Inside Look
Quarter 1 | March 2023
Thank you for taking the time to read our 1st Quarter newsletter for 2023, we are so excited to see what 2023 has in store.

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”
~Elizabeth Andrew

We launched our new year with our town hall virtual meeting. For those you who missed our town hall meeting, we learned more about our exciting programming planned for 2023. 2022 proved to be a successful year for our chapter, having been acknowledged by The WICT Network: Global for the “Inspire Award” and “Programming Excellence.” Our membership continues to grow and we look forward to seeing many faces at our upcoming in-person events. 
 
If you have not completed your renewal at The WICT Network or are interested in becoming a new member, please go to https://wict.org/membership-chapters/ and learn more about how The WICT Network can help you define your career journey. 

Zakiya Black
The WICT Network: Greater Ohio
Chapter President
2023 The WICT Network: Greater Ohio Theme
  • Women's History Month Celebration Thursday, March 23, 2022
  • The WICT Network: Greater Ohio Quarterly Social Mixer, April 2023
  • Clifton Strengths Webinar, Thursday, April 20, 2023
  • 2023 Mentorship Program Kick-off, Wednesday, May 3, 2023
CAN YOU SOLVE THIS RIDDLE?
Happy Black History Month
Black History Poetry
By: Bianca Lynne Spriggs

Woman,
I get it.
We are strangers,
but I know the heart is a hive
and someone has knocked yours
from its high branch in your chest
and it lays cracked and splayed,
spilling honey all over
the ground floor of your gut
and the bees inside
that you've trained
over the days and years
to stay put, swarm
the terrain of your organs,
yes,
right here in traffic,
while we wait for the light to change.

I get it.
How this array of metal and plastic
tends to go womb room
once the door shuts,
and maybe you were singing
only moments before
you got the call,
or remembered that thing
you had tucked back and built
such sturdy scaffolding all around,
and now here it comes to knock
you adrift with only your steering
wheel to hold you up.

Or, maybe today
was just a tough day
and the sunlight
and warm weather
and blossoming limbs
and smiling pedestrians
waiting for their turn to cross
are much too much to take
when you think of all that’s left
to do, and here you are,
a reed stuck in the mud
of a rush hour intersection,
with so very many hours left to go.

Woman,
I know you.
I know how that thing
when left unattended
will show up as a typhoon
at your front door
demanding to be let in
or it will take
the whole damn house with it.

I know this place too.
I get it.

But because we are strangers,
because you did not see me see you,
my gaze has no more effect
than a phantom that stares at the living.
And yet, I want you to know that
today, in the hive of my heart,
there is room enough
for you.
Member Spotlight

Member spotlight is an important part of any organization as it provides a platform to recognize the hard work and dedication of its members. It creates a sense of belonging for members and helps to build morale within the group. It also helps to bring attention to the group and its members, making it easier to attract new members and increase engagement. Finally, it can be a great way to share experiences and knowledge within the organization, as members can learn from each other and be inspired by each other's success.

Email info@wictgreaterohio.org if you would like to be featured.
Self-care for women leaders

Self-care for women leaders is incredibly important in order to stay healthy, grounded and productive. Taking the time to practice self-care can look different for everyone, but here are some tips that can be helpful for women leaders looking to prioritize self-care:

  • Make time for yourself. Take a break from work and other obligations and make time for activities that you enjoy, such as reading, exercising, and spending time outdoors.
  • Connect with people. Reach out to friends, family members and peers who can provide emotional support and help you stay connected.
  • Take a mental health day. Consider taking a day off to relax, unwind and do something that you enjoy.
  • Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness can help reduce stress and anxiety. Taking a few minutes each day to practice deep breathing and/or meditation can help you stay centered and focused.
  • Get enough sleep. Aim to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night to ensure that you are well-rested and energized.
  • Eat healthy meals. Eating a healthy and balanced diet can help keep your energy levels up and improve your overall wellbeing.

By taking the time to prioritize self-care, women leaders can stay productive and energized while also maintaining their mental and physical health.
There are numerous ways to advance in your career and reach your goals! Here are a few tips that may help you on your journey:

1.     Take initiative - Don’t wait for someone to tell you what to do, look for ways to add value to your organization or act on opportunities that come your way.

2.     Network - Making connections with people in your industry and building relationships can help open doors for new opportunities.

3.     Develop your skills - Take advantage of training opportunities and stay up to date with changes in the industry.

4.     Be organized - Make sure you’re keeping track of your tasks and deadlines.

5.     Ask for feedback - Talking to your supervisor and asking for feedback can help you understand what areas you need to focus on.

6.     Be proactive - Show your employer that you’re looking for new opportunities and that you’re willing to take on more responsibility.

Best of luck on your journey to career advancement!

Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month

The FTC Identity Theft site is a one-stop national resource to provide tools to educate and prevent identity theft. The website provides detailed information to help you Deter, Detect and Defend against this crime. While there is no guarantees about avoiding identity theft altogether, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk and damage if a problem occurs.

The WICT Network Online Learning Library and Free Online Learning Opportunities

During this uncertain time, many of us are facing a variety of new challenges such as adjusting to remote work or needing to quarantine to protect ourselves from COVID. However, just like this Forbes article reminds us, while we cannot control the effects of the pandemic, we can look for opportunities to engage our communities in positive ways. 
 
To help you with this effort, The WICT Network's Online Learning Library is open to all members. Not a member? 

Join today to access this benefit and more!
Community Outreach Spotlight

HER Cincinnati has been around for more than 191 years. They are formally known as CUB. HER’s mission is to “Empower women to break the cycles of poverty, addiction and human trafficking." They believe in empowerment by meeting people where they are, by looking at people for who they truly are and looking beyond their surface, by celebrating diversity, fighting for equality and embracing inclusion. HER are good stewards of scarce resources in the relentless pursuit of their vision.
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