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The WITI Strategist
February 21, 2008

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Network Meetings


2008 Conference Series:

Women and Technology Summit: Women's Leadership - Shaping the Future
October 12-15, 2008

WITI's Annual Silicon Valley Conference Returns to the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, CA - October 12-15, 2008!

Register Now!

Save The Date!

Excellence in IT Leadership Symposium
May 1, 2008 in Chicago

Know of any outstanding women IT executives deserving of a big "brava"? WITI's Chicago chapter is excited to announce that our 2008 Excellence in Corporate IT Leadership Awards nomination process is now open. We are looking to showcase exemplary senior level women IT executives in Chicago's larger corporations. The criteria are:

• Nominee must be in an IT leadership position in a large corporation.
• The individual's contribution must be significant in furthering the corporation's business and technology strategy.
• The individual must have contributed in the civic arena and mentorship.

Our nomination deadline is March 1st, and the winner must be available for the Awards ceremony the evening of May 1st at the UBS office in downtown Chicago.

Please submit directly to Marian F. Cook
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 630.542.4283
FAX: 630.690.5680

Download the Nomination Form!

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Ted Turner "Man should be barred from holding public office for 100 years", says billionaire Ted Turner. "Men have been running the world too long and they've made a mess of it. If women were in charge, it would be a much more peaceful, prosperous, equitable world in a very short period of time. You'd have a huge shift away from military budgets and into education and healthcare."

- Ted Turner, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Source: The Huffington Post

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WITI GEN (Global Executive Network

WITI GEN is proud to welcome our most recent members which include:

Kathy Baldanza
VP Engineering, Perforce Software Inc

Sandy Carter
VP, SOA & WebSphere Strategy, Channels & Marketing, IBM

Gail Farnsley
VP of IT and CIO, Cummins, Inc.

Debbie Gustafson
Vice President - Sales and Support, Energetiq Technology

Karen Homan
CIO, Strasburger & Price

Kim Little
AVP, Marketing and Product Management, ChoicePoint Inc.

Michele Markham
CIO, HD Supply

Michelle Marsh
Partner, Kenyon & Kenyon LLP

Dana Prestigiacomo
SVP Worldwide Field Marketing, Computer Associates

Merrily Riesebeck
Vice President for Surety IT, Chubb and Son

Hina Shah
Director, IP Licensing and Alliances, IBM

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Leadership Skills: Leading Global Virtual Teams (Part 1 of 3)
By Marian Cook

Marian Cook Feeling a bit stretched lately? We all are as we frequently find ourselves on international virtual teams that stretch our work across time zones and cultures. Increasingly, the foundational work unit in today's organizations is the virtual team, and it has gone global.

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WITI New York Voices from the Top: Management and Corporate Entrepreneurship of Women Leading Change
March 12, 2008 • New York, NY • Register Now!

Please join Women in Technology International and Columbia University's Center for Technology, Innovation and Community Engagement as they host an enlightening panel of top businesswomen who'll explore management and entrepreneurship through their own personal stories and strategies for success. Attendees will learn about mega-trends affecting corporate culture, and how these influences will yield greater opportunities for those willing to seize them.

Panel Participants:

Ms. Judith Spitz Ms. Judith Spitz
SVP and CIO, Verizon Business

Ms. Sandra Brandon Ms. Sandra Brandon
CIO, Crayola LLC
Ms. Harriet Edelman Ms. Harriet Edelman
CIO and SVP, Business Transformation, Avon

Ms. Beatrice Leon Ms. Beatrice Leon
CIO, Pernod Ricard Americas

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Interesting Statistics on Life and Career Changers
By Jane Herman

Jane Herman Those who are contemplating, or in the process of making, major life or career changes often look at what they are experiencing and wonder, "Is this normal?" They ask themselves questions such as, "Does everyone spend countless hours thinking about the changes they want to make but shy away from actually taking the necessary steps?"

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AIIM International Exposition & Conference AIIM International Exposition & Conference
March 3-6, 2008 • Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, MA

AIIM International Exposition & Conference is the largest enterprise content & document management conference and exposition showcasing the technologies and solutions that provide intelligence behind information. For more than 50 years, this annual event attracts business professionals and executive management seeking the latest technologies to capture, manage, share, and store documents and digital content to support business processes, comply with governmental regulations, drive down costs, and gain the competitive edge technologies needed to put intelligence behind your information. Register today!


Join WITI @ SD West 2008!

SD West 2008 Software Development & Conference Expo West
March 3-7, 2008 • Santa Clara Convention Center

If you can only attend one conference this year, it should be SD West. As the largest, independent conference for software developers, SD West provides comprehensive, training across the software development lifecycle. Our 21st annual event offers more than 240 sessions, covering major languages and platforms, methodologies/processes and cutting-edge developments in technology-plus visionary keynotes, nightly networking events and a jam-packed Expo Floor. You won't want to miss out.

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SaaScon 2008 SaaScon 2008
March 25-26, 2008
Santa Clara Convention Center, CA

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March 25-28, 2008
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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 26 - Atlanta
Roundtable Discussion on the Talent Pool for IT
March 11 - Las Vegas
Women at the Top
March 12 - New York
Voices from the Top: Management and Corporate Entrepreneurship of Women Leading Change
March 13 - Research Triangle Park
Emotional Intelligence for Women
March 18 - South Florida
Project Management as a Strategic Advantage
March 20 - Charlotte
Work-Life Balance
March 25 - Atlanta
Strategic Alliances in our Industry
March 27 - Los Angeles
Spring Networking with Founder Carolyn Leighton
April 2 - Houston
Leading Virtual Teams
April 17 - Research Triangle Park
Save the Date WITI RTP Meeting
April 24 - New York
An Evening with June Drewry, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Chubb & Son
April 24 - Charlotte
Entrepreneurial Woman
April 29 - South Florida
Save the Date: Spring Networking Event!
April 29 - Atlanta
We're Sponsoring an IT Innovator who will discuss National business opportunities
May 15 - Research Triangle Park
4 Keys to Unlock Your Career Success Plan

More information about network events in your area is available on our website.

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Executives Leading Sustainable Change
Mar 3 2008-Jun 5 2008
Bay Area, California
AIIM Expo Conference & Exposition
Mar 3 2008-Mar 6 2008
Boston, Massachusetts
Software Development West 2008 Conference & Expo
Mar 3 2008-Mar 7 2008
Santa Clara, California
Black Hat Europe 2008
Mar 25 2008-Mar 28 2008
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
SaaScon 2008
Mar 25 2008-Mar 26 2008
Santa Clara, California
The United Nations Meets Web 2.0, New Media, Content, Convergence and ICT Entrepreneurs
Mar 25 2008-Mar 26 2008
New York, New York
ESC Silicon Valley
Apr 14 2008-Apr 18 2008
San Francisco, California
Intellectual Property Symposium
Apr 15 2008-Apr 16 2008
San Jose, California
Sustainable Green Urbanization via ICT Urbanization in the Information Age
Apr 23 2008-Apr 24 2008
New York, New York
Interop Las Vegas
Apr 27 2008-May 2 2008
Las Vegas, Nevada
Hacker Halted USA 2008
Jun 1 2008-Jun 4 2008
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Sensors Expo & Conference
Jun 9 2008-Jun 11 2008
Rosemont, Illinois
Optimizing ICT & Management Assets for Sustainable Economic, Business, Social Development
Jul 2 2008-Jul 3 2008
New York, New York

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