The WITI Strategist
Sept. 03, 2003
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In This Issue:

Looking Back, Looking Forward. The Evolution of WITI Part I

Town Hall

WITI Works

WITI & Motorola's Six Sigma

Nomination for WITI Hall of Fame 2004

Women on the Move

Company Spotlight

Looking For A Job?



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New WITI Chapter

Chapter Meetings
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WITI Opportunities

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Looking Back, Looking Forward. The Evolution of WITI Part I
By Carolyn Leighton, CEO/Chairwoman/Founder, WITI

When I started WITI in 1989, I had no idea how significantly that decision would affect my life.

At the time I was building my third and most successful company, Criterion Research, which I had started in 1984. A few months before I started WITI, I had moved into a house I had remodeled to accommodate both a living space and a business with room for a staff of about 8 people. Criterion had just won a huge contract from a major aerospace company and I had asked my oldest son, Dave, to join Criterion to help me with the ever increasing workload. For more....

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Women At Bat: How they're hitting homeruns out of the park!
DECEMBER 8, 2003

A shift in leadership is occurring. Women ARE at bat. Women ARE hitting homeruns. And Women ARE "the strongest and most dynamic force at work in the American economy today" (Tom Peters).

Please join Kyung Yoon - Vice Chairman, Heidrick & Struggles, Zoe Lofgren - Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives, Ann Peckenpaugh - President, Board Search Partners, and Sophie Vandebroek - Chief Engineer and Vice Presient, Xerox Engineering Center, Xerox Corporation, to discuss how the dimensions of business and government are changing because of the leadership that women are bringing to the "plate". This event is presented in a Townhall Meeting format on December 8, 2003, at the San Jose Marriott. Register BY October 1 and receive a free copy of Tom Peter's new book Re-Imagine! Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age.

WITI Works 

WITI MARKETPLACE - Pre Launch Opportunity for WITI Members - For years, WITI women have told us they like doing business with other women. Our corporate partners have told us they are committed to hiring more women owned businesses as vendors. Now everyone will be able to demonstrate their commitment to supporting women owned businesses by visiting the WITI Marketplace.

WITI Members will have the opportunity to register their company or consulting practice for free for one year during the prelaunch period of the marketplace. So take advantage and register now!. To register, go to (

WITI GEN (Global Executive Network) Are you an Executive Woman who wants the opportunity to get together with other executive women to share solutions, access connections and influence top level executives in industry? WITI has now launched WITI GEN for Executive VPs, Presidents, Chairman and Board members who meet GEN membership requirements. GEN Charter membership entitles you to a lifetime membership for the cost of one year after official launching January 1, 2004. If you want to be considered for a GEN membership, please complete the application at and someone will get back to you within 3 days of receiving your application!

WITI New Member Benefit WITI has recently formed a partnership with TechSpotter, a non-profit organization that helps early stage companies find funding. WITI is committed to seeing women owned business flourish.

WITI's partnership with TechSpotter provides WITI members with two great values:

  1. Witi members can register their company for review and potential
  2. funding on at no cost. WITI members click here: for the promo code.
  3. Invitations to the TechSpotter events at CBS Studios (see event info below and go to

TechSpotter presents "Like it or Not" at CBS Radford Studios September 15, 2003. Online registration before September 12 is required to access CBS lot:

WITI Joins Forces with Motorola University's Six Sigma program

Motorola University and WITI are pleased to introduce you to the Motorola University Six Sigma Program. As Motorola's corporate change agent and a world-renowned corporate university, Motorola University brings time-tested and highly refined business improvement practices to leading organizations around the world. Most notably, as the inventor of the Six Sigma methodology for continuous improvement, Motorola University offers a variety of Six Sigma services designed for speed, results, and sustainability -- whatever the size or nature of your business. WITI is proud to work with Motorola on the roll out of this program to make it available to WITI constituents around the North America. Please go to to find dates and locations of classes starting in your area. Make sure to let them know that WITI sent you....

Nomination for WITI Hall of Fame 2004

Call for Nominations - 2004 National Medal of Technology

Commerce Secretary Don Evans has issued a Call for Nominations for the National Medal of Technology for 2004. 2004 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Nation's Highest Honor in Technological Innovation.

"The men and women who receive the National Medal of Technology are the pioneers, explorers and risk-takers who have pushed the boundaries of science and technology, improving all areas of our lives," said Evans. "Their groundbreaking contributions help in bringing innovative technologies to market, create jobs, increase U.S. productivity, improve public health and stimulate our nation's economic development."

Women on the Move

Advent International Names Beverly A. Berman as Partner
BOSTON -- Advent International, a global private equity firm, said it has appointed Beverly A. Berman as a partner.

Ms. Berman will be responsible for investor relations and fund marketing activities in North America. As a senior member of Adventís limited partner services group, Ms. Berman will also be actively involved in developing and managing existing and new limited partner relationships for Adventís private equity and venture capital funds.

Advent International has raised $6 billion in cumulative capital and has offices in 13 countries across North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. Since its founding in 1984, Advent has invested in more than 500 companies and has helped businesses raise $10 billion through public equity and debt offerings.

Please allow us to acknowledge your new move or promotion by sending your announcement to [email protected]

Company Spotlight

Abbott Labs

Today, minorities make up nearly one-third of Abbott Laboratories U.S. workforce, and women constitute 49 percent of Abbott's total United States population, with minorities consisting of 29 percent.

