The WITI Strategist
Feb 8, 2006

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Women On The Move

WITI Marketplace Featured Business

Partner Events & Announcments

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orange arrow  Enjoy the Path Of Least Resistance!
By Jane Herman

Jane Herman We all have our own unique ways of dealing with the world - of taking in information, processing it, and acting on it. And at some level we are aware of our natural tendencies. Thus, for example, I will bet that you will not have too much trouble answering the following questions:

  • Do you like to focus on the "big picture" or are you a "detail person"?
  • Do you like to get things done early or wait until the last minute?
  • What gets you motivated to do something?

Yet interestingly enough, rather than embracing and leveraging our natural tendencies many of us struggle against them - trying to make ourselves do things in ways that only cause us frustration and pain. Well the following is something I want you to consider. Most of the time taking the path of least resistance - allowing yourself to do things in the way that is most natural to you - is the best and most enjoyable way to proceed.
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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  Outsourcing: Here IT Comes!
By Vanina Mangano

Vanina Mangano At a time when outsourcing is quickly becoming the norm, employees of companies that have not yet jumped on the outsourcing wagon are becoming anxious of what is to come. Is their job at stake? Should they be worried? Outsourcing is literally everywhere - from software to planning your next party. So is there cause to stress about losing your job, or perhaps celebrate that finally help is on the way? As part of a software outsourcing company, I have frequently seen the fear lurking in the eyes of engineers as I make a presentation to introduce outsourcing into their company. A few times, I have even received a direct "warning" from an employee who was simply trying to protect his job. On the opposite end, I have also experienced what it is like to be in the other set of shoes... the ones that have been "outsourced".
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Vanina, 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.

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orange arrow  Launching 2006 at CES!
By Amber Dalton (Athena Twin PMS)

WITI and PMS Clan WITI and Pandora's Mighty Soldiers (PMS Clan) began 2006 with a bang at the 2006 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in America's favorite playground, fabulous Las Vegas.

On Thursday morning, Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the producer of CES, delivered an inspiring and exciting State of the Industry Address. Shapiro discussed the breadth of the current consumer electronics market, with the average U.S. home owning approximately 25 consumer electronics products. Not really a surprise to the tech-addicted gamer girls of PMS Clan!
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orange arrow  Job Spotlight

Open to a great opportunity?
Festoon INC has teamed up with Criterion Research to fill the following positions:

Senior Software Engineer/Architect
Senior Web Developer
Senior Windows System Administrator
IT System Administrator
and more...

Festoon, a Santa Cruz Networks service, is set to transform communications for the digital lifestyle. Our service provides a unique real time communication services platform for instant media-rich calls (with up to 200 participants), video sharing, and instant messaging. The company's award-winning technology features a componentized, plug-in architecture for 3rd Party IMs, applications, and websites, extensive bandwidth management for optimal performance and 128-bit SSL secure data for all modes of communication. Santa Cruz Networks is a early stage venture company funded by DFJ and Geneva Venture Partners. For more information on our company and services, please visit www.festooninc.com and www.santacruznetworks.com

Festoon is currently seeking top-flight individuals! For more information about these positions or about Festoon, please contactn Jeff Shapiro at [email protected].

orange arrow  Women on the Move

Vanina Mangano Vanina Mangano co-founds MYeFlora.com

Vanina Mangano has co-founded MYeFlora.com, a website geared towards gardeners and plant enthusiasts. MYeFlora officially launched in January 2006, and has great aspirations of becoming the leading gardening community! After devoting one year toward its creation, the community portal is well under way to making a mark in the vast internet world. The concept behind MYeFlora was to create an online gardening community that is interactive, free, informative, and fun (!). You can visit the community at www.myeflora.com.

Vanina says, "It is incredibly exciting to partake in the launching of your own business, and better yet, to be involved in something that you are truly passionate about. It is true - the hard work pays off with the personal satisfaction of knowing that you really CAN do it!" WITI says, "Hats off to Vanina and MYeFlora.com! Here's to growing success!"

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.

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WITI Marketplace Featured Business Featured Business: Love Dogs Camp

Love Dogs Camp is located on a 5 acre ranch on the central coast of California, 1/2 way between Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, right off the 101 freeway.

