The WITI Strategist
December 6, 2005

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Taking the Lead
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December 8 & 9, 2005
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February 13 & 14, 2006

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In This Issue:

Women On The Move

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WITI Works

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orange arrow  Beyond Compare
By Jane Herman

Jane Herman A quote by Malcolm Forbes caught my eye the other day. It said, "Too many people overvalue what they are not, and undervalue what they are." Yep, I thought, we are just like a bunch of cows in a field. We look over at the cow in the next field and we not only think, "That cow has better, greener grass than I do," we also think, "That cow looks, acts, and IS better than me." It's all about comparisons. To find out how we are doing we just naturally compare ourselves with others to see if we are OK. And frequently we come up short in the comparisons. Continued ...

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orange arrow  Get in the Game
By Shannon Ridge, PMS Clan

Starting this month, WITI is helping sponsor an all female video gaming team to compete at professional tournaments. The PMS (Pandora's Mighty Soldiers) Clan is the world's largest female gaming team that was formed over three years ago at the launch of Xbox Live.

Competing on all gaming platforms, and with over 400 girls and women from across the globe, PMS Clan is bringing recognition to female gamers everywhere. Recently featured in Entertainment Weekly, Tips and Tricks Magazine, and a gaming special on MTV, these players mean business.


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orange arrow  Is It Time To Update Your Resume?
By Deborah Walker, CCMC

By Deborah Walker, CCMC The motto "Be prepared," isn't just great advice for Boy Scouts; it's also great career advice. You never know when the perfect career opportunity will present itself. If a recruiter called you today with your dream job, would you be prepared to send out an up-to-date resume right away?

There are four critical times to update your resume...

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Marie Wieck IBM's Marie Wieck Recognized by Society of Women Engineers for Inspiration in Work/Life Balance

Marie Wieck, vice president of IBM's WebSphere platform was recently awarded the prestigious Work/Life Balance Award from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Specifically, the award was granted to Wieck for her role in establishing a landmark program for IBM to improve the ability of all employees to balance work, family and personal interests. Recipients of the SWE award are both an inspiration for those who strive to improve the work environment for all employees and a source of ideas for innovative programs.

Throughout her more than 20-year career at IBM, Wieck has been a work/life pioneer and champion. Wieck sponsored IBM's "Family 360" pilot, designed to help people understand their work and family challenges from the perspective of their loved ones and family members. This past year, the council organized the participation of IBM women in the NYC American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Walk to provide a forum for women to convene outside the work environment and give back to the community. She also sponsored the "Talking to Children about Work" initiative, which provides advice on how to have meaningful conversations with children about parent's professional lives.

Wieck has been a tireless supporter of part-time and job-sharing options, and personally participated in a 18-month pilot as a part-time executive. She is an active mentor through her participation in MentorNet, which reaches women in college, as well as job shadow programs within IBM. She also is a formal mentor at IBM to more than 20 employees. Wieck also serves as co-chair of the IBM U.S. Women's Council and chairs the work/life subcommittee. She has implemented several programs to help IBM's employees address the challenges of balancing work and personal commitments. Among these accomplishments, she created IBM's quarterly Tri-State Networking Event to provide a means for IBM women to meet and discuss pertinent career issues.

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orange arrow  Job Spotlight

RF/Microwave Engineer
This individual will lead and direct proposal activities, the development of ATE systems, subsystems and instrumentation from concept development through validation, and conceive, propose and lead R&D initiatives for advanced ATE applications. Responsibilities will include engineering the design and prototyping of new and next generation Automatic Test Equipment stations, testers and instrumentation using highly integrated technology including synthetic instruments. The successful candidate must have direct knowledge, system level and detail hardware design from DC to 40 GHz; direct, significant experience in the application of ATE systems and instrumentation for the testing of RF, Microwave and high power Radar Systems. Experience in the design and development of Test Program Sets, Self Test and Calibration software is required.

For more information about this position, please contact Sheryl Shepherd at [email protected].

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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."
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December 7 - Atlanta
WITI Sponsor Appreciation Breakfast
December 7 - Houston
WITI 2005 Holiday Social
December 12 - San Diego
Tech for Tots: Annual Holiday Party (WITI, TiE, SD MIT Enterprise Forum & NanoBioNexus!)
December 15 - Silicon Valley
Stories from a personal & professional journey
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"
February 6 - Boston
Video Games: Not for Men Only - Sponsored by WorldWinner
February 9 - Portland
Five Secrets of Success in Communication and Leadership
February 13 - San Diego
Taste of Technology Reception
February 23 - Atlanta
WITI Networking Event: Have you had a background check lately?

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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!

An Evening of Enlightened Power at Eileen Fisher
Dec 7 2005
Palo Alto, California
International CES
Jan 5 2006-Jan 8 2006
Las Vegas, Nevada
IDC Marketing Performance Measurement Summit for Business-to-Business Marketers
Jan 19 2006
Santa Clara, California
IDC Service-Oriented Architecture Forum
Jan 25 2006
New York, New York
Employee ROI Exec. Symposium for Women Business Leaders
Jan 26 2006
New York, New York
IDC Outsourcing Forum West
Jan 30 2006-Jan 31 2006
Santa Clara, California
IDC Virtualization Forum East
Feb 6 2006
New York, New York
WTC presents: Laying the Groundwork for Stem Cell Commercialization
Feb 7 2006
San Francisco, California
IDC Outsourcing Forum East
Mar 28 2006-Mar 29 2006
New York, New York

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