Abbott has increased the number of women in management by 68 percent over the past five years. Abbott has also increased the number of minorities in management by 78 percent in the past five years. Abbott Laboratories has been named to FORTUNE magazine's annual list of the "50 Best Companies for Minorities." Abbott is the only Illinois-based company to be ranked each year since FORTUNE began the list in 1998 and the only health care company to be named to this year's list.

Abbott Laboratories is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals, nutritionals, and medical products, including devices and diagnostics. The company employs more than 70,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries. In 2002, the company's sales were $17.7 billion. Abbott's corporate office is located at Abbott Park, Illinois, near Interstate 94, east of Libertyville and south of Gurnee. More than 2,000 IT professionals work at this location.

Abbott's news releases and other information are available on the company's Web site at

Job Spotlight
Senior Security Software Developer

Accenture HR Services, a leader in Human Resources Outsourcing, is working with a major high tech software development client in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Located just 15 minutes from the beach, this innovative company offers enhanced benefits as well as some great work environment perks, including an on-site gym, game room and car wash. Competitive salaries and full relocation will be provided for the ideal candidate.

Looking For A Job?
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WITI @ ...Keeping you up-to-date on where you'll find WITI!

[email protected] keeps you up to date on where you will find WITI partners, WITI discounts, WITI women attending industry events. If you want a discount to an event you will be attending and/or want to meet other WITI women at that event, just let us know so we can get it for you!

September 7-11, 2003 San Francisco, CA
"OracleWorld is great for networking and establishing relationships with Oracle experts and learning about the latest industry trends and developments." -James Holmes, Java Development Consultant

Network your heart out. Hear from five powerful executives. Meet with exhibitors. See Larry Ellison launch the Next Generation of Oracle Database and Application Server - all with your free pass.

DEMO Mobile
September 17-19, 2003 La Jolla, CA
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
The definitive preview of the most significant products and trends to emerge and affect the mobile and wireless markets -- a comprehensive, first-hand look at next-generation applications. Register Now

TECHXNY with PC EXPO, Networks for Business and OutsourceWorld
September 15-18, 2003 NYC
See the hottest IT Products and solutions, and get in-depth training on the technologies most crucial to your business at TECHXNY. For more information or to register for your FREE expo pass and 15% discount off any conference package click here

Software Information Industry Association (SIIA)

September 5, 2003 Los Angeles, CA
September 7-11, 2003 San Francisco, CA
Executive Women's Forum
September 10-12, 2003 Flemington, N.J.
September 15-18, 2003 New York, NY
DEMO Mobile
September 17-19, 2003 La Jolla, CA
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
Computer and Technology Showcase
September 17-18, 2003 Atlanta, GA
AmericasMart, Building 3
InformationWeek 500
September 21-24, 2003 Tuscon, AZ

The Computer & Technology Showcase(Ft. Lauderdale )
september 23-24, 2003
Streaming Media
October 13-16, 2003 Santa Clara, CA
Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2003 Orlando
October 19-24, 2003 Orlando, FL
November 16-20, 2003 Las Vegas, NV
Risk Analysis Group
Multiple Cities and Dates
The Women in Leadership and Authenticity Series
Multiple Cities and Dates
Gartner's Midsize Enterprise Summit
Multiple Cities and Dates

WITI is excited to announce and welcome the following new chapters:

  • Richmond, VA.
  • Corpus Christi, TX.
  • Honolulu, HA.
  • Boston, MA.
  • Phoenix, AZ.
  • San Diego, CA.
  • Orlando, FL.
  • RTP, NC.
  • Nashville, TN.
  • Dallas, TX.
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Hong Kong, China

Chapter Meetings

WITI Houston - Entrepreneurship: Is it for You?
Wednesday, September 10, 2003

WITI Louisiana - WITI Fall Free-for-All
Wednesday, September 10, 2003

WITI Atlanta - Entrepreneurs in Technology - Getting Started
Saturday, September 13, 2003

WITI Portland - WITI Portland Kicks Off Fall 2003 Program
Tuesday, September 16, 2003

WITI South Florida - Networking & Suit Drive
Tuesday, September 16, 2003

WITI Research Triangle Park - Success Strategies for Women In Technology
Tuesday, September 16, 2003

WITI Chicago - Real World Issues For IT Executives - IBM Americas
Thursday, September 18, 2003

WITI Silicon Valley - Five Myths About Getting a Job
Thursday, September 18, 2003

WITI Philadelphia - Communicating Effectively for Promotion
Thursday, September 18, 2003

WITI Los Angeles - "Do You Have What It Takes To Start Your Own Business" Tuesday, September 23, 2003

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  • Tuesday, Sept 9 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM; 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, Sept 10 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Thursday, Sept 11 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Please contact David at: [email protected] with your availability. 

WITI Chapter Directors
WITI is currently looking for Regional Chapter Directors. Launching and operating a WITI Chapter can be a very rewarding and satisfying experience. WITI Chapters provide women unique opportunities to develop professionally and personally through shared experiences and networking. As a WITI Chapter Director you will have the opportunity to create a platform for women involved in technology, to share their knowledge, inspire and support each other, expand their business contacts, and improve their skills. You will interact directly with some of the most exciting professional women who will speak at WITI Chapter meetings, and you will experience the satisfaction of creating a network of women who will support each other to excel in technology. Chapter leadership requires dedication and a personal commitment of time and effort. If you embrace and disseminate WITI's core values, and if you are ready to make a commitment to supporting and advancing women in technology, the WITI Professional Association will work with you to ensure the success of your Chapter. To receive more information and an application please contact our Executive Director, Carolyn Grossman ([email protected])

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