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Fiber Broadband Association Strengthens Support for Women in Fiber

WASHINGTON, D.C.—(January 26, 2022)—The Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) today announced the launch of its Women in Fiber Committee to further provide FBA members with resources to identify, develop and promote women in the fiber broadband industry and highlight the link between female leadership and improved business performance.

The development of the Women in Fiber Committee stems from the success of FBA’s Women in Fiber Working Group that was created in 2014 for female members to share professional development resources and opportunities. By formalizing the Group into a Committee, FBA will devote more resources to the cause and provide more structured programs. The Women in Fiber Committee is led by Chair Alexa Edens, KGPCo’s Senior Director of Cloud Service Providers, and includes five subcommittees: Association Partnerships; Events; Professional Development and Mentorship; Social Media and Marketing; and STEM Promotion for Women and Girls.

“There has never been a more important time than now for women in the fiber industry,” said Gary Bolton, President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association. “The Women in Fiber initiative at the Fiber Broadband Association has accelerated with a strong surge in interest and momentum. With Alexa’s leadership, we have formalized the Women in Fiber Committee to extend our support for women in our industry and provide even more opportunities to advance their careers, their businesses and our industry.”

“FBA is the go-to resource for the fiber broadband industry, so what better place to launch this committee that is dedicated to promoting women in fiber. I want all FBA members, especially women, to gain confidence in knowing that the FBA has the best leadership and support in place to promote professional growth and success,” said Edens. “It is exciting to kick off 2022 with the launch of the Women in Fiber Committee as we structure volunteer opportunities alongside some of the greatest leaders in our industry.”

One of the first resources the Women in Fiber Committee will offer is a quarterly webinar series to present expert advice on issues facing the industry, workplace, country and world. The first webinar of the series, “The Road to Women in Fiber: Diversity, Mentorship & Networking,” is scheduled for Thursday, January 27, at 1:00pm EST, and will feature Allison Philbert, CEO of Digicel Jamaica. Philbert is a 20-year telecom leader with a wealth of experience advising companies on technology innovation and business transformation. The webinar discussion will explore themes that impact every professional—especially women—including diversity, networking, mentorship and entrepreneurship. Click here to register for the webinar.

To learn more about the Women in Fiber Committee, visit www.fiberbroadband.org/women-in-fiber or contact Jennifer Vassil at jvassil@fiberbroadband.org.

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About the Fiber Broadband Association

The Fiber Broadband Association is the largest and only trade association that represents the complete fiber ecosystem of service providers, manufacturers, industry experts and deployment specialists dedicated to the advancement of fiber broadband deployment and the pursuit of a world where communications are limitless, advancing quality of life and digital equity anywhere and everywhere. The Fiber Broadband Association helps providers, communities and policy makers make informed decisions about how, where and why to build better fiber broadband networks. Since 2001, these companies, organizations and members have worked with communities and consumers in mind to build the critical infrastructure that provides the economic and societal benefits that only fiber can deliver. The Fiber Broadband Association is part of the Fibre Council Global Alliance, which is a platform of six global FTTH Councils in the Americas, LATAM, Europe, MENA, and APAC. Learn more at fiberbroadband.org.

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