CANDIDATES FOR WWLF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  Election for 2019-2020 Term

Voting period: 12/10/2018 – 12/28/2018

CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT

 

 

 

 

 

 Carolyn Hardwick

 

Introduction, biography, & previous WWLF experience

I currently serve as Senior Director of National Accounts for MSO at KGPCo.  Based in Atlanta, Georgia, I began my career in telecommunications with Airgate PCS (Sprint) in 2000 in Charleston, South Carolina.  My tenure includes 8 years in Wireless Site Development, 8 years as a Business Development Director, and 2 years as MSO National Account Director. 

I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Clemson University, and I completed my Master of Arts in Teaching program in 2005 at the College of Charleston.  I am a published author and member of the North American Case Research Association.  Staying connected with wireless colleagues is important, so I am involved with most of the wireless associations throughout the South.  I have been a member of WWLF since 2003, served as Executive Director of Ways and Means from 2013 – 2016, and am the current WWLF Vice President.

How has your career and experience with WWLF prepared you for a position on the Board of Directors?

As the current Vice President and a former Executive Director with WWLF, I have experience working with the leadership team and WIA.  I have worked diligently with Amelia DeJesus, current WWLF President, so I am fully engaged with the initiatives and activities with which WWLF is involved.  I support the goals which WIA and WWLF find imperative for growth and sustainability: commitment, collaboration, leadership, strong work ethic, focus among the executive team, and an attainable plan-of-action.  If elected as President, I will continue my commitment to our Executive Leadership Team, the Executive and National Directors, and our Regional Directors as we to support the goals of WWLF.  I want to see our members grow professionally in every way and know that WWLF is committed to “keeping women connected”.

Major Issues / Initiatives to address during your term

1)       Increase membership and renewals.

    • WWLF brings in new members each year, but there are membership lapses as initial terms expire.  Although it has been a goal for years, our membership team should focus on rewriting our messaging to new and renewing members.  We also need to have a communications timeline to eliminate the gap with expired and renewed membership.
    • For new members, I would like to include an introductory letter detailing WWLF benefits, as well as a printable membership card.  Over the last 2 months, I have spoken with many new members who want to get more engaged, so our membership committee could work with new members to get them involved regionally or on committees. 
    • Lastly, WWLF offers a 2-year membership at a discounted rate, and I believe this type of membership would be more convenient for most members. 

      2)       Greater Focus on Education

        • Industry trends indicate a push for recruitment of women and a focus on career growth.  During the 2017 – 2018 term, our ELT focused on increasing regional events like Lunch & Learns and IMPACT groups. As WWLF continues to expand regional opportunities, we can assist members who want to learn new skills, expand their professional networks, and develop a career path.  I would like to initiate more Lunch & Learn forums, some which are transmitted via webcam to other regions. 
        • Additionally, WWLF previously subscribed to Degreed as an educational portal.  The ELT should implement another online tool for members to access for independent professional growth.

        Other Ideas, Aims & Goals for WWLF

        Our Executive Leadership Team has had more involvement with WIA than ever before, and we should continue the frequent communication and collaboration.  We should leverage our affiliation and partnership with WIA, SWS, and SWAP to expand our network, contacts, and memberships.

        Role of the Board – Please share your thoughts

        In order to grow as an organization, the Executive Leadership Team, Executive Directors, Regional Directors, and National Directors must work together as a team.  Once we set goals, we should support those goals and solicit help (as needed) to achieve them. 

        Secondly, in order to drive department initiatives, the Executive Directors must have dedicated committee members.  This has been a struggle over the last few years, and the Executive Directors ultimately perform most of their department duties with little support.  Our organization has hundreds of members, and we should engage our WWLF family to assist with individual, department, and overall organizational goals.

        What other attributes or qualifications you possess that will contribute to governing WWLF?  Outside of work, what are your hobbies or interests?

        In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and walking my dog.  I love arts, crafts, music, and community involvement.  I have been in Bible Study Fellowship since 2007 and in BSF leadership since 2009. An active member of my church, I enjoy volunteering and serving on our international mission team.  All of these roles and responsibilities have refined personal disciplines, communication and leadership skills.

