The WITI Strategist
Jan. 18, 2005

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2005 Conference Series:
WITI's 2005 National Conference
Los Angeles, CA
May 5 & 6, 2005

WITI Hall of Fame 10th Anniversary
New York, NY
September 17, 2005

Taking the Lead
Silicon Valley
December 8 & 9, 2005

In This Issue:

WITI Health

Women On The Move

WITI Marketplace Featured Business

Partner Events & Announcments

WITI Works

Not Yet a WITI Member?

Network Meetings


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orange arrow  Bored Meetings
By Margaret Heffernan

Margaret Heffernan I sat in a board meeting the other day, fuming. Around the table was gathered a lot of expertise, experience and good business sense. We were discussing how to think about and plan for the business's future. The past year had been excellent (the best to date) but there were enough warning signs to provoke us all into asking hard questions about the future.

But of course, few people truly enjoy hard questions.

So we got distracted...

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orange arrow  WITI Talk TeleClasses: Transforming your Future!
Have you checked out WITI's TeleClasses lately? Participants say, "Thanks for doing the teleclasses!� I think it's terrific and the instructor, Kathy Hill, has an insightful, accepting, and calming style that I find extremely helpful."

WITI Members: Visit the Members' Area for promo codes to receive an additional $25 off this TeleClass! Register now!

orange arrow  Resolving to Create a Healthier You
By Mellanie Hills

Mellanie True Hills Do you make New Year's resolutions? Have you stuck to them? Maybe, or maybe not.

Resolutions are often weak and ineffective -- more like wish lists than concrete plans for permanent change. Do you say "I will lose weight," and then expect it just to happen? When it doesn't, are you disappointed and think that resolutions just don't work? That's why resolutions get such a bad rap.

You can succeed at making permanent changes. Here are some simple steps that do work. They may seem overly simple to you, but it's that simplicity that makes them work.


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Don't Miss WITI's 2005 National Conference!
This conference is shaping up to be our best conference ever! Highlights include:
  • Margaret Heffernan, author of The Naked Truth: A Working Woman's Manifesto on Business and What Really Matters;
  • Marcia Wieder, author of Making Your Dreams Come True;
  • Barbara Annis, author of Same Words, Different Language;
  • Robin Raskin, the tech-tool guru, appearing at the WITI Expo with the latest tools and technologies for women
Keep an eye on www.witi.com for more information! WITI's 2005 National Conference is coming to Los Angeles May 5 & 6, 2005! Register Today!
orange arrow  WITI Success Story: Randy Parsons & RLP and Associates
By Loren Bonner

Randy Parsons, a WITI participant since its inception, can vouch for what WITI stands for: building, empowering and inspiring women in business and technology. For both Randy and her company, RLP and Associates, WITI has been the key to success.

The real story revolves around Randy's encounter with a WITI member a few months ago, a coach who has helped Randy to refocus her company and achieve her business dream.
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Announcing the WITI DreamCircle!
... a unique community where you can dream big, take risks, overcome obstacles, find resources and achieve success!

Join the WITI Dream Circle! Register now and receive:

  • Monthly, real-time phone coaching with America's Dream Coach®, Marcia Wieder
  • Weekly, real-time phone calls with Certified Dream Coaches
  • Weekly Dream Talks with celebrities, authors, and renowned business experts
  • Access to Active Dream Message Boards
  • 24-hour access to our online virtual community of dreamers
  • Discounts on inspiring resources & events
All this is available to WITI members for just $149.00/year. (That's less than $13/month!) Not a WITI member? You can still join the WITI Dream Circle and WITI at the same time and get $50 off your WITI membership. Register today!

Don't wait! Invest in yourself. Invest in your dreams!

orange arrow  Women on the Move

Tisa Jackson Tisa Jackson Promoted to Vice President, Diversity Services Group for Countrywide Financial

Tisa Jackson has been promoted to Vice President, Diversity Services Group, for Countrywide Financial, where she has been a leader in creating the Workforce & Supplier Diversity functions. Her responsibilities include leading a team in the development of strategies and initiatives, providing consultation, design, creation and implementation of programs and processes which allow the company to develop and maintain a diverse best-of-class workforce.

