the WWLF Connection

It’s hard to believe that the end of another year is only a few weeks away. This year, although we’re not one hundred percent (100%) back to normal, we made strides toward achieving that goal.

WWLF had a number of in-person regional events and our national event at Connect (X) was also held in-person. It felt good to be back seeing each other face-to-face. We plan to continue this trend in 2022, as well as continue to offer virtual events so all of our members can benefit.

I started out in telecom sixteen (16) years ago and WWLF was the first organization I joined. The members I’ve met and those on the WWLF Board over the years have been a great inspiration to me and have made my career in telecom very rewarding.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our members for their continued support since, without you, there would be no WWLF! I’d also like to thank our wonderful sponsors; you too make it possible for WWLF to succeed as an organization.

WWLF looks forward to continuing to provide a platform for women to grow, share experiences, and succeed for years to come. Our success is based on our membership so, my hope is that you’ll reach out to women you know in the industry and suggest that they join WWLF.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

With gratitude,

Michelle Salisbury
WWLF Treasurer

 How to Deal With Holiday Stress 

Written by Kristen Beckman

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The holidays are a season that is supposed to be about happiness, family and celebration. But in reality, the holiday season often means additional stress, especially for women. According to the American Psychological Association, women are significantly more likely than men to worry about having money to purchase gifts and to experience an increased workload related to taking on tasks from gift purchasing to cooking and hosting guests during the holidays.

The situation is exacerbated as the world heads into the second holiday season impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For those who experience additional stress during the holidays, there are a few steps that can help.

1.) Plan and prioritize. There are endless things to accomplish during the holidays on top of life’s everyday expectations associated with work and family. Thinking ahead and having a plan to accomplish your holiday goals can eliminate the stress that comes with last-minute tasks. We tend to go overboard, especially during the holidays, and the Office on Women’s Health encourages women to pare down their holiday to-do list by giving yourself permission to do fewer things or eliminate tasks you don’t enjoy.

2.) Take time for yourself. APA urges people to remember that they can only accomplish so much during the holidays, and self-care should be on the to-do list. When you take care of yourself, you are more likely to have the energy and bandwidth to take care of everyone and everything else that you want to. Even simple activities such as going for a walk, listening to music or taking time to read a book can be effective at reducing stress.

Read the full article on the WWLF website and learn all 5 steps!

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WWLF Spotlight: Kathy Gill

Kathy Gill has been the Phoenix, Arizona WWLF City Rep for about 10 months

Kathy Gill
Tower Safety

1. How long have you been a City Rep for WWLF and what is your territory/region?
I have been a City Rep for WWLF for about 10 months in Phoenix, Arizona.

2. Why did you join WWLF?
I joined WWLF because Megan Reed of Inside Towers introduced me to the organization. I looked into the group and realized it was something that I wanted to be a part of.

3. How has being a part of WWLF impacted you personally or professionally?
Being a part of WWLF has allowed me to meet other great wonderful women and learn from their experiences in the industry.

Read the full interview on the WWLF to learn more about Kathy Gill

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Book Review: The Fix Summary 

written by Julie DeCuypere

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The Fix:  Overcome the Invisible Barriers That Are Holding Women Back at Work  - by Michelle P. King

(Book Review by Julie C. DeCuypere)

Are you tired of reading books that make you feel like you alone are responsible for navigating your career advancement in an inadequate and inoperable workplace? Of course you are! The good news is that “The Fix” is not going to tell you to speak up and smile more in order to get a raise and excel in your career. This book is going to challenge men and women alike to finally realize that corporate culture inequalities do not serve women and minorities and we need to take a stand to make changes.

Michelle King’s book deftly breaks down the reasons why women are not getting ahead in the patriarchal workplace culture and outlines steps to fix the problem. Citing leading research studies, King brings to light the insidious problems of gender denial, white privilege, and the meritocracy myth.

King’s own PhD research unearthed gender denial at the highest levels in organizations when she asked the question “What are the barriers to women’s advancement at work?” In nearly every interview with senior male leaders, she received the same answer, that they didn’t think there were any barriers for women or that the barriers were ‘natural’ reasons such as women taking time off for Motherhood. She began to realize that, in fact, the greatest barrier women face at work was actually the culture of denial. How could changes be made when no one thought that changes were necessary?

Read the full review on the WWLF website

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Upcoming Events

Holiday Happy Hour at Hangar 24!

In support of Operation Be Kind, we are asking each attendee to bring a new, unwrapped toddler toy (Age 0-6). These toys will be given to the Intervention Center for Early Childhood for children with developmental delays.

We are excited for the opportunity to celebrate the season of giving with our wireless friends and family. 

December 2, 2021

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (PST) 

Hangar 24, 17877 Von Karman Ave Unit 110, Irvine, CA 92614
Registration closes December 1, 2021



Monthly Networking Events!
WWLF Members Only


Please join WWLF for our Monthly Networking Event: Motivation and Mugs

The 1st Monday of every month.

Although times are getting somewhat back to normal, we are still not quite there yet.

So, let's come together and connect while enjoying our morning ritual of coffee, tea, lemon water or whatever your choice of drink!

During this Monday Motivation and Mugs, each attendee will have one minute to introduce themselves and talk about what they are looking for/needing during these times: job opportunities, connections, friendly support, etc..

December 6, 2021 Motivation and Mugs

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM (EST)

Zoom link to be sent before the event

Registration closes the Friday before the event.



Quarterly Event: Book Read!

Join WWLF for our January 2022 Book Discussion!

This event will be an open discussion with an opportunity for everyone to share comments, questions, and insights!  

We will be reading and discussing "Choose Possibility: Take Risks and Thrive (Even When You Fail)” By: Sukhinder Singh Cassidy


A Wall Street Journal bestseller. An indispensable guide to decision-making and risk-taking for anyone who finds themselves afraid of making a wrong choice in their career. This fresh, new approach comes from one of the most highly regarded and well-respected female tech executives in Silicon Valley, who made many wrong choices in her career, but learned how to turn those down moments into successes.

Life is made up of a series of choices. What do you do if one of those choices turns out poorly, especially if it was carefully considered? How do you trust your instinctive decision-making skills and make the next right choice? How do you continue to take risks when, suddenly, your risks are not working out?

Grab your book and read over the holidays!  

January 19, 2022

6:30 - 8:00PM (CST)

Zoom link to be provided prior to the event
Registration closes on January 17, 2021


All events open to WWLF members

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WWLF is committed to creating an inclusive environment where diverse voices are welcome in all aspects of our organization. WWLF values the knowledge and perspectives that our members bring to our organization from their diverse backgrounds. While all members are welcome to participate in both regional and national events, WWLF remains committed to the design and delivery of content to support the development of women in the wireless communications industry.