The WITI Strategist

Jan. 28, 2004

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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Chapter Meetings


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July 31 2004
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Oct. 20-21 2004

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  Dallas Regional Conference Dates and Location Updated!

WITI's Dallas Regional Conference has been moved. Plan now to join us May 4 - 5 at the Renaissance Hotel in Houston, TX for "The Power of Reinvention". Move beyond the old perceptions of yourself, your business and your product, and get ready for the next level! Register today!

  Take Care of Your Heart
By Mellanie Hills

Did you know that February is not only the month with Valentine's Day, it's also Heart Month? The goal is to raise awareness of heart disease, including the symptoms, the toll it takes, and how to prevent it. Heart disease was traditionally thought, even in the medical community, to be an older man's disease, but we now know that's no longer the case. It impacts everyone, even young people. With women at work in equal numbers to men, and with equal stresses, we're all now equally vulnerable. In fact, women (and men) that carry a disproportionate share of the home and family responsibilities - the double whammy - may be more vulnerable. Continued ...

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Mellanie Hills will be speaking at the WITI Austin Networking Event on February 9.

  Personal Safety for Women Traveling Abroad on Business
By David S. Katz, President, CEO, Global Security Group, Inc.

Business travel is essential in our expanding global marketplace. Each year, several hundred thousand men and women take business trips. And, each year, the number of women traveling on business rises. This trend will continue as women continue to broaden their presence within the corporate world.

In order to promote business abroad, women must travel to virtually every corner of the globe, often to places presenting real dangers to their safety. Moreover, the majority of such corporate travelers, whether they are men or women, have never received any training in how to protect themselves. This lack of preparedness is often more hazardous to female business travelers as they are always exposed to greater risk than men. Continued ...

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  WITI Talk TeleClasses
The first WITI Teleclass ever offered by WITI sold out so fast, we added another Series One, beginning February 5th! Many participants are taking advantage of the additional coaching sessions which can be packaged with each teleclass series at reduced fees. Register now!

If you are a consultant or small business owner, there is still time to register for the next series, "Laying The Foundation For Explosive Growth In Your Business/Consulting Practice", starting January 21st. This series is designed for those who are starting or have already started a business or consulting practice and want to take it to the next level. We will help you clarify your vision for your business or practice, look at how you communicate the differentiators between your business and your competition, and design strategies for increasing growth and revenue. We will examine your target market and the product/service you offer, helping you to focus on and create a marketing plan for a specific niche. We will review active and passive marketing strategies in addition to sales techniques and the different systems that you will need to have in place to support and set up your business. Register today!

WITI will be offering more teleclasses on a variety of topics, offering you the opportunity to work with accomplished WITI leaders in a small group environment, allowing you to focus on smarter, more effective solutions without leaving your home or office. More information is available online or via email.

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 WITI Marketplace
Featured Business: Vertigo Design

Vertigo Design has three components: Pixie, a jewelry and accessories line; Somethingblue, for wedding invitations, baby announcements, thank yous and other social stationery; and Vertigo Design, the web design and programming business.

Mention WITI when placing jewelry orders at Pixieshop for free shipping during February!

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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 Companies with More Women in Corporate Leadership Have More Women-Friendly Benefits Packages But ... Women in Communications Companies Made No Progress in Past Year in Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Companies with more women on boards of directors also tend to have more women in executive positions, more women-friendly benefits packages, and better maternity leave, according to the third annual report on women leaders in communication companies conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania. The report also found that women still comprise just 15% of executive leaders and just 12% of board members in top communications companies - numbers virtually unchanged from the previous year.

The study examined board members, top executives, and women-friendly benefits at the 57 Fortune 500 communications companies. It included 25 telecom, 18 publishing and printing, 11 entertainment, and 3 advertising companies.

Download the complete report.

 Women-Owned Businesses More Resilient
Similar Survival Rates, Fewer Job Losses From 1997 - 2000

Between 1997 and 2000, women-owned employer establishments demonstrated amazing tenacity and proved to be more resilient than employer firms overall during the period, with a much lower 4.2% decline in employment among those firms in business in 1997 - compared to a 6.7% decline among all establishments. Further, women-owned employer establishments were just as likely to have remained in business over this period, with three-quarters (75.1%) still in existence after three years.

This new information is contained in an Issue in Brief, "Trends in Women-Owned Employer Establishments: 1997 to 2000" published by the National Women's Business Council (NWBC). As the result of a ground-breaking agreement made with the Census Bureau, the NWBC is now producing the first-ever annual tabulations on trends in the number and employment of women-owned employer establishments by state and industry. These are the only such data available annually between Census years, and will allow the NWBC to provide more detailed and timely intelligence on trends in women's entrepreneurship. "Trends in Women-Owned Employer Establishments: 1997 to 2000" is the first of several reports to be published based on these new data, and focuses on two key measures: survival and changes in employment. The brief features detailed tables by state and industry.

Download the complete report.

WITI Watch will return in the next issue of the Strategist.

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Women's Technology Program at MIT

The Women's Technology Program at MIT is a 4-week summer residence program to introduce high school girls to electrical engineering and computer science. The classes are taught in a supportive environment by a staff of women MIT PhD candidates and undergraduates and include hands-on experiments and team-based projects in computer science, electrical engineering, and mathematics. If you know a girl who is currently a high school junior with demonstrated math and science ability and an interest in finding out about EECS, please encourage her to visit their website for more information and for an application form. Applications are due February 3, 2004. No prior experience in computer programming, physics, or electrical engineering is expected, but applicants typically have strong academic records, especially in math and science.