A business professional with over nine years experience in diverse areas of management and development, Tisa has conceptualized and strategically implemented programs and processes in partnership with employees and management at all levels, as well as, educational, community and government leaders. Her leadership and vision has been evident throughout her career, as demonstrated through her most recent venture: the founding of the Professional & Technical Diversity Network (PTDN) of Greater Los Angeles in July of 2003.

Do you have an announcement or promotion you'd like to share? Use the form in the Member's Area to send us your news to appear in the Strategist and also on our website. If you prefer, you can also email the editor.

WITI Corporate Champion Award -- Nominate The Company That Made It Happen For You!
Here is a great opportunity to recognize the company that really made a difference in your career, profession or business - your Corporate Champion!

Please email your nomination to [email protected] before March 15, 2005. A nomination should include the following information:

  • What challenge did you face that your corporate champion helped you resolve?
  • What is the nature of your relationship with the company you are nominating? When did you join them, how long you were there, etc.. Were you an employee, vendor, or consultant?
  • How did this company make a difference for you? What outcome do you believe occurred which would not have occurred without your champion's support?
  • What other contributions has your corporate champion made to other women? (optional)
  • Any additional information which should be considered in selecting your nominee (optional).
Please nominate only companies with 300+ employees and limit your entire nomination response to no more than 1,000 words. Don't forget to include the contact information of the person you recommend accept the award should your nomination win (name, title, company, email, and phone). We will announce the winners at WITI's 2005 National Conference.

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orange arrow WITI Marketplace
What an immediate impact we could make if each of us decided to spend our business and consumer dollars on women-owned businesses - to find a coach, consultant, software vendor, dentist, conference-call vendor, phone service, computer and so on from a woman! This is what the WITI Marketplace is all about. There are over 100 businesses in the Marketplace so you don't have to search far to find the products and services you need! Search the Marketplace today!

WITI Marketplace Featured Business Featured Business: The Vanella Group

The Vanella Group provides Lead Generation and other Telemarketing services for Enterprise Technology companies and Technology related Services firms. We work with companies all over the U.S. as well as cover all North American territories and time zones. We have a very successful methodology of talking with executives and prospecting on your behalf in your target accounts.

We will identify:

  • Real Selling Opportunities.
  • Who the Key Influencers are.
  • Budget Information.
  • Competitors already in the deal.
  • Timing.
  • Qualifying criteria specific to your product.Establish a formal next step with the account for your team to engage.
We guarantee results with fixed service levels on all projects.

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  Partner Events & Announcements

Represent Women in Key Research Survey (& get survey finding at no cost)
Since 1993, ExecuNet has conducted the industry's leading national survey of executives and executive search professionals on the subject of the senior-level job market. The results of this annual survey are covered widely in the press for insights into the challenges and opportunities facing candidates in today's job market. However, in the past, women have often been undercounted in these surveys. This has can have a negative effect on women. Your participation in this survey will help insure women's voice in this important research.

Would you please take a few minutes to complete the 2005 Executive Job Market Survey? (Your response will be totally anonymous.) And, if you give ExecuNet your contact information after completing the survey, ExecuNet will send you a complimentary copy of the report, packed with detail you can use to advance your own career and to mentor others.

Live Webinar: ebizQ's VP Beth Gold-Bernstein Fields Your Integration Questions
What are the advantages of managing custom in-house integration initiatives vs. just buying an off-the-shelf solutions? What are the effects on existing data assets and employee skill sets in each case? ebizQ Vice President Beth Gold will detail the pros, cons and costs of the many different approaches to major integration projects while taking your live questions throughout this live Webinar on January 26, 2005 at 12:00pm EDT. It's information and interaction at its best! Register today: http://www.ebizq.net/to/witijan.

LinuxWorld LinuxWorld Conference & Expo
Linuxworld Conference & Expo is the world's leading and most comprehensive event focusing on Linux and Open Source solutions. And it's coming to Boston February 14 - 17, 2005! Come hear directly from industry leaders how companies across the globe have achieved higher profits and increased their productivity by utilizing Linux - the fastest-growing operating system in the world. For more information please visit www.linuxworldexpo.com. WITI Members: Visit the Members' Area for discount information.

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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!

