One of the causes that both AGL Media Group and the Wireless Industry Association (WIA) have been instrumental in supporting, is women in wireless. So much so that the Women’s Wireless Leadership Forum (WWLF) is affiliated with WIA and AGL is a member of the WWLF.
At the WIA’s Connect (X), in Orlando this week, I had the opportunity to get closer to that organization and see some of the wonderful mechanisms they have developed for bringing women into the industry. And, they throw one heck of a party! The WWLF closing party was the highlight of my trip, especially with the WIA’s President CEO Jonathan Adelstein on stage jammin’ with the band. Thanks for a great time, guys!
The WWLF is a volunteer association for professional women in the wireless communications industry. Through WWLF’s events, members share their expertise, broaden their contacts, and advance their career opportunities. WWLF celebrates the experience of the many successful women in the communications industry.
They encourage women to become active contributors to, what has long been, a male-dominated industry. They do that in a number of ways. For example, they have an annual fellowship award for outstanding accomplishments in the industry. This year the award went to Shamrose Ali of VERTICOM. Currently, she is Project Management Coordinator at VERTICOM and a rising star in the wireless industy.
One of the elements that impress me the most about this organization is the leadership. I have had the opportunity to get to know some of the officers, particularly Debra Mercier, WWLF’s vice president, who is the person I have come to know the best. She is, presently, the VP of Business Development at Wireless Concepts International. I have watched her in action and she is definitely in her element as the VP.
What I find most remarkable about WWLF is their dedication, commitment and unrelenting efforts to raise awareness of the successes of women in the wireless industry and provide tireless support to bringing more women into the industry. The mentoring program is one of the best I have seen. It has an impressive array of women across the industry. Mentors work tirelessly to help members improve communication skills, gain industry knowledge, develop and hone leadership skills and capabilities, encourage continuing education and build a professional network.
The fellowship program seeks to empower and inspire women in the telecom industry. It offers leadership development on a level that is truly remarkable. It engages its members in a variety of industry happenings and events. It offers unique mentorship opportunities to support the growth of new industry leaders and facilitates opportunities for career strengthening through WWLF resources. The program is sponsored by Crown Castle International. Hats off to you, CCI!
However, it is not an easy path. Fellows must meet the highest industry standards and requirements. They must be proactive and accomplish some lofty goals. But, the rewards are substantial. They are acknowledged within the industry as an exemplary leader making significant contributions. WWLF also offers continuing education and lifelong learning as a part of its empowerment of women in wireless.
The WWLF’s standing is validated by its sponsors. As previously mentioned, Crown Castle is the sponsor of the annual fellowship program, but other industry giants, such as American Tower, KGPCO, SBA, AllPRO Consulting , Black and Veach, Jacobs, NB+C, Tessco, and other well known outstanding companies believe in and support the WWLF.
I could have written this column about any number of Connect (X), WIA, or other industry topics. But I chose to honor the WWLF.
We always talk about what is new, hot, controversial, engaging, etc. However, we do not always talk about the great organizations and people that are responsible in making this industry what it is. Sometimes we just need to remember how important such people, and their organizations are.
Congratulations to the many wonderful, and professional, women coming into this industry. And thanks to the WWLF for being at the forefront and helping to make it happen.