As well as my role as the first President of WICT UK, I’ve been really busy recently in my day job. I was privileged to attend the WICT Signature luncheon in Chicago as Virgin Media received one of their Signature Accolade award.
Every year WICT award 5 ‘Signature Accolades’ recognising the stand-out achievements of organisations who support issues and causes important to women. When Virgin Media found out we had been awarded the International accolade we were obviously delighted.
The lunch itself was amazing. Meghan Markle of hit US drama ‘Suits’ fame hosted the event and I was privileged to learn about her work as a UN Advocate for Women’s political participation and leadership. She also runs a lifestyle site The Tig – http://www.thetig.com. Meghan commented that she was humbled to be among so many people working to effect change in our communities.
Virgin Media were among other US companies to win an award and all were powerful examples of great work they are doing not just within their businesses but outside. For example,
- Suddenlink run ‘Family First’ which assists at risk women and families in the community.
- Juniper Networks support ‘Not for Sale’ which is an effort to call attention to and stop human trafficking.
- AETV are doing some amazing work to contribute to the ‘Stop Breast Cancer for Life’ campaign and having lost my best friend to this awful disease in 2013, I was in awe of their efforts.
- The final fellow award winner was Comcast for their Internet Essentials campaign which connected 450,000 low income families to the internet at reduced prices. The customer featured in their video was at the lunch and they surprised her on stage with a cheque for $25,000 to finish her college degree – truly life changing stuff! Whilst this is important on a social scale it also makes great business sense as 73% of Internet Essentials customers are women.
In closing out my first newsletter blog I’ll end by asking you to let me know what you think of our first newsletter – is it interesting, what do you want to see, would you like to contribute even?! Please do let us know. In the meantime I look forward to seeing you at our next event on the 18 June 2015 – Learning, Doing and Lasting Impact.