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The WITI Strategist
March 5, 2008

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2008 Conference Series:

Women and Technology Summit: Women's Leadership - Shaping the Future
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Susan B. Anthony "Cautious, careful people always casting about to preserve their reputation or social standards never can bring about reform. Those who are really in earnest are willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathies with despised ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences."

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Leadership Skills: Leading Global Virtual Teams (Part 2 of 3)
By Marian Cook

Marian Cook This article is the second in a series designed to put practical, actionable strategies in your hands to increase the performance of global virtual teams. In the last article we reviewed tips and techniques to build trust, and to set strong guidelines around communication and response times.

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WITI GEN Member, Jane Landon, CIO of New York City's Dept of Finance Featured on CIO Talk Radio

Listen in, Wednesday, March 5th at 9 AM Central www.CIOtalkradio.com or via the archives page, as streaming audio or RSS feed.

How do you cut your IT losses BEFORE the ship sails, let alone sinks?
Proactively fix problems before they go critical and sink your IT initiative.

There are numerous examples of failed IT initiatives and related analysis of why the failure happened. What can be done to proactively raise the flag? At what point, do we cut our losses vs. trying to save a sinking ship?

Listen in, Wednesday, March 5th� at 9 AM Central, to hear Jane Landon, the CIO of New York City's Department Of Finance, and Charles Hunsinger, VP and CIO of Corporate Express, discuss their insights on how to deal with failing or floundering IT initiatives on "IT Initiative Failures: Saving a sinking ship", with Sanjog Aul, on "CIO Talk Radio". The show will be available afterwards on the website archives page, as streaming audio or RSS feed.

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WITI GEN was founded to provide tech-savvy executive women with a forum for networking with true peers and working collaboratively to advance the role of women in Business & Technology. Our white glove, concierge service uniquely provides GEN members personal introductions to other executive women to share best practices and to leverage one another as trusted advisors.


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10 Tips for Women on How to Date Online Safely
By Stephany Alexander

Stephany Alexander The internet is one of the most dangerous places to meet people because of the ability to hide behind false online profiles. People can say whatever they want so it is up to you to take the time to do your research and investigate a potential partner in order to protect yourself.

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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.

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Candace Fleming Candace Fleming
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Sandra Brandon Sandra Brandon
CIO, Crayola LLC
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Beatrice Leon Beatrice Leon
CIO, Pernod Ricard Americas

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WITI Atlanta Program Chair, Cynthia Coker, CEO of ASOCIA GROUP

Cynthia Coker In recognition of the economic power of multicultural businesses, DiversityBusiness.com, the nations' leading multicultural internet site, recently named ASOCIA GROUP as one of the "Top 500 Emerging Businesses in the United States (Div500)".

"We are extremely honored to receive this award," said Cynthia Coker, CEO of Asocia Group. "As a Woman-Owned Organization (WBENC), we are proud to be recognized as an emerging, diversity business and to represent this important sector of companies in our economy. We attribute our growth and success in 2007 to our relentless mission to provide outstanding services to our clients and believe our expertise and industry experience serve as a key differentiator for our company."

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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

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
Women in Technology: Issues & Answers
March 26 - San Diego
Spring Mixer!
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 - Charlotte
Entrepreneurial Woman
April 24 - New York
An Evening with June Drewry, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Chubb & Son
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 13 - Las Vegas
Mini Trade Show
May 15 - Research Triangle Park
4 Keys to Unlock Your Career Success Plan
May 26 - Atlanta
Roundtable Discussion on the Talent Pool for IT
June 4 - Houston
Managing Customer Value in Five Languages When Everyone Has Something to Say: The International Space Station, A Case Study
June 10 - Las Vegas
HR Resume Workshop