Summer Newsletter

It's been a fun and exciting summer with WICT Northern California!  Our "Taste of WICT" in June was an incredible event with strong speakers on leadership, education and advocacy - not to mention networking.  And let's not forget those gorgeous San Francisco skyline views.  July brought our annual Golf Tournament and Independence Day celebration in Dublin, we appreciate and amazing turn out and hope you all had a great time.
We have more events coming your way soon!   Do you know what is coming up in September?  Professional development right at your fingertips in a two-part webinar series.  To find out more, check out the "Upcoming Events" section of this newsletter or go the events page on our website at  And it is never too early to save-the-date for the year's grand finale, our Holiday Recognition and Awards Ceremony at the stunning Casa Real as Ruby Hill Winery.  Mark your calendars for Tuesday, December 8th.

Upcoming Events

"Webinar: Putting Your
Values to Work @ Work"

September 15, 2015
10:00am - 11:00am

"Webinar: Creating Presence in a Digital World"
September 22, 2015
10:00am - 11:00am

Holiday Recognition and Awards Ceremony
December 8, 2015
6:00pm - 9:30pm
Casa Real
At Ruby Hill Winery

Now, it is our pleasure to share with you some great news.  Our WICT Northern California advisor, Shane Portfolio, winner of last year's Advocate of the Year Award, has been promoted to lead Engineering and Technical Operations for the entire Comcast West Division!  While we will miss Shane's leadership, we are excited for his promotion and move to Denver. Shane is a big supporter of WICT and we were very lucky to have him locally as our advisor.  His continued support of WICT, inspiring leadership ability and willingness to help has made us a stronger chapter.  Our WICT Board of Directors will miss him dearly, but we know, he is only a phone call away to connect.  We are very proud of Shane!

Summer Event Recap

The 2015 WICT Northern California Golf Tournament was a roaring success!  

July's tournament drew in high level executives, sponsors and golfers from Comcast, Home Shopping Network, Pac-12 Networks, SEFNCO, CableCom, Comcast Tech Ops, O.C. Communication, All Systems Broadband, Participant Media, Discovery, Power & Tel, O2 Creations, One World Sports, AMC, Starz, Pure Ambition, Demi Rose Salon, Dynamic Staffing, Square One Promotions, Outdoor Channel, Pedroncelli Wines, and private donations by Chad Marin, Daryl Rossi, and our Golf Pro - Corey Criner.  We gratefully acknowledge the amazing sponsors and volunteers who made this year's tournament such a big hit!
Here's some of the great feedback you shared with us: 

"I liked that there was something different at every hole, and we were given the opportunity to obtain more raffle tickets - the raffle prizes were great, and it was just fun to see your co-workers outside of their element, it's obvious some had never played golf, which caused us much laughter at each hole."  (Angie Fregoso)
"We really enjoyed the games/raffle chances at multiple holes. The place was beautiful and had great views. We had a blast trying to get the hang of golfing, it really helped playing Best Ball."  (Joanna Culpepper)
"I think the only thing you should change for the next event is the weather. I would also like you to know - I am available for every golf event ever."  (Mike Doolin)

And congratulations to the tournament's winning team this year - Pac-12 Networks! 

We also enjoyed great feedback from this year's Taste Of WICT networking event.  You told us that last year's venue was a winner and we listened.  So in June, we returned to the beautiful rooftop at The 360 on Third Street in San Francisco for another evening of fabulous views, wine, food and motivation. 

To bring you even more this year, we added a panel of industry leaders to share words of wisdom and open the floor for attendees to ask questions.  The result was a dynamic dialogue between the panel and audience that gave everyone valuable take-aways to put into practice right away.  Topics ranged from confidence, to career advancement strategies, to making your voice heard and "keeping it 100."  And much more!

