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WITI Houston Regional Network
Achieving Work / Life Balance with Technology

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Laura Karbarz serves as an example of using technology to achieve work / life balanc. Laura works at Microsoft and moved to part time work in her professional role. She will lead a discussion of the technology available to help achieve this balance regardless of part time or full time. She will also share the lessons she has learned in approaching the part time conversation with your manager, managing your career and reputation while working part time and full time, and how to change your mind set about yourself, career, and family while achieving the balance.

About Our Speaker(s)

Laura has worked for 21 years in the technology industry as a sales and consulting services executive. During Laura’s career she worked for Accenture, Whittman-Hart, Avanade, and Microsoft. She has advised numerous customers on technology benefits and application for maximizing business value and return on investment.

Laura started her career in the consulting industry as an application architect and developer evangelizing leading edge object-oriented technology. As a Senior Manager she led many large enterprise systems development and implementation projects including customer order systems for electric and gas utility customers, energy trading systems, customer care, and finance.

Laura became an internal IT Director, building a team of 60 people to deliver a $30M, fully integrated, information systems portfolio for Whittman-Hart. She became the CTO at Inwarehouse, a start up company in Houston. She was responsible for building Avanade’s initial business in the Houston marketplace. Laura worked extensively on crafting enterprise technology services deals and sold one of the largest outsourcing deals at Avanade.

Most recently Laura has continued to advise customers on Microsoft technology in her role as a Business Productivity Solution Specialist. She is responsible for the sale of business productivity software solutions in the Oil and Gas industry segment.

Laura is originally from Chicago, she and her husband Frank have lived in Houston for 9 years and have a two year old son. Laura graduated from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois with a B.S. degree in Computer Science. She is an avid tennis player and enjoys the outdoors often on a tandem bicycle with her husband and son.

Event Date and Venue

This event will be held from 6:00-8:30 on Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at:

    Whitaker Consulting
    1200 Enclave Parkway, Suite 200
    Houston, Texas 77077

I10 at Eldridge (North side) go to Enclave(light) and turn left, go to 1200 Enclave, Cabot Oil and Gas building. Meeting room is off to the right on the first floor.


6:00-6:30 Registration, Dinner and Networking
6:30-7:00 Announcements, Sponsor Welcome
7:00-7:45 “Achieving Work / Life Balance with Technology"
7:45-8:00 Q & A / Roundtable Discussion of Key Questions
8:00-8:30 Networking


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

About Our Sponsor(s)

WITI wishes to thank Whitaker Consulting for sponsoring this meeting.

Whitaker IT at a glance

* Premier provider of mid- to senior-level IT professionals for a full spectrum of IT staff augmentation and direct-hire requirements

* Specialized focus in delivering experts in ERP, business and custom applications including:
- Oracle
- PeopleSoft
- Microsoft applications
- JD Edwards

* Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Houston, TX

* Privately held company with the flexibility to meet the exacting needs of our clients

Whitaker IT is a premier staff augmentation and search firm that delivers a full spectrum of mid to senior-level IT professionals for even the most challenging requirements.

Our highly qualified consultants - proven performers with solid experience and excellent technical skills - excel in the development, implementation, integration and optimization of mission-critical technologies including ERP, business and custom applications.

With deep roots in the executive search industry and proven search methodologies, Whitaker also expertly delivers top-caliber candidates for our clients' direct-hire IT needs.

Whitaker has developed an insider's knowledge of, and access to, the best performers in the markets we serve. Our dedication to understanding each candidate's experience, expertise and personality - coupled with the ability to place them in challenging and rewarding roles - allows Whitaker to maintain a pipeline of exceptional talent and a powerful referral network.

Our technology-savvy account managers and recruiters leverage their collective knowledge and expertise to identify and deliver the best candidates for even the most hard-to-fill requirements. They maintain a sense of urgency, providing timely feedback, expedient submittals and prompt problem resolution.

Whitaker IT's ability to consistently provide top talent for our clients' most important projects, coupled with our open communication, accountability and reliability, has resulted in long-term relationships with valued clients across the nation. We are business partners with a philosophy to always do the right thing - and that's exactly what we do.

website: www.whitakerit.com
Contact: [email protected]

Contact Us

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

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