        Family and friends are extremely important to me, and I am intentional about scheduling time with them.  I am grateful for our continually-expanding network of “Atlanta Women of Telecom”, which prioritizes activities together outside of work.  I love organizing trips and have travelled to more than a dozen countries over the last 3 years.

        I am thankful for my tenure in telecom and the WWLF executive team, and I believe this experience serves as a foundation for a new role as President.  Personal growth and leisure activities allow me to have a healthy work-life balance, and I look forward to working with the newly-installed WWLF officers as we continue the successes of our organization.

        CANDIDATES FOR VICE PRESIDENT

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         Beth Usher

         

        Introduction, biography, & previous WWLF experience

        My career in wireless telecommunications began in 1995 working for Bellsouth DCS to deploy their TDMA PCS network in Charlotte, North Carolina.  I served as a senior manager for a consulting firm providing program management.  Our team developed and implemented standards, processes, quality control, and best management practices, which greatly improved deployment time to market.  Throughout my career, I have continued to increase my role and responsibility level, improving leadership and communication skills.  I was previously Director of Engineering at Towersource, LLC from 2013 through 2017.  During my tenure with Towersource, the engineering group significantly improved efficiencies, client base, and employee development.  Engineering revenues lead company growth and profit margin.  In 2018, I wanted to expand my professional experience, so I accepted my current role as Principal of Business Development with Jacobs. 

        I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Auburn University, and I currently hold professional engineering licenses in several states.

        I have been a WWLF member since 2015, as well as an active member in the wireless community.  I currently serve as the Executive Director of Membership.  Under the leadership and guidance of Amelia DeJesus and Carolyn Hardwick, I have been fully immersed in the vision and objectives of WWLF.   I have also gained valuable experience with the WWLF database.

        How has your career and experience with WWLF prepared you for a position on the Board of Directors?

        My career has prepared me to serve on the Board of Directors for WWLF by giving me valuable experience in business management; including leadership skills, team management, collaboration, resource development, process improvement, client relations and financial analysis.

        Through my experience as the Executive Director of Membership, I learned more about the vision and objectives of WWLF.  As a result, I am passionate about continuing the momentum created by Amelia and Carolyn to further increase branding, membership, and most importantly, the positive impact of WWLF on the professional growth of members.

        Major Issues / Initiatives to address during your term

        The major issues or initiatives I would like to address during my WWLF executive board tenure are as follows:

        1. We have seen growth in membership during the past two years, but I will use my experience as executive director to assist the new leadership team in continuing this growth.  Would like to provide city reps with local initiatives and clear goals to support membership drives.  Initiatives will also extend to our WWLF events and corporate directors.

        2. Based on my experience with the Apricot database, I would like to further evaluate how to better utilize this resource to categorize memberships, send targeted emails, and develop reports for leadership calls.

        3. Work with the new WWLF President to set agenda templates, expectations, and goals for each board member and executive directors for our monthly leadership calls.

        Other Ideas, Aims & Goals for WWLF

        Throughout my career, I have sought ways to recruit women into the wireless industry, as well as, assist younger women starting out in the industry.  In addition to our mentorship program, we can offer a platform for members to request specific training/education.  We can also offer assistance with career guidance, work/life balance, etc.

        Role of the Board – Please share your thoughts

        The role of the WWLF board is to maintain the integrity of the established vision and to provide leadership, accountability, and guidance to the executive directors, regional directors and city reps.   Our goal is also to improve awareness of WWLF and grow our network and membership. 

        What other attributes or qualifications you possess that will contribute to governing WWLF?  Outside of work, what are your hobbies or interests?

        Additional attributes that will contribute to governing of WWLF include integrity, persistence, drive, passion to help others, strong work ethic, long standing industry relationships, and ability to lead teams towards a common goal.

        Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my college-aged children, traveling, meeting new people, boating, and golfing.  I also enjoy attending college football games and tailgating with friends.  I am active with the Atlanta wireless women’s group.

