“If women are going to lead in business, they’re going to have to lead themselves”. Said Hoda Kotb (NBC host and bestselling author) who gave the opening keynote speech at the WICT Leadership Conference in New York at the end of September. This was not her saying that there’s no support to help women progress their careers. However she was making a point about how we have to take ownership of our own progression.
Approximately 800 women and a few brave men attended the conference. It was amazing to be in the presence of so many talented, professional women all striving to make a difference and succeed in our amazing industry. As I joined various breakout sessions and a Chapter leaders group I was struck again by the importance of having a diverse group of people contributing to an agenda. Indeed I lead a WICT UK board made up of 13 women plus myself and it’s a great development opportunity managing an agenda where everyone is super passionate and wants to contribute! So ask yourself what development opportunity can I find this month and what am I going to do to lead myself to lead in business.
Halloween is almost upon us… and then the Christmas decorations will be in the shops. Make sure you’re holding the 8th December for our WICT Christmas event hosted by Virgin Media.
Huge thank you to all who made it to our September event, Leadership – Sharing the Vision, during which our panel of top media executives shared the advantages and challenges of being a leader and their secret recipes for leadership success. In case you missed it, here are some of the key messages our speakers had to share.
- Honor Pollock, on the recruitment differences between men and women, said that whilst she finds that men are often much more apt to promoting themselves in a work environment than their female counterparts. Men often give a much more defined view or who they are, their strengths in the workplace and how they want to develop their career. She advised to the room that women often need to work on their self-promotion and not be afraid to put themselves forward and shout about their strengths.
- Michelle Russo’s key piece of advice was to be fearless and always have the confidence to pursue your goals and ask for help. She has the view that to be a leader you should chase a title but instead a career, if you are passionate about what you do then others will want to follow, and that is the key quality of a great leader.
- Phillip Luff told the room that that if he could go back in time and warn his younger self it would be to ‘slow down and look where you are going’ both physically and mentally. After being involved in an accident while crossing the road he confessed that he was in a place in his life where he was just speeding ahead without thinking, after the accident he made sure he never rushed again and set his career at a pace that he was comfortable with and in control of.
See you all at our upcoming Christmas networking event, Tuesday 8 December. More details to follow shortly.
Time and time again we read about how to improve our ability to practice career-boosting techniques. However, knowledge of how to deal with a situation isn’t always powerful enough to encourage us to apply them to our everyday lives.
On 18th June, we invite you to join us and our three guest speakers to develop a personal toolkit to help you:
- Build resilience
- Trust your intuition
- Network better
- Work smart not long
- Speak with confidence in the workplace (even when you’re disagreeing with something or being ‘manterrupted‘)
The focus of this interactive workshop is simple; theory, research, value, and most importantly, practice. No matter what stage you’re at in your career, these practical take-aways will allow you to start thinking about ‘what things mean for you‘. By the end of it, we hope you will be equipped with new skills to try out in your workplace. After all, what is the value of learning if it doesn’t spark action or produce a long-lasting impact?
Check back here soon for more information on how to reserve your space.
In 2015 we plan to hold a WICT UK event each quarter, focusing this year on the television industry, leadership challenges in our industry, networking and skills workshops.
We’re thrilled to announce the first of these events will be “Watching the Future; trends and predictions for television in 2015”; we’ll have experts discussing what they see happening in television in the coming year, and how it impacts our industry.
Speakers will include:
- Leila Travis, Head of Planning at Thinkbox
- Emma Scott, Advisor to the Board at DC Thomson and former MD at Freesat
- Paul Lee, Partner, Telco, Media &Tech Insights at Deloitte UK
- Cornelia Calugar-Pop, Manager, Telco, Media &Tech Insights at Deloitte UK
- Sharon Kyle, Culture & Inclusion Manager at Virgin Media
Find out more about when, were and how to register to attend.