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WITI Boston Regional Network
Leading in Male-dominated Environments -- Sponsored By: Mont Blanc Boutique

Tuesday, October 18, 2005
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Women have made great strides in attaining leadership positions in America. Still, there are industries and areas where women are not included in the leadership of their field, company or industry. This program explores how we can develop strategies to bring along the women of today, positioning them to lead in traditionally male-dominated environments.

Note: Registration is STRICTLY limited to first 50 paid registrations

Participate in our drawing for Mont Blanc's

Fountain PenBallpoint
Hand-crafted 18 ct. gold-nib inlaid with platinum
925 Sterling Silver
Pinstripe finish
Jet-black precious resin
Inlaid with Montblanc white star
Three rings in gold-plated 925 Sterling Silver
Gold-plated clip with individual serial number

About Our Speaker(s)

Dee Fleming, Director, Lotus WW Technical Sales
leads IBM’s Workplace, Portals and Collaboration Software division (aka Lotus), consisting of a global team of 350 technical sales specialists who focus on overcoming technical issues and barriers to sales and customer success.

Dee began her IT career pretty much by accident. An Office Services Supervisor who had responsibility for the PBX telephone system, Dee was responsible for managing telephone adds, moves, and changes in a healthcare HQ facility. These were performed by an external vendor. But the technology intrigued her– so she rolled up her sleeves and learned the technical details by working closely with the vendor. When times got lean, the entire Office Services staff was laid off, except Dee. She was kept on to perform the work that was previously outsourced. So pulling cables and punching wires became a daily routine. Left without a Manager, the company decided to send Dee to IT. She has never looked back.

"IBM is serious about helping women in technology roles," Dee relates, "They are also quite serious about mentoring – which is a process that I firmly believe in. With the help of four solid mentors throughout my career, I am an Executive at IBM today."

Jennifer Francis
Senior Vice President/Partner, CBRE Whitter Partners
Jennifer has performed corporate service advisory and brokerage services to an array of clients that include Fleet Bank/Bank of America, Eastern Bank, Thermo Electron, Envirotest Systems, and Unicco Service Company. As a member of the Downtown Boston leasing team, she is responsible for CB Richard Ellis’ performance on a range of services including brokerage and portfolio analysis/management oversight.

Prior to joining CB Richard Ellis in 1998, Jennifer was with The Gunwyn Company for over eight years. As the company’s Vice President, her responsibilities included asset management, leasing, and project management for a portfolio of commercial, retail and residential buildings.

Recently, Jennifer was recognized as one of Boston's Top Ten leading commercial real estate advisors by Women's Business.

Susan Ifill
Senior Vice President, Premier Banking & Investments, Bank of America
Susan is currently building out the South West Suburban Market for the Northeast Premier Division. She leads a group of 24 Premier Client Managers, responsible for a $3.2 billion portfolio, acquisition of eligible clients, portfolio growth.

Prior to her current role, Susan was the Director of both the Trust Advisory Group and the Client Distribution Group, in the Private Bank for FleetBoston Financial. She led a team of trust officers and relationship administrators, responsible for the administration and oversight of a $3 billion portfolio, generating $32 million in annual revenue. She also created and directed Employee Banking Services for Fleet and before that held various senior management roles in Corporate Learning & Development, and the Retail Banking Division.

Susan serves on the Board of Directors for The Greater Boston Food Bank, Board of Trustees for Cambridge College, and as Treasurer for the Museum of Afro-American History.

Susan did her undergraduate work at Southeastern Massachusetts University (now UMass Dartmouth). She received her Masters in Management and certification in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Cambridge College.

Janet Sweeney
Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Putnam Investments
Janet is a Senior Vice President and Regional Manager for the West Region
overseeing the West internal wholesalers. In this role, she oversees Putnam’s telemarketing efforts, both inbound and outbound, for the West Region.

Prior to this role, Janet was an Employee Development Manager, overseeing all training programs for the internal sales desk. Prior to moving into management positions she was a Regional Marketing Director wholesaling Financial Institutions in the New England states for Putnam. As a Putnam wholesaler she earned the Top Gun award in recognition of her outstanding sales.

