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WITI Boston Regional Network
Anatomy of a Blindside: How to Avoid the Landmines & Navigate Your Way to Success

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The workplace is a highly politicized environment where key decisions about who gets ahead, who gets the plum assignments, and who gets the scarce resources are not just decided on merit. There is often a power grid, that is so hidden and buried that women don’t even know it exists and because they don’t know it exists, they can accidentally get blindsided. This is especially true of women working in traditionally male environments such as technology.Lack of access to informal networks and critical information puts women at a distinct disadvantage in not knowing the “rules of the game” and not receiving information in a timely manner. Promotion is the tool for access to the informal networks that control the decision making process and political savvy is the skill to build allies and bridges to the key stakeholders.In this workshop, attendees will learn how to avoid the blindside by:

  • Embracing the politics to get ahead and stay ahead.

  • Mapping the power grid: Identifying the key stakeholders and rating their influence

  • Using 3 critical tools to become politically savvy and position themselves for success.

Meeting Notes: You will be required to sign an waiver at check-in if you are a non-Microsoft employee to attend the meeting. Appetizers and beverages will be provided.

About Our Speaker(s)

As founder and principal of Women’s Success Coaching, Bonnie Marcus personifies a remarkable blend of business success and coaching talent. Bonnie’s father raised her to believe that she could achieve anything she wanted to achieve and be anything she wanted to be – and he was right. An exciting, corporate career has taken Bonnie from her first entry level job to her position as CEO of a national corporation, and from entrepreneur to thriving business owner. Bonnie shares her father’s vision by coaching other women to achieve their own inherent success. Women’s Success Coaching was founded with the specific goal of guiding women on the right path with the right tools.

Bonnie has been featured in ForbesWoman.com and WomenEntrepreneur.com. She is well known for her motivational speaking and innovative workshops.

Bonnie received her BA from Connecticut College and a M.Ed. from New York University. The Women’s Success Coach resides outside of New York City.

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Event Date and Venue

This event will be held from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at:

    One Cambridge Center, 4th Floor, Longfellow Room
    Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142

One Cambridge Center is accessible via the MBTA Red Line at the Kendall Square/MIT stop (between the Charles Street and Central Square stops). Parking is conveniently located adjacent to One Cambridge Center and the Marriott Hotel. There are garage entries off of both Broadway and Ames Street. Please follow the Microsoft signs to our main entrance in the front of our building. Rate for 3 hours is $20.


6:00 pm - 6:45 pm Networking
6:45 pm - 7:00 pm WITI and Sponsor Welcome
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm Bonnie Marcus
7:45 pm - 8:00 pm Wrap-up and Raffles

Register Now Space is limited; we encourage pre-registration to guarantee admission.

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Pre-Registration fees are as follows:

  • $10.00 for WITI members
  • $20.00 for non-members
Please plan to pay in advance. We accept credit cards.

Pre-Registration Deadline

All registrations must be received by Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Registration Notes

Women in Technology International (WITI) Boston network strives to provide content-rich programs and a comfortable networking environment. By attending one of our events, you'll improve your personal and professional network and gain valuable insight into a variety of topics.

Refund Policy

Please check your calendars carefully, as we will be unable to issue refunds. If you are unable to attend, we encourage you to find a substitute to take your place. If you do wish to substitute, please email Tech Support.

Contact Us

For more info regarding registration or event details, please contact Deborah Stark ([email protected]).

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