WIC Week - A First Timer's Experience
As a new member to NAWIC Boston, I had no idea what to expect from WIC Week, especially as this would be the first virtual event to date. I had the good fortune of witnessing the WIC Week committee behind the scenes. Led by Brittany Corbett, this dream team (Jen DeAmicis, Melissa Sue Guertin, Mackenzie Gerrity, Kelsey Holt and Kathy Keating) worked tirelessly to make the first virtual WIC Week a huge success.
At the beginning, it was about brainstorming event ideas and reaching out to collaborating partners. As the weeks quickly went by, emails, team calls, and logistical meetings ramped up. As we know, “logistics” is anything but normal during a pandemic. Keep in mind, each team member has a very busy full-time job outside of NAWIC. Regardless how busy or tired, these women always showed up…willing to do whatever was needed to create something that would be both memorable and inspiring.
As the kickoff began with a heartfelt message from Shawmut’s CEO, Les Hiscoe, and a courageous “call to action” by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, I could tell this week was going to be powerful. Each event I attended provided me with new tools, resources, and wonderful connections. I also noticed my “Imposter Syndrome” lessen a bit each day through the empowering force of the presenters and attendees. It felt so good to “belong”….yes, I felt this even though WIC Week was 100% virtual!
Although the events were of various topics, there seemed to be similar messages that were woven through the week.
Some of my favorites were=
· Diverse thought makes a better product
· Embrace what you DON’T know
· Don’t be afraid to say YES
· ALWAYS ask questions
· Lead with empathy
· Be prepared to pivot…and pivot…and pivot
· It’s okay to be an introvert
· Increase Mentorships/Apprenticeships
· Use intentionality to build an inclusive culture
· Create multiple access points for young women to enter your company
· If it scares you a little, go for it!
My first WIC Week exceeded all expectations, and I look forward to next year!
By Laura Feldman