The WITI Strategist
October 13, 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.

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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

Not Yet a WITI Member?

Network Meetings


TKL Interactive

Human Capital Institute

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orange arrow  Transforming Technology: A Leading Role for Women
By Patricia Shafer

Patricia Shafer Nearly every day, we receive messages in organizations and our personal lives that the world is chaotic and separated by nationality and culture. Yet, in an ambitious worldwide 2004-05 research initiative called "The World at Work," my colleague Dr. Barbara Trautlein and I found the opposite. We discovered more similarity than difference across geography, industry and gender based on interviews with multinational managers on five continents and spanning the organizational Value Chain.

We also reached a key conclusion about "technology" in organizations: It's time to rethink technology's role, boldly asking: "Does technology have a new role to play in a critical 21st century challenge - building connections, collaboration and consensus in ways that it hasn't before?" Moreover, should women managers take the lead, spurring dialogues that would make this possible?
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Don't miss Patricia's workshop at WITI's Silicon Valley conference, December 8 & 9! For details...

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  How to "Get A Life"
By Jane Herman

Jane Herman Most of us have to work to earn a living, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. But what can become tiresome, distressing, and even unhealthful is when we don't feel that we can ever "disengage from work" - when life begins to feel like one big long work day and we have no time or energy left for personal activities, personal relationships, or for ourselves. One of my clients summed it up this way: "I don't mind spending time at work. What I mind is spending my 'play' time thinking about work. Because I can't ever disengage from work, I feel like I can't get engaged in my own personal life. I really need to get a life."

Here are some thoughts on what might be keeping you trapped in "work mode" and how to "get a life." Continued ...

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Silent Auction at WITI's Silicon Valley Conference to benefit United Cerebral Palsy and The WITI Foundation

United Cerebral Palsy This year's conference will feature a silent auction to benefit United Cerebral Palsy and The WITI Foundation. Donating items is a great way to advertise products and services to conference attendees while receiving a tax deduction for the fair market value of your donation. If you have a product or service which you would like to donate for this year's auction, please contact Sara Newell at United Cerebral Palsy (818) 782-2211, ext. 540 or [email protected].

United Cerebral Palsy is the leading organization devoted to helping adults and children with developmental disabilities maximize their potential and lead full and dignified lives.

orange arrow  Rueful Lessons from Katrina and Rita
By Tricia Morley

Tricia Morley Among the many emotions I felt during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita was the fervent hope that municipal and government entities, companies and organizations had well-constructed crisis response plans. I've participated in such planning in several companies and have identified several "headscratchers" related to communications that really amazed me - things that people take for granted and can have serious consequences - such as reliance on...
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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

Froghop WITI Member Vicky Wu profiled in Red Herring

WITI Member Vicky Wu was recently profiled in Red Herring's "20 under 35".

She's only 32, but Vicky Wu will tell you that she has "been around the block" since she started working in technology at age 16 as an intern for Lockheed. The CEO of mobile game company Froghop has built her company from the ground up - twice.

After leaving her job at Nextel Communications in 2000, Ms. Wu was inspired by her video gaming friends to develop technology that would allow people to access virtual video game worlds via mobile phones.

Capitalizing on the 20 to 40 hours a week that hard-core gamers spend inside virtual worlds in massive multi-player games (MMPGs), Ms. Wu's creation seemed to be a sure hit. But her timing couldn't have been worse: in 2000, she founded Froghop in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Read the rest of the article at www.redherring.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

WITI Marketplace Featured Business Featured Business: Transformation by Design

Lynn Matlock Hicks, Principal of Transformation by Design, draws upon her prior 18-year corporate background to help women crack the code of the unwritten rules for career success. Lynn is a Certified Professional Coach and she can help you:

  • Identify your winning formula
  • Sell yourself without bragging
  • Design a leadership development strategy that sets you up for success, and
  • Create strategies for building effective business relationships so that you get noticed and promoted
The business world is still based on the rules of team sports. Knowing and understanding how to navigate within this system is critical to your success. There is a way to do this by understanding the dynamics of male and female cultures, identifying the rules of the game of business, and honoring your talents as a woman in the process.

