Members

Laura Nix
Chapter Ambassador-Comcast
Comcast Enterprise Systems & Support Sr Mgr
Describe your role & what you love about it.

I am the Senior Manager of Enterprise Systems and Support at Comcast Business where I lead two diverse teams – Enterprise Systems Support (ESSS) and Enterprise Client Account Specialists (ECAS). My ESSS teams supports the initial onboarding of our Enterprise customers into our back office systems and provides ongoing support and maintenance of these systems through Service Delivery as well as manages the process of turning contracts over from Sales to Operations. My ECAS team is on the invoice accuracy side of the house and completes proactive audits of monthly invoices for our strategic customers as well as serves as client facing invoice specialists for the customer and our internal teams. I love the fact that every one of my days is different – while I work directly with my teams, I also get the opportunity to work on process improvement efforts on their behalf with a number of different business units within Comcast Benefits. I love having the opportunity to inspire my teams to keep forging ahead no matter what challenges lie in front of them and finding creative ways to keep them motivated.

How have other women inspired you or helped shape your career?

Too many to count! I have been blessed to have had strong women guiding me in my career from day 1 – managers, mentors, keynote/motivational speakers, my mom, sister, etc. but also a network of female peers who endlessly encourage and inspire me and drive me to be better. While it is important to find inspiration and characteristics in Leaders that you aspire to emulate, it is equally as important to have a strong peer network of women who lift you up, tell you “YES, you can” and push you to continue to grow in your career. Just the other day, a female colleague of mine sent me the quote “Be the woman who fixes another woman’s crown without telling the world it was crooked” and it really resonated with me that we rely on women to have our back and make sure we are supported behind the scenes – to push us to where we need to go and help us course correct without having to do in the limelight.

What is something that most people don't know about you?

I graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Entrepreneurship and Marketing because I had aspirations, from a very early age, of opening my own coffee shop (which is now part of my retirement plan!).

Why do you think WICT is important?

Going back to my response about how important a strong support network is, I think WICT opens the door to expand and broaden your horizons with networking across the industry but is also an incredible resource for general career and development. Personally, being a part of the WICT GO Mentorship program in 2019 and being a committee member in 2020 has made me appreciate all that the mentorship program and WICT, in general, has to offer. From professional coaching and relationships, to social events and a webinar series with an expansive set of topics that encourage our members to expand both their mindsets and skillsets. Also, WICT makes professional networking FUN – we get down to business when we need to but my fellow board members remind me to always keep a good sense of humor in all situations.

What do you hope to see the WICT GO chapter accomplish this year?

I think the sky is our limit and we are already on our way upward! I hope to see the WICT GO chapter get some well-deserved recognition this year for the hard work we have put into our programming. I also hope we continue to expand our membership so that we can introduce other local members of our industry to WICT and show them the benefits they receive from all of the events and opportunities we have to offer. We have so many talented women (and men!) as part of our chapter that have so much knowledge to share and skillsets to teach – I hope we significantly broaden the audience that we are able to impact this year.
Thanksgiving is fast approaching
Remember to take time out during this time to share thankfulness for everything you are grateful for.

As said by the Phenomenal Oprah Winfrey:

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
– Oprah Winfrey
Pumpkin-Chocolate Chip Cake

WICT Online Learning Library and Free Online Learning Opportunities
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 members. Not a member? Join today and access this benefit and more!
There are many different ways you can continue to increase your knowledge and learning.

Family Support Tools for Distance Learning

EveryoneOn is offering digital skill training, internet services and computers for low-income families.

WICT GO Veterans Day 5K-RECAP
November 6 - 8, 2020
Thank you to all who participated for this wonderful challenge and honor to our fellow veterans. Check out a few highlights and testimonies from our wonderful weekend challenge.

The weather was great also :)
Save The Date
Mark your calendars for some fun and exciting events coming up
Save The Date!

The WICT Greater Ohio End of the Year Gala is almost here.

Stay tuned for more details to come, and help celebrate the success of WICT Greater Ohio this past year.

Event Theme: "Powering Through The Pandemic"
Event Location: Virtual
Event Date:
Wednesday, December 16  2020
Event Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
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