          Deb Battaglia

         

        Introduction, biography, & previous WWLF experience

        Briefly detail your background in telecom, professional experience, educational background, and any other pertinent notes related to professional growth/achievements.

        Debora Battaglia (Deb) has been in the telecom industry for more than 20 years, holding executive level leadership positions in companies ranging from carriers to vendors of wireless services that include Vice President, Operations Manager, National Sales and Director of Business Development.  She has been an active member and participant of WWLF for the past 6 years and continues to serve as the Southeast Regional Director of Events.

        How has your career and experience with WWLF prepared you for a position on the Board of Directors?

        Not only has Deb performed in executive positions in the telecom industry, but she also has been a participant in over 18 state wireless associations and currently serves as Secretary of the Ohio Wireless for the past 11 years and is expecting a renewal nomination for the same position.  As a result of these leadership positions in her vast wireless career and volunteer roles, she is adept at facing the challenges and commitments of the unique goals of each organization. In her role as Director of Business Development for LCC Telecom Services, she has attended all the major wireless conferences and wireless networking events, has forged connections throughout the industry, and whole heartedly represents LCC Telecom and women in wireless.

        Major Issues / Initiatives to address during your term

        The major issues or initiatives you would like to address during your WWLF executive board tenure.

        My hope as a WWLF member is for Deb to shine a spotlight on city representation in order to garner more local membership growth, company participation and increase charitable giving to local organizations. 

        Other Ideas, Aims & Goals for WWLF

        As Vice President, I hope Deb will help the WWLF not only bring women and the wireless industry together for mentoring and networking events but also to combine the efforts to benefit a variety of local charities.

        In addition, as an owner of a WBE in the wireless industry, I would like to see Deb and the WWLF lead the effort for inclusion of WBE’s in the bidding and awarding of work to women owned businesses for those companies that have set goals for inclusion but also to see that expanded to other companies to consider and adopt WBE inclusion goals.

        Role of the Board – Please share your thoughts

        I believe a Vice President should support the President’s agenda but also create unique pathways for other aims that are not necessarily on the immediate agenda but will be consistent with the mission of WWLF.  As mention previously an example of this could be a spotlight on City Representation and Inclusion Goals for WBE’s. 

        What other attributes or qualifications you possess that will contribute to governing WWLF?  Outside of work, what are your hobbies or interests?

        Deb is a wife, mother and grandmother known lovingly to her 7 grandchildren as “Mimi” and resides in the Pittsburgh, PA area.  While climbing the wireless ladder, she has found the time and energy to raise her kids and grandkids, attend all their sporting events, recitals, all while being an active member of her church where she is a vocalist, an organist and volunteers to vocally perform at weddings.  She loves the outdoors, trail riding on the ATV, boating, skiing and traveling.  If she isn’t already cooking a 7 course meal at home today, she is planning on the next big Italian holiday family feast.  Deb has been a valued employee LCC Telecom Services going on her 7th year and has made a big impact of LCC Telecom’s sales and exposure to the wireless industry nationwide and will make as great if not greater of an impact if selected to be on the board at WWLF.

         Debra Mercier

         

        Introduction, biography, & previous WWLF experience

        Briefly detail your background in telecom, professional experience, educational background, and any other pertinent notes related to professional growth/achievements.

        linkedin.com/in/debramercier

        After 20+ years in the Wireless industry I have a personal passion to give back for the opportunities that I have had throughout my career and support the next generation to do the same.  

        After years of being part of WWLF family I know I have the focus and experience to support WWLF in the continued efforts to drive memberships, personal growth initiatives and continue to make WWLF great. I take pride in the network of people and companies I have developed over my career and I look forward to leveraging those avenues to grow our memberships and awareness. I am very detailed originate and have years of experience in managing successful teams and companies. My goal is to continue to support the growth and success for our younger generation and overall.

        Highlights about me:

                    Passionate for the mission, our industry and making it better

                    I want to help grow WWLF I love what it stands for and what it does for woman and everyone.

