The WITI Strategist

Feb. 11, 2004

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

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WITI Marketplace Featured Business

WITI Works

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Plan now to attend WITI's 2004 Conference Series, "Moving Powerfully into the Future"! Coming to Houston, Texas, May 5 & 6 and to San Jose, California, June 8 & 9. More information and early registration now available online.

  Career Luck?
By Vivian VanLier, CPRW, JCTC, CEIP, CCMC
WITI's Career Coach and Resume Writer

Do you know people who always seem to be lucky in their career? They get the best jobs, the best promotions, the best salaries. Right? We all know people like that, but have you ever taken a critical look at why and how they became so "lucky?"

My favorite definition of "luck" is:

Luck is when preparation meets opportunity!
In my career coaching practice, I have found that my clients who have gotten all the "lucky breaks" in their careers lead their professional lives exactly that way. They stay on top of economic, industry, professional and company trends. They do ongoing training and reconnaissance and equip themselves with current tools, skills and information. They continuously track their accomplishments and achievements. They always have an updated resume and/or career portfolio. They maintain their professional and personal networks. They know where the opportunities are and position themselves to be in the right place at the right time - fully prepared to act on a "lucky break!" Continued ...

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 Special Request: Support Girls' Interested in Science & Technology

The Holiday Park Elementary School in Phoenix, AZ, has 50 fifth and sixth grade girls who want to attend the Sally Ride Science Club Festival held at Arizona State University, on Saturday, March 6th. However, the school only has funds enough to send 30 girls. Help keep these girls interested in technology, math and science! Join or renew your WITI membership for at least one year before February 20th, and a portion of your membership fees will go toward making sure all the Holiday Park students who want to go the to festival are able to attend.

Venting Can Be Healthy!
By Carolyn Leighton, CEO/Founder/Chairwoman of WITI

Many of us became so irritated by the whole "victim" story we encountered during the feminist movement that we have swung all the way to the other extreme, becoming defiant about the slightest suggestion of needing help or not having everything under control.

For the record, I absolutely believe being independent is a very good thing; I consider myself fiercely independent and like it that way. However, it's time to learn that admitting a need and reaching out to someone for help, input, or just to a listening ear does not take away our power of independence or diminish our worthiness one iota. Airing our frustrations, or "venting," is just a healthy thing to do! Continued ...

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  Women on the Move

WITI Member Hilve Firek publishes 10 Easy Ways to Use Technology in the English Classroom

Congratulations to WITI Member Hilve Firek on the publication of her book, 10 Easy Ways to Use Technology in the English Classroom! A resource for educators, the book offers how to ideas and instructions for bringing technological resources, from old familiars like audio and video to new developments like websites and concept mapping software, to the study and appreciation of literature.

That girls drift away from scientific and technological pursuits during the middle and high school years is a well-documented phenomenon. Ms. Firek's book provides a way to increase girls' exposure to technology by bringing it into the language arts classroom, a place girls feel more comfortable, thus increasing the chances that technology itself will not remain a foreign language for female students.

More information on 10 Easy Ways to Use Technology in the English Classroom is available on the publisher's website. And congratulations again to Hilve Firek!

Do you have an announcement or promotion you'd like to share? Send your news to Carolyn to appear in "Women on the Move."

 WITI Marketplace
Featured Business: Cybercamps

Cybercamps hosts single and multi-week summer technology camps for 7-16 year old boys, girls and teens at prestigious university campuses across the US. A Cybercamps experience offers so much more than your average summer camp. We serve up the phenomenal fun of summer camp neatly hidden in a learning experience that inspires campers to pursue careers in tomorrow's hottest technology fields.

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 Senior Women Fare Better

According to a study by Catalyst, companies with the highest representation of women on their senior management teams had a 35 percent higher return on equity and a 34 percent higher total return on shareholders than companies with the lowest representation of senior women. (Courtesy

 Technology Salaries Recover and Gender Gap Narrows, According to Dice Annual Salary Survey of 21,000 Technology Professionals
Gender Gap Smallest Since 2000; Tech Salaries Highest Since Survey Began; Hardest Hit Areas Showing Signs of Recovery

Dice Inc., the leading job board for technology professionals, has released results of the Dice 2003 Annual Salary Survey. The survey of more than 21,000 technology professionals details key industry trends including the first narrowing of the gender gap since the survey originated in 2000, a recovery of salaries that were hit hardest last year and significant salary growth for entry-level technology workers.

