Join us May 19 for the Spirit of the Midwest awards.

2022 Spirit of the Midwest nominations are open! Each year, the WICT Midwest Chapter recognizes four outstanding chapter members who have made an extraordinary contribution to our industry through volunteerism, technology and leadership.

 

Spirit of the Midwest Awards

Each year, the The WICT Network: Midwest recognizes four outstanding chapter members who have made an extraordinary contribution to our industry through volunteerism, technology and leadership.

Spirit of the Midwest Award Categories

 

Chapter Volunteer of the Year

This award recognizes an individual who has shown exemplary volunteer support for The WICT Network: Midwest.  This leader should show dedication to volunteering/serving to help grow the Midwest Chapter and inspire others in the community.

Eligibility:

  • Recipient will have been in the industry for at least three years.
  • Must exhibit the Touchstones of Leadership – Know Yourself, Communicate, Listen, Be a Catalyst, Be Fearless, and Inspire.

 

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.

Eligibility:

  • Recipient will have been in the industry for at least five years.
  • Holds a management/leadership position within her organization.
  • Must exhibit the Touchstones of Leadership – Know Yourself, Communicate, Listen, Be a Catalyst, Be Fearless, and Inspire.

 

Rising Leader Award

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.

Eligibility:

  • Must exhibit the Touchstones of Leadership – Know Yourself, Communicate, Listen, Be a Catalyst, Be Fearless, and Inspire.

and meet one of the following:

  • Recipient will have been in the industry for less than five years.

-OR-

  • Changed career paths/business fields within the past two years (e.g. from marketing to operations).

-OR-

  • Received a promotion within the last year to the manager level.

 

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 a groundbreaker, and inspires others.  This woman is highly regarded by her peers and teammates for career accomplishments and quality of work-life balance.

Eligibility:

  • Recipient will have been in the industry for at least ten years.
  • Holds a management/leadership position within her organization.
  • Must exhibit the Touchstones of Leadership – Know Yourself, Communicate, Listen, Be a Catalyst, Be Fearless, and Inspire.

Congratulations to Past Spirit of the Midwest Honorees

2021 Honorees

Volunteer of the Year: Wendy Thebeau, Charter Communications

Rising Leader: Melissa Wolf, Midco

Woman in Technology: Tara Mueller, Midco

Spirit of the Midwest: Maryann Eastman, Charter Communications

2020 Honorees

Volunteer of the Year: Debra Malick, Diversant

Rising Leader: Emilie Gragert, Charter Communications

Woman in Technology: Amber Schwiesow, Midco

Spirit of the Midwest: Trish McCann, Midco

2019 Honorees

Volunteer of the Year: Lauren Ray, Charter Communications

Rising Leader: Tera Dubs, Midco

Woman in Technology: Maryann Eastman, Charter Communications

Spirit of the Midwest: Jenny Massey

2018 Honorees

Volunteer of the Year: Katie LoRusso

Rising Leader: Sydney Smith, Charter Communications

Woman in Technology: Julie Bent, Midco

Spirit of the Midwest: Lisa Neuwirth, Charter Communications

2017 Honorees

Rising Leader: Tara Anderson

Woman in Technology: Marsha Gee

Spirit of the Midwest: Kimberly Noetzel

2016 Honorees

Rising Leader: Jada Marcotte

Woman in Technology: Erin Hayes

Spirit of the Midwest: Pamela Hermann

2015 Honorees

Rising Leader: Lisa Shea

Woman in Technology: Andrea Wegley

Spirit of the Midwest: Melissa Morris

2014 Honorees

Rising Leader: Sally West

Woman in Technology: Ginni Hartley

Spirit of the Midwest: Theresa Sunde

2013 Honorees

Rising Leader: Katie Atkinson

Woman in Technology: Julie Sparlin

Spirit of the Midwest: Jean Edhlund