the WWLF Connection

Dear member,

The last year was difficult for everyone, and as the EDs of Events for WWLF, Carolyn Hardwick and I had to pivot to make sure that we were keeping up with our mission of Keeping Women Connected. As such, we went virtual. We did virtual Happy Hours, virtual educational events, and we strived to keep our membership engaged during a very scary time of “stay at home” orders and quarantines. Our Regional RDs and our City Reps did a great job of coming up with new and interesting events that were engaging and interactive.

This year we have begun doing in-person events starting in May with our Top Golf event in Dallas and more events to come. We are very excited to bring you our Networking Reception at Connect X at the Garden Terrace at the Hyatt Regency. We are looking forward to gathering, enjoying drinks, and live music with you once again!

We have limited sponsorships available for our Connect X Networking Reception:

Executive Level - $10,000 - One Available

  • Company logo and special highlight on WWLF website
  • Company logo on event invite through all media and all pre-event marketing
  • Company logo on event signage
  • 12 admission passes to the WWLF Connect X Networking Reception

Diamond Level - $5,000 - Two Available

  • Company logo on WWLF website
  • Company logo on event invite through all media and all pre-event marketing
  • Company logo on event signage
  • 6 admission passes to the WWLF Connect X Networking Reception

Platinum Level - $2,500 - Three Available

  • Company logo on WWLF website
  • Company logo on event invite through all media and all pre-event marketing
  • Company logo on event signage
  • 4 admission passes to the WWLF Connect X Networking Reception

Sterling Level - $1,000 - Four Available

  • Company logo on WWLF website
  • Company logo on event invite through all media and all pre-event marketing
  • Company logo on event signage
  • 2 admission passes to the WWLF Connect X Networking Reception

Exclusive Headshot Sponsor-$4,000 (One Available)

  • Company logo on WWLF website
  • Company logo on event invite through all media and all pre-event marketing
  • 2 admission passes to the WWLF Connect X Networking Reception
  • Company logo on Signage at Booth 2 days Tuesday and Wednesday

Please contact Shamrose Ali for sponsorship information: or The deadline is September 24, 2021.

To stay up to date with all of our upcoming events, please visit our events page.

Laura Lora
WWLF Executive Director, Events

 Networking Tips for Your Next Conference

Written by Kristen Beckman

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5 Networking Tips for your Next Trade Show or Conference

Industry events are a ripe opportunity to help build your career in a variety of ways – from expanding your network to finding new business, learning about the industry and identifying potential mentors. Now that some industry events are beginning to happen in person again, it may be time to brush up on your conference networking strategies. There are a few things you can do before, during and after a show to get the most out of each event. Following are a few ideas.

1.) Before you go, do some research. Take some time before the event to find out who is speaking, exhibiting and attending. Check out the lineup of keynotes, educational sessions and social gatherings and create an agenda for yourself that prioritizes the events you most want to attend and the people you most want to meet. Bring business cards or save your own information as a contact in your phone so you can easily text it to people you meet as an alternative to trading business cards.

2.) Use social media strategically. Find out what the conference’s social media hashtag is and search it to see what others are saying. Do some of your own social media legwork prior to the event by tagging people you hope to talk to and highlighting events you plan to attend. Keep your profile high during the conference by posting notes about interesting things you’ve learned at sessions or social events.

Read the full article on the WWLF website for all 5 networking tips!

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WWLF Spotlight: Taylor Weltmeyer

Taylor Weltmeyer has been the WWLF City Rep since the beginning of 2021 and covers Chicago and the surrounding areas

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Why did you join WWLF? 
I was at ConnectX in 2018 and saw a booth from WWLF, I went over and started asking questions and thought it was amazing to have an organization centered on women within the industry. The company that I was with at the time was very male dominated and to find an organization that would support me in my journey felt amazing!

How has being a part of WWLF impacted you personally or professionally? 
I have met so many amazing women while being a part of WWLF. They have inspired me as well as supported me through both triumphs and misses. I feel that I have made life-long friends, and many will be attending my wedding in December!

Where did you get your start in the industry? 
My start in the industry is actually quite interesting. I was working for William Wrigley Jr. based in Florida when he decided to invest in a telecommunications company called nepsa; (fun fact nepsa is Aspen spelled backwards). This company was going to be based out of Elgin, IL and he asked me to help oversee operations for a “few months”. I came up to Elgin in June of 2017 and never left.

I started out as an Operations Manager overseeing our tower teams and assisting with HR, Accounting, Marketing and purchasing. Once the decision was made that he would be selling the company I was given the option to move back to Florida however, I enjoyed telecommunications so much I decided to stay and look for another position within the telecommunications industry.

Read the full interview on the WWLF to learn more about Taylor Weltmeyer.

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Advocating for Yourself

by Carrie Charles

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Carrie Charles speaks with Bold Women Society™ about Advocating for Yourself

“You have to tell them how valuable you are” - Carrie Charles

Carrie Charles, WWLF Executive Director of Industry Relations, and CEO of Broadstaff Global, was featured as an expert speaker on a July session of Be Bold.

Carrie talked about her time serving in the US Marine Corp, as an entrepreneur, a life coach, a business owner, and a mother. She spoke about how she has made choices guided by her intuition and has stepped out of her comfort zone to try new things, including becoming the CEO of Broadstaff even when she had no previous experience in running a staffing firm. “But that's how I am! I'm the person who takes action first and figures it out. Carrie spoke about making a commitment to saying “yes” to yourself and not to be embarrassed by our failures or potential failures but to make yourself accountable to putting your ideas and visions out there and sharing them with the world.

Read the full article on

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Upcoming Events


Monthly Networking Events!
WWLF Members Only


Although times are getting somewhat back to normal, we are still not quite there yet.

So, let's come together and connect while enjoying our morning ritual of coffee, tea, lemon water or whatever your choice of drink!

During this Monday Motivation and Mugs, each attendee will have one minute to introduce themselves and talk about what they are looking for/needing during these times: job opportunities, connections, friendly support, etc..

September 13, 2021 Motivation and Mugs

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM (EST)

Zoom link to be sent before the event

Registration closes the Friday before the event.



WWLF End of Summer Social! Network Reception in Sand Diego

September 16, 2021
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (PDT)

Rustic Rooftop Bar in San Diego 
535 Fifth Ave,
San Diego, CA 92101



WWLF Happy Hour in Austin, TX! 

September 16, 2021



Join the WWLF as we host our Annual Reception at Connect X

October 6, 2021

Each year, WWLF hosts a Networking Event at Connect (X) Connectivity Expo.  This event will be held on October 6th, 2021 in Orlando, FL at the Hyatt Regency Orlando - Garden Terrace

Attend this WWLF networking event free if you are a WWLF member.

Not a Member? Join today or for more information please visit:

*Membership must be in good standing as of the date of the event.

SPONSORSHIPS are available.  Please contact Shamrose Ali at for more information

Please note you must register for this event in advance to attend! 


All events open to WWLF members

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