The WITI Strategist

Feb. 24, 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 Marketplace Featured Business

WITI Works

Women On The Move

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May 5-6, 2004

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San Jose, CA

June 8-9, 2004
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Chicago, IL

Oct. 20-21 2004

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Register now for WITI's 2004 Conference Series, "Moving Powerfully into the Future"!
Houston, Texas
May 5 & 6
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June 8 & 9

Information on Conference events in Chicago, October 20 & 21, coming soon!

  Gender Differences in the Workplace
By Barbara Annis

After having facilitated over 2000 Gender Awareness Workshops, I have collected many opinions, from men and women alike, who have consistently expressed a gender gap in their experiences of day-to-day business. These challenges seem far removed from the typical gender issues of the past. Today, workshop participants want to build partnerships and congruence between women and men, but frequently face obsticles to establishing those partnerships.

It doesn't take more than a few seconds for the women attending a workshop to begin listing these challenges on a flip chart. The discussion is hot, rich, intense and enlivening. For women, the list gets long and longer, sometimes up to 60 challenges; however, women consistently experience these top five challenges: Continued ...
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End Bad Hair Days by Balancing your Fatty-Acids
By Mellanie Hills

"Do you have a fatty-acid imbalance?"

I was consulting my friend, Natalie Elliott, about nutrition. She is a clinical nutritionist, and the owner of Brainwaves Music and Wellness, here in Austin.

"What is a fatty-acid imbalance? Is it related to those Omega-3 fatty acids which we hear so much about?" I asked. "Yes," she replied.

"How do you know if you have an imbalance?" I asked. She said that skin and hair can be indicators; if you have dry or scaly skin, soft or brittle nails, or unmanageable hair, you just might have a fatty-acid imbalance. Who would have thought that a fatty-acid imbalance could cause bad-hair days? Other indicators include excessive thirst, frequent infections, poor wound healing, dry eyes, irritability, hyperactivity, weakness, or fatigue. I'll admit to having the dry skin, soft nails, and much too-frequent bad-hair days. Continued ...

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  WITI Talk TeleClasses: Laying The Foundation For Explosive Growth In Your Business/Consulting Practice
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. 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 look at your target market and the product/service that you offer, helping you to focus on a specific niche that you can create a marketing plan for. Active and passive marketing strategies will be discussed, in addition to sales techniques. Finally, we will review the different systems that you will need to have in place to support and set up your business. This teleclass will be led by Carolyn Leighton, a brand builder, business strategist, and small business coach who has launched several small companies including WITI, Criterion Research, and Love Dogs Camp.

WHEN: Four consecutive Wednesdays at 3PM EST (12PM PST) - 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7
Starting at $99 for WITI Members -- Register now!

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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  Women on the Move

Donna Shirley Named Director of Science Fiction Museum: Acclaimed Engineer Joins Experience Science Fiction; James Cameron, George Lucas, Majel Roddenberry, Stephen Spielberg and Others Join Museum Advisory Board

Experience Science Fiction (ESF), the world's first science fiction museum, has announced that Donna Shirley has joined the institution as its director. She will oversee the creative, programs and operations teams at the museum, which is scheduled to open this summer. Founded by investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen and co-located next to Experience Music Project in Seattle, ESF will provide thought-provoking and entertaining exhibit experiences that inspire appreciation of science fiction's history, creativity and contributions, while at the same time recognizing notable science fiction creators and their creations. Included in the exhibit will be works by Isaac Asimov, Ursula Le Guin, H.G. Wells, Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, Gene Rodenberry, Octavia Butler and Steven Spielberg, to name a few.

"I'm so excited to come on board at ESF - especially given the broad role that science and science fiction play in people's lives," said Donna Shirley. "Science fiction is a dynamic and thought-provoking genre that engages young and old alike, and encourages participation and interest in "real" science. From physics and astronomy to biology and anthropology, science inspires science fiction and vice versa - and science literacy is key in the worlds of today and tomorrow."

A science-fiction fan since age 11, Shirley has more than 40 years of experience in aerospace and civil systems engineering, including 30 years in management. She retired in August 1998 from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory where she managed the billion-dollar Mars Exploration Program. This position culminated a 32-year career at JPL where she worked on missions to every planet except Pluto. Prior to becoming manager of the Mars program, Shirley managed the team that built Sojourner, the microrover which landed with Mars Pathfinder on the surface of Mars on July 4, 1997. In 2000/2001 Shirley was appointed as the official spokesperson for the White House Mars Millennium Project, now called "Imagine Mars." Shirley has an M.S. degree in aerospace engineering, as well as numerous management awards, including three honorary doctorates.

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

The Professional and Technical Diversity Network of Greater Los Angeles Area provides a forum for educational, relationship building and recruitment opportunities by bringing together the business community and professional organizations to expand diversity in the workplace. We organize events such as the Power Networking events where organization members and company representatives network among each other. The events are designed to build the community while breaking down barriers, instilling knowledge on business topics related to diversity and providing a forum for career and economic development opportunities. More information is available online or via email.

