The WITI Strategist
November 8, 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.

2005 Conference Series:
Taking the Lead
Silicon Valley
December 8 & 9, 2005
San Diego
February 13 & 14, 2006

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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Let Your Voice Be Heard - Shopping for Technology Products

WITI and IDC invite you to participate in an important research study about purchasing technology products. This research will help technology vendors to develop, market, and sell technology products more effectively to you. The study will examine which technologies women are buying this holiday season and who they are buying them for. We want to hear about your shopping experience for technology products this holiday season!

To take this 15 minute survey, please visit http://www.witi.com/surveys/holiday05.php.

In appreciation of your time, all survey participants who are WITI members will automatically receive a 3-month extension to their membership and non-members will receive a 3-month membership. Survey results will be presented at WITI's 11th Silicon Valley Conference on December 8th in Los Angeles.

orange arrow  You can't live outside the box if you are always in it
By Alyse Hart

Alyse Hart If the morning alarm makes you hit the snooze button twice and dive under the covers, you're not alone. If the thought of commuting or going to the office makes you miserable, take heart. There's something you can do, but don't let anyone else know you're starting your own underground personal revolution today. Begin quietly putting your best interests front and center instead of putting the boss or company in the number one spot. Heresy? Not really -- just commit to doing your best work in the shortest amount of time and skip the non-productive stuff. Put that stuff on your "to don't" list. You'll be creating more leveraging power for yourself when you need it and freeing up time for yourself for a change.
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Don't miss Alyse's workshop at WITI's Silicon Valley conference, December 8 & 9! For details...

WITI's 11th Annual Silicon Valley Conference
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orange arrow  In Memorium: Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks has been a source of inspiration to many of us at WITI, including our founder Carolyn Leighton. Her thoughts on Ms. Parks:

"I have no doubt many of you have thought about Rosa Parks many times, as I have. When I thought about Rosa Parks over the years, I thought about the enormous courage it took for one woman to refuse to give up her seat to a white man - in a bus of people who absolutely believed she, as a black woman, did not deserve to sit in a seat if some white person was standing. What courage! And yet, I am sure that Rosa gave herself a gift every time she decided to take a stand for what she believed, willing to take the consequences for her principle. We have many lessons to learn from Rosa Parks.

"The greatest homage each of us can pay to Rosa's memory is to make a commitment to take a stand for what is right and to take a stand for principle, even when we know these things are not popular."

WITI's 2005 Silicon Valley Conference Please join us at the 10th Anniversary WITI Hall of Fame Gala!

Can you believe it has been 10 years since WITI established the very first WITI Hall of Fame? We are especially excited that this year's celebration will truly underscore the "international" in WITI! Not only have women already registered to attend from several countries (Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, England, among others), but we also have an extraordinary line up of winners for the 10th Anniversary celebration which includes women from Spain, Australia and, of course, the United States.

Please join us in demonstrating our support and respect for these women's notable achievements by attending and buying tables for the women and men in your company, your customers, your friends and your colleagues. Individual seats are also available. For more information, please visit www.witi.com/center/conferences/siliconvalley/halloffame.php.

orange arrow  Agents & Influencers: The Same yet Different
By Diane Krakora, President & CEO of Amazon Consulting, LLC.

Diane Krakora Businesses have always formed partnerships, but there are a few new models attracting more attention these days within technology industry - "Agent" and "Influencer" programs. These two types of partnerships are so often discussed in the same breath, that one begins to wonder, aren't they really the same? Close, but not exactly. The differences between agents and influencers is often overlooked when developing programs, however there is a difference in how they are motivated that must be taken into consideration.
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Don't miss Diane's panel at WITI's Silicon Valley conference, December 8 & 9! For details...

orange arrow  Are you getting the e-mail you want from WITI?

Make sure you are getting just the email announcements from WITI that you want to receive. Please visit http://www.witi.com/mail_preferences/ to update your mailing options.

orange arrow  It's Important To Keep Your Self-Image Updated
By Jane Herman

Jane Herman Who are you right now - this instant? What are you capable of?

What you think, how you interpret your situation, how you act, and the possibilities you see as available to you are all influenced by how you view yourself. When your self-image is out of date, then your feelings and actions are out of sync with reality and you experience unnecessary fears and anxiety, and repeat unsatisfying patterns of behavior. Learning how to keep your self-image up to date is a powerful tool that can free you from the constraints of the past.
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WITI's 11th Annual San Diego Conference

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].

orange arrow  Women on the Move

Lala Laptop Lauren Selig announces Lala Laptop bags

Lala focuses on style, detail and sophistication for the fashionable working gal. The vision is clean, sexy and classic. You can pack it full of all your files, laptop, lipsticks and more and it's still chic. No more searching for your cell phone, wallet, laptop or keys, it is all right there.