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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WITI Hall of Fame awardThe WITI Hall of Fame was established in 1996 by WITI to recognize, honor, and promote the outstanding contribution women make to the scientific and technological communities that improve and evolve our society. Join us in New York City in 2005 for the Tenth Anniversary Celebrations.

If you would like to make a nomination for the 2005 WITI Hall of Fame, please download the 2005 nomination form. The nomination deadline is February 1, 2005.

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orange arrow  Company Spotlight

Compuware Compuware Corporation, a multi-billion dollar company, provides business value through software and professional services that optimize productivity and reduce costs across the application life cycle. Meeting the rapidly changing needs of businesses of all sizes, Compuware's market-leading solutions improve the quality, ease the integration and enhance the performance of distributed, e-business and enterprise software. For more information about Compuware, please contact the corporate offices at 800-521-9353.

Search for Compuware jobs on WITI4Hire.

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Information Technology Operations Engineer -- Zone Trading Partners
Are you looking for an exciting career? Would you like to be part of a challenging, entrepreneurial, and creative organization? If you are looking to work in a productive and fun environment, then Zone Trading just might be the place for you. Zone Trading is looking for people who are creative, dedicated and motivated to succeed. Zone Trading seeks outstanding candidates to join an elite team that is shaping the future of the Trading industry! A hands-on, team-based organization, Zone encourages individual leadership and ownership. At Zone Trading, all team members have wide exposure across the organization and are encouraged to offer new ideas for innovative solutions to lead the industry.

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orange arrow  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!

orange arrow Upcoming Network Events:

January 26 - San Diego
Speaker Series: "Pursuit of Passionate Purpose: Success Strategies for a Rewarding Personal and Business Life"
January 27 - Portland
"Driving Your Own Career" -- Professional Development Seminar Series from WITI Portland
January 31 - Philadelphia
Financing your Future: Wealth Management and Small Business Financing
February 2 - Houston
Career Strategies and Job Search Workshop
February 9 - Denver
February 9 - San Diego
Doing Business With the Government
February 10 - Portland
Graceful Leadership Workshop featuring Regina Perata (presenter)
February 16 - San Diego
Speaker Series: "The Long Term Entrepreneur: Paradox or Paradise?"
February 16 - Boston
Business Innovation for Sustainable Growth
February 19 - Atlanta
Whats New for 2005 - Technology and Opportunities
February 22 - South Florida
Save the Date! Start the Year Right with WITI!
March 2 - Houston
Opening Windows in the Glass Ceiling: 6 Key Practices of Successful Women Leaders
March 3 - Los Angeles
Women's Leadership Initiatives - Strategies for Personal Growth, and the Importance of Mentoring
March 8 - Portland
Network Event featuring Caroline Weitzer (presenter)
March 16 - San Diego
Speaker Series: "How to Consult and Make Money at It!"
April 21 - Atlanta
WITI Mentoring - Making the Connection
April 28 - Philadelphia
Women and the Modern Business World - An Evening with Margaret Heffernan and Friends
June 1 - Houston
Nanotechnology and Women's Health Studies

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

orange arrow  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!

Los Angeles County Technology Week
Jan 24 2005-Jan 28 2005
Los Angeles County, California
Gartner Business Intelligence Summitt
Jan 31 2005-Feb 1 2005
London, Outside US/Canada
Gartner CIO Academy
Feb 1 2005-Feb 4 2005
Tarrytown, New York
LinuxWorld Conference & Expo
Feb 14 2005-Feb 17 2005
Boston, Massachusetts
Women For Hire Career Expo
Feb 23 2005
New York, New York
Gartner Customer Relationship Management Summit 2005
Mar 3 2005-Mar 4 2005
London, Outside US/Canada
Gartner Business Intelligence Summit 2005
Mar 7 2005-Mar 9 2005
Chicago, Illinois
Women For Hire Career Expo
Mar 8 2005
Chicago, Illinois
Women For Hire Career Expo
Mar 22 2005
Dallas, Texas
Women For Hire Career Expo
Mar 24 2005
Houston, Texas
Women For Hire Career Expo
Mar 30 2005
Arlington, Virginia
Gartner Outsourcing Summit 2005
Apr 4 2005-Apr 6 2005
Los Angeles, California

For more information and discounts

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