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WITI Boston Regional Network
Speed Coaching to Maximize Your Unique Value & CIO One-on-One Connections

Thursday, May 8, 2014
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

For those of you unfamiliar with the ins and outs of speed coaching, picture this: multiple, numerous coaches positioned around a room as you enter. You line up, one at a time through the coaching stations and get ready. On each station, a timer is set for 10 minutes. You simply state a question or issue that you'd like coaching on and your assigned coach will guide you with powerful questions and feedback. It will be an extraordinary WITI event and personal experience.

After one hour of speed coaching, we’ll regroup and listen to a panel of C-level executives to obtain even more career advice and their stories about:

  • What to say and not to say in interviews
  • Ways to illustrate your “brand” values
  • Making a name for yourself and raising your profile
  • What matters most in today’s job market
Whether you’re the new kid on the block, a senior leader, or want to be one someday, you’ll walk away with tips on the best way to get heard, noticed, and get that job you are truly passionate about.

About Our Speaker(s)

Our C-Level Panelists
Kathy S. Lane, Independent Director, EarthLink
With 30 years' experience in the IT industry, Kathy recently retired after 4.5 years as EVP and CIO of the TJX Companies, a $23 Billion multi-national retailer. Prior to that Kathy was EVP, Global CIO for National Grid, a UK based,$20 Billion multi-national utility company. Prior to NG she served as SVP and CIO for The Gillette Company, from 2002 until its acquisition by Procter & Gamble in 2005. Kathy served as the key technology executive on WalMart's CIO Council, and on the Gillette integration team. Prior to Gillette, she held several management positions at General Electric including CIO and General Manager/e-Business of GE's Oil and Gas business in Italy; SVP and CIO for GE's Vendor Financial Services group; and Manager for GE's Corporate Initiatives Group. Prior to GE, she served as Director of Technology Services for Pepsi Cola International. Kathy spent the first 11 years of her career in increasing roles of responsibility in IT at Procter & Gamble. Kathy's professional experience has been acknowledged through inclusion in 2 top selling business books 'Confidence' by Rosabeth Moss Kanter and 'Doing What Matters' by Jim Kilts. In addition, she was the recipient of a number of Industry awards, including Execrank's top female CIOs (#26); CIO Magazine's Top 100, CIOinsight 2007 Top 100.

Chandra Jacobs, CEO and Co-Founder of tripchi
Chandra is the co-founder of tripchi, a mobile app that helps one make the most of idle time in the airport. tripchi serves up recommendations of things to do in the airport based on interests and flight info, as well as deals on food, drinks, and shopping, and detailed content to explore the airport. Chandra has built several development teams, recruited like-minded entrepreneurs all without the money motivator and this is her 2nd startup. She completed her MBA at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She has 7 years work experience in product development and project management of large IT systems for the US Gov't. Additionally she has worked at Deloitte Consulting in Technology Strategy, at Honeywell Aerospace in Marketing and Strategy, and at EMC in Product Marketing. Chandra holds an MS in Telecommunications and a BS from Duke University in Physics and Economics. Click here to meet Chandra.

Jay Leader, Senior VP of IT & Chief Information Officer at Rocket Software
Jay D. Leader is now SVP of IT and CIO at Rocket Software, formerly Vice President of IT and Chief Information officer at Rapid7. Mr. Leader, joined Rapid7 in October of 2012, and directed the company’s IT development and infrastructure functions. Prior to Rapid7, Mr. Leader was Senior Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at iRobot Corporation, the leader in consumer, industrial and government robotic products and technologies, and he was also the Chief Information Officer at Nypro Inc, a $1.2 billion injection molding and contract manufacturing firm. Click here to meet Jay.

Daryl Crockett, CEO, Validus Solutions, Inc.
Daryl is a seasoned C-level executive with consulting experience in a wide variety of industries including Bio-tech, High-Tech, Software, Real Estate, Media, and Business Development. Since 2001, Daryl has managed Gray Systems, Inc., a consulting firm assisting large multinational businesses with ERP systems implementation, upgrades, Data Migration, Validation and Data Quality. In 1998, Daryl was appointed CFO for a publicly traded company (SpaceTec) followed by a position as CFO working on IPO preparation for the medical technology software firm, NuGenesis, which was eventually acquired by Waters. In 2000, she formed Compliance Strategy Group, a consulting and software firm focused on data capture and audit compliance for the Sales and Use Tax market. Daryl is Six Sigma Certified, a graduate of Bryant University in Rhode Island with a degree in Accounting and attended the New Hampshire College MBA program. She lives with her family on a small farm in Massachusetts.
Click here to meet Daryl.

Our Coaches (subject to change)

Event Date and Venue

This event will be held from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at:

    IBM Innovation Center
    One Rogers Street, 2nd Floor
    Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Networking, Beer / Wine & Appetizers, Speed Coaching Sign-up
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Multiple rounds of coaching – 10 people every 10 minutes
7:00 pm – 7:15 pm WITI Welcome and Introduction of Sponsors and Hosts
7:15 pm – 7:25 pm Moderator Introduces C-Level Panelists
7:25 pm – 8:10 pm Panel Discussion - One-on-One C-Level Career Advice
8:10 pm – 8:20 pm Additional Q&A with Panelists
8:20 pm – 8:30 pm Raffles !

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

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About Our Sponsor(s)

The Advisory Council (TAC) and Hollister, Inc. are supporting this program.

Hollister is a full-service recruiting firm dedicated to connecting talent with opportunity. We are proud that more than 70% of our business is referred. Hollister's process focuses on valuing the intangibles, the 'soft skills', and goes beyond the resume, resulting in a high rate of placement and retention. Our mission to deliver a consistent experience of excellence is continuously reinforced through a corporate culture that fosters integrity, open communication, passion and community involvement. For more information click here.

The Advisory Council International is a not-for-profit executive guidance, mentoring, and career management firm founded upon a core business — The Advisory Council (TAC) — which has earned the trust of many senior IT executives since 2002. The Advisory Council International has assembled an unmatched team of world-renowned experts with extensive practical experience. Our team is backed-up by a group of hundreds of IT industry specialists. Whereas TAC specializes in IT advisory services, TAC-Int aspires to be the trusted business strategy and career advisor to senior IT executives and boards of directors worldwide in helping them succeed in their chosen business. For more information click here.

About Our Partner(s)

IBM is a corporate WITI sponsor and is hosting us locally for this event at their new Innovation Center in Cambridge. For more information click here.


Pre-Registration fees are as follows:

  • $15.00 for WITI members
  • $25.00 for non-members
Please plan to pay in advance. We accept credit cards.

Pre-Registration Deadline

All registrations must be received by Thursday, May 8, 2014

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.