Save the Date! – Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Spirit of the Midwest

 

Enjoy an evening of celebration as the WICT Midwest Chapter will be honoring stand-out women in our profession with awards such as: Volunteer of the Year, Women In Technology, Rising Leader, and the Spirit of the Midwest award.  This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the WICT Midwest Board of Directors and find out how to get more involved with the chapter.  Additionally you will feel inspired and energized by the charismatic leaders you will have the opportunity to engage with during one of our most anticipated annual events.

More details coming soon, including how to nominate and vote for the various awards, as well as the schedule and venue for the event.

2019 Spirit of the Midwest Award Winners

Volunteer of the Year – This award recognizes an individual who has shown exemplary volunteer support for WICT Midwest over the past year.  This leader shows dedication to volunteering/serving in order to help grow the Midwest Chapter and inspire others in the community.

2019 Volunteer of the Year – Lauren Ray, Technologist-Security & Compliance, Charter Communications

Lauren has gone above and beyond in the past year to support the communications team for the WICT Midwest Chapter.  Lauren is extremely organized, dependable and always willing to help wherever needed.  She has spent hundreds of hours helping to provide communications to membership about upcoming events.

Lauren is confident and fearless by challenging herself with new assignments like volunteering for the WICT board and taking on all of the planning and organization associated with that volunteer role.  Lauren listens with her heart and mind to truly analyze a problem or discussion and often provides insightful feedback to improve an experience.  Last year Lauren was heavily involved in the communication strategy for Tech it Out and Spirit of the Midwest awards and often provided suggestions to enhance the communication plan.  Lauren has inspired many others to volunteer and get involved in WICT based on her personal involvement.  -Kristina Gustafson, Director, Spectrum Enterprise Business Operations, Charter Communications

 

Rising Leader – This award recognizes an industry woman, considered a newcomer to the industry, who has demonstrated her own personal leadership style and has become accomplished in both her job and in her working knowledge of the cable and/or telecommunications industry.

2019 Rising Leader – Tera Dubs, Supply Chain Manager, Midco

She is truly unique and brings her own spin on leadership to Midco. She is 100% herself and her unique style is what makes people drawn to her. She is a force within the department she is in which has helped to highlight her in other departments. When Tera walks into a room or speaks, people pay attention.  Tera Dubs is a vibrant and energetic presence in our office. She is always willing to tell it like it is and push for the right answer and the right way of doing things. She backs up her opinions with facts and uses data to drive positive change. -Amber Schwiesow, Director of Procurement and Supply Chain, Midco

She has continued to encourage and support others as they reach out to her for assistance or guidance.  She continually proves to be a solid decision maker and is willing to take risks to make changes happen.  She is very self-confident, extends an open forum of communication to others and listens to others when they’re seeking to understand.    Her overall mannerisms and charisma is motivating to others. -Jeri Kuhlman, Inventory Control Manager, Midco

 

Woman in Technology – This award recognizes an industry woman serving in a technical position who has contributed significantly to her organization as well as the cable and telecommunications industry.  In addition to her technical expertise, she is a valued team member who is committed to supporting and motivating others.

2019 Woman in Technology – Maryann Eastman, Sr. Mgr. Network Engineering, Charter Communications

Maryann has worked with all levels within the telecommunications industry, from hourly technicians to Executive Vice-Presidents, and has proven to be an invaluable asset.  She is always willing to share her knowledge and help fellow teammates and employees learn more about the industry and the role we all play in supporting our customers.  She is an inspiration to everyone she works with, and sets a high bar for all of us to strive to reach.

Maryann demonstrates each of the touchstones of leadership on a daily basis.

She takes the time to listen to her customers, management, and her team to ensure that she is on the right path and helping others stay focused and on track.  Maryann tackles any project with a fearless attitude, and is tenacious in her pursuit of accuracy and integrity of all her work products.  She inspires her team and her co-workers to push beyond their perceived capabilities and strive for even greater heights. -Karen Zumwalt, Sr. Mgr. Network Engineering, Charter Communications

 

Spirit of the Midwest – This award recognizes an industry woman who has made significant contributions to the cable and telecommunications industry throughout her career, serves as a mentor and role model for others, exhibits leadership qualities that have made a difference in her organization, is a risk taker and groundbreaker, and inspires others.  This woman is highly regarded by her peers and teammates for career accomplishments and quality work-life balance.

2019 Spirit of the Midwest – Jenny Massey, Regional Vice President Market Engagement, Suddenlink

Jenny Massey lives out every WICT Touchstone of Leadership throughout her daily interactions with team members, leaders, and business partners.   Jenny’s contributions can been seen in all of those surrounding her.  She has been an inspiration for so many women (and men) to challenge themselves and others in order to be successful.

Jenny models fearlessness as the only female regional VP in the West division of our company. While the majority of our VPs come from Technical Operations, Jenny utilizes her sales and marketing experience to maintain a fierce focus on the customer experience.  Jenny inspires team members on all levels to be fearless and challenge the standard norms.  She can identify leadership qualities in employees and will dedicate her time to develop that employee in a leader.

Jenny has been a strong woman to look up to during a season of change for her peers and team members.  Her infectious positive spirit brings joy, compassion, and boldness to everyone she encounters. She has made significant and lasting impressions on the way we do business and on all coworkers who are lucky enough to cross her path. Because of her ability to challenge and inspire all of those around her, she is more than deserving of the Spirit of the Midwest Award. -Candace Kirkendoll, Community Engagement Specialist, Altice, USA

2018 Winners

Volunteer of the Year – Katie LoRusso

Rising Leader – Sydney Smith

Woman in Technology – Julie Bent

Spirit of the Midwest – Lisa Neuwirth

 

2017 Winners

Rising Leader – Tara Anderson

Woman in Technology – Marsha Gee

Spirit of the Midwest – Kimberly Noetzel

 

2016 Winners

Rising Leader – Jada Marcotte

Woman in Technology – Erin Hayes

Spirit of the Midwest – Pamela Hermann

 

2015 Winners

Rising Leader – Lisa Shea

Woman in Technology – Andrea Wegley

Spirit of the Midwest – Melissa Morris

 

2014 Winners

Rising Leader – Sally West

Woman in Technology – Ginni Hartley

Spirit of the Midwest – Theresa Sunde

 

2013 Winners

Rising Leader – Katie Atkinson

Woman in Technology – Julie Sparlin

Spirit of the Midwest – Jean Edhlund