The WITI Strategist
June 6, 2006

Founded in 1989, WITI is the nation's leading, global trade association for tech savvy professional women. WITI's mission is to empower women worldwide to achieve unimagined possibilities and transformations through technology, leadership and economic prosperity.

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Women On The Move

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WITI Plans Regional Events in All 38 Networks to Commemorate "Women in Science and Technology" Month. A Portion of All Memberships and Renewals will go Toward a WITI Scholarship Fund

Throughout the entire month of June, WITI will give its two million plus members an opportunity to recognize meaningful contributions women have made to society and technology. The regional events and programs will be dedicated to empowering women in technology and promoting personal growth. During the month, WITI will also be honoring its Hall of Fame winners at events in their local networks or areas.

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orange arrow  Her Iron Will Opened Doors - Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her Contribution to the Growth of the New Nation
By Chloe Lizotte

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Women today have the right to vote, have the same jobs and educational opportunities as men, and are represented in the government. But consider what life was like back in the 1800s and earlier: women had no rights at all compared to men. They weren't allowed to vote, go to college, or have the same jobs, let alone be elected governor or senator.

Finally, a few women living in the 19th century realized how horrible it was to live this way and decided to do something about it. Among these bright souls was Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a talented writer held back by her family but who wasn't afraid to speak her mind.

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orange arrow  How To Know When It's Time To Leave Your Job Or Company
By Jane Herman

Jane Herman As a Coach I work with many people who are dissatisfied with their current jobs, careers, or companies and are looking to make a change. Often the dissatisfaction they feel has been with them for a long time, simmering in the background. On the "bad days" they are ready to walk out the door without looking back. But then things settle down again, they are back quietly grumbling to themselves and feeling less than contented with their decision to "stay a little longer." They become increasingly frustrated with their own indecisiveness ("What's wrong with me?") and have no clue as to how to solve the twin riddles: "Should I leave or should I stay?" and "How will I know when it is the right time to leave?"

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Peggi Lott Douglass Inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor

Peggi Douglass of Montgomery, Director of Information and Technology Services for the Retirement Systems of Alabama was held in high acclaim on Saturday, April 8, 2006, as she was inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor sponsored by the Alabama Business and Professional Women's Foundation. The Induction Luncheon was held at The Club in Birmingham and attended by family, friends, and colleagues from across the nation.

Ms. Douglass is a long-standing member of the national Public Retirement Information Systems Management Association; she served on its Board of Directors and later as its first female President. She is a member of Women in Technology International and is a member of Atlanta Architect Council. Recognition of her purpose and determination to shape the use of these technologies and approaches is evidenced by numerous invitations to participate as attendee, speaker, and panelist at strategic level conferences, summits and council meetings. She is an attendee of the annual Microsoft Strategic Architect Forum, an invitation only international gathering of 250 technology leaders, of whom less than ten percent are women. Most recently, Ms. Douglass was appointed was one of two females to serve on Microsoft's Business Process and Integration Customer Advisory Board, a prestigious 20 member council formed to bring technology executives from the U.S. and Europe for guidance and suggestions that will directly influence future product development.

Ms. Douglass welcomes discussion surrounding the challenges of women's role in the IT workforce. You may contact her at [email protected]

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June 6 - Portland
Ice Cream Social
June 6 - Las Vegas
Monthly WITI Las Vegas Meeting - Defining the Future Direction of Your Las Vegas WITI Network
June 13 - Los Angeles
WITI Los Angeles Is Looking for Dynamic People & Innovative Ideas
June 15 - Houston
Developing the Presence of a Leader
June 15 - Research Triangle Park
The Top Ten Mistakes Women Make with their Money
June 15 - San Diego
The Retirement Paradox: The Corporate Role as Trusted Advisor
July 18 - San Diego
WITI's Annual Summer Networking Social!
August 1 - Las Vegas
WITI Las Vegas monthly meeting - SAVE THIS DATE!
August 10 - Research Triangle Park
Attention-getting Resumes
August 16 - San Diego
Demystifying the Role of the CEO
August 17 - Atlanta
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
August 18 - Los Angeles
WITI Los Angeles Chapter Presents Summer Networking Social at Shanghai Red's
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WITI Las Vegas monthly meeting - SAVE THIS DATE!
September 14 - Research Triangle Park
Work - Life Balance
September 20 - San Diego
Shake That Speaking Brain! Learn How to Deliver Killer Presentations

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Making Purpose Work - Book Signing and Networking Event
Jun 6 2006
Houston, Texas
Making Purpose Work - Book Signing and Networking Event
Jun 7 2006
Dallas, Texas
Making Purpose Work - Book Signing and Networking Event
Jun 13 2006
Cincinnati, Ohio
IDC IT Forum & Expo: IT-Enabled Business Transformation
Jun 14 2006-Jun 16 2006
Boston, Massachusetts
Leadership in Action: Your Role in Creating a Great Place to Work�
Jun 15 2006
Washington, District of Columbia
Human Capital Management Principles
Jun 15 2006-Jun 16 2006
New York, New York
Leadership in Action: Your Role in Creating a Great Place to Work�
Jun 20 2006
New York, New York
Leadership in Action: Your Role in Creating a Great Place to Work�
Jun 21 2006
Waltham, Massachusetts
SVASE BIGs (Business Interface Groups): LifeScience - Capitalizing On the BioMedical Wave
Jun 21 2006
Palo Alto, California
The San Jose Mercury News Career Fair
Jun 21 2006
Santa Clara, California
Employee ROI Executive Symposium for Women Business Leaders
Jun 23 2006
Chicago, Illinois
Leadership in Action: Your Role in Creating a Great Place to Work�
Jun 23 2006
Dallas, Texas
Leadership in Action: Your Role in Creating a Great Place to Work�
Jun 23 2006
Dallas, Texas
C3 Expo (Corporate & Channel Computing Expo)
Jun 27 2006-Jun 29 2006
New York City, New York
Leadership in Action: Your Role in Creating a Great Place to Work�
Jul 7 2006
San Francisco, California
Leadership in Action: Your Role in Creating a Great Place to Work�
Jul 11 2006
Los Angeles, California
ICCM Conference & Expo
Aug 14 2006-Aug 16 2006
Chicago, Illinois
Workforce Performance 2006
Sep 10 2006-Sep 13 2006
Las Vegas, Nevada
Employee ROI Executive Symposium for Women Business Leaders co-hosted with Boardroom Bound, Diversity Pipeline Alliance, and The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
Sep 22 2006
New York, New York
Digital Life
Oct 12 2006-Oct 15 2006
New York City, New York
Oracle OpenWorld 2006
Oct 22 2006-Oct 26 2006
San Francisco, California

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