Ms. Sweeney joined Putnam in 1987 and has over 20 years experience in the investment industry and graduated Boston College, B.A. Before joining Putnam she worked at Tucker Anthony as a Sales Assistant, Unit Investment Trust Wholesaler from 1983 – 1987

Event Date and Venue

This event will be held from 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at:

    Turner Fisheries at The Westin Copley Place
    Copley Place
    Boston, Massachusetts 02116

Follow Interstate 93 Southbound, stay in the far right lane approaching Boston and exit right to exit 26A Storrow Drive/Cambridge. After approximately one mile on Storrow Drive, exit left to Copley Square. At the first light take a right onto Beacon Street. Continue down Beacon Street for two blocks. Then turn left onto Clarendon Street and after five blocks, turn right onto St. James Avenue. Two blocks down on the left is The Westin Copley Place garage main entrance. Parking at The Westin Copley Place is validated in Turner Fisheries for a discounted rate. The entrance to the restaurant is on the corner of Stuart and Dartmouth Streets.

Follow Interstate 93 to Southeast Expressway to Exit 20 (Mass Pike/Downtown). Follow all signs for Downtown. At bottom of ramp take left onto Kneeland Street and proceed for six (6) sets of lights. At the 6th light go right onto South Charles Street (once taken, immediately get into left lane) and take the first left onto Park Plaza. Bear right and proceed to next light. Go straight for 3½ blocks and The Westin Copley Place garage main entrance is on your left. Parking at The Westin Copley Place is validated in Turner Fisheries for a discounted rate. The entrance to the restaurant is on the corner of Stuart and Dartmouth Streets.

All points: go to the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) East. Take tunnel Exit 22, reading Prudential Center/Copley Square. Stay to the right following the signs for Copley Square. After you exit the tunnel the back of The Westin Copley Place is on the left. To reach the main entrance take the immediate left onto Dartmouth Street and another left onto Huntington Avenue. The main entrance of the Westin Copley Place garage is on your left. Parking at The Westin Copley Place is validated in Turner Fisheries for a discounted rate. The entrance to the restaurant is on the corner of Stuart and Dartmouth Streets.

As you exit to Airport Roadway, follow sign Boston via Sumner Tunnel. Pay toll. Enter and exit the tunnel staying to the left and get onto the Expressway (I-93) Northbound. Take the second exit reading Storrow Drive. After approximately one mile on Storrow Drive, exit left for Copley Square. At the first light, take a right onto Beacon Street. Follow Beacon Street for two blocks. Turn left onto Clarendon Street continuing for five blocks. Then turn right onto St. James Avenue. Two blocks down on the left is The Westin Copley Place garage main entrance. Parking at The Westin Copley Place is validated in Turner Fisheries for a discounted rate. The entrance to the restaurant is on the corner of Stuart and Dartmouth Streets.


7:30 AM - Registration, Networking & Breakfast
8:15 AM - Announcements & Introductions
8:30 AM - Panel Discussion
9:15 AM - Q & A
9:30 AM - Adjournment


Pre-registration for this event is closed and on-site registrations will not be accepted.

About Our Sponsor(s)

Montblanc Boutique
For nearly one hundred years the name Montblanc has stood for the art of writing, while the snow-covered peak of Mont Blanc has symbolised the high-quality status of the brand with the distinctive white star.

Mont Blanc`s classic fountain pen, the Meisterstück first produced in 1924, has become a cult object. Not only because of its timeless design, but also because of the unmistakable values that are so characteristic of the entire Montblanc collection.

Montblanc's are established values that take on a new and greater significance as modern life develops faster and faster; values such as tradition, fine craftsmanship and an appreciation of the need to take time for the essentials - for reflection, feelings, beauty and culture. Every Montblanc product created over the years bears witness to these values.

From the classic Meisterstück fountain pen to the desk accessories, the hand-crafted Meister-Bütten paper, the fine leather and jewellery and the new Meisterstück watch collection - they are the results of traditional craftsmanship which confers a sense of eternity on their owners.

Please visit us online at www.montblanc.com or visit or call us in Boston at:

Mont Blanc Boutique
Copley Place
100 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

Contact Us

For more info regarding registration or event details, please contact Jo-An Thomas, WITI New England Regional Vice President ([email protected]).

For more details about pre-registration, contact Tech Support.