Christmas Spirit and Inspiration with WICT

Did you miss our fabulous, festive, final event of 2017? Fear not… here is a round up of our Christmas Spirit and Inspiration event, including video highlights too!

We ended the year on a high. Our first inspirational guest speaker Caroline Strood (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP) discussed the Gender Pay Gap… did you know that 10th November marks the day that, in theory, women in the UK start working for free until the end of the year! This date hasn’t moved in the past three years, and reflects the mean gender pay gap for full time workers. However, thanks to new legislation, we can look forward to more open, honest conversations with companies regarding gender pay differences, as companies with 250+ employees will have to publish average pay for men and women (including any bonuses).

When you are going for a new role, Caroline advises that  you do not disclose your previous salary to your potential new employer, as if you have been underpaid in your previous position, this will exacerbate being underpaid. Whereas if you do not share this information, you are more likely to be paid for the role itself.

Our second speaker, Deloitte’s Cornelia Calugar Pop took us through the latest mobile consumer trends, including “silver surfers” on Snapchat, and a lack of productivity on mobiles in the workplace! Cornelia also discussed the rise of women in Tech – often a male-dominated industry, sharing her own experiences with us.

Our final speaker of the day was Dana Strong, president and COO of Virgin Media. Dana’s impressive career has taken her around the world, and she had some fantastic pearls of wisdom to share with us. First and foremost, we should all “think big and go for it” – there is nothing to stop us trying to smash that glass ceiling.  Throughout her career, Dana found that throwing her hat into the ring for a more senior role helped raise her profile, and ultimately opened a lot of doors for her and contributed to her success. She also shared with us the importance of failure as well as success; “failure is good, scar tissue is formative. A lot of learning has come from my failures.”

Finally, she stressed the importance of having a strong network around you…”be careful not to skip those after work cocktail parties and networking events.” With that in mind, it would have been rude not to raise a glass and toast to a wonderful year of being bold! Cheers to that!

Round up of our March Be Brave event

The sun was shining on us as Virgin Media hosted our March WICT UK “Be Brave” Event, continuing the “Be Bold for Change” conversation from International Women’s Day 2017. There was a fantastic turnout, and we would like to say a huge thank you to our inspirational guest speakers and panellists who shared their personal experiences of how being brave has impacted their lives and careers.

We would also like to thank those of you who were able to join us for the afternoon. For those of you who weren’t able to join us, fear not, we have rounded up some highlights to share with you below.

Brigitte Trafford, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Virgin Media
Virgin Media’s very own Brigitte Trafford shared some of the brave decisions she has made throughout her career, and how they have led her to where she is today. Brigitte emphasised the importance of a strong support network, and consulting people when it comes to bold decisions – such as upping sticks and moving countries for a new role!

Alex Mowle chaired our first panel of the day, who were brave enough to take to the stage to discuss the practicalities of being bold early in your career, and how doing so can help to create future leaders

CEO and president of WICT, Maria Brennan
Maria discussed girl power, and not in the spice girls sense. Many of us these days are modern day superwomen; often juggling a career, a family, friendships, hobbies, exercise, and somehow still maintain a social life. Unsurprisingly, we are scientifically proven to be better at multitasking than men. Put simply: women are good for business. Therefore, it makes sense for businesses to invest in women!

Kerry O’Brien, CEO and Founder of Young Urban Arts Foundation
Kerry challenged us to think about the meaning of the word “brave” – sharing her personal experiences of bravery, vulnerability and perseverance in the face of adversity. Despite coming up against many challenges throughout her career, Kerry has always found a way turn negatives in to something positive, using her talent to help and support others via her youth charity; The Young Urban Arts Foundation. YUAF works with young people, engaging them through music and arts to build self-confidence, self-worth and teach them new skills as they develop.

Helen Scott – WICT UK Advisor
I am sure you will have heard of the phrase “YOLO” (You Only Live Once) – well, Helen Scott certainly has. Helen shared the brave decisions she has made both professionally, and personally – and how life is too short not to be bold. Career-wise, Helen explained how staying true to herself served her well, and meant that she found the confidence to be bold in her decisions in challenging times. Personally, she recently made the bold decision to swap her career in the city for the country air in “Beer” (yes- that is a real place!)

Poppy Weston-Davies, Director Business and Legal Affairs at Scripps Networks Interactive headed up our final panel for the day. Our panellists told us about the wildest things that have happened in their careers. From failed restaurants and being chased by the IRS, to re-locating for new roles, to going in to labour and still managing to deliver a presentation (and then a baby!)

As you can tell, it was a jam-packed day, and we covered a lot of topics! We hope you left the event inspired, and connected and ready to go forth and #BeBrave!

Kathleen M. O’Connor | The Art of Persuasion

We were incredibly excited to be joined by Professor Kathleen M. O’Connor at the end of last year. She shared some extremely thought-provoking insight on gender stereotypes and how we can all make smarter decisions, negotiate better strategic partnerships and build more effective networks.

If you missed her brilliant presentation, you can view it here and please share with your fellow colleagues and peers.

 

It’s Okay to Celebrate Success! However Big or Small

We’re constantly talking about how to better our work and personal life. How to achieve your goals? How to get the next promotion? But how often do we appreciate our smaller successes?

Whether it’s the mental fist-pump after speaking up in a meeting, or if you receive praise from an unexpected colleague. Whatever the size of the success, we should celebrate it.

It can be very easy to become submerged by ambition and drive and although determination is important, it doesn’t mean we should forget our daily ‘winning’ moments in the office.

Persevering and knuckling down through stressful times is one thing, but appreciating your quick wins is a great way to feel more energised and positive about future projects. And let’s face it, who doesn’t like to hear when they’re doing a good job?

It can be equally beneficial to look at this from another perspective. When was the last time you aired someone’s success or gave positive feedback to the presenter of a meeting? Small efforts to uplift the mood and appreciation in the office will go a long way, not only for yourself but for those working with you.

Here are some successes I’ve celebrated recently. As I’m sure you can tell, some are much bigger achievements than others, but each have been a productive step in meeting my monthly and annual goals.

  • Completing a content launch for a new TV show to an excellent standard
  • Finished all video edits for the month
  • Connecting with content producers within the domestic business
  • Crossing off the last action on my to-do list by Friday afternoon

Being proactive is one of the best steps to making yourself feel more energised and motivated. Ask for feedback from employers or simply ask for advice. Having a positive outlook won’t just make you feel better but highlight areas for improvement and provide the reassuring feeling that you you really are doing a good job.

What are some of your successes that you want to shout about? Comment below.

Lucy Vince