Balancing Work and Personal Life
Is work taking time away from your personal life? Learn what
professional women are doing to ease the strain and how you can
benefit from scaling back your work. The panel will also discuss
various flexible work programs and review recent research related to
work/life issues. Join this panel to discuss these topics and the
methods that women are using to balance their lifestyles.
Building Strategic Business Alliances
Strategic alliances are critical in today's new economy. Join senior
business development and marketing professionals for a discussion on
the role that strategic alliances play in their firms. This session
will focus on the definitions and entities that comprise alliances,
corporate strategies, best practices for forming and maintaining
alliances and how alliances evolve or dissolve.
Chat Session: Pursuing their Dreams:
Enabling Girls and Young Women
To enable girls to pursue careers in technology, an interest and
training in the field should begin in elementary school, and should
continue on through high school. Many factors during this time could
influence a young woman's decision to pursue a career in technology,
such as, exposure to math and science, the presence of positive
female role models in their lives and opportunities for out-of-school
technology experiences that provide enrichment. These factors are
critical to helping girls and young women achieve their technical
career aspirations. We will examine the reasons girls avoid
mathematics and the sciences, what can be done to encourage
participation and how mentoring and community programs can stimulate
girls' interest in technology.
Chat Session: Living the eDream: Creating
and Identifying and Ideal Startup Culture
Drawing on her experience leading Personify, an eMarketing startup,
Eileen Gittins will provide real-world examples for creating an ideal
start-up culture. Sharing personal stories she'll demonstrate ways to
keep employees feeling motivated, challenged and eager to work each
day (and night). She'll also address how to go about selecting the
right employees, creating strong
employee teams, fostering positive communications, and handling the
inevitable "start-up moments." E-business executives are welcome to
this chat, as are job seekers who will learn the best questions to
ask in evaluating the culture of a prospective employer.
Corporate Pipeline: Navigating Your Way to
In striving to assume increased levels of responsibility, women are
conquering personal fears and cultural stereotypes on their way up
the corporate ladder. We will focus on the challenges faced by
successful women, strategies they used to overcome obstacles and the
skills that served them well along the way. We will also discuss the
current environment for women in corporate America.
Be it an enormous mainframe system or a desktop PC, most companies
have some sort of data warehouse. Why is this technology so prevalent
and critical to your company's arsenal of competitive weapons?
Experts will address data warehousing as a technology/business
solution and its uses and architectural features. Case studies of
companies that have emerged as data warehouse best practices will be
E-Commerce I: Creating the Best Customer
Experience on the Web
We will discuss the latest tools and technologies to help you create
the best customer experience on your Web site. Issues addressed will
include customer support and tracking, relationship management,
financial considerations, one-to-one marketing, Web personalization
and knowledge management, as well as how to integrate online and
existing e-commerce customer services.
E-Commerce II: Evaluating and Implementing
The Internet is now a business imperative. However, along with
growing Internet opportunities come staggering risks. We will explore
the growing e-commerce market focusing on opportunities, the
extraordinary security risks inherent in e-commerce and cutting-edge
methodologies for securing your e-business.
Enabling Technologies: An Overview of
This session will address the evolution and potential of existing
"leading edge" and emerging technologies, including XML, middleware
solutions, wireless computing, speech recognition, operating
systems/hardware advances, and Internet-based technologies. We will
also discuss what it takes for a technology to be widely adopted by
contrasting today's emerging technologies with other technologies
that seemed promising but faded away.
Finding Your Career Path in Technology
The convergence of virtually unlimited computing power,
communications networks and data is changing the way businesses are
structured, how they interact with markets and customers, how they
develop products and generate margins and how they relate to
employees. The results translate into great news for women in
technology. Join this panel to discuss strategies for creating
dynamic, well-paying and personally rewarding careers.
Gaining Access to Capital
How much capital is necessary to finance your business and where can
you get it? Our panel of experts will discuss how to gain investor
interest, what investors consider in deciding to invest, what turns
investors off and the pros and cons of different types of
investments. Join us for this information-packed session.
The need to protect intellectual property has arisen in order to
encourage innovation, development and dissemination of technical
innovations to the public. Learn how to protect your intellectual
property through patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.
