The WITI Strategist

Dec. 3, 2003

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Creating our own Economy
By Christina Gilman

Perhaps you've noticed a trend? WITI hosted An Evening With Tom Peters, and we learned how "Women Rule." Women are the power behind 83% of all consumer purchasing decisions and a growing number of corporate choices. Women are more intuitive and work more willingly with collaboration, two traits required by the economy of the future. However, the recently launched WITI Watch confirms that corporate America is still not taking seriously the contributions or potential of women. Women hold less than 15% of board chairs in Fortune 500 companies, most of them at toy and cosmetic companies.

It's time to start taking charge...    Continued ...

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WITI Health Tips
by Mellanie Hills

Are you getting enough rest? Lack of sleep can make you vulnerable to a host of illnesses like colds and the flu that can put a damper on your holidays and can even put you at risk for more serious illnesses, such as heart disease. In a new National Institute of Health (NIH) study, women heart attack survivors recalled unusual fatigue (71%) and sleeplessness (48%) in the month before their heart attacks. Another study found that consistently getting less than five hours sleep, even if only twice per week, triples your risk of heart attack. If you experience unusual sleeplessness, check with your doctor right away.

WITI is pleased to announce that Mellanie True Hills, The Health & Productivity Revitalizer, is now a featured columnist for WITI and will be providing regular health tips and feature articles in the Strategist and at the Web site. For tips on getting enought rest, visit WITI's Health Channel.

In the survey following her recent article, Take Back Control... Your Health Depends On It, you told us what topics you're most interested in, and Mellanie will be focusing on those topics in upcoming issues. If you'd like to provide additional feedback, please go to the survey and give us your input.

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WITI Watch
Celebrating Companies that Get It -- and shaming those that don't

Our congratulations to Deborah Jaffe on her new book, Ingenious Women, and to the BBC for publishing the following article

Tribute to inventive women
Women are behind a much larger number of inventions than they are generally given credit for, a researcher has found.

Deborah Jaffe has recently finished work on a book, Ingenious Women, in which she has investigated the female inventors who have changed the world with their ideas.

They include the windscreen wiper, the dishwasher, filter coffee, and the technology behind the bullet-proof vest.

"When I was writing the book people said to me, 'but women have never invented anything'," Ms Jaffe told BBC World Service's Everywoman programme.

"I found proof. Some of them are famous and some of them are not, but that doesn't matter."

For the rest of this article, please visit the BBC's website.

The new WITI Watch wants to celebrate those companies who are respectful of and empowering to women and keep you informed about those companies who need to change their ways. How are the companies you interact with doing? How can we as women encourage companies and others to take our contributions seriously? Send us your thoughts and any cheers and jeers or post to the discussion board.

WITI Marketplace
Featured Business: LuluWest, Inc.

LuluWest Inc. is the developer of business productivity software for individuals, companies, and community-based organizations. We combine innovation and technology with sound business practices to create software products that are practical, efficient and easy to use.

The flagship product, Personal Assistant (PA) exemplifies the corporate philosophy by integrating voice and video into business software. PA is the only video-based Personal Information Management system designed specifically for executives, office administrators and traveling professionals.

As a member of WITI and the WITI Marketplace, LuluWest would like to offer all WITI members an additional 10% off of the currently discounted holiday pricing. Happy holidays from LuluWest!

Is your business in the WITI Marketplace? Do you have a special offer for WITI members or would you like to be a featured business in a future issue of the Strategist? We'd love to hear from you!

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Mentor 5th through 8th Grade Children through Fun and Exciting Toy Design Challenge

There is little doubt that the future well-being of society depends not just on how well we educate our children, but also on how well we educate them in engineering, science, mathematics and technology. Research points to the middle school years as a time when maintaining the interest of young students, especially girls, in engineering, science and technology is crucial.

Toys are a great way to learn about science, engineering and the design process, and working on a team builds skills in collaboration, leadership and communication. The Sally Ride TOYchallenge connects students in 5th through 8th grade with all of these principles in an exciting and fun environment. That is why WITI is pleased to announce our sponsorship of the Sally Ride TOYchallenge and the wide range of opportunities this sponsorship provides for our members and chapters.

