The WITI Strategist
July 6, 2004

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orange arrow  Creative Work / Creative Workers
By David Creelman

The Rise of the Creative Class One of the most interesting recent books for businesswomen is Richard Florida's The Rise of the Creative Class. It proposes a parallel change currently underway in the economy and in society. In the economy, value is produced by creative work, not just the efficient production of goods or delivery of services. In society, a new creative class is evolving and making its power felt. The creative class has different tastes, ambitions and values from the white-collar middle class from which it has emerged.

This has implications for us, as managers, in two areas. One is in how we attract and retain talent. Members of the creative class - whether they be graphic artists or accountants - want to be treated as individuals. They want to be valued for who they are. They want to make a contribution. The deal you need to offer them is not, "I'll give you a good salary and opportunities for promotion" but "I'll give you an environment that is supportive of who you want to be." Continued ...

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orange arrow How do you relate to technology?

The next WITI FastTrack, titled "W Technology - How are women using technology? What works? What doesn't?", will available in September. What do you think? Have you found that certain technologies work better (or worse) for women? Is this a gender issue? What could companies do to make their technology products more appealing to women? Is it the sales process that turns women away or is it something else? Please share your thoughts on our discussion board.

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orange arrow  Are You Really Listening? ... some tips for becoming a better listener
By Jane Herman

Jane Herman "Uh huh. Yeah. I hear you!" We use these expressions all the time when others are talking to us to let them know we are listening. But are we truly paying attention? Are we really "getting" the person who is speaking? Are we listening for who they are and how they feel as well as what they are saying? Are we listening for what is not said as well as what is?

Don't underestimate the gift you give someone when you give him or her your focused attention. We all need to be "heard" and to be "gotten". For true communication to occur it requires more than just two or more people talking (i.e., self expression) - it requires mutual listening, hearing, and understanding. You can learn to communicate on a deeper level if you master the key skill of listening fully and you can learn how to help others fully listen to you.
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orange arrow  Is Low-Carb Dead?
By Mellanie Hills

Mellanie True Hills From what I've heard and read from some of the media, I thought we were all on low-carb diets. Except for me, that is. That doesn't appear to be the case.

Though I know many people doing the low-carb regimen, a recent survey that I conducted provided some surprising results. While I fully expected the largest percentage of dieters to be on low carb, that wasn't the case at all.

The survey was unscientific, and the sample size was small, but it does indicate a potential trend. I surveyed readers of my Healthy Living News e-zine as well as those on an all-female distribution list I maintain. I also factored in responses to my questions posed on the WITI discussion forum. Therefore, a high percentage of the responses came from women.

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orange arrow  Women on the Move

Rayona Sharpnack Rayona Sharpnack appointed to Women's Leadership Board at the Kennedy School at Harvard

WITI congratulates Rayona Sharpnack, founder of the Institute for Women's Leadership and one of WITI's founding members, on her recent appointment to the Women's Leadership Board at the Kennedy School at Harvard University. The Women's Leadership Board consists of more than 80 outstanding women from around the world who are leaders in their work and in their communities. The Board advises the Dean of the Kennedy School on teaching, research and outreach programs relating to women, advocates for the advancement of women worldwide, and mentors Kennedy School women students who will be among the next generation of world leaders. It's goal is to increase the skills, knowledge, strength, and access of women to positions of leadership in order to ensure their equitable participation in the complex global decision making of our times.

Women's historic absence from seats of power has permitted many policy areas critical to women - from birth control and childcare to inheritance rights and access to HIV/AIDS drugs - to be ignored or to become side issues because women have not had an equal voice in establishing priorities and policy. The Board's ultimate success may well be to eliminate the need for its existence as women attain unquestioned access to varied decision-making tables. The Board's short-term progress is chronicled by increases in the number of female leaders as well as its visibility associated with policy issues that advance the participation of women.

Our congratulations to Rayona on this acheivement!

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orange arrow WITI Marketplace
Featured Business: Paws 4 Art
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We are a graphic and fine arts production company specializing in printed materials, logo/identity & stationery projects, photography, custom cards/announcements for business and personal celebrations. We also create custom hand-bound books & albums for one-of-a-kind projects or multiple books for any subject.

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 Interviewees Needed!

Tammie Page is working on a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership at the University of Phoenix. She is conducting a research study entitled "A phenomenological study of female executives in information technology companies in the Washington, DC metropolitan area". The purpose of the research study is to identify skill sets, coping mechanisms, and strategies used by executive-level women to sustain their positions for 3-5 years within information technology companies located in the Washington, DC area. Results of this study may increase awareness of the under-representation of women among information technology executives and help executive level women sustain their positions. Participation would include a 1 hour one-on-one audio recorded interview.

If you can assist Tammie, please contact her at [email protected].

orange arrow Congratulations to the 2004 WITI Hall of Fame Inductees!
WITI congratulates Dr. Mary-Dell Chilton, Ph.D., Dr. E. Gail de Planque, Ph.D., Dr. Pat Selinger, Judy Shaw, and Dr. Susan Solomon on their recent induction into the WITI Hall of Fame! The WITI Hall of Fame was established in 1996 to recognize, honor, and promote the outstanding contributions women make to the scientific and technological communities that improve and evolve our society. For more information on all five inductees, visit The WITI Hall of Fame.

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CEOnetworking Bounce ideas monthly off of 6-10 peer-based CEOs. CEOnetworking is a Membership Organization for CEOs providing an efficient way to create a peer-based advisory board that does not have a vested interest in the company. All executives need to vent frustrations or brainstorm ideas in a neutral environment that does not exist within their company. Come to one of our meetings to experience it for yourself. To register or for more info visit http://ceonetworking.com/td2/ or call Mitchell Levy at 408-257-3000.

We have a number of groups that are tailored to bringing certain peers in a room together. Come join one of our existing groups or talk with us about creating a new group.

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orange arrow  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 Teleclasses, led by Barbara Annis exclusively for WITI GEN members, will begin this September. 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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- 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

Sony Headquartered just outside of Los Angeles in Culver City, CA, Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a worldwide leader in creativity and innovation. Our global operations encompass motion picture and television production and distribution, VHS acquisition and distribution, the operation of studio facilities and the development of new entertainment products and services for broadband distribution.

SPE has developed a performance-driven, team-oriented corporate culture to support its growth initiatives. In addition, we have established strong links throughout the Sony family of companies to capitalize on Sony's global resources and technologies.

Search for Sony Pictures Entertainment jobs on WITI4Hire.

orange arrow  Job Spotlight

Web Coordinator, Georgia State University
Responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining the divisional website. The Web Coordinator will also coordinate with the University's Web Designer, the Information Systems & Technology Departments as well as with Division departments to ensure consistent use of web standards.

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Aw, What the Heck ... Do It Anyhow! Taking Risks Without REGRET
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Where Do We Go From Here? Securing A Future For Our Girls
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How to make most of a networking event
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Successful Women Entrepreneurs
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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!

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Sep 22-23 2004
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Oct 24-28 2004
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Las Vegas, Nevada

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