The WITI Strategist
Sept. 17, 2003
The newsletter for women who consider technology
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In This Issue:

The Agony and the Ecstacy. The Evolution of WITI Part II

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

WITI Opportunities

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The Agony and the Ecstacy. The Evolution of WITI Part II
By Carolyn Leighton, CEO/Chairwoman/Founder, WITI

If you have been reading my writings, you know very well that I am completely driven by my creative process. My intuition, my need to create new things that help people (and animals) is the passion that drives me. Like everything I have done, WITI was a creative exercise. Once I saw the possibilities WITI might create to help women, I became consumed by my desire to build something that would make a difference.

WITI started as series of small meetings with women in southern and northern California talking about issues, ideas for the network, and how we could use the network to help other women. When Sun Microsystems hosted the first WITI meeting, we were expecting about 50 women to show up. Instead, the room was overflowing with about 250-300 women and things just started spiraling out of control. For more....

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

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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 - Remember to register your company today!!! 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 (

Stats on Women

As of 2002, there are an estimated 10.1 million privately-held businesses in which a woman or women owns at least 50% of the company. Among them, 6.2 million are majority-owned.

The 10.1 million women- and equally-owned firms employ 18.2 million people and generate $2.32 trillion in sales. Majority women-owned firms employ 9.2 million workers and generate $1.2 trillion in sales.

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! has better rates, more capacity and better service than major hosting companies- if you are fed up with your hosting company or just want to upgrade your hosting services, check out for comparisons and fees.

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WITI SIGS - opportunities for alliances, resources and connections

Are you taking advantage of the WITI SIGs and discussion boards - each week we will feature a SIG description. Please let us know if you want to become an online discussion leader for this SIG.

50 Plus - Professional women over 50 face unique challenges in the workplace, ranging from healthcare issues to age discrimination in hires and promotions. This SIG is intended to create a forum to exchange information, resources and opportunities for leveraging our experience and wisdom in our respective professions and businesses.

Other SIGS:

For more...

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


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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

Open Harbor Names Nancy Boughton VP of Global Trade
SAN CARLOS, CALIF. -- Open Harbor, a provider of global trade management software, said it named Nancy Boughton vice president of global trade and compliance.

Ms. Boughton was formerly the senior director of worldwide trade for 3Com, where she ran its global trade compliance program. Prior to 3Com, she was corporate counsel for a Washington, D.C. area law firm and Science Applications International.

"Ms. Boughton was hired to lead a team of trade and technology professionals. Open Harbor software helps customers stay on top of constantly-changing import/export laws because of new federal security regulations post-9/11", said executive vice president of customer operations Andy Priest.

Ms. Boughton fills a vacant spot left by Debbie Mayberry who left eight months ago to pursue other interests. Since Ms. Mayberry's departure, the position has been redefined.

Founded in 1999 by Manoj Karamchandani and Paul and Jay Shen, Open Harbor has raised $49 million to date, most recently closing a $20 million third round in December 2002. Investors include Menlo Ventures, Alloy Ventures, Deutsche Post Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Mitsubishi International, and individuals.

Open Harbor employs 90 and is hiring.

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

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 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

WITI Chicago - "IT Challenges in Healthcare: Today, Tomorrow and Beyond " Tuesday, September 23, 2003

WITI New York - "Diane Brink - Vice President of Marketing - IBM Americas " Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Click here for more chapter meetings:

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Company Spotlight

Capital One
Capital One
Superheroes wanted. (We'll supply the cape.)
Everyday people performing superhuman tasks - it's something you don't see very often.

At Capital One, we witness it every day.

That's because we offer our associates an entrepreneurial environment where they can share their ideas - and then we give them tools to help their ideas take flight.

Capital One Highlights

  • One of the fastest growing financial services companies in the U.S.
  • One of the top ten credit card issuers in the world
  • Over ten locations worldwide
  • Entering new markets such as auto financing, installment loan, and investment service
  • Challenging careers to fit a variety of professional and educational backgrounds such as IT, Marketing and Analysis, and Management

For more information on our outstanding benefits package and locations visitt

Capital One is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. We promote a drug-free work environment.

Job Spotlight

Java Developer

Keane's NYC branch has a number of openings for Java Developers. Must have strong server side Java experience. Also strong experience in SQL (Sybase would be a big plus)using stored procedures. Good experience in UNIX and Perl. Financial Services background required. Please put Java in subject line.

Looking For A Job?
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  • Special Interests Groups
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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!

Women and the MBA, sponsored by Princeton Review
Ongoing forums across the country from September 6  October 19
Designed to support women who are considering pursuing an MBA, these forums are an opportunity to learn about issues that are unique to women business school candidates, as well as being an opportunity to network with admissions personnel and other women in business. For more info, visit:

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

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

IRI (Industrial Research Institute)
Women Innovators Network (WIN!) Meeting
October 30  November 1, 2003, Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, CA
At the IRI 2003 Fall Meeting, the focus will be on how innovation leaders can take actions to promote growth and drive an innovation culture in tough times. WITI will be participating in the Women Innovators Network Meeting being held at the conference.

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
Beyond 2003: FWE CEO Summit
September 30 & October 1, 2003
Software Information Industry Association (SIIA)
October 30, 2003 NY, Hilton
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

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Grant Writers

Strategic Partner Directors

WITI Research Manager

Online Discussion Leaders - WITI SIGS

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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