The WITI Strategist
August 30, 2005

Founded in 1989, WITI is the leading trade association for professional tech-savvy women worldwide and is committed to providing every tool, resource, and connection you need to thrive and succeed in your business, profession, and career.

This issue sponsored by:

Serious Games Summit

2005 Conference Series:
Taking the Lead
Silicon Valley
December 8 & 9, 2005

WITI Hall of Fame 10th Anniversary
Silicon Valley
December 8, 2005

In This Issue:

Women On The Move

WITI Marketplace Featured Business

Partner Events & Announcments

WITI Works

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Network Meetings


Human Capital Institute

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orange arrow  The Power of the Human Touch
By Diane Krakora, President & CEO of Amazon Consulting, LLC.

Diane Krakora I had a rough wake-up call last month. As the principal of a small consulting firm, it's the worst kind of wake up call - one that hits your bank account. I must admit, I now see we got complacent during the five years of boom economy. Dare I even say we got lazy, which seems obviously wrong in our current economy? We were relying on the impersonal but effective and efficient means of email and voicemail to manage our client relationships. We became slaves to convenience and electronic means of interaction, instead of taking the time and flights to see our clients face to face.
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WITI's 2005 Silicon Valley Conference Save the Date for WITI's 2005 Silicon Valley Conference!

Plan now to attend WITI's 2005 Silicon Valley Conference, December 8th & 9th at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, California! This event will feature the 10th Anniversary Gala for the WITI Hall of Fame. For more information, please visit www.witi.com/sv/.

For sponsorship and exhibiting information, please contact the WITI office at (800) 334-9484 or (818) 788-9484.

orange arrow  Seven Deadly Myths Of Job References
By Heidi M. Allison-Shane

Heidi M. Allison-Shane Thinking about your prospects for landing that new job? You should think first about what your former boss and other references will say about you. There is no doubt, for many job searchers, a person's past will have a direct bearing on his or her future. No matter what the nature of the job or pay scale, you should take your references very seriously. They can make or break a hiring decision.

It is time to dispel a number of myths about job references...

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orange arrow  WITI Talk TeleClasses:
Are you ready to transform your life and/or your career, but need help figuring out "what next?" Do you know that there must be "more to life," but you aren't sure how to go about finding it? Do you want to join the journey to financial success by making a commitment to uncover and eliminate unconscious barriers to your success? If you answered YES to any of these questions, please join us for a WITITalk Teleclass. Participants in these teleclasses have made major changes in their lives, after just the first class!

orange arrow  Should CEOs Blog?
By Tricia Morley

Tricia Morley Everyone is talking about blogging these days and many businesses are evaluating its potential and merits for executive communications. Should a CEO blog? Yes, if it will address a specific business need, has a clear focus and target audience. No, if it is created for an imprecise purpose, such as helping employees "get acquainted" with their CEO.

If you are a CEO wondering whether you should launch a blog, or an IT or communications professional asked for advice, you should consider the following...
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Tricia, as a WITI Member, submitted this article to WITI for publication. Do you have expertise to share? WITI gladly accepts submissions for publication! For more information or to make a submission, please visit the Members' Area.

orange arrow  Volunteer Opportunities at WITI@
WITI needs volunteers to support WITI at industry and partner events (see the list of events). You'll have access to the event, of course, as well as the opportunity to meet industry leaders and get exposure for yourself and your company. For more details or to participate, please contact David Leighton.

orange arrow  Women on the Move

Leaps of Thought Leaps of Thought launches new workshop for managers

Franchee Harmon, Managing Director of Leaps of Thought, announces the launching of "If I Am So Successful Why Am I So Unhappy." This interactive workshop for managers focuses managers' talents and helps them develop strategies to broaden their use within their organizations. During this one-day session, they will:

  • Better understand their talents and how they are currently being limited within their organization;
  • Identify which talents can help them be more effective in their job; and
  • Develop an action plan for leveraging their talents to be both successful and happy.
For more information, please visit www.leapsofthought.com.

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.

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: COMADRONA Communications, Inc.

COMADRONA Communications, Inc. is a change communication company that helps convert companies into learning organizations. We are the original developers of The DNA of Change(TM) resources, including DOC Organizational Learning Series (TM). We focus on organizational learning around technology, change and culture. We build the collaborative communication capacities that organizations need to navigate change.

COMADRONA delivers change communication products and services that translate the promise of organizational objectives into the execution that will deliver on those promises. Our services help activate human networks, to ensure that technology networks pay dividends. Services include change management, organizational learning and development, and communication project management.

COMADRONA Communications Inc., brings classically trained, socially informed, technologically fluent communicators to organizations that want to learn how to activate their communication networks - to realize their tactical and strategic objectives.

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

Serious Games Summit 2005 Serious Games Summit D.C.
Interactive Solutions for Shared Challenges

Join the leaders and experts shaping the emerging field of non-entertainment games at the Serious Games Summit D.C., October 31-November 1, 2005. See how learning theory and game technology come together to create interactive solutions for shared challenges. Visit seriousgamessummit.com for information, and to register! Register with Priority Code TEENXX before 9/21/05 for best pricing.

Oracle Open World Get into the Action at Oracle OpenWorld
Oracle cordially invites you to attend Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle's premier global business and technology conference. OpenWorld is dedicated to providing a complete picture of Oracle's products and technologies, and now that Oracle OpenWorld and PeopleSoft Connect have merged into a single event, Oracle OpenWorld 2005 will offer more than ever before. Oracle has reserved a limited number of Exhibition Hall Plus Passes that include an added bonus - access to one FREE conference session: http://www.oracle.com/go/?&Src=3674892&Act=414. We hope you will take advantage of this very special offer, which is not available to the general public.