                    Love to lead and bring people up

                    Positive, driven, high energy and sense of humor

                    Strategic thinker and planner

                    Excited about all the continuous change

                    Always ready to support and teach

                    Huge network of people, companies and outreach to grow our mission and members.

                    Love Event planning

         

        How has your career and experience with WWLF prepared you for a position on the Board of Directors?

        I started 25 years ago in Wireless and have had many opportunities to grow, learn and be part of todays Wireless World. I am well rounded with experience in many different roles, companies and verticals. I have been in many leadership roles to qualify me for the VP role duties and I feel I have a lot to offer the team.

        I am excited to continue to give back, help support today and our future industry by offering my experience and passion in any way I can. WWLF has built the vehicle I am excited to be part of to be able to help lead, educate and grow WWLF and our industry.

        The major issues or initiatives you would like to address during your WWLF executive board tenure.

        Membership retention and growth, event coordination leadership, support our key leaders in each region, training and support for the leaders, mentors, etc. More speaking events, engage and recruit companies by presenting for the right people, launch new slogans to drive awareness about WWLF, invite more keynote guest speakers to our events, align our WWLF board members and leaders to speak at events. Drive more interest by aligning us with new verticals (technical and professional) examples Public Safety, 5G, Healthcare, University Campuses and Wireless Carriers. 

        Other Ideas, Aims & Goals for WWLF

        Continue to refine and create a structured process for the mentor program making it easy to follow, share and enjoy. I have enjoyed the program and I have created a process that works, I want to implement this nationally. Also interested in opening a 30 something mentor group being mentored by a senior member helping bring them up to the next level.

        Goals – I would like to set goals to attract/retain members. I would like to grow the base by X, leveraging new doors by approaching my network to expand our reach, Carriers, OEM’s, Enterprise direct, Channels, Newcomers to wireless (IoT, CBRS, Public Safety, Convergence, Corp. sponsors).

        Align more with WIA, NEDAS and other organizations where we can participate and partner.

        Sponsor guest speaker events – regionally to attract new members and excite our existing members.

        Role of the Board – Please share your thoughts

        I am interested in the VP role, I would like to have the opportunity to get very involved and I could lead and learn from the President, in hopes of a future opportunity to be the President.

        What other attributes or qualifications you possess that will contribute to governing WWLF?

        I truly enjoy helping others, mentoring, managing with 1 goal in mind helping people grow and achieve.  I have had many years of learning, achieving and absorbing. I am a blessed person to have had so many amazing people teach me and I always keep that in mind as I mentor and lead.

        I strive to lead by example, I love to inspire and energize people, I empower my team I am proud to watch people grow.

        I also get things done, I am driven and accountable for my duties in whatever role I hold, my team and WWLF can count on me that I will deliver.

        Outside of work, what are your hobbies or interests?

        Pro-Bono I am a coach, I help job seekers with resume writing, how to interview, style and LinkedIn to name a few.

        I am passionate about healthy living with exercise and nutrition. I coach and help people at my Pilates Club and I am working on a program for our younger generation to understand healthy eating.

        For fun, I LOVE music, I listen, watch and enjoy as much as possible. I am always striving to be better, share my energy and experience with anyone that will listen. 

         

          Sonya Roshek

         

        Introduction, biography, & previous WWLF experience 

        Sonya Roshek joined us as Vice President of Field Services last summer. She’s already making a big impact for our field services group in helping us become stronger on a national level and strategic growth for small cell.

        Sonya is a telecommunications and technology executive with 20+ years of experience in the industry, most recently serving as director of strategic national accounts in the telecom division at Black & Veatch in Kansas City. She has also held executive positions at Mycom, Black & Veatch, Mastec, and Alcatel-Lucent, and she earned a master’s degree in organizational leadership and development from Chapman University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Drake University.

         

        How has your career and experience with WWLF prepared you for a position on the Board of Directors?

        Sonya is a true leader. She understands this industry inside and out. She hasn’t allowed anything to deter her from learning all the ins and outs of our industry including becoming a certified tower climber and mentoring dozens of telecom pros throughout her career.