  Executive Travel Safety & Personal Security Seminar
Tuesday, February 10, 2004, New York Information Technology Center, New York

David Katz, author of Personal Safety for Women Traveling Abroad on Business, and The Global Security Group, Inc. are pleased to present "Executive Travel Safety and Personal Security", a seminar detailing the measures that must be taken to ensure the safety of America's executives and corporate employees as they operate in the global marketplace.

This seminar will cover all aspects of personal and travel security including:

  • Awareness Training
  • Target Recognition
  • Counter - Surveillance Technique
  • Airline Travel Safety
  • Hotel and Room Selection
  • Vehicle Safety & Selection of Rental Cars
  • Local Criminal Threats
  • Avoiding Predictable Patterns of Behavior
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Crimes Against Women
  • Mitigating Kidnap Risks
  • Surviving a Hijacking
The current world political situation has made doing business a great deal more complicated and certainly more dangerous. Business travelers need to be taught the basic security techniques familiar to government operatives but little known in the corporate world.

WITI members, use promo code "WITIdk" to receive a special discount to this event. Register now!

Don't miss the Intel Developer Forum Systems Conference
February 17-19, Moscone Center, San Francisco

Save $700 off the regular/onsite fee ($1695) when you register using Promo Code SGTWTY.

Discover how new technology directions will impact your products through:

  • Graduate-level classes and hands-on labs - 14 tracks, 130+ sessions
  • Intel keynotes on hot technology innovations
  • Birds of a Feather lunch meetings on critical issues
  • Networking events for sharing ideas and making new contacts
  • Register now!

    Coming Soon: DEMO 2004
    February 15-17, Westin Kierland Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona

    65 of the best new products you won't see anywhere else. Top tier media reporting on every idea. Savvy VCs weighing every opportunity. Acquisitive corporations evaluating every move. Expertise you can count on. Technology picks you can't afford to miss. A special WITI Member Discount Rate is available; see the discounts page in the Member area for details!

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      WITI Works

    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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    This prestigious award honors the outstanding contributions that women are making to the scientific and technological communities. Do you know someone who is making a difference? There is still time to nominate candidates for WITI's Hall of Fame. Download the nomination form here.

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      Company Spotlight

    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
  • Search for Capital One jobs on WITI4Hire.

      Job Spotlight

    CIO, Davidson Associates
    The Chief Information Officer will report to the CFO with worldwide responsibility for the IT function. The CIO will play a major role in formulating and executing the Company's global IT strategy that encompass the implementation of a worldwide ERP, oversight and management of 35 major systems supporting finance, distribution, manufacturing and customer service and the data and voice infrastructure needed to run a $1B manufacturing company. The CIO will lead a global IT organization in over 10 countries.

    The major challenges will be:

  • To create a global IT vision for the company taking into account the business structure, operating requirements and existing application and systems infrastructure
  • To optimize the value from our existing systems and infrastructure
  • To transform the current technology focused IT function into a world class service organization
  • To complete the implementation of the Baan ERP system
  • To establish worldwide systems and application standards where today the company has multiple systems for finance, manufacturing, CRM and document management
  • To establish, document and manage the appropriate policies and procedures required for disaster recovery, business continuity, external audit and Sarbanes Oxley
  • To build a solid team of management and technical personnel

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      Not Yet a WITI Member?

    Consider these benefits for WITI members only:

    • Member spotlights, interviews and speaking opportunities
    • Invitations to members only meetings and events
    • List your small business or consulting practice in the WITI Marketplace.
    • Send/receive e-mails in WITI's general or technical listserves for invaluable and quick input on broad ranging issues.
    • Special Interests Groups
    • New Member Directory
    • Special discounts at all WITI events and meetings worldwide

    And much, much, more .... Become a Member Today!

      Upcoming Network Events
    February 4 - Boston
    Branding for Techies
    February 4 - Corpus Christi
    Build Your Network with WITI
    February 9 - Austin
    Staying Healthy and Sane in an Insane World
    February 9 - Orlando
    Women Winning At Work
    February 11 - South Florida
    Bringing Enterprise IT Value: The Powerful Role of Technology in Today's Organizations
    March 3 - Houston
    Building Your Personal Networking Plan
    March 10 - Boston
    Women Inventors: Their Visions, Products and Stories
    March 18 - Orange County
    "Women's History Month" (Topic - TBD) ****Dinner Meeting*****

    More information about network events in your area is available on our website.

      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
    Jan 26-Apr 23 2004
    Multiple Cities and Dates,
    Oracle Apps World
    Jan 26-29 2004
    San Diego, California
    SVASE presents "Open Source Business Models for Success"
    Feb 5 2004
    Santa Clara, California
    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
    Wireless & Mobile Summit 2004
    Mar 8-10 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    Gartner Symposium/ITxpo
    Mar 28-Apr 1 2004
    San Diego, California
    Networld + Interop
    May 11-13 2004
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    Jun 20-24 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    OOPSLA '04
    Oct 24-28 2004
    Vancouver, British Columbia

    For more information and discounts

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