We can't thank our panel of speakers enough for their contributions.  We are so grateful to our moderator Ingrid Nelson (Comcast Spotlight) and our speakers Margret Schmidt (TiVo), Kimberly Jackson (Comcast), Lillian Casares (Pac-12 Networks) and Cheryl Cox (Comcast Spotlight).  And thanks for the amazing support of our events sponsors O.C. Communications, Comcast Business B4B Built for Business, Nth Connect Telecom Inc., Private Eyes Employment Investigations, Dynamic Office & Accounting Solutions, Pac-12 Networks and Xfinity. 

A message from the WICT Northern California Board

We are preparing now for next year's 2016 WICT Northern California Board through our succession plan.  If you are interested in begin part of a dynamic team of leaders and paying it forward to help and support future women leaders next year, we want to hear from you!   
Please contact:
Lillian Casares
WICT Northern California

We look forward to seeing you at the next event!

Posted on August 29, 2015 .

May & June Newsletter

May brought mentoring and thoughts of fun networking events in the coming months to WICT Northern California.  We enjoyed seeing so many new faces in the crowd at our Mentoring Kickoff event.  Thank you to everyone who took part in the launch of this great program providing opportunities for professional development.  And special thanks to our sponsors Comcast and Consolidated Communications.

We have a fun slate of summer activites coming up!  Next up is our networking event "A Taste of WICT," where we invite you to join us for an early evening of wine and appetizers, while we share the many benefits of being a member.  Last year's "A Taste of WICT" event was a top-rated favorite by our members.  So we are bringing it to you again-better than ever-at the beautiful rooftop location "The 360" in downtown San Francisco.  More details about the "Taste of WICT" event are available here.

Upcoming Events:

Come out and join us!  

A Taste Of WICT
Thursday, June 4
The 360, San Francisco, CA

More Information

WICT Golf Tournament
Wednesday, July 1

Dublin Ranch Golf Course - Dublin, CA.

Looking for an inspiring read?   Please join us as we partner with the WICT Pacific Northwest Book Club 
to read and discuss “Daring Greatly:  How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead” by Dr. Brené Brown.  The book club will meet to discuss this selection via webinar on Wednesday, June 17  from Noon – 1:30pm PT.  Register here to take part.

Dr. Brené Brown’s book and TED Talk were in the spotlight at our recent Mentoring Kickoff luncheon.  Our keynote speaker, Cathy Kilstrom, SVP of Customer Care, Comcast West Division, shared how Dr.  Brown’s work has influenced her.   The crowd of attendees got to view some highlights of Dr. Brown’s TED Talk that day.  You can watch it yourself online now here.

Membership Benefit of the Month:  Mentoring 
WICT events and programs provide opportunities to connect with industry experts beyond your day-to-day work environment.   Mentors can inspire you and show the way to enhancing your skill set, developing confidence and building executive presence. Let WICT help you define your career journey. 

Know someone who should be a member? Inspire others by inviting them to Join or Renew now.

Posted on June 4, 2015 .

April Newsletter

Spring Has Sprung!

And after a strong start to the year, your WICT Northern California chapter is ready for this season of growth and opportunity.  
In May, we are proud to bring you a kickoff event launching our new Mentoring Program: Mentoring Affinity Groups (M.A.G.).  This program has been designed to enhance the professional development of WICT Northern California members through mentorship from industry experts.  Participants will have the opportunity to grow their leadership skill set, enhance self-confidence and build executive presence.

Start your journey by joining us on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at the Round Hill Country Club in Alamo, CA from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. 

Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

Platinum Level

Gold Level



Pure Ambition is also offering WICT Northern California members a 5% discount on their coaching services. Contact them for details at :

Or by phone at 510.859.7579.  

To learn more about their offerings, visit their website at :

Upcoming Events:

Come out and join us!  

Mentoring Kickoff 
Wednesday, May 6
More Information

A Taste Of WICT
Thursday, June 4
More Information

WICT Golf Tournament
Wednesday, July 1
Dublin Ranch Golf Course - Dublin, CA.
More Information

Those of you who were able to join us at our recent Tech It Out event got a head start on the topic of professional development, as we enjoyed a presentation from Kym Cadle, Founder and CEO of Pure Ambition, called “Reignite Through Constant Change.” Our discussion focused on using mindfulness as a tool to increase resilience and agility. Thank you to our event sponsor Cooper, White & Cooper.

