The WITI Strategist
July 23, 2003
The newsletter for women who consider technology
central to their businesses, careers, professions.


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In This Issue:

What's Happening at WITI

Top Companies for Women in Technology

It's the Economy, Stupid!

Women on the Move

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What's Happening at WITI

WITI Discussion Groups - WITI launched our discussion boards this week. You can now communicate with WITI supporters around the world. Topics include - Radical Sabbaticals, Bioscience Women, Women in Security, The Role of Men in Women's Organizations, chapter specific boards and much more! You can even log on to congratulate the Hall of Fame winners. Please click here to participate.

WITI Book Club - Book reviews are already coming in and will be part of our new web redesign being launched this fall. So, please send us a few sentences about one or more of your favorite books, including title and author. Don't forget to include your name, title, company - or however you want to be credited for your review! Send your reviews to [email protected].

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Top Companies for Women in Technology

Would you nominate your company as a top place to work for women in technology? WITI Fast Track will feature the results of the WITI survey in the next issue of Fast Track magazine and the deadline closes on August 1st. This survey is important because it provides a powerful venue to let companies know how you really feel without putting your job on the line! Please take two minutes to complete this survey! (


IT'S THE ECONOMY, STUPID! By Carolyn Leighton, CEO/Chairwoman/Founder, WITI

With dramatic changes in the economy and the explosion of web opportunities, we are finding a growing number of WITI women starting and building their own businesses. Towards this end, WITI is rolling out a number of services to support this segment of WITI, as well as stories, columns and articles to help women business owners gain new perspectives, ideas, insights.

Please share your observations and insights by sending your comments to [email protected].

I live in a small town on the central coast of California, with a population of about 16,000. I actually found this town and my property on the web when I was living in the Silicon Valley and decided it was time to move out of my dark, ugly house into a property I could afford with some acreage and views. So I did some research on the web and found this wonderful place for less than I sold the dark, ugly house in the Silicon Valley!.

The central coast has become the second largest wine producing area of California. Arroyo Grande is an interesting mix of farmers, wineries, and transplants (like me) who wanted to find a simpler, healthier, environment in which to live - and one that was more affordable than the bigger metropolitan areas from which we moved.

Like most small towns, there is an abundance of people who prefer to cook at home, rather than eat out. Those of us who love to cook also love to visit kitchen supply stores. The closest kitchen supply store to Arroyo Grande is located in the 5 cities outlet store in Pismo Beach, about 5 minutes south of Arroyo Grande.

One Saturday afternoon, I decided to wander into the store to look for some cooking tool I needed. I was surprised the store was so empty of customers, given the popularity of cooking in the surrounding communities, and the lack of competition for the store I was visiting.

There was one salesgirl working in the store that Saturday afternoon. When I asked her a question about how to use some new gadget I had found, she exclaimed, "I have no idea - I don't cook"! I was so astonished at her response, I blurted out "why would a kitchen store hire someone who did not cook? Her response was even more amazing - she said, with great indignation, and her hands on her hips - well, the store manager and the regional manager don't cook either!!!

I just walked out of the store, shaking my head, wondering who was making such incredibly ridiculous decisions to hire 3 levels of people in a kitchen store who don't cook when their customers come into the store looking for cooking tools??? No wonder it was empty of customers!

I imagined a corporate meeting with the CEO of this kitchen store chain (who probably didn't cook either) sitting around a big corporate table with all of his regional sales managers. , When the sales managers complete their reports to the CEO, he asks "why are the numbers so low?", and all of them looking at him, with astonishment, saying "it's the economy, stupid!".

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Women on the Move

Karen Hiser was recently promoted to Vice President of Services and Support at SciQuest, Inc. SciQuest provides technology, services and domain expertise to optimize procurement and materials management for the life sciences, higher education and industrial research markets.

As the Vice President of Services and Support, Karen oversees delivery of SciQuest's integrated Innovation Supply Chain solutions through service and consulting engagements. Karen brings 15 years of experience in helping customers achieve their business objectives through the intelligent use of software and technology to her current position at SciQuest.

Women on the Move is a new section for the newsletter and the web site. Please allow us to acknowledge your new move by sending your announcement to [email protected]


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Company/Job Spotlight
Every issue of the WITI Strategist will feature a Job Spotlight. If you want to get in front of companies, specifically looking for women in technology, post your resume for free in WITI4HIRE:

Company Spotlight
Compuware Corporation

Compuware Corporation, a multi-billion dollar company, provides business value through software and professional services that optimize productivity and reduce costs across the application life cycle.

Job Spotlight
Application Team Leader: on the IT team supporting the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund Controllers group. The primary responsibility will be to work with the Controllers and IT team to maintain and to develop major enhancements to the Fund Accounting System (ABACUS).

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Chapter Meetings

Scheduled Meetings:

WITI Orange County- Susan Bailey on Harnessing the Power of Motivation: The key to achieving maximum performance from an individual or team.
July 23, 2003

WITI Denver - Informal networking meeting.
July 23, 2003

WITI Gainesvilles
August 6, 2003

WITI Pittsburgh - Social Networking/Fashion Trends Events

August 13, 2003

WITI Los Angeles - Summer Happy Hour
August 14, 2003

WITI Charlotte - Meet Gail Evans, best-selling Author, CNN Executive and former White House Aide!
August 14, 2003

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WITI Opportunities

Sales Manager, Web Sales:

WITI, the premiere association for women who consider technology central to their businesses, careers and professions is seeking an experienced sales professional with proven track record to expand web based sales revenue for WITI. Compensation based on revenue generated. Position is located in southern California at WITI's offices in Encino, California. Interested candidates please send your resume to [email protected].

WITI Marketplace Bus Dev/Project Manager

WITI, the premiere association for women who consider technology central to their businesses, careers and professions is seeking a business development professional with a strong track record of building revenue based projects to build the online WITI Marketplace. This marketplace will allow WITI's small business members to sell their products and services on the WITI web site to WITI visitors. Compensation based on revenue generated. Position is located in Southern California at WITI's offices in Encino. Interested candidates please send your resume to [email protected]

WITI Focus Group Bus Dev/Project Manager

WITI, the premiere association for women who consider technology central to their businesses, careers and professions is seeking a business development professional with a strong track record of building revenue based projects to build WITI Focus Group services. WITI Focus Groups will enable companies targeting products and services for professional women to more effectively design their products/services and messaging to reach their market more successfully. Compensation based on revenue generated. Position is located in Southern California at WITI's offices in Encino. Interested candidates please send your resume to [email protected]

WITI Interns

WITI's corporate office in Encino, California is looking for a few dynamic interns. The interns will work in the following areas: Event Planning, Worldwide Administration, Digital Media, Membership, Sales and Marketing. All interns must have great people skills, exceptional analytical and problem solving skills as well as good writing, computer and organizational skills. They must be a self-starter and highly motivated. We require a commitment of 15 to 20 hours a week (hours and days are flexible). Its a very relaxed atmosphere, talented and fun people to work with and a great place to get experience. Please e-mail all queries and resumes to [email protected].

WITI Membership Director

WITI, the premiere association for women who consider technology central to their businesses, careers and professions is seeking a Membership Director for the WITI Professional Association. This candidate will work will develop and implement a strategic membership expansion plan to achieve WITI¹s growth objectives over the next 3 years. We are seeking someone with a proven track record in building membership or other similar services, a team player and strong references. Compensation based on revenue generated. Position is located in Southern California at WITI¹s offices in Encino. Interested candidates, please send your resume to [email protected]

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