The WITI Strategist

Dec. 18, 2003

WITI's mission is to empower women to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformation through technology, leadership and economic prosperity.

In This Issue:

WITI Health

WITI Watch

WITI Marketplace Featured Business

WITI Works

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Mar 10-11 2004 Dallas
Regional Conference
May 12-13 2004 San Jose
National Conference
July 31 2004 San Diego
Spa Week-end
Oct. 20 2004 TBD
Regional Conference

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Get a Handle on Stress
by Mellanie Hills

Do you have stress in your life? Most of us do. Especially those of us in technology, where many of us are Type A's: multitasking, fast-talking, over-committed, always in a hurry, adrenaline junkies. You know who you are. Type A's create stress for ourselves and sometimes for others.

Have you ever awakened late the morning of a big meeting, and in a panic, thrown on your makeup and clothes, sped to work, fought traffic, whipped into Starbucks for your coffee fix, spilled your coffee on yourself, and arrived late for the meeting only to discover that you are making the presentation? Talk about stressful, or is it...    Continued ...

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Mellanie Hills will be speaking at the WITI Austin Networking Event on February 9. Keep an eye on WITI's website for details.

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WITITalk TeleClass Series: "Transforming Your Future" and "Laying The Foundation For Explosive Growth In Your Business/Consulting Practice"

Are you ready to transform your career, your life, or your business? Check out the new WITI Teleclasses - "Transforming Your Future" & "Laying The Foundation For Explosive Growth In Your Business/Consulting Practice". Response to these classes has been enthusiastically positive -- don't miss this opportunity for dramatic personal growth. Classes begin January 8. Register today!

New Years Resolutions?
By Vivian VanLier

Do you make New Years resolutions? I gave up making New Year's resolutions years ago. I found that by about March, not only wasn't I on track to attain them, but I had forgotten what they were in the first place. Resolutions, or declarations, without specific, attainable goals AND action steps to achieve them, create a recipe for frustration and personal disappointment.

That said, the approaching New Year is a good time to take a personal inventory of how your lifestyle measures up in terms of work/life balance....    Continued ...

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

Shame on for publishing Bob Weinstein's article, "IT Glass Ceiling: Permanent Barrier or Temporary Obstacle for Women". While definitely a subject to be addressed, Mr. Weinstein approaches it by asking "What are women doing wrong?" His article suggests that women do not hold more top positions at IT companies because they are uncomfortable with the fast pace and quick decision-making often required by the cutting edge. In short, women do not break through the glass ceiling because they cannot handle the stress and competition.

Mr. Weinstein, women are not doing anything wrong. To even suggest that women cannot handle stress demonstrates that you do not know anyone currently parenting a teenager. Rather, it is attitudes such as your own that reinforce the IT glass ceiling. By believing that a woman cannot perform, thrive and excel under the pressure of high-tech, you are holding back the tough-as-nails woman with the vision of IT's next frontier. It is not how women approach the glass ceiling that must change but the belief that women are not cut out for IT. Nor would it hurt to re-examine the attitude that high-competition, high-pressure environments foster more success and innovation than colaboration and consensus-building.

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: Managing Creativity

On July 4, 1997 the entire world watched as the Mars Pathfinder and the Sojourner Rover successfully landed on Mars. Two months later the Mars Global Surveyor successfully went into orbit around the red planet. Not only were these events two of the U.S. space program's greatest successes, but they may well provide the world with some of the most important scientific data of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Donna Shirley was the manager of the Mars Exploration Program and the original leader of the team that built the Sojourner Rover. Now retired from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Donna provides speaking, training and consulting in management, especially of creative, high tech enterprises. Her company Managing Creativity is a process developed by Donna over her 40 year career in the aerospace industry and academe.

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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    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!

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    Company Spotlight

    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. Meeting the rapidly changing needs of businesses of all sizes, Compuware's market-leading solutions improve the quality, ease the integration and enhance the performance of distributed, e-business and enterprise software. For more information about Compuware, please contact the corporate offices at 800-521-9353.

    Search for Compuware jobs on WITI4Hire.

    Job Spotlight

    SR Software Product Manager, NetG
    NETg, a worldwide leader in corporate education and training, and part of The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC, TSX: TOC), has assembled a full complement of products and services to help customers align corporate knowledge with business objectives. A pioneer in learning, NETg has maintained a steadfast focus on developing a robust and highly acclaimed catalogue of IT, desktop and professional development courses -- including an MBA program. The content of all courses can be delivered in a variety of formats tailored to individual learning styles - including e-Learning, instructor-led training, books and e-Books. NETg's highly interactive blended content is designed to capitalize and leverage client!s most critical asset: people.

    We are currently looking for a Sr. Software Product Manager who will perform functions to manage project teams engaged in developing software products while maintaining project budgets, schedules, and quality standards.
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    Linda Brigance, Chief Information Officer of FedEx Asia Pacific, will be our presenter.
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    WITI @ ...Keeping you up-to-date on where you'll find WITI!

    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,
    International CES
    Jan 8-11 2004
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    SVASE presents "Corporate Venture Capital 2004 Outlook"
    Jan 8 2004
    Santa Clara, California
    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
    Intel Developer Forum Systems Conference
    Feb 17-19 2004
    San Francisco, California
    Gartner's Wireless & Mobile Summit 2004
    Mar 8-10 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    Networld + Interop
    May 11-13 2004
    Las Vegas, Nevada
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    Mar 28 - Apr 1 2004
    San Diego, California
    Jun 20-24 2004
    Chicago, Illinois

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