During elementary school, there are lots of girls (as many girls as boys) who are interested in math, science and computers. We are dedicated to sustaining their natural interests during the critical years, when so many of them drift away.    -- Sally Ride
How Can You Participate?
There is the opportunity to become involved in the TOYchallenge in a number of ways:
  • Coach one or more teams in your area.
  • Offer to coach a team in another area that may need a coach.
  • Sponsor a team financially.
  • Volunteer to help at a TOYchallenge Showcase or a Sally Ride Science Festival.
How Do You Get Started?
Pre-Application Deadline is January 30, 2004
Apply Online Today! NOTE: Under "Organization" be sure to select "WITI"

Work-Related Burnout in IT Professionals Study -- Invitation to Participate

This is the first study in a research program on work-related burnout in IT professionals by researchers from the E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University. A recent study by the technology advisory firm Meta Group reports that 71 percent of IT managers surveyed believe that employee job burnout is a serious problem for their company. In addition to the personal costs of work stress for employees, the business consequences for firms can include higher turnover rates, lower productivity, and even reduced shareholder value. While other studies have examined burnout in professions such as nursing, social work and policing, the purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of burnout in the IT profession, and to develop management guidance for interventions that can be taken to prevent or reduce burnout.

The study is looking for volunteers who have either experienced work-related burnout themselves or have observed other IT professionals who have experienced burnout. To participate, volunteers just need to fill out a short web-based questionnaire. Visit their site for more information.

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WITI Works

An Exclusive Network for Executive Women!
- 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 and someone will get back to you within 3 days of receiving your application!

Accelerate Your Career!
- Companies that get it are searching the resume database at WITI4Hire every day. Don't be overlooked! So, whether you are actively seeking a job or just open to great possibilities, add your resume today (FREE for members AND non-members, and confidential too!) to be noticed by companies like New York Times Digital, Best Buy, Altiris, Southern California Edison and GOJO Industries, Inc. Don't want to wait? Visit WITI4Hire and search for your next job!

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Company Spotlight

Bank of America

People are their best when they are striving to exceed accomplishments of the past. Our company has a long-standing commitment to redefining world-class business performance and standards of operational consistency, accuracy and efficiency. We have long insisted on continuous improvement and the sustained intensity that drives it, promising never to settle for an industry benchmark or our own historical performance. We have said our goal is nothing short of becoming the world's most admired company. This drive to excel can be summed up in two words: Higher Standards. This is our goal in everything we do.

If you share our commitment to Higher Standards, Bank of America provides unmatched opportunities.

Search for Bank of America jobs on WITI4Hire.

Job Spotlight

Project Managers & MORE, American Airlines
American has attained a leadership role in the aviation industry through a history of innovation and professionalism. Competitive challenges have spurred vast changes in our business, making American an exciting company at which to work. Our IT management team, a group of professionals with experiences, backgrounds and ideas as varied and unique as the places we fly, is without peer in the industry. We are committed to hiring, training and developing candidates with a strong desire to learn and grow, both personally and professionally.

We are currently looking for two professinals who will serves as Project leads responsible for managing information technology systems, staff, and projects at the Alliance Maintenance Ft. Worth TX or Tulsa OK bases. Interacts with maintenance and engineering personnel to develop and refine requirements for information technology projects. Drives for results as project lead for Maintenance and Engineering (M & E) technology initiatives. Manages information technology projects through integrated process life cycles. Ensures projects are delivered to the customer on time, on budget and meeting customer expectations. Provides technology consulting on complex projects and technical support to M & E customers.
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Outclass the Competition: Turning Contacts into Contracts
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Linda Brigance, Chief Information Officer of FedEx Asia Pacific, will be our presenter.

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WITI@ keeps you up to date on where you will find WITI partners, WITI discounts, WITI women attending industry events. Visit the Members area of the WITI website for priority discount codes for these 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!

Risk Analysis Group Seminar
Nov 3-Apr 23 2004
Multiple Cities and Dates,
SVASE presents "Tim Sanders & Company Cultures That Hit The Bottom Line!"
Dec 4 2003
Santa Clara, California
Springboard Enterprises' Growth Capital Workshop
Dec 9 2003
Los Angeles, California
International CES
Jan 8-11 2004
Las Vegas, Nevada
Oracle Apps World
Jan 26-29 2004
San Diego, California
2004 SIIA Information Industry Summit
Jan 27 2004
New York City, New York
Midsize Enterprise Summit
Feb 8-Sep 22 2004
Multiple Cities and Dates,
Feb 15-17 2004
Scottsdale, Arizona
Wireless & Mobile Summit 2004
Mar 8-10 2004
Chicago, Illinois
Networld + Interop
May 11-13 2004
Las Vegas, Nevada
Jun 20-24 2004
Chicago, Illinois

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