Washington, DC – On February 9, 2015, the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) National Board of Directors voted to continue to support the efforts of its Junior Board as they work with WICT’s 20 domestic and international chapters in expanding the footprint of "Tech It Out," WICT’s STEM-oriented initiative that aims to develop the pipeline of women working in cable technology. The Junior Board is a task force that includes some of the industry’s top emerging leaders from WICT’s Strategic Partner companies. Click here to meet the members of the 2015 Junior Board and learn about their work.
Since 2009, WICT has worked in partnership with the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and cable’s top women in technology to expand WICT’s Tech It Out Conference into a full STEM initiative. Building on that expansion, the members of the WICT Junior Board (which reports in and collaborates with the WICT National Board) have worked together to identify gaps and provide innovative ideas for refining WICT’s STEM initiatives. In 2012, the WICT Junior Board focused specifically on how chapters can engage STEM students at local colleges and universities in tandem with chapter Tech It Out events. That work was built upon in 2013 and 2014 as the Junior Board was tasked with looking more broadly at how WICT’s robust network of local chapters could leverage the mission and goals of the Tech It Out Initiative to help address the industry’s gender gap in technology. Their extensive work led to the creation of a guidebook for WICT chapters to follow when implementing a local Tech It Out event.
The WICT Tech It Out Chapter Program Guide provides guidance and highlights best practices in a number of operational and administrative areas, including: setting up a planning committee; developing a pre-event checklist; and selecting a date and location to help maximize potential student engagement. The Guide and a number of accompanying materials, including many real-world templates currently in use by other chapters, have been made available through WICT Connects, the organization’s private online community. In 2015, the WICT Junior Board will strive to develop a database of potential speakers and topics that chapters will be able to consult as they look to develop a Tech It Out program.
"The end goal of our multi-year effort is to draw more young women into cable technology while keeping existing women in the field," said WICT President & CEO, Maria E. Brennan, CAE. "We work toward this by providing women with role models and helping them better develop their leadership skills."
Bright House Networks has served as the top sponsor of WICT’s Tech It Out initiative since its inception in 2009.
For over thirty-five years, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) has partnered with cable and telecommunications leaders to provide professional development programs, research and services that help advance women in cable media. With nearly 10,000 members, WICT is the oldest and largest professional association serving women in the cable and telecommunications industry. Comcast NBCUniversal, Time Warner Cable, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Suddenlink Communications are WICT’s Strategic Touchstone Partners. Please visit www.wict.org or follow @WICT on Twitter for more information.
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