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WITI South Florida Regional Network
Mentoring Women in Technology at All Levels

Tuesday, August 21, 2007
5:45 pm - 8:00 pm

WITI - Women in Technology International is pleased to announce the launch of its structured mentoring program in South Florida. To support the launch, WITI is conducting a workshop on August 21st with leading industry speakers who have extensive knowledge and expertise in mentoring and coaching through other recognized programs and will share best practices as well as lessons learned. The respective speakers participating on the panel include:

* Heidi Waters, Program Chair and Mentorship Chair, WITI South Florida; Program Director, Digital Sandbox
* Sherry Lautenbach, IBM East Region, Business Unit Executive, WebSphere Brand
* Nancy Gumina, JM Family Enterprises, Mentoring Program Leader
* Dr. Whilhelmena Mack, President, W. Mack & Associates
* Susan Leventhal, Regional Director, WorkForce One Professional Placement Network, Broward County

The WITI mentoring program has been developed to provide women with a tangible benefit to receive mentoring or coaching from a senior member in the WITI community, which can be a great boost to someone's career or self confidence. Being a mentor can also teach someone more about themselves than other activities.

Work-life balance is a challenge in today's fast-paced IT industry and so the program is tailored to be flexible to accommodate women's busy schedules. The mentoring program has a built-in quality review component to ensure the satisfaction of the mentor and mentee matchup that originates from an application process. There are also quality checkpoints through the duration of the mentor-mentee relationship and guidelines established to foster the program's success.

Businesses without a mentoring program is like a shoreline without a lighthouse. A mentoring program is an asset to a business in providing employees with guidance in their professional career progress or changing career directions. Learn about this unique program and other mentoring programs that are the foundation of an organization's success and hear from industry consultants with expertise in mentoring and coaching.

About Our Speaker(s)

Sherry Lautenbach, IBM East Region Business Unit Executive, Websphere Brand. Sherry has been with IBM over 13 years and has held various direct sales and sales leadership roles for IBM Software Group. She currently leads the WebSphere Software Brand Sales team for the East Region. Sherry will speak about IBM's internal mentoring program and the best practices of engaging mentors to enhance your professional network, and to develop and further your career.

Nancy Gumina. JM Family Enterprises, Mentoring Program Leader. Nancy is a Senior Training Specialist and has held various positions in human resources and training with JM Family for 23 years. Nancy developed JM's corporate mentoring program in 1999 and manages that program along with the Nova Management Certificate Program. She also develops new courses and teaches a number of training programs including Influencing Toward Collaboration, Business Presentation Skills, and Train-The-Trainer. Nancy is a 2003 recipient of JM's prestigious Award of Excellence.

Dr. Wilhelmena Mack. Dr. Mack is President/CEO of W Mack & Associates, Inc., a management consulting firm. W Mack & Associates specializes in human resource consulting, executive coaching, diversity and management training, strategic planning and organizational cultural alignment with over 30 years of experience in the field. Dr. Mack served as Co-Chair of the Outreach Committee of the 2007 South Florida Super Bowl XLI Host Committee and is a member of the Supreme Court/Florida Bar Committee on Judicial Evaluation.

Susan Leventhal CWDP, has been a career counselor in South Florida for 35 years. She is Regional Director of the WorkForce One Professional Placement Network Program (PPN) in Broward County. The PPN Program has served almost 7000 professionals in career transition since June 2002. Susan's cable TV program, Career Talk, won a national public service programming Ace award.

Heidi Waters is the Program Chair and Mentorship Program Chair for WITI South Florida as well the mentoring program author of Give and Take: Mentoring Women in Technology at All Levels. Heidi is a certified PMP, IT Program Manager for Digital Sandbox, and holds to her credit over 10 years in leading custom, full project life cycle engagements.

Event Date and Venue

This event will be held from 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm on Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at:

    Sheraton Suites
    555 NW 62nd St.
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309

5:45 - 6:30 PM Networking, Hors D'Ouevres, Cash Bar
6:30 - 8:00 PM Panel Discussion,Q & A


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

Contact Us

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

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