10:45 a.m -Noon
Business Development Track
Beating the Odds on Acquisitions and Turnarounds
Companies that face a critical life-event brought on by acquisition, turnaround or divestiture typically have an executive leadership team which is frustrated by a lack of traction within the company, anxious about near-term performance measures, and losing sleep over the possibility of failure. Resource-constrained, human capital intense, competition-rich environments are the most at-risk for strategic collapse. Enjoy an overview of speed techniques to investigate, qualify and prioritize strategic choices. Experience a straightforward, sensible program that will help you escape information paralysis and "to-do list" litanies so that you can make smart choices, allocate the right resources, minimize distraction and show real results fast.
Featured Speaker: Laura Naramore, Senior Manager, Transition Advisory Services, Deloitte & Touche
The Search for Meaning, Money, Creativity and Control
Do you dream of taking direct control of your career and your future? Honor your need to be independent and in charge! Millions of Americans, twice the number of women than men, fueled either by choice or necessity, are starting their own businesses. If you're serious, attend this session to:
- Discover research on opportunities for new enterprises
- Hear steps required to be successful
- Learn how to tap available resources
- Assess your Entrepreneurial Personality with an assessment inventory
Featured Speaker: Dr. Helen Harkness, Career Catalyst, Career-Design Associates, Inc.
Professional Development Track
So You Want to Become a CIO/CTO?
Far East Room
So you're ready to transition from being a programmer or project manager, and think being a CIO or CTO might be the next step in your career path. However, you aren't sure what a CIO or CTO actually does? Do you need an MBA? Better suits? Is it worth it? CIOs and CTOs will give you advice to help you determine whether or not this is the career choice for you.
Cheryl Whitis, Director, Strategic Planning/IT,Raytheon Aircraft Integration Systems (moderator)
Jessica Bray, CIO, agentGO
Liz Lavalley, Senior Vice President and CIO, TXU
Katherine Glassey, CTO and Chief Strategy Officer, Brio Technology
Management 101 for Techies
Are you a techie intent on moving your way up the corporate ladder? Have you recently been promoted to a management position after years of being a technologist? Often outstanding technologists are promoted to management positions without being provided the skills necessary to be effective leaders. We will discuss the skill sets that technical professionals need to become successful and effective leaders.
Wanda Gass, TI Fellow, Texas Instruments (moderator)
Eva Ramseur, Manager III, Product Assurance, Imagery and Geospatial Systems, Raytheon Systems Company
Heather Colella, Senior Manager, Enterprise Information, KPMG Consulting LLC
Gayle Rust, Director of Technology, Channel Sales, Sun Microsystems
Kate Connolly, Director, Corporate Marketing Intelligence, Dell Computer Corporation
E-learning Strategies for Professional Growth
Working full time and the desire to pursue lifelong learning often leads women to explore on-line distance education. This interest has been supported by hundreds of universities and other companies developing on-line courses, degrees and professional education that you can do in your pajamas. Find out which ones are respected, which ones are too new to touch and which programs, classes and more you should avoid. You'll learn how to save your money, evaluate which programs are best for you and your career path.
Kate Woodward, Expansion Manager, Today's Solutions (moderator)
Stanley L. Kroder, Ph.D., Program Director, Telecommunications Management and Director, Center for Distance Learning
Christine Pope, Director, E-Learning Services, SmartForce
Veronica Boaz, VP � LeadershipXcellence, WITI Unlimited, Inc
2 - 3:30 p.m.
Business Development Track
Strategic Alliances: Creating Smart Partnerships
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.
Catherine Simpson, Executive Director, Fort Worth Women's Business (moderator)
Karenann Terrell, Director � Business Content, e-Connect Platform, Daimler-Chrysler Corporation
Judith McCrackin, President, THOUGHTSPACE, Inc.
Laurie Crossett, Director, Strategic Alliances and Business Development, Handango
Renee Bacherman,VP and GM, Business Information and Integration, BMC Software
Blueprint for Success: Business Plans That Get Noticed
Want to start your own business, or be a core member of a start-up or re-org team? The first crucial step is to have a solid yet adaptable plan for building the company -- one that communicates your strategy effectively. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls at this dynamic session that focuses on creating a business model, identifying key concepts and producing a b-plan that helps you "get your foot in the door"! Excerpts from good (and bad!) plans will serve as the basis of discussion, with a forum for Q&A. A must for anyone in the start-up phase!
Mitra Miller, Consultant and Strategist, Sphairo
Professional Development Track
The Emerging Leader
In today's workplace, as organizations move from the traditional to the virtual, from mechanistic to organic, management has to shift from a command and control style to a more holistic approach. In a networked world leadership has to become contextual � as organizations deal with ambiguity, diversity and unpredictability. In this session, Veronica will share how managers can become more flexible, adaptive and responsive leaders and how to manage in a more holistic, organic and collaborative paradigm.
Featured Speaker: Veronica Boaz, VP, LeadershipXcellence, WITI Unlimited, Inc.
Women Bridging the Digital Divide
Meet women in technology who are working towards reversing the growing gap between those who have access to technology and information skills and those who do not. In this roundtable session, women bridging the digital divide will share ideas, information and creative solutions to take on this critical societal issue.
Roundtable Coordinator: Birdie Sadberry, Consulting Systems Engineer, Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
Kathryn Woodward, Expansion Manager, Today's Publishing
Topic: More Than Just Access, True Digital Divide Programs Must Educate
Tammy Heard, Site Manager, Central Dallas Ministries, Neighborhood Technology Center
Topic: Managing a Community-Based Technology Center
Lauren Hightower, Partner/Internet Software Developer, SpinSolutions, LLC
Topic: Meeting the Technology Needs of Inner City Youth
Lisa Danzer, Technology Manager, Sun Microsystems
Topic: Corporate America Working to Bridge the Digital Divide
Lois Powers, Executive Director, Technology For All - Houston
Topic: Bringing technology to underserved communities--what's the true need and how
you can help!
Diane Cowan, Regional Director, Green Thumb, Inc.
Topic: We've Got/IT! You Need It! How Technology-Trained Seniors Bridge the Digital Divide
Thursday, March 29
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