 WITI Marketplace
Featured Business: The Spotted Leopard Teas

The Spotted Leopard Teas is owned by Kara Beauchamp, Tina Facteau and Susan Thurston. We sell pure, loose teas from around the world and tea accessories.

A trip to Kenya inspired our teas; the landscape, animals and the culture expressed purity, simplicity and harmony. We find this in tea as well. Tea is a reflection of love and beauty found in so many of our world's cultures. Like anything of any value, these things do not come simply.

Time and attention must be given for tea leaves to reach their full potential in your cup. Leaves are picked, withered and steeped. Finally we are rewarded with that first sip. Joy and beauty are found in the simple luxury of sipping tea. This is balance for your body and soul.

The Spotted Leopard Teas are pleased to offer free shipping on orders placed before March 30th. Just mention WITI when you order!

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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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

A world leader in high technology, Toshiba is an integrated manufacturer of electrical and electronic products spanning information & communications equipment and systems, electronic components, power systems, and consumer products. The Company, founded as Tanaka Engineering Works in July 1875 by Hisashige Tanaka, became Toshiba Corporation in 1978. As the 6th largest global electronics manufacturer, Toshiba has 321 subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide and employs more than 190,000 people.

AMERICA INFORMATION SYSTEMS, INC., a part of the Toshiba America Group of Companies, was established in 1981 and is headquartered in Irvine, California and maintains sales offices nationwide and in South America. A world-leading vendor of mobile computing and communication solutions for business customers, AMERICA INFORMATION SYSTEMS, INC. also provides business solutions through storage subsystems products and services, voice-mail systems, digital business telephone systems, interactive voice-response systems, network systems, digital security systems, and digital cameras.

Search for Toshiba jobs on WITI4Hire.

  Job Spotlight

Power Distribution Engineer, Southern California Edison
The successful candidate will perform routine engineering assignments and provide basic technical assistance in support of senior engineers, and participate on teams. Successful candidate will provide information and recommendations on routine assignments. The successful candidate will assess distribution system reliability performance using recorded circuit outage data. The candidate will assist in the generation of reports on system reliability for corporate and regulatory review. Will investigate the causes of negative trends in system performance, and assist in developing improvements to circuit performance. The successful candidate will participate in the transition to a "next generation" and data-intense outage management system.

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  Internship opportunity

WITI needs a graphic intern to assist the content editor with a variety of images. Acquire experience and expand your portfolio. Experience not necessary, but a familiarity with Photoshop or a comparable graphics program essential. Workload flexible. If you are interested in this unpaid opportunity, please send a note to the editor and include a sample or two of your work.

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  Not Yet a WITI Member?

Consider these benefits for WITI members only:

  • Member spotlights, interviews and speaking opportunities
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  • 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 25 - New Jersey
Becoming a CIO and beyond- Sandra Harris
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*****
March 18 - New York
Oracle Corporation - Oracle keynote speaker and topic to be announced
April 13 - Los Angeles
WITI-LA Professional Development Committee
September 21 - Orange County
Unleash Your Speaking Power!

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,
WSTA Seminar "Optimize Your Enterprise"
Feb 26 2004
New York City, New York
Wireless & Mobile Summit 2004
Mar 8-10 2004
Chicago, Illinois
Gartner Presents: CRM Spring Summit 2004
Mar 15-17 2004
Baltimore, Maryland
Risk Analysis Group Seminar
Mar 23-Apr 23 2004
Multiple Cities and Dates,
Gartner Symposium/ITxpo
Mar 28-Apr 1 2004
San Diego, California
Gartner Presents: Business Intelligence 2004
Apr 26-28 2004
Chicago, Illinois
G-CON: The Gartner Government Conference
May 3-5 2004
Washington, District of Columbia
Networld + Interop
May 11-13 2004
Las Vegas, Nevada
Gartner Presents: Outsourcing Summit 2004
May 17-19 2004
Las Vegas, Nevada
Gartner Presents: Application Integration & Web Services Summit 2004
May 17-19 2004
Los Angeles, California
10th Annual Gartner IT Security Summit
Jun 7-9 2004
Washington, District of Columbia
Gartner Presents: PlanetStorage 2004
Jun 14-17 2004
Las Vegas, Nevada
Jun 20-24 2004
Chicago, Illinois
Gartner Software Asset Management 2004
Sep 20-22 2004
Orlando, Florida
Gartner IT Asset Management and TCO Summit 2004
Sep 22-23 2004
Orlando, Florida
Oct 24-28 2004
Vancouver, British Columbia
Gartner 23rd Annual Data Center Conference
Nov 30-Dec 2 2004
Las Vegas, Nevada

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