Managing Diversity for a Competitive
Studies have shown that companies that pursue diversity in the
workplace outperform other major corporations. In this session we
will discuss the value and benefits of a diverse workforce, issues
related to access and career mobility for women of color and the
skills necessary to effectively manage a global and diverse
Mentoring is a powerful way for people to develop personal and
professional skills. It is an effective tool to accelerate
organizational performance by assisting individuals with new job
orientation, career advancement, problem-solving and personal
development. Join the panel for a discussion on the importance of
mentoring and the benefits to both mentor and mentee.
New Rules for High Impact Leadership
We will discuss the skills and abilities necessary to take your
people boldly into the future. Learn what motivates leaders and how
they project personal power to achieve their goals. Explore courage
and creativity and ways to use them to move naturally towards a
Personal Stories of Successful Women
This is always one of our most popular sessions. Inspiring,
motivational and awesome is how some have described it. If you're
interested in the engaging stories of dynamic women who have
experienced extraordinary success, then this is a session you won't
want to miss.
Portfolio Management and Online Investing
Protecting your financial future is your responsibility! Find out how
you can take control. Our financial experts will discuss the
importance of financial planning, ways in which you can take action
to become informed investors with secure futures and the latest
developments in online investing.
Retaining Employees Creatively: Keeping
The industry's ability to remain competitive, continue expanding and
meet customer technology objectives is increasingly threatened by
labor shortages. Companies are increasingly challenged to compete for
talent and financial compensation is no longer the primary
consideration for job hunters. This panel will discuss these issues
and will explore innovative strategies for recruiting new talent and
retaining quality employees.
Small Business Roundtable
This roundtable is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs and for
business owners who need specialized advice. Panelists will provide
basic guidelines to help you get your business started or move it to
the next level. Bring your questions to this interactive session
where we will discuss business concept development, financial
options, legal issues, time management and planning and marketing
Strategic Brand Management: Creating an
Identity for Your Company
This session will address the basic fundamentals and principles of
brand strategy, why the explosion in Web use has changed the way
companies must execute their brand, how pure-play dot-coms can create
brand brilliance and why PR is an essential tool toward making your
company a household name. Join us for a lively discussion on one of
the hottest topics in the industry.
Technical Startups: Case Studies
Starting a hi-tech company requires formulating and sharing the
vision, building the strategic team, implementing the plan and
raising capital. This session will provide relevant information for
entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs and the steps that need to be
taken by those who have been successful.
Trends in Telecommunications: DSL Services
DSL services come in many flavors and are offered by a variety of
vendors, including local telephone companies, ISPs and dataCLECs
(competitive local exchange carriers). This technology is used for
remote access for telecommuters and for Internet access for
consumers. We will analyze and compare the pricing, availability and
technology of competitive offerings.
Web Design: Q&A
Jennifer will host an informal dialogue with participants during
which she will showcase some of the hottest sites on the web and
demonstrate what makes these sites so effective. If you have any
questions about your designs, this is the session for you.
Winning at Negotiation: Creating Win/Win
Win-win negotiating means negotiating from a base of integrity,
values and cooperation rather than from power, positioning, and
competition. Topics covered will include: why the win-lose paradigm
doesn't work, why win-win negotiating is more effective and knowledge
and skills necessary to negotiate an effective win-win agreement.
Winning IT Strategies: Global Implementation
This panel of experts will use a case-based approach to discuss the
unique issues associated with implementing a system overseas. Beyond
simply focusing on technology, the discussion will include the
cultural, regulatory and planning requirements that can make or break
an implementation. Case studies will include examples from China,
Germany and Italy.
Women of Color Roundtable
Barriers to succeeding in the technology industry and strategies for
overcoming cultural stereotypes and personal fears will be discussed.
Real world experiences affecting women of color in technology will be
addressed in this interactive roundtable of successful women of
Y2K: Legal Implications for Your Business
Computer manufacturers and software developers were the first
defendants in Y2K litigation cases and are likely to be the principal
defendants in years to come. We will examine the sources of potential
Y2K litigation claims, the various causes of action that may be
asserted, as well as relevant defenses. We will also discuss the
impact on such litigation of the recently enacted Y2K Act.