For a free Leadership Self-Assessment, visit her website at http://www.transformbydesign.com.

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

Women's Game Conference (WGC) Women's Game Conference (WGC)
The second annual Women's Game Conference (WGC) is less than 1 month away, taking place October 26-27, 2005 in Austin, Texas. WGC focuses on women in the computer and video game industry and highlights the importance of women as consumers of games, draws attention to the contributions women bring to the game industry workforce, and creates an environment conducive to networking. Kris Soumas, Vice President of Interactive for Lifetime Entertainment Services will deliver the keynote address at WGC. More information is available at http://www.womensgameconference.com. WITI Members: Visit the discounts page in the Members Area for the promo code worth a 10% discount.

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 for best pricing.

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orange arrow  WITI Works

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 Upcoming Network Events:

"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

October 17 - Research Triangle Park
Revitalization of RTP WITI Network
October 18 - Boston
Leading in Male-dominated Environments -- Sponsored By: Mont Blanc Boutique
October 27 - Los Angeles
Business Alignment Strategy Workshop
October 27 - Atlanta
November 1 - Silicon Valley
WITI Networking - with special Guest, Karenann Terrell
November 2 - Houston
Executive Panel: Women Changing the Game Board
November 10 - Portland
Five Key Things That Led to Success
November 14 - Boston
BioTech-BioScience: What's the Future for Women -- Sponsored By: Silicon Valley Bank
November 15 - San Diego
IP and Trademark Laws: What's New, What's Changing, and How to Use Effectively
November 16 - Boston
The Power of Differences: A New Gender & Diversity Communications Workshop for Women and Men
November 16 - Los Angeles
"The Art of Negotiation"
December 1 - San Diego
WITI's Holiday Fest at Region Restaurant
December 6 - Boston
6 Degrees of Separation: Online & Offline Networking & Holiday Party -- Sponsored By: MONSTER
December 7 - Atlanta
WITI Sponsor Appreciation Breakfast

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!

Cash Conservation During Times of Growth
Oct 13 2005
Santa Monica, California
Digital Life
Oct 14 2005-Oct 16 2005
New York, New York
WTC presents: Development Strategy
Oct 14 2005
San Francisco, California
NAWBO-OC's 10th Annual Remarkable Women Awards Luncheon
Oct 14 2005
Irvine, California
Health magazine's Race for Women 5k Race and Yoga Festival
Oct 15 2005
Brentwood, California
Business Networking Clinic
Oct 15 2005
San Jose, California
Develop and Market Better Products Faster
Oct 18 2005-Oct 19 2005
Los Angeles, California
Women For Hire Career Expo
Oct 18 2005
New York, New York
Software Council of Southern California: Software Pricing and Licensing
Oct 20 2005
Costa Mesa, California
WTC presents: Positioning Science in a Commercial Market
Oct 21 2005
San Francisco, California
PDMA 2005: Innovation in Global Product Development
Oct 22 2005-Oct 26 2005
San Diego, California
Women's Game Conference
Oct 26 2005-Oct 27 2005
Austin, Texas
Serious Games Summit
Oct 31 2005-Nov 1 2005
Arlington, Virginia
2005 WTC Entrepreneur Venture Conference
Nov 1 2005
Silicon Valley, California
Open Source Business Conference East
Nov 1 2005-Nov 2 2005
Boston, Massachusetts
Women's Global Leadership Conference in Energy and Technology
Nov 3 2005
Houston, Texas
Employee ROI Exec. Symposium for Women Business Leaders
Nov 4 2005
Washington, District of Columbia
Women in Leadership Summit
Nov 6 2005-Nov 9 2005
San Francisco, California
Meet the Angels
Nov 17 2005
San Diego, California
Employee ROI Exec. Symposium for Women Business Leaders
Nov 26 2005
Chicago, Illinois
WorkIt.com's Silicon Valley Mixer
Nov 30 2005
Mountain View, California
Employee ROI Exec. Symposium for Women Business Leaders
Jan 26 2006
New York, New York
WTC presents: Laying the Groundwork for Stem Cell Commercialization
Feb 7 2006
San Francisco, California

For more information and discounts

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