Dear WICT Network Southeast Members,

As we kick off this year, I wanted to share some thoughts on why I’m so excited about 2024.

First, I want to acknowledge our history of excellence – from impactful programming events to life-changing mentoring experiences to the esteemed Inspire Awards. These initiatives, and more, have been the heart and soul of our organization for many years, and I honor those who have paved the road to the impact we’ll make in 2024.

One big goal for the year is to build on this programming excellence – to keep pushing the boundaries and bringing you content that not only meets but exceeds your expectations. Expect to see more engaging events, insightful webinars and maybe even a surprise or two along the way.

Now, let’s talk about you, our members, the backbone of our organization. Let’s create more opportunities for meaningful connections, whether it’s through our signature events, local meetups or good old-fashioned networking. Together, we’ll make sure that being a part of The WICT Network: Southeast is not just a membership but an experience that adds value to your professional journey. 

Another focus area this year will be to engage our smaller markets in meaningful ways. From Tennessee to Alabama to Louisiana, we’re setting our sights on making members in these communities feel connected and part of our organization. 

Most importantly, let’s continue to support each other. Our network is not just about professional growth; it’s about building relationships, fostering a sense of community and being there for one another. 

The thread weaving all of this together is our 2024 Touchstone of Leadership, Communicate. As a professional communicator, this Touchstone probably feels a little obvious for me to choose – and I thought that as well when I first considered it. But what I love about this Touchstone, and my hope for our members, is we learn to be strong communicators as it’s a quality great leaders need to succeed. Watch for more on how this Touchstone will shape our 2024 plans. 

I’m humbled and honored to step into this role. If you have ideas, feedback or just want to chat, my virtual door is always open.

Cheers to an amazing 2024!

Lisa Kaufmann
2024 President
The WICT Network: Southeast