Creating Leaders Together

WICT provides the most powerful B2B network in the industry, an unparalleled suite of educational programs and services, and original gender research to support the business case for diversity and inclusion.

Welcome to The WICT Network: Greater Chicago

WICT’s mission is to create women leaders who transform our industry.

The WICT Network is a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to create women leaders who transform our industry. We do this by providing unparalleled professional development programs, commissioning original gender research, and supporting a B2B network that helps advance women. For more than 40 years, The WICT Network has partnered with media, entertainment and technology companies to help build a more robust pipeline of women leaders. Founded in 1979, and now over 10,000 members strong, The WICT Network is the largest and oldest professional association serving women in media.

Creating Leaders. Together.

The WICT Network embraces a spirit of collaboration within its organization and throughout the industry. We partner with cable and telecommunications industry leaders to provide leadership programs and services, and challenge these companies to create professional advancement opportunities for women on a local and global level.​

WICT Touchstones of Leadership

The WICT Network Touchstones of Leadership are our inspirational guide to effective leadership attributes – compiled to define the characteristics of a good leader and serve as our compass along the path of leader​​ship development. We hope that you will keep The WICT Network Touchstones in mind and continue to be motivated by them in your workplace.

Become a Member

To be eligible for membership, any woman or man must be currently or formerly employed in the cable and telecommunications industry or related industries.

Attend an Event

WICT offers many programs to enhance your career. From webinars and workshops to networking opportunities with our Signature Events.

Join Rising Stars

The WICT Rising Star Mentorship Program takes the traditional mentee/mentor format and broadens it to include peer partners, a leadership coach, and guest senior executives.

Member Spotlight

Nicholas Ybarra

For the month of June, we are spotlighting WICT Member Nicholas Ybarra! We asked Nikk some fun questions to get to know him better! W: What is your current role in your company? N: Enterprise Project Manager W: How long have you been a member of WICT? N: 2 Years

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A Message from Our President

To Our WICT Greater Chicago Community:

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2022. 

I am honored to be your new President for the 2022-2023 term for The WICT Network: Great Chicago Chapter. I am excited for the upcoming year we have planned.

As we all know 2021 proved to be another difficult year for us. We continue to monitor developments regarding COVID-19 and look to the WHO, CDC, and local authorities for guidance. For now, we will continue to structure all our Greater Chicago programming to be virtual, and we will provide any necessary updates as they become available.

To get to know me more I would like to offer some background. As an employee of Comcast I have been in the telecommunications industry since 2010.  I have been a member of The WICT Network since 2012. I’ve held multiple positions since joining the board in 2015. The WICT Network has been a huge part of my career at Comcast and has provided many growth opportunities and established great friendships with colleagues through the board and the chapter.

As the incoming president I’ve given great thought on what my goals will be. I would like to continue to offer the awesome programming we have seen over the years. Focusing on growth, diversity, sponsorship and change.  We will continue to offer our signature events while engaging in some games and fun activities. While we understand everyone’s time is precious, we will try to align the dates/times of our events to capture the vast majority of all The WICT Network members.

Every year The WICT Network chapter president has the honor of selecting a touchstone of leadership that establishes a platform to drive content and provide motivation for the coming year. I am happy to share  our chapter’s 2022 touchstone is “Inspire”.  I encourage each of you to be an inspiration to everyone you touch. As I lean into the idea of inspiring, I found a quote that exemplifies that touchstone and helps me step into my new role.

“Sometimes a person just needs a little inspiration or a different thought to get them propelled in the right direction”.
– Tondeleya Allen

This year, I encourage you to get more involved with The WICT Network: Greater Chicago, and all the opportunities available to you. Focus on developing your leadership potential by volunteering on a committee, becoming a mentee in our Rising Star mentoring program, and attending programming and networking events. Don’t stop there! Become involved with our board of directors—and be transformed! Be Inspired!

I would like to welcome our new Vice President, Shanta Averhart who I will be working very closely with. I would also like to thank our outgoing Board Members and welcome all the new Board Members we have this year. Please take a minute to review the entire list of Board Members here on our website.

Serving on the board is 100% volunteer and does take extra time and effort to plan the events. We are grateful for all our members who are able to give freely of their personal and extra time.

I look forward to seeing each of your faces in 2022.


La Tarsha Simmons

President, The WICT Network: Greater Chicago

Upcoming Events

The WICT Network offers many programs to enhance your career. From webinars and workshops to networking opportunities with our Signature Events.