Chapter End of Year Message by Gimette DeLaughter

Chapter End of Year Message by Gimette DeLaughter


Chapter End of Year Message by Gimette DeLaughter 

As I close out my year as WICT Southeast President, I notice that our Chapter, and the WICT Network mission, has never been more relevant and important for those of us in the telecommunications industry. We provide an especially significant resource that provides opportunities to learn, teach, mentor, and share leadership development and focus when many need it most. 

The changes around us—whether social, political, economic, or otherwise—require that we help our members navigate through new and increasingly complex landscapes, which profoundly impact the companies for which we work, our communities, and the telecommunications profession at large. 

The 2022 chapter board chose one of the seven WICT Network Touchstones of Leadership as the foundation for all initiatives this year: BE FEARLESS and confident in your convictions as you take risks and bring others along. I am proud of our Chapter’s successes over the last year leaning into this theme as our north star, particularly in providing more opportunities for meaningful engagement of our members and sponsors, introducing innovative programming formats and topics, and providing professional development and outreach opportunities. In the year ahead, we will continue these initiatives, as well as adding programming designed for the various stages of your career, virtual and hybrid programming, and events held in collaboration with other chapters in the WICT Network footprint.

Thank you, members, for your continued participation and enthusiasm in our professional community, and sponsors for your incredible support and advocacy. Finally, I would like to give a special shout-out of appreciation to our Chapter Board of Directors and to Jamelia Smith, our 2022 Vice President and incoming 2023 President, for their tireless work on behalf of the WICT Network Southeast, for all the wisdom, guidance and support they provide each and every day. Thank you all!

Wishing you a healthy and successful 2023!

Gimette DeLaughter
President, The WICT Network Southeast
Sr. Manager, Field Operations – Cox Communications, Inc