May 2020 Issue
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One of the main goals of the WWLF, as an organization and for the Events team, is to keep women connected.
We achieve this through educational seminars, IMPACT meetings and other regional networking events. While we're limited because of social distance practices, we are grateful for our industry, which allows us to stay connected virtually.
On Thursday, April 23, we hosted our first virtual networking event, the Chicago Zoom Happy Hour. It was a resounding success! We shared tips on how we are coping with our shelter-in-place order in Illinois. And, most importantly, we shared a laugh and stayed connected.
We are working to bring virtual networking events and IMPACTs to your cities. We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas. Please contact your city reps or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to request a virtual event.
Please stay safe!
WWLF Executive Director of Events
Staying Visible While Working Remotely
For many of us, working remotely is new. We’re used to the camaraderie of chatting in breakrooms or in the halls. And we’re used to seeing our bosses…and they see us.
Our careers depend on many relationships, and those with our supervisors and other leaders are essential.
So how can we keep top of mind when were not as visible? The Forbes article “9 Secrets to Staying Visible When You Work Remotely” offers useful tips.
Of the nine strategies presented, three are the most universally applicable.
1. Get on video. We know. It’s easier to join a meeting via audio only. And sometimes it’s ok. But to keep yourself visible, you have to be, well, visible.
2. Send a weekly update email to your managers and senior leaders. Frame what you and your team have done in terms of accomplishments and results.
3. Ask your boss. If being visible in the company is important to you, let your supervisor know. Ask what you could be doing—especially as everyone is working to adapt to new circumstances.
Isolation Struggles...and a Webinar to Help
If you’re an introvert, you may be struggling with a lack of alone time. Family members or roommates are home now. All. The. Time. Wishing you were a little *more* isolated may make you feel a little, well, alone in that thought.
If you’re an extrovert, you’re struggling without your normal level of human connection. This is especially true if you live alone. But even if you have family or roommates, they don’t provide your usual level of people time. Video calls are great, but they aren’t the same as in-person interactions.
And if you’re somewhere in between, you may be feeling it from all sides.
But if you’re feeling alone, you are definitely not alone.
WWLF heard from many of you after the last webinar that isolation is a pressing issue. So we’ve worked with Barb Teicher on a webinar to address that very topic.
Overcoming Feelings of Isolation While Staying "Safer at Home" is next Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 1:00 PM EDT.
More information is below, in Upcoming Events. Or you can register now.
Career Tip: Adding dimension to your credentials
Did you know that in answering the question “In your career, what are the accomplishments you are most proud of?” men are more likely than women to have answers that include:
- Positive monetary impact, and
- Development of a product or process?
A 2013 study by Indiana University's Kelley School of Business found that women tend to use less “dimensionalizing content” when answering the question.
The study suggests women can add complexity and depth to their accomplishments by including these details.
For example “My team manages all our commercial clients” could be dimensionalized to “I oversee a team of 10 commercial account specialists. We manage a portfolio of 130 commercial accounts, which are worth 1.6 million dollars annually.”
It may take some digging to find the relevant numbers and context, but it’s worth it to present your accomplishments in the best light.
Connect (X) Goes Virtual
Registration has started for Connect (X): All Access. The event takes place on May 19, 2020. This free, global virtual conference replaces the original event scheduled in Miami.
“We’ll bring you the best of the in-person Connect (X) event in a virtual format,” said Jonathan Adelstein, WIA President and CEO, in a press release. “With so many questions swirling, our presenters will offer direction that will help businesses navigate through some choppy waters.”
And this year, the Supplier Diversity Summit becomes the Small and Diverse Business Summit. It will take place May 20-21. This summit brings small and diversely owned businesses together with top-level procurement officers.
“Diversity powers progress and innovation,” said Tim House, WIA Executive Vice President. “And we are proud to support companies that share our vision for a healthy supply-chain ecosystem.”
You won’t want to miss this conference, on-line for the first time! Register today!
Tuesday, May 5, 2020: "Overcoming Feelings of Isolation While Staying 'Safer at Home'" (Webinar, 1 pm EDT)
What may have started as an adventure of sorts has now become an unsettling, and for some overwhelming, time of uncertainty, fear and oftentimes isolation.
You are not alone!
Register for Overcoming Feelings of Isolation While Staying "Safer at Home" and listen to Women’s Global Leadership, Communication and TEDx speaker, Barbara Teicher, CSP, as she shares the challenges of being in a state of isolation. And she'll share the creative, positive, and behavioral steps to overcome during these challenging times.
By the end of this program you'll be able to:
- Understand the changes these challenging times are causing
- Describe the Five Steps to Freedom - Overcoming feelings of Isolation
- Identify three behaviors for positive self-care: Being better for it on the other side of it all
The webinar is free. Register now.
Tuesday, May 5, 2020: NY/NJ Cinco de Mayo Happy Hour (Zoom Meeting, 4-5 pm EDT)
WWLF NYC is hosting a virtual happy hour for Cinco de Mayo.
Sign up and pop in for some social time and networking...drinks not required!
RSVP by May 3rd. Meeting information will be
distributed on May 4.
Membership must be in good
standing to attend. Not yet a member? Sign up now!
Thursday, May 14, 2020: National Zoom Yoga (Zoom Meeting, 4:30-6:00 pm CDT)
Grab your mat and enjoy a little self-care time! WWLF Chicago is hosting a Zoom Yoga Event open to all members!
Yoga will start promptly at 5:00pm with instructor Nichole Lawicki.
The even has a limit of 100 participants, so reserve your spot now!
Last day to register is May 12th. Meeting information will be
distributed on May 13.
Membership must be in good
standing to attend. Not yet a member? Sign up now!
June 28-July 1, 2020: 9th Annual Wireless South Summit in Nashville, TN
The WWLF is proud to be a BRONZE Sponsor of the 2020 South Wireless Summit!
The 9th Annual South Wireless Summit will host the wireless infrastructure industry’s largest gathering of thought leaders and technology experts focused on expanding next-generation communications throughout the south region of the United States, providing a platform for industry members to discuss key issues and focus a joint mission in support of the development of wireless networks on a state and regional level.
Join over 500 infrastructure providers, wireless carriers and service firms June 28th to July 1st 2020 in Nashville, TN at the Music City Sheraton.
South Wireless Summit attendees will have the opportunity to choose from several timely and topical keynote presentations, panel discussions and training sessions covering a broad range of topics related to the wireless infrastructure industry. The exhibit hall will feature several companies on hand to share their innovative services and business solutions. Other event highlights include a bowling event and a clay shoot.