Our chapter started out this year with our sensational Women Leading Innovation event, where we hosted over 80 attendees at the Comcast Silicon Valley Innovation Center.  The event featured a group of dynamic leading women who shared their success stories, spoke about the importance of mentoring, and provided advice on how to stay innovative through the constant change of the industry.
Thank you to our panelists:

Mimi Hui, Senior Director of Product at Comcast Silicon Valley Innovation Center.
Amy Lynch, Regional Vice President of Technical Operations at Comcast.
Ingrid Nelson, Regional Vice President at Comcast Spotlight for making this a memorable event.

Also thank you to our sponsors: Pac-12 Networks, Game Show Network and Starz for their support.

We are looking for interested parties for the WICT Northern California leadership board! 

 The WICT Northern California Board is looking for a few new board members to be part of this dynamic leadership group.  We have a few positions available (check our website at:
If you don’t have the time commitment necessary for the Board, not a problem! We are forming volunteer committees:  mentoring, membership, and programming/event committees.  One of the many benefits of being on the Board or Committee is learning, networking with colleagues across Northern California while fine tuning your leadership skills while volunteering.
If you are interested, email us and we will set up a time to talk. We look forward to hearing from you!


Membership Benefit of the Month:  Know Yourself

Use chapter programs and events like these to know yourself and where you are headed.  Set realistic goals for yourself, keeping in mind that a balance between work and life makes for a healthy leader.  Unleash the leader within you, taking control of your career and steering it in the precise direction you want to go.

Posted on May 14, 2015 .

March Newsletter

Welcome to the new WICT Northern California Chapter newsletter! 

In addition to this new source for monthly quick takes delivered right to your inbox, we have launched a new website.  Find us now at and check back regularly for new information about upcoming chapter events, news and professional development resources.  

Our 2015 Chapter President, Lillian Casares, sets the tone for this year in a letter from the president.  View it here -- 

Lillian has assembled a stellar team to serve and inspire the membership of Northern California WICT.  Learn more about all the members of 2015 Board of Directors here --

The Board would like to thank everyone who joined us for the events the Northern California WICT Chapter hosted in 2014.  Our schedule of events for 2015 promises to be even better.  Take a look at what we have coming up next!

Upcoming Events

Come out and connect with us at the
Comcast Innovation Center on March 18.  Mix with other members in an inspiring setting for our first event of the year, Women Leading Innovation.

Check out Tech It Out 2015
We will be joining the SCTE at the Concord Hilton on April 2nd for a day of insights from speakers in the know.

Membership Benefit of this Month:  “CONNECTION”

 As a WICT member, you align yourself with nearly 10,000 cable professionals and leaders the moment you join.  WICT provides access to develop valuable connections with industry peers and leaders, through our national and local chapter events, members-only resources and professional development programs.
Your WICT membership runs from January through December, so it is time to renew for 2015.

Click here to log in and renew now : 

Posted on March 4, 2015 .

What's new with you?

Got news you'd like to share with the rest of our membership?  Send in news and notes to to be included with our upcoming monthly newsletters. 

Posted on December 1, 2014 .

Susan Colantuono TED Talk

"The Career Advice You Probably Didn’t Get"

Interesting TED Talk by Susuan Colantuono in regards to women in upper management and executive roles.  (Note - this is a shared item available to the public through TED Talks "Ideas Worth Spreading" initiative that we encourage our membership to view and consider independently.  Susan Colantuono was not speaking at a WICT event, nor is she a WICT Northern California member.)  

Watch her full Ted Talk below:

Posted on November 4, 2014 .

What is Telecommunications?