ICCM Contact center performance has historically focused on cost reduction activities based on agent productivity statistics such as First-Call Resolution, Average Handling Time, Speed of Answer and Cost per Call. While those metrics continue to be critical indicators of individual and center-wide performance, a new and more robust breed of performance-enhancing tools and concepts is rapidly emerging... To help you learn what these advancements mean to your operation, ICCM has brought together experts in the field of contact center and CRM topics along with the last technology providers.

WITI Members: See the Discounts page in the Members Area for a free Guest Pass.

Bernard Hodes Global Network Launches Worldwide Employer Branding Survey
Bernard Hodes Global Network, a centralized worldwide Network providing integrated talent solutions to companies on five continents, has just launched a survey on employer branding across all of its global markets. The survey, offered in four languages, will gather data over the next quarter in an effort to define the language, tactics, and employer branding best practices among HR leaders worldwide. The first phase of this study is currently underway, and senior-level HR professionals are encouraged to complete an online survey. More Information >

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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!

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. Mark your calender to join us in Silicon Valley in December for the Tenth Anniversary Celebrations.

If you would like to make a nomination for the 2006 WITI Hall of Fame, please download the 2006 nomination form. The nomination deadline is February 1, 2006.

WITI FastTrack WITI FASTTRACK features in-depth content on the issues facing today's most talented and influential women professionals in technology. It is the only regularly scheduled supplement targeting women in Information Technology. In partnership with CMP Media, FASTTRACK will be published two more times in 2005, appearing within the pages of InformationWeek magazine. InformationWeek is the leading IT publication in the industry, reaching 440,000+ qualified IT professionals on a weekly basis for the past 25 years. FASTTRACK will also be distributed to all attendees of WITI's annual conference, the WITI Hall of Fame event, as well as to WITI members attending hundreds of regional meetings per year.

For more information regarding advertising opportunities in WITI FASTTRACK, please contact Cindy Zauss at [email protected].

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orange arrow  Company Spotlight

Global leadership. World's largest online community. Security and safety online. This is just the beginning of what we've accomplished at AOL over the last two decades. Now we're preparing for our next 20 years. Join AOL and transform your potential into progression.

  • Push the Internet to the next level for millions of members.
  • Drive the content our members crave.
  • Accelerate the future of Internet security and safety.
  • Be first to the next communications breakthrough.

Search for AOL jobs on WITI4Hire.

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HR Program Manager -- Toyota Financial Services
Welcome to excitement and opportunity. Welcome to Toyota Financial Services (TFS). If you're a motivated individual, then TFS is the destination you've been looking for. As HR Program Manager, you will make your mark by:

  • Supporting organizational and HR strategic projects through oversight of the HR Project Management function
  • Setting the strategic direction and vision of the HR Project Management function to ensure proactive support of the business partners, executive management and the HR function
  • Acting as a resource for solving both systems and operational issues as they relate to HR. Identifying root causes for such issues and defining appropriate solutions to address them

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"At a recent WITI Boston event, I met a former client from 10 years ago when I worked for another company. We sat together at the meeting and got re-acquainted. Since then, my former client has introduced me to several IT executives at their firm to generate interest in our services, which may lead to new business. This demonstrates that networking and participating in WITI events can have very positive results...both professionally and personally."
-- Steffani Lomax, Vice President and Co-founder, Software Success Partners

September 7 - Houston
Creating a Passionate Work Environment by Maria Fee
September 8 - Portland
How To Network
September 15 - San Diego
Branding For Success: Effective Strategies to Accelerate Growth
September 19 - Boston
Women: What They Love and Hate About Tech Tools
September 22 - Orange County
Catching the Dollar: Maximizing Your ROI
October 4 - San Diego
Speaker Series Workshop: "Creative Strategic Planning: Planning Instead of Reacting"
October 6 - Portland
Technology in Entertainment
October 11 - Orange County
Outsourcing Panel: The Various Angles of Outsourcing
October 18 - Boston
Leading in Male-dominated Environments
October 21 - San Diego
Fall Mixer: Joint Event with NSHMBA
November 2 - Houston
Executive Panel: Women Changing the Game Board
November 10 - Portland
Five Key Things That Led to Success

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!

SVASE and PWC present the SVASE Main Event for Q3, 2005 - Money Tree: Venture Capital Trends: The Second Definitive Mid Year Update
Sep 8 2005
Santa Clara, California
Gartner IT Security Summit
Sep 14 2005-Sep 15 2005
London, Outside US/Canada
Forbes CIO Forum - West
Sep 14 2005-Sep 15 2005
San Francisco, California
Oracle Open World
Sep 17 2005-Sep 22 2005
San Francisco, California
IDC-Kahn Compliance in Information Management Forum East
Sep 19 2005-Sep 20 2005
New York, New York
IDC Security Forum East
Sep 19 2005
New York, New York
IDC Mobile Enterprise Forum
Sep 21 2005
New York, New York
IDC Finance Performance Management Forum
Sep 22 2005
New York, New York
TechLearn: Driving Business Execution Through Learning
Sep 25 2005-Sep 28 2005
Las Vegas, Nevada
Sep 25 2005-Sep 28 2005
Las Vegas, Nevada
Frontline Expo: Transforming IDentification into Business Benefit
Sep 27 2005-Sep 29 2005
Chicago, Illinois
WIPP Leadership and Legacy Summit
Sep 28 2005-Sep 30 2005
Washington, District of Columbia
Digital Life
Oct 14 2005-Oct 16 2005
New York, New York
Develop and Market Better Products Faster
Oct 18 2005-Oct 19 2005
Los Angeles, California
Serious Games Summit
Oct 31 2005-Nov 1 2005
Arlington, Virginia

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