Love Dogs Camp caters to families who consider their dogs their kids - and an alternative to kennel type boarding. All dogs are carefully prescreened and interviewed and only small groups of dogs are accepted at one time. Our little guests are given lots of play time, home made food (if ok with families), lots of kisses and love and stay in our home at night time.

For more information, please e-mail [email protected] or complete an application for your dog on lovedogscamp.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

Small Business Summit 2006 Small Business Summit 2006
WITI invites you to attend the Small Business Summit 2006! The Summit is for small business owners seeking growth through the marriage of best business practices and technology. Attend and strengthen your competitive edge and make your business soar, by successfully applying the right technology to support the right business practices.

This full-day conference, with a unique interactive structure, will provide answers to help you with your specific business situation.

  • Gain insight from experts in technology, sales, finance and marketing who specialize in helping small businesses make it all work together
  • Learn from small business owners who have achieved exceptional growth through an effective marriage of business savvy and technology
  • Exchange ideas with experts and peers
For more information, http://www.smallbiztechsummit.com. See you at the Summit!

ETech Conference 2006
ETech, the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, frames the ideas, projects, and technologies from innovators and lead users into a coherent picture to learn from and build on. ETech 2006 brings a thousand creative spirits and open minds together to dig into the idea of the "Attention Economy": How can we filter, access, visualize, and remix the immense amount of digital data now flooding our lives? The coming technical challenge is not about generating content, but doing something meaningful with it. ETech happens March 6-9, 2006 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California.

WITI Members: A 10% discount is available. Visit the Member's Area for the promo code.

For more information, http://conferences.oreillynet.com/etech/. See you at the Conference!

orange arrow  WITI Works

Learn a new skill or brush up on something you already know. eClasses are convenient, flexible, and affordable. Instructor-led courses ensure someone is available to help you with assignment questions, provide you additional resources, and keep you up-to-date with rapidly changing internet technologies. See www.witi.com/center/eclasses/ for current offerings. WITI Members: See the Members' Discount page for the promo code to receive special pricing.

Accelerate Your Career!
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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

February 13 - San Diego
Career Fair & Taste of Technology Reception
February 23 - Atlanta
WITI Networking Event: Have you had a background check lately?
March 1 - Houston
Entrepreneurship: Is it for you? Resources and Tools to get you Started
March 7 - Portland
Networking Social and Wine Tasting
March 7 - Orange County
Transforming Stress into Success
March 8 - Boston
Women Innovators & Entrepreneurs -- Sponsored By: Sun Microsystems
March 14 - Los Angeles
WITI Los Angeles Networking With Featured Speaker Alyse Hart
March 16 - Research Triangle Park
Taxes 2005
March 21 - San Diego
Real Estate Workshop for Business Owners Series: "Leveraging Your Next Lease Negotiation"
March 23 - San Diego
Real Estate Workshop for Business Owners Series: "Exploring the Issues of Buying vs. Leasing"
March 30 - Atlanta
WITI Leadership Council & Executive Advisory Committee Meeting
March 30 - Atlanta
Happy Hour - Networking
April 4 - Portland
Negotiation Skills
April 11 - Boston
The Power of Differences: A New Gender & Diversity Communications Workshop for Women and Men
April 18 - Boston
RFID & The Supply Chain - Why Should it Matter to You? Sponsored by AMR Research
April 27 - Atlanta
Panel Discussion: How You Interact Markets Yourself.
April 27 - Research Triangle Park
Kathy Hill
May 2 - Portland
Public Speaking Workshop
May 3 - Las Vegas
WITI Las Vegas Launch Celebration
May 18 - Research Triangle Park

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!

Small Business Summit 2006
Feb 10 2006
New York City, New York
SVASE & TiE Silicon Valley JOB FAIR for Emerging Growth Companies!
Mar 2 2006
Santa Clara, California
ETech: O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference
Mar 6 2006-Mar 9 2006
San Diego, California
IDC Outsourcing Forum East
Mar 28 2006-Mar 29 2006
New York, New York
AIIM On Demand 2006
May 16 2006-May 18 2006
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
IDC IT Forum & Expo: IT-Enabled Business Transformation
Jun 14 2006-Jun 16 2006
Boston, Massachusetts
C3 Expo (Corporate & Channel Computing Expo)
Jun 27 2006-Jun 29 2006
New York City, New York

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