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Topic: Women at the Top, the Road to Success...A Panel of Achievers


- The road to success is paved with good intentions. (Anonymous)

- You must do the thing that you think you cannot do. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

- The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what
direction we are moving. (O.W. Holmes)

Success: The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted.
(American Heritage Dictionary, Fourth Edition)

How do you define success? How do you know when you have achieved it? Do you know how you're going to get there? WITI invites you to a lively and insightful discussion where women at the top of their game share their quotes on success, lessons learned and experiences about their rise to success.

This event would allow us an opportunity to gain inspiration for 2005. And an opportunity for learning and sharing!

A moderator will facilitate the discussions. Each panelist will be asked a variety of questions focusing on what has worked and what has not for herself as she climbs to the top. Join us to hear inspiring, empowering and motivational success stories.

Featured Speaker(s)

Jill Bright
Senior Vice President, Strategy
Option One Mortgage Corporation

In the role of Senior Vice President, Strategy, at Option One Mortgage Corporation, Jill Bright is focused on facilitating the dynamic process of establishing, communicating and monitoring goals to achieve the company's mission and vision. She oversees the strategy teams for the company's five business units, as well as its Project Management Office. She is an active member of the company's Executive Committee, Enterprise Risk Management Committee and Audit Committee. She also facilitates the company's meeting forums for all levels of leadership.

Prior to her role in strategy, Jill served the company in various capacities, including the oversight of Accounting, Finance, Information Technology, Administrative Services and the non-default area of Loan Servicing. She was hired as the company's first Controller in 1993.

Prior to her employment with Option One, Jill served as a Financial Reporting and Budget Manager for a large Pacific Bell company. She began her career as an Auditor and Management Consultant for KPMG Peat Marwick.

Jill has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach as well as an MBA from California State University, Fullerton. She is also licensed as an inactive CPA.

Valerie Smith
past Vice President of Information Technology
Time Warner Communications

Rochelle Schneider
Attorney at Law, EMBA
PRESIDENT, National Association of Women Business Owners, Orange County
Rochelle Schneider is a principal in and founder of RJS Legal and Business Consulting (est. 1996) with offices in Manhattan Beach and Orange, California. Rochelle has significant years of experience in a senior management role for a Fortune 100 corporation along with years of private legal and business consulting and therefore understands the needs of the large and small business communities. She is focused and results driven and possesses excellent speaking and diplomatic skills. She is a licensed attorney and holds an Executive MBA. Rochelle is currently the President of NAWBO Orange County Chapter and has served on the NAWBO-OC Board as Legal Counsel. Chair for Remarkable Women of Orange County 2002 and was able to exceed expectations by bringing in a quality event along with $37,000 in profits. She also serves on the Executive Board of VEDC, an economic development corporation serving the greater Los Angeles area.

Moderator: Hope Miller
Hope Miller recently retired from Raytheon where she was the California Engineering Director for Raytheon Network Centric Systems. Her organization was comprised of up to 1000 engineers developing large-scale, software-intensive systems. She was in the aerospace business for 34 years at Rockwell International, Hughes Electronics and Raytheon Corporation. She has broad experience in software and systems development and management for missile, torpedo, radar, communications, and command and control systems.

A key focus in her career has been quality excellence and process improvement. Her Engineering Organization at Raytheon, Fullerton was one of the top in the world in process maturity, having received the highest ratings ever awarded in three back to back assessments. Ms. Miller was a Raytheon Six Sigma Specialist and in 2003 received the Raytheon Distinguished Corporate Quality Award for her activities in process improvement. Her focus now is to help individuals and organizations use industry tools to develop and meet their goals.

Schedule of Events

6:00pm Registration, Networking and Dinner
7:00pm Introductions and Announcements
7:15pm Panel Discussion
8:00pm Roundtable Discussion, Q&A
8:15pm Networking