        Major Issues / Initiatives to address during your term

        Seems like WWLF has the same problems as lots of other associations where you have a few people who take on the bulk of the work. I’m looking to lend a fresh perspective to the organization and hopefully help find ways to not only attract new members but also find ways to get existing members more involved.

        Other Ideas, Aims & Goals for WWLF

        Role of the Board – Please share your thoughts

        The board is responsible for creating an engaging organization that represents women in our industry in a positive light by creating mentoring and professional development opportunities.

        What other attributes or qualifications you possess that will contribute to governing WWLF?  Outside of work, what are your hobbies or interests?

         Carrie Charles

        Introduction, biography, & previous WWLF experience

        Carrie Charles is currently the CEO of BroadStaff, LLC, a staffing and recruiting firm exclusively supporting companies in the Telecommunications Industry. Prior to this, Carrie served as President of BroadStaff, LLC and is a Master Certified Life Coach and Workforce Strategist. Carrie brings a passion to the telecommunications industry focused on informing leaders and their managers on the state of hiring in the industry, while also educating them on how to successfully navigate through these challenges. She brings a statistical awareness as well as solutions on how to ensure companies are finding and hiring the right talent. Carrie brings a unique perspective to her current position in the industry because she reflects on her learnings during her career as a Workforce Strategist and Life Coach; working with Fortune 500 Executives and Leaders. Carrie attended the University of Tennessee, got her grit and discipline during her service as a Marine and is a Certified Financial Planner. Carrie has a pulse on the ever changing dynamics of the Telecom Industry and has been a Keynote Speaker at a variety of major events in 2017 and 2018 including: WIA ConnectX, South Wireless Summit, Wireless West and has been invited to speak in 2019 at VZTUF and InBuilding Wireless Congress. She currently sits on the Board of Advisors of Northeast DAS and Small Cell Association. Carrie will serve the WWLF by bringing a fresh perspective, and a dynamic ability to motivate, excite and encourage women in the industry.

        Briefly detail your background in telecom, professional experience, educational background, and any other pertinent notes related to professional growth/achievements.

        Carrie has served as both Owner and Operator of many businesses and consulted with C level Executives throughout her career. I believe she brings a balance of operational strength, change management and an undying passion for what she is focused on. Carrie has a positive outlook and is a firm believer that there is always a solution. She is future focused and will help take the WWLF in the direction of emerging technologies in Telecom while still remaining vigilant to what is the foundation.

        How has your career and experience with the WWLF prepared you for a position on the Board of Directors?

        As an advocate for Carrie, I believe she will focus her efforts on education of the hiring challenges we face in the industry. In addition, she will advise and work with others to provide solution driven ideas to overcome the hiring and retention issues plaguing the industry today.

        The major issues or initiatives you would like to address during your WWLF executive board tenure.

        CANDIDATES FOR SECRETARY

         

         

         Ashli Fuselier

        Introduction, biography, & previous WWLF experience

        As a native Texan, I graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelors in Family & Consumer Sciences, with an emphasis in fashion merchandising and event planning – but somehow, I ended up in telecom.  My current role involves many moving pieces such as HR, project management, internal recruiting, project and utility coordination, minor accounting, business development, and cultural development. My involvement with WWLF has been with the mentor program, fellowship award, and board assistance. My mentor and I have had a relationship for over a year, and both received accolades with the Fellowship Award thus attending WIA Connect X. With the award, I received a sneak peek into the Board process, and how busy the current board is. They have made great strides in the past few years and have built WWLF to a better place than it was when I joined 3+ years ago, but they only have so many hours in the day. I understand the work load I can be taking on with this position, and welcome the challenge.

        How has your career and experience with WWLF prepared you for a position on the Board of Directors?

        Having grown from an administrative position, developing an internal recruitment department has helped me in many ways; mostly helping me believe in my capabilities. Convincing leadership that this was a need & that I could perform- wasn’t hard; but maintaining the quality standard was.  Holding myself to high standards to foster company growth is what lead me to WWLF and the mentor program. I love helping others succeed, setting them up with educational opportunities, mentoring their professional growth inside our company, and sharing skills that will help outside our organization as well. I believe this kind of “self-nominated and self-fulfilled” leadership will help me with the board position. I am no longer nervous about presenting my ideas with a well laid-out plan- and executing them to create a better space for all involved.