By Leann Toomey

As I started this project at the request of Northern California WICT back in August 2014, (I am now a proud board member taking on the role of Webmaster) I started telling people about this organization. One question I received was; what is telecommunications? This person told me they had heard the word but didn't know what it was fundamentally.  I gave a brief summary of the definition although telecommunications is so much more than just physics, transmissions, and more cabling than anyone can imagine. Telecommunications connects communities. It is critical to our lives and provides a connection between communities that breaks down the barriers of the old and stale. Telecommunications is arguably one of the most important and one of the oldest industries.

First examples can be found in ancient times as smoke signals, drums and papyrus. The first modern attempts at visual communications by Claude Chappe in France (1792) are still found in Europe. Later, Alexander Graham Bell is legally credited with inventing the telephone in 1874, patent issued on March 7, 1876. This was followed shortly by the first telephone exchange on March 10th 1876 (via AT&T!) between Alexander and his assistant Watson. From telephone, science lead us to Radio (to which I have a proud heritage), to television, to the computer, and finally to 1968 when a group of 4 schools (UC Los Angeles, UC Santa Barbara, Stanford - now SRI Institute,  and University of Utah) came together to participate in a program called ARPANET. Prime objective of the ARPANET project was to get data (packets) from a primary computer on one hub to a secondary computer on another hub, creating a network of multiple computers. The technologies that came from this project are the fundamental building blocks of what will become the internet as we know it today. Meanwhile, the cellular phone is going through it’s first attempts at a viable wireless network (~1987). 25 years later, we have a Mobile 4G LTE wireless network.

All this technology is necessary for communications and vital to changing the landscape of our modern world. From family members talking across the country, to the powerful elite changing the political landscape of the world with a phone call or email. For the good, the bad, and the ugly, telecommunications has allowed us to connect with our home, state, country, and finally to the rest of the world!

There are so many events, but some of the most profound events to happen in the last century the world saw as a result of telecom (either broadcast on Radio, Television, or Internet, or mobile communication):

Navajo Code Talkers: As early as 1914 - 1918, 1939 -1945

First long range television broadcast: 1927

The First televised Olympic games: 1936

Church Hill declares war on BBC (1938)

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth: 1953

War of the Worlds broadcast: 1968

Moon Landing: 1969

Collapse of the Berlin Wall: 1989 (disputed)

OJ Simpson Verdict: 1995

Oklahoma City Bombing: 1995

911 Footage: 2001

Hubble telescope: 1990 - Present

The Afghan War: 2001 - present

Anonymous (Internet vigilante group): 2001 from 4Chan

WikiLeaks: 2006

Arab Spring: 2010

Many of these events were pointed out for different reasons, but all would not have been possible without the technology of telecom and the ability to distribute this technology to the masses. In this sense, it connected us to a world we may not have been exposed to. It also gave rise to revolutions! Arab spring was made possible by bypassing the normal media which had been cut off by their governments. The same “Spring” also gave a new generation of people an insight to other cultures in a new light. Many were finally able to see the many different angels, rather than those given by main stream media. This same access to information challenges the preconceived ideas of cultures and works towards education. Telecommunications is/has broken down barriers towards intolerance and ignorance by allowing access to open discussion with people from many sides of every argument. Alternatively, it also has brought out the bad. With everything at our fingertips, Darknet, cyber bullying, radical pundits, and  extreme vigilantism are also a reality of the technology available to us. While some of these are not illegal, these are the dark side to having open communications with the world.

Modern telecommunications will continue to be critical in the future of our digital age and we must foster education and community that can support open collaboration via the internet and TV broadcast. No longer are we, as a race, bound to a physical presence to make decisions that affect many. Modern telecom, has turned  from “them” to “us”. Gone are the walls of language, separation, and censorship. Had the infrastructure not existed for telecom technology, how could we understood what is going on in our world.  "Would we be where we are now”?

This is the modern telecom civilization. It has shaped us to be more involved and concerned with world events. Because it has given us the ability to expose us to the truth as we define it. It connects a wider community that ever before. This makes us connected as The Human Race, without country and borders.

Telecom connects the world.

Posted on November 2, 2014 .