Lala is so proud to understand that feminine beauty and power do not have to be separate that a portion of all profits will be donated to charities that empower women in business. And now, get the Lala "Paris" laptop bag at 30% the normal retail price of $435. Just go to www.lalalaptop.com and enter the promo discount code 100.

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 Boston in the News
The results of the recent survey conducted among WITI Boston members are in, and were recently published in Mass High Tech.

"Perhaps close to half the labor force (47 percent, according the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Women's Bureau 2004 statistics) is disgruntled. Below the surface, unspoken complaints range from feelings of being paid unfairly or not being promoted based on performance; to feeling that ideas and concerns are not heard or even recognized by those in charge; to experiencing hiring bias and, adding insult to injury, having no one to turn to in the organization for authentic mentoring."

Read the article.

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WITI Marketplace Featured Business Featured Business: The Integrated Mother

We educate, coach and train working mothers to design a work+life that supports her personal and career aspirations. We also consult to organizations on the benefits of implementing work+life strategies in their policies. Our services include a variety of virtual learning events, online membership community, and private and group coaching services.

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

American Friends of the Jerusalem College of Technology Fall Dinner
The American Friends of the Jerusalem College of Technology will host its annual Fall Dinner on Wednesday, November 30th at the Grand Hyatt New York, as part of our fund raising endeavors. Each year we honor individuals who serve as exemplary role models for young people and who represent the values embraced by the College -- gender equality, diversity, technology and strong ethical values.

The guests of honor this year are Karenann Terrell (Vice President and CIO, Chrysler Group and Mercedes-Benz North America), Thomas Ahn (Vice President, Real Estate, Mount Sinai Medical Center), and Barry B. Akrongold (Chairman, Fortune Financial & Investment Corporation). Ms. Terrell will be receiving the Women's Corporate Technology Award and Mr. Ahn will be receiving the Jerusalem Humanitarian Award. Mr. Akrongold will be receiving the Builder of Jerusalem Award.

More information is at http://www.friendsofjct.org/events.html.

Forbes CIO Forum - East
Linda Dillman, EVP and CIO of Wal-Mart Stores, is doing a lot more than sitting on her own accomplishments. At the Forbes CIO Forum - East, she is not going to tell you that she helped to build one of the most sophisticated information services networks in the world - she is going to tell you how she did it. We invite you to join Forbes editors and some of America's smartest CIOs, like Linda Dillman, for two-days of hands-on problem solving, networking, lively discourse and debate on ideas that are changing the way we do business, December 5-6, 2005, at The Westin New York at Times Square. Visit www.forbesconferences.com for full agenda and list of speakers. WITI member offer: Save over $900 off the registration fee (standard price $1,595) through a special registration link: https://www.forbesconferences.com/?page=registration&eventID=52&offercode=959352. For more information, please contact Emily Lord, Executive Relations Coordinator at 212-367-2519 or [email protected]. All applications are subject to approval by Forbes.

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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!

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.

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.

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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

November 14 - Boston
IT & 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 15 - New York
Technology and Public Policy - Marianne Cooper, Vice President, IBM Americas
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
December 7 - Houston
WITI 2005 Holiday Social
January 9 - Boston
Women Leaders in Venture Capital -- Sponsored By: Simmons College, School of Management
January 10 - Portland
How to Realize Your New Year's Resolutions
January 11 - Houston
Negotiating the Gender Gap at Work
January 19 - San Diego
"Women as Leaders"

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!

Portable Media Expo & Podcasing Conference 2005
Nov 11 2005-Nov 12 2005
Ontario, California
Employee ROI Exec. Symposium for Women Business Leaders
Nov 16 2005
Chicago, Illinois
Meet the Angels
Nov 17 2005
San Diego, California
WorkIt.com's Silicon Valley Mixer
Nov 30 2005
Mountain View, California
SVASE MAIN EVENT: Your Global IP Strategy - Asset or Liability?
Dec 1 2005
Santa Clara, California
An Evening of Enlightened Power at Eileen Fisher
Dec 7 2005
Palo Alto, California
International CES
Jan 5 2006-Jan 8 2006
Los Vegas, Nevada
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

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