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WITI Showcases Corporate IT Women Leaders
By Marian Cook

One of the most rewarding things about being involved with WITI is being able to showcase the extraordinary women talent in our industry. On May 1st, the Chicago WITI Chapter will once again shine the spotlight on women leaders with the fourth WITI “Excellence in Corporate IT Leadership” Award for top Chicago female IT executives. This year’s stellar honorees are: • Karenann Terrell, CIO of Baxter • Jennifer Scanlon, CIO of USG • Jean Holley, CIO of Tellabs • Connie Shoemake, Vice President, IBM   Read More

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Growing Within Your Company: Dragonflies and Pelicans
By Pam Lassiter

“I’d like to network with you.” How do you feel when someone says that to you? After surveying a countless number of professionals in my seminars, I see the same reaction: they cringe. People don’t like the concept of being “networked with.” There’s an implication of being used, of being put on the spot, of being asked for names when you’re not sure that you want to share any. Although we all realize networking is important, we have an instinctive reaction against it when we’re on the receiving end. How do we change that reaction so that both teams want to play ball, especially when you’re the one who is seeking new information or relationships? There’s a tactic and a strategy to encourage others to open up to you, then you can start developing your dragonflies and pelicans.   Read More

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Invisible Computers: The Untold Story of the ENIAC Programmers
By Kathryn Kleiman

In 1997, WITI inducted six historic women into its Hall of Fame. They were the original ENIAC Programmers: Betty Snyder Holberton, Jean Jennings Bartik, Kathleen Mauchly Antonelli, Marlyn Wescoff Meltzer, Frances Bilas Spence and Ruth Lichterman Teitelbaum. The standing ovation these pioneers received at the WITI dinner touched their hearts. It was a moment neither they, nor we, ever forgot.   Read More