        Major Issues / Initiatives to address during your term

        The mentor program is my favorite thing WWLF has to offer. I want to expand that program and make it more of a program that is nationally recognized in the industry. Right now, the mentor program is only ‘those in the know, know’ and isn’t widely known about – nor sought after. I’d like to change that with marketing initiatives, education on the program, and peer referrals.

        Other Ideas, Aims & Goals for WWLF

        I don’t have the answer, but I want to figure out how to make IMPACT meetings more desirable. The Houston group has such low turn out at these meetings, and I’ve noticed that even the fun networking meetings are 10 people tops. I can’t imagine that we are the only market experiencing these issues, but I’d like to help.

        Role of the Board – Please share your thoughts

        I believe the major role of the board is to make sure its leadership and programs stick to the core values of the WWLF program. Celebrating successful women in the wireless/telecom industry, and fostering their growth. After that, it would be supporting leadership roles taken in regions, programs, and other aspects of WWLF. Supporting them so they can grow their WWLF networks as they see best, and providing topics or speaker lists to help boost traffic at events, as well as marketing their efforts nationwide.

        What other attributes or qualifications you possess that will contribute to governing WWLF?  Outside of work, what are your hobbies or interests?

        Outside of work I enjoy reading professional development and nonfiction, food (eating more than preparing), and travel. While I haven’t traveled internationally much, I could tell you a thing or two about Texas and Louisiana.
        I truly enjoy helping people succeed, by defining their version of success, and laying a plan out for them to achieve it. Being Type A , organization and goals are my oxygen. Without something to achieve, I do not feel satisfied with my day.           Kristie Kidder

         

         Introduction, biography, & previous WWLF experience  

        How has your career and experience with WWLF prepared you for a position on the Board of Directors

        Major Issues / Initiatives to address during your term

        Other Ideas, Aims & Goals for WWLF

        Role of the Board – Please share your thoughts

        What other attributes or qualifications you possess that will contribute to governing WWLF?  Outside of work, what are your hobbies or interests? 

         

         CANDIDATES FOR TREASURER

         Michelle Salisbury

        Introduction, biography, & previous WWLF experience

         

        I have been in the telecom industry since June 2005 when I joined Crown Castle as a contract Paralegal under the supervision of Holly Groschner, who was one of the founders of WWLF.  I joined WWLF in 2005 and started helping Holly organize and grow her dream of uniting and educating women in the telecom industry.  Although Holly left Crown Castle, I continued my involvement with WWLF because I believe in our mission statement.

        How has your career and experience with WWLF prepared you for a position on the Board of Directors?

        My experience with WWLF has prepare me for a position on the Board of Directors (“Board”) because I have held various positions on the Board and have been with WWLF since 2005.  My career as a paralegal has given me the detail-oriented skill set to process the variety of financial transactions necessary to keep WWLF on track.

        Major Issues / Initiatives to address during your term

        The major issues or initiatives I would like to address during my WWLF executive board tenure are increasing membership, enriching the mentorship program and implementing a more robust educational program.

        Other Ideas, Aims & Goals for WWLF

        I would like to see the Treasurer position included during the planning/approval process for all events to ensure WWLF stays within its budget.

        Role of the Board – Please share your thoughts

        The Board’s role is to provide our members with high-quality educational and networking events.  In addition, we should give our sponsors the highest level of return for their sponsorship dollars.

        What other attributes or qualifications you possess that will contribute to governing WWLF?  Outside of work, what are your hobbies or interests?

        My experience as Treasurer contributes to my ability to govern WWLF and keep us on track fiscally.  WIA, our parent company implemented a new expense software this year and my paralegal skills enable me to multi-task and work well with others on the Board. 

        My outside interests include ballroom dancing, motorcycle riding (passenger only) and kayaking.

         

         

         

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