For the first time since Dice began conducting the salary survey in 2000, the gender gap decreased -- narrowing to 11% -- as women's salaries increased 5% to $62,800 and men's increased only 2%. Spending more time at the office helps -- women who reported working over 55 hours a week earned only 7.5% less than men. The gap also varied significantly by industry, as women's salaries ranged from 3% less than men's in the Internet services industry to 19% less in the medical and pharmaceutical fields.

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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!

    Women For Hire career expos: Make your next connection!

    Women For Hire career expos are great opportunities for women in technology to connect with companies such as Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Swales Aerospace, Siemans, Nextel Communications, Integic, General Dynamics, among dozens of others. The Women For Hire events will put you in touch with hundreds of technology positions!

    • February 24: New York City - Manhattan Center
    • March 23: Dallas - Adam's Mark Hotel
    • March 25: Atlanta - Cobb Galleria
    • March 30: Chicago - Navy Pier
    • April 6: Boston - Hyatt Regency Boston
    • April 13: Washington, D.C. - Sheraton Crystal City
    Free Admission for Jobseekers -- Resume and Business Attire Required -- No Pre-registration Necessary!

    Special for WITI members: Register today for our special early morning seminar prior to each career expo and receive a copy of our video, Women For Hire's Practical Path to Career Success, and priority admittance to the career fair. Present a copy of this email upon admittance and you'll receive a free Women For Hire Networking Notebook - an ideal place to store and build your professional contacts! Visit today for full details and to register.

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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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    Since the National Conference will be in June, we have extended the deadline for nominations for this year's WITI Hall of Fame awards. Download and complete the nomination form today to recognize the women who are making a difference!

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      Company Spotlight

    Avanade ( is an independent company that was created through a joint venture between Microsoft and Accenture in April 2000. We are the world's premier technology integrator for Microsoft solutions in the enterprise. We create value for our customers by leveraging Microsoft enterprise technology to design, build, and deploy customized, reliable architectures and scalable infrastructures to increase profitability, improve speed-to-market, and accelerate growth. Avanade is focused on helping Global 2000 customers, and our technology infrastructure and .NET application development solutions have underpinned hundreds of customer projects worldwide.

    Avanade is unique in the marketplace due to our unparalleled Microsoft technology skills. Our depth and breadth of competency in cutting-edge technologies is virtually unrivaled in the market. Whether you offer deep expertise in a single area or broad technical ability, your skills are paramount. And we will help you develop them further. At Avanade, we encourage all of our consultants to be Microsoft-certified within a year of hire, and we provide a range of technology learning opportunities.

    Search for Avanade jobs on WITI4Hire.

      Job Spotlight

    Director Marketing Public Sector Industry, Hewlett Packard
    HP is a leading global provider of products, technologies, solutions and services to consumers and business. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services, and imaging and printing. Our $4 billion annual R&D investment fuels the invention of products, solutions and new technologies so we can better serve customers and enter new markets. We invent, engineer and deliver technology solutions that drive business value, create social value and improve the lives of our customers.

    Marketing is more than blue-sky ideas. Marketing Principals provide the drive to make high impact, integrated communication campaigns happen for us, our business partners, and channel customers. You'll plan, create and deliver one-to-many business-to-business communications that sharpen our edge and increase our leadership. This will involve developing a wide range of media and marketing strategies that raise and reinforce brand awareness, as well as delivering consultancy support to other marketers to keep brand integrity intact.

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      Not Yet a WITI Member?

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

      Upcoming Network Events
    February 17 - Los Angeles
    Funding and Financing Your New Business
    February 19 - Hong Kong
    CNN Studio Tour
    February 26 - Chicago
    Strong Women: Powerful Financial Strategies
    February 26 - Portland
    PDX WITI Hosts "Mentoring Mixer" Networking Event
    March 3 - Houston
    Building Your Personal Networking Plan
    March 10 - Boston
    Women Inventors: Their Visions, Products and Stories
    March 18 - Orange County
    "Leadership: The Challenge of Organizational Transformation." ****Dinner Meeting*****
    April 13 - Los Angeles
    WITI-LA Professional Development Committee

    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!

    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
    Risk Analysis Group Seminar
    Mar 23-Apr 23 2004
    Multiple Cities and Dates
    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

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