Women in Cable Telecommunications Greater Ohio Chapter Newsletter
March 2020 | Issue 2

Letter from Jeanette Richardson,
President of WICT Greater Ohio
Dear Valued Member,
I want to take this time to thank Stephanie Shawler, our Immediate Past President, the Board, and committee members for establishing a path for me to start my journey as the President for the Greater Ohio Chapter. I am grateful for the opportunity to step into this role to continue the charge for a chapter that shows heart, dedication and continued commitment to long-term success. It is an honor and privilege to collaborate with such an amazing team.

A lot of work has been put into the revitalization of the chapter, which is a reflection of the many accomplishments achieved over the past few years. While we are proud of our achievements, we fully understand that the road ahead will be equally challenging as we continue to expand on opportunities to engage our members and to continue to provide robust programming for the development of our members. 

Our goal in 2020 is to promote the chapter and the benefits of being a WICT member to ensure awareness of the rewards afforded to members. Some of these benefits include, 1:1 mentorship, developmental programming, networking with key leaders who provide insight on climbing the corporate ladder, plus so much more. To learn more, join us on our Virtual Town Hall Webinar scheduled for March 11, 2020 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (additional information to follow).

As your president, I am a humble servant committed to building and maintaining of a solid chapter that makes you proud of your affiliation. 

I want to take this time to talk about our upcoming “Women’s History Month Celebration” – All about your well-being, scheduled March 19, 2020 in Cincinnati.  Well-being is all about improving the quality of your life, the lives of others close to you, making for a healthier, happier you. It is a complex combination of a person's physical, mental, emotional and social health factors. Well-being is strongly linked to happiness and life satisfaction. In short, well-being could be described as how you feel about yourself and your life.

I would like to encourage everyone to take some time for yourself and attend the event so you can hear about the many ways to improve upon your personal well-being. We have arranged guest speakers and vendors who will talk about getting your sparkle back, organizing your finances for long-term wealth, and finding your balance. Please make the necessary arrangements to attend; I can assure you that you will not regret it.

Again, thank you for your continued support in our chapter’s success; we look forward to the year ahead.

Kind Regards,
Jeanette Richardson
WICT Greater Ohio President

2020 WICT Greater Ohio Theme Announcement 
"Inspire and Others Will Follow"

Rally those around you to support your vision. Be a mentor, a guide, and a role model - one who learns from what she teaches. Help those around you achieve their full potential with a helping hand that paves the way for future leaders. Be dynamic and strong, and you will inspire others to embrace your vision as the one they want to be part of, and the one they choose to follow. 
WICT Greater Ohio
2020 Board of Directors  
Join us in recognizing our newest addition to the Board of Directors

Heather McElfresh-Treasurer
Mariam Waters-Programming Chair
Nakita Rachel-Chapter Ambassador-Columbus
Maria Toth-Chapter Ambassador-Blue Ash
Angela Grammer-Chapter Ambassador-Louisville
Laura Nix-Chapter Ambassador-Comcast
Kim Tolliver-Chapter Ambassador Northeast
Tara Brown-Director-At-Large
Jamie Dinwiddie-Program Coordinator

Would you like to join the board or ask us a question?
Email Us!
Meghan Olszko, IAB Certified Account Executive Spectrum Reach, WICT GO Marketing & Communications Chair
Get to know your WICT GO Board Members
Describe your role & what you love about it.

I’ve been a media Account Executive for 20 years now and I love it. I have worked within Radio, Print, Cable, Broadcast Television and I came back to the Cable industry and haven’t looked back! I strongly believe in trying to learn something new every day and this company and the role that I hold, gives me the opportunity to do just that. Whether I’m meeting with clients from within the automotive industry to retail to law firms to quick-service restaurants, etc. – I am perpetually learning how these industries operate and how impactful they can be within a given market. Also, I am very proud to work for such a progressive company. At Spectrum Reach, we are constantly leading the charge with the most intuitive data to be able to deliver the most targeted, efficient and effective strategies in order to help clients brand and grow revenue for their business. It’s so exciting to watch clients get so engaged in all of the cutting edge opportunities we have to offer and then to see how positively our products and tools impact their business. Plus, I LOVE sports – this give me a first-hand opportunity to sell the Cleveland Indians on TV, Cavs, Browns/NFL, OSU and College Football, and so many other sporting events and leagues. It’s entertaining to be able to not only present these as options to clients, but to also get into lively conversations regarding our favorite sports teams and how they are performing given whatever sports season we are in. It’s really cool to see how making a connection with just sports alone can build rapport within a relationship. 

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

Countless! I am so grateful to be surrounded by so many strong, intelligent and hard-working women from so many diverse backgrounds in my life that have impacted me along my journey. My mother showed me from a young age the power of having courage and strength even through adversities and to always work hard. While working at my family business growing up, I had the opportunity to meet the female Account Executives that would come in to strategize with media campaigns and how we could grow our business. They saw a peaked interest in me and allowed me to shadow them and stay connected with them throughout the years – which led me to where I am nowt. Many of them have now become mentors for me and are current colleagues today! It’s amazing how full circle relationships can build to be, and I’m so grateful for that experience. The support of my fellow working mamas and learning how to find (or appreciate) the new “balance” has been very helpful. My sisters and close girlfriends keep me laughing and continue to be supportive me with all of the goals I continue to set for myself.  I definitely feel as women we have the responsibility to remind each other of the many amazing qualities we see in each other, and to also remind ourselves that the possibilities are endless for what we can achieve!

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

Being a “Connector” is important to me and something that truly drives me. Connecting people and also connecting them to opportunities that will be positive for them is something I truly love. It’s part of what has really helped me have successes in my sales career with the bridging of relationships. Whether it’s making a business connection, personal connection or an opportunity to help an individual grow – it’s an amazing feeling to have such a positive impact within a person’s day.
Also, I love to travel and explore new sights. I want to eventually take my son to as many baseball parks in the country as I can! I am an avid music enthusiast and enjoy going to concerts. Music can get you through a good day, bad day and anything in between!

Why do you think WICT is important?

Back to that feeling of connection and the positive impact it can create, I believe bringing such a diverse group of women together can only bring really awesome opportunities. Women empowering women is a fantastic legacy to “play it forward”. Plus, it brings awareness to careers and opportunities we otherwise may not have been aware of. For example, I work within the Media division of Charter, but through WICT have met so many wonderful and bright women that work within the Cable division (Commercial, Business Class & Residential) that I never would have, given the separation we sometimes get in the hustle and bustle of our different roles. I have even learned so much more about my own company through this process! It’s been a really cool experience.

Where do you hope to see the WICT GO chapter accomplish this year?
I hope we are able to grow awareness of WICT GO and the positive impact we can have in order to strengthen our membership even further. I would love to see more webinar events across various topics and more opportunities to network with each other. The great news is, we are well on our way and I’m excited to see all of the great things coming to this chapter in 2020. I’m proud to serve on the Board with the amazing and forward-thinking team we have in place!

Celebrating Black History Month

Dedication to
Katherine "Human Computer" Johnson

Katherine Johnson was the first African American Mathematician for NASA in the 1960s. Her background in orbital mechanics working for NASA was a key factor with the success of the first U.S. spaceflight.

She passed away February 24th, 2020 at the age of 101. She is a true legend in black history. Her story was also told in the latest movie "Hidden Figures".