The WITI Strategist
Apr. 27, 2004

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Women On The Move

WITI Marketplace Featured Business

WITI Works

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WITI's 2004 National Conference - Register Now!

WITI is pleased to announce the participation of many amazing women and dynamic speakers at our National Conference event. Visit our website for speaker information and attendee testimonials. Register today!

orange arrow  Changing Your "Story" Can Change Your Life
By Jane Herman

Jane Herman We humans make up stories about our lives:

- Stories that interpret and give meaning to what happened to us in the past
- Stories about how our lives are unfolding in the present
- Stories about what might happen to us in the future

We live in these stories that we create in our mind - they are our reality. The actual experiences that occur in our lives are intrinsically meaningless. It is the stories that we make up about our experiences that create and carry meaning and shape our lives.

What happens when we don't recognize our own role in the creation of our reality? What happens when we do? Continued ...

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orange arrow  Inclusiveness in the Workplace
An Interview with Barbara Annis by David Creelman

Barbara Annis Sometimes diversity is about women fighting for their rights, visible minorities fighting for their rights, gays fighting for their rights... Is there some way we can make progress without all this fighting? Barbara Annis, a leading edge thinker on gender and diversity from Canada, has some new ideas. David Creelman spoke to Barbara Annis.

David Creelman- The issue of women in business has been with us for a long time, and we have made great progress. Is it still an item that belongs on the top of our agenda?

Barbara Annis- It's on the top of the agenda in a different way than before. We spent too long on the identification phase asking what the issues were, what the challenges were, what the barriers were, is there a glass ceiling? What I don't see, and what is needed, is to go to the next phase, which is to ask how we can authentically remove some of these barriers. So it still remains in the hands of HR to place the issue at the top of the agenda with the CEO. Continued ...

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    orange arrow  Women on the Move

    Carly Fiorina Carly Fiorina, Chairman and CEO of HP, honored with the prestigious Electronic Industries Alliance Medal of Honor

    Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) presents the Medal of Honor each year to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the electronics industries. Carly Fiorina represents the first female Medal of Honor recipient in the award's 52-year history. Her stature and leadership within the high-tech industry have placed her in the very esteemed company of the past EIA Medal of Honor recipients including notable industry pioneers David Packard (1974 - Hewlett Packard Co.); Sanford McDonnell (1986 - McDonnell Douglas Corp); and C. Michael Armstrong (1997 - Hughes Electronics Corp.).

    "Carly Fiorina has been a visionary for the IT industry, ever conscious of the link between technology and business and the role technology plays in effecting social change. Her career has been marked by a commitment to high standards of ethical behavior, values and community -- qualities that all in our industry seek to emulate" said EIA President, Dave McCurdy.

    EIA's foundation, The National Science & Technology Education Partnership (NSTEP), will provide a booklet full of congratulatory pages from Carly Fiorina's colleagues and peers. For additional information please visit EIA.

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

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    orange arrow WITI Marketplace
    Featured Business: Plan b Solutions
    WITI Marketplace Feature Business

    With a focus on supporting the strategic goals of your business through the application of technology, Plan b has a unique set of service offerings to help you ensure your IT initiatives provide the benefits you expect. IT departments struggle with the broad range of demands put on them in today's environment, including constricted budgets and the challenge to do more with less. New IT initiatives get delayed which requires supporting older technology.

    Organizations are also scrutinizing and cutting back on their other functional groups' spending. The combination of cutting back on IT and these groups' budgets can have a negative effect on a company's ability to compete. Plan b's approach is to provide a broader perspective on how existing technology can be utilized to meet a company's needs to support strategic initiatives without incurring major expenditures. We assist in the development of IT strategic plans, or IT roadmaps, that address spending and deployment approaches to fit your budget.

    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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    orange arrow Support our WITI 2004 National Conference Silent Auction to Benefit The Women's Alliance

    The Women's Alliance June 8 and 9, 2004, WITI will host a Silent Auction during its 2004 National Conference in Silicon Valley. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will benefit The Women's Alliance, a national organization of independent community-based members who provide professional attire, career skills training and related services to low-income women seeking employment. Each year, The Women's Alliance members help more than 30,000 women in transition from poverty, welfare, and other dire circumstances.

    With your donation of a Silent Auction item, The Women's Alliance can continue to help low-income women in your community prepare for and succeed in the workplace.

    For more information contact Nicole Wild at 305-762-6400 or email: [email protected].

    orange arrow Attention Authors!

    Meet your readers at our "Books That Empower Women" expo at WITI's National Conference. If you'd like your book included or if you are interested in scheduling a book signing, then complete our Author's Participation Form and tell us how your book inspires and empowers women.

    orange arrow Support Los Angeles Breast Cancer Alliance and help fight women's cancers

    Los Angeles Breast Cancer Alliance (LABCA) Are you in Los Angeles? Join the Los Angeles Breast Cancer Alliance (LABCA) for the Eleventh Annual Revlon Run/Walk For Women on Saturday, May 8, 2004 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to raise funds and awareness to battle breast and ovarian cancer. Some of the money raised will support LABCA's FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS, a program that provides non-clinical support to women undergoing breast cancer treatment. Some services provided are wigs, breast prostheses and bras, transportation to and from treatment, and other services not met by the insurance system.

    This special event will be hosted by Jim Belushi and Courtney Thorne-Smith with special guest Brittany Murphy. LABCA is proud to offer to the highest fundraiser two Southwest Airline tickets good for one round trip flight anywhere in the continental United States. Please visit www.labca.org to learn more about LABCA's important work, join Team 84 or LABCA, or support a team member with a donation.

    orange arrow CNN is looking for "36 Under 36"

    One of CNN's evening shows is planning to profile young achievers in a variety of fields and has asked WITI to suggest women in the tech industry as possible interviewees. Are you making a difference in your field? If you are 35 or younger, CNN may be interested in speaking with you. Please contact Marsha Walton with your name, a brief bio, and your contact info before April 30th! Let her know WITI sent you!

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    orange arrow  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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    orange arrow  Company Spotlight

    Avanade 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.

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    Business Systems Consultant
    Baxter Credit Union (BCU), with over $900 million in assets and 100,000 members strong seeks a talented professional who will be accountable for the quality and delivery of business systems commitments on schedule, within prescribed resource limits, and in accordance with client requirements and departmental standards. Manage proposal, project, and overall support activities of projects within area of responsibility, while assuring the integrity of design. Provide leadership by assisting clients in identifying and responding to opportunities for cost-effective automation.

    For more information

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    Midsize Enterprise Summit
    Feb 8-Sep 22 2004
    Multiple Cities and Dates,
    Risk Analysis Group presents Corporate Travel Safety Webinar
    Apr 27 2004
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    May 3-5 2004
    Washington, District of Columbia
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    May 17 2004
    Los Angeles, California
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    May 18 2004
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    May 26 2004
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    Jun 8 2004
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    Las Vegas, Nevada
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