Celebrating WICT’s 40th Anniversary

A Look Back at the 2019 Signature Luncheon

The 2019 Signature Luncheon, WICT’s key gender diversity and inclusion platform, took place at The Plaza Hotel in New York City on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Industry leaders from across the country and abroad filled the hotel’s Grand Ballroom to celebrate WICT’s 40th anniversary during a very special luncheon designed to honor the past, celebrate the present, and imagine the future of WICT and the industry we represent. In a poignant opening segment that began with Lucille Larkin and Gail Sermersheim, WICT’s first Executive Director and Board Chair, respectively, a collective of WICT’s founders, foremothers and friends, each shared a brief statement defining what WICT means to them.

WICT founders, leaders and friends took to the stage to define what WICT means to them.

Maria E. Brennan, CAE, WICT President & CEO, addressed the group of opening speakers by saying, “You demonstrate that WICT is many things to many people. Though one common thread connects us — our commitment to equality.” Though the event was a celebration of WICT’s indelible impact on the industry, Brennan added, “By no means is our work here done. Far from it. In a new era of “Time’s Up,” the value of an organization like ours – one that supports gender diversity and inclusion – remains increasingly relevant and paramount to member companies. Because we know that by investing in women, we are creating a pipeline of leaders that will help innovate, inform and influence the industry for the next 40 years to come!”

Below you can scroll through some photos from our 2019 event.

WICT gratefully thanks the sponsors of our 2019 event: