President's Message

SoCal WICT Members,

Welcome to the New Year! As we find ourselves closing out 2014 and diving
into 2015, I hope each of you take a moment to recall a few occasions during
the past year that you remember with fondness. As our industry continues to evolve we are forced to adapt. No one is exempt. To some degree, we have all been impacted, myself included. It is unusual for me to use valuable real estate in our newsletter to share a personal experience but these are not usual times so I am trying something new.

Just over a year ago, I was affected by a change to my current role. I could have stayed and took a lateral move, although I knew in my heart I would not be happy. I had been at the company for 15 years and needless to say I was extremely comfortable. During that time I made several lifelong friends. And for me, it is all about the people -- I make it my mission to surround myself with those who are smarter, wiser and think differently. It’s a high standard… one I’m not willing to compromise. Despite all the forces that were holding me there, I decided to take a leap and venture out into the world of searching for a new job.

Emotionally, it has been quite a ride. Was it easy? – No. Was I impatient? – Yes. Did it seem harder than it should be? – Yes. Did I learn a lot about myself? – more than I cared to ☺. Was it worth not settling? – absolutely! The one constant through it all was the network I have in WICT. Everyone has been incredibly supportive. If you are in the midst of a change, remember you have an amazing “safety net” that is 400 members strong to help catch you and get you back on your feet. Be sure to use it. And if I can personally help in any way, don’t hesitate to ask me.

Please take a few minutes to read about all the great events SoCal WICT hosted in 2014 year and I can assure you the lineup we have for next year is going to knock your socks off! Please come join us and commit to being more active in WICT next year. Will it pay off for you? – guaranteed. Please visit our website for the most current list of events.

Wishing you a healthy and joyful new year!


2014 Fall/Winter Events Recap

Making Strides Breast Cancer Awareness Walk
This past October, Team WICT SoCal contributed a total of $5,085 to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer! As a Pink Ribbon sponsor of the event this year, our team donated $2,500 PLUS fundraised $2,585 online pre-event! The American Cancer Society recognized Team WICT as the #7 top fundraising team out of 107 participating teams in Santa Monica. We were also awarded a Blue Ribbon team for donating more than $1,000.



Coffee Talk - How to Build Successful Mentoring Relationships
The October 14th Coffee Talk event was led by Andrea Archer, Vice President of Business Development, American Support and WICT SoCal Mentoring Sr. Chair. It was held at Specialty's Cafe & Bakery in San Diego, which enabled WICT SoCal members located in the San Diego area to attend a local event and network with other fellow San Diego members.



LEA Awards: Honoring Excellence
Industry executives gathered at the stunning Taglyan Complex in Hollywood to honor seven outstanding individuals at the 2014 LEA Awards: Honoring Excellence. The refreshed format of the evening included new award categories, plenty of cocktails, and delicious meal options. The honorees provided heartfelt and inspiring speeches while mistress of ceremonies and comedian, Jodi Miller, set the tone for a hilarious and memorable evening.

This year’s honorees included:
Anne Droste – Executive Leadership
Katherine McDonald – Inspirational Woman of the Year
Milinda Martin – Advocate Champion
Laura Koester – Outstanding Contribution in Marketing
Jill Stephenson – Technology Innovator
Britney Gordon – Rising Leader
Andrea Archer – SoCal WICT Board Member of the Year

Click here to view the LEA Awards Event Photo Gallery



Tech It Out Holiday Celebration
Our last event of the season was the Tech It Out Holiday Celebration, held on December 4th at the Microsoft Technology Center in Playa Vista, and what a fabulous way to end the year! The event kicked off with appetizers, cocktails and networking, and developed into an educational experience for all attendees. Several speakers presented a variety of technical solutions for all business types and tips on how to utilize them, as well as three break-out sessions including a Productivity Experience for hands-on solutions on the cloud, a Device Bar/ Lounge to test new devices and different apps that help solve business problems, and a Media Streaming discussion. To wrap up the evening with holiday spirit, we collected toys to donate to Toys for Tots. Each toy granted an entry ticket to a raffle, but the best gift was contributing 46 toys which granted local LA children a happy Christmas!




2015 Events Calendar

Partnering for Success
January 30, Friday 9:30am – 4:55pm Korn Convocation Hall
110 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Membership Welcome February 4, Wednesday 5:00pm – 8:00pm Capitol Grille, Beverly Center
8614 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Webinar – Careers in Transition to Digital Media March 11, Wednesday 12:00pm – 1:00pm Webinar
Coffee Talk April 16, Thursday 8:30am - 9:30am TBD in Los Angeles
NAMIC Awards May 7, Thursday 8:00am - 9:30am McCormick Place Convention Center
2301 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60616
NCTA Cable Show May 5- 7, Tue - Thurs 8:00am – 5:00pm McCormick Place Convention Center
2301 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60616
Mentoring Luncheon May 15, Friday 11:00am – 2:00pm, Luncheon
3:00pm – 4:00pm, Mentoring Kick-off
Hotel Casa del Mar
1910 Ocean Way
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Association for Cable Communicators Beacon Awards June 4-5, Thurs - Fri TBD Washington DC -
Golf Clinic – Business On the Course June 5, Friday 11:00am – 2:00pm, Luncheon
3:00pm – 4:00pm, Mentoring Kick-off
Webinar – OTT Trends June 17, Wednesday 12:00pm – 1:00pm Webinar


Featured Event

The PULSE – UCLA and WICT Partnering for Success

On Jan 30th, WICT is partnering with UCLA in support of the 2015 UCLA Anderson School of Management Pulse Conference – The Next Beat. As a result, all WICT members will receive 20% off the registration fee! Be sure to take advantage of this savings by using the promo code: WICTUCLA during registration. Don’t miss out on this amazing industry event!

2015 UCLA ANDERSON PULSE CONFERENCE The Next Beat. The UCLA Anderson Pulse Conference is one of the leading business school conferences in the country. The event brings 350+ students and industry executives to the UCLA Anderson School of Management to explore current trends, opportunities and challenges across media, entertainment, technology and sports. The event features influential industry leaders who are shaping the future of the business landscape. The conference is a great opportunity for both students and professionals to learn and network with executives from both established powerhouse companies and emerging platforms. For additional information and to register, go to:



Member Highlights

By renewing her membership, Colleen Dillaway was entered into WICT SoCals raffle and won a pair of suite tickets to the Cher D2K concert at the Staples Center earlier this year, thanks to our sponsor FOX.

“I am absolutely delighted to come back to Bright House Networks and to cable telecommunications, it’s my true home,” said Colleen. “And working with the Southern California Chapter of WICT has always brought me so much fulfillment, both professionally and personally, so I was thrilled beyond words to have been the winner of the Cher tickets after I renewed my membership. I renewed for the benefit of membership, that’s priceless right there, and I will continue renewing as long as I’m in this industry. A little Cher is like icing on an already fantastic cake!”

Colleen Dillaway is currently the Director of Sales and Marketing at Bright House Networks, Bakersfield and brings nearly 17 years of communications experience to Bright House Networks. As the Director of Sales and Marketing, she is directly responsible for all sales and marketing functions, including multicultural marketing, direct sales customer acquisition, upgrade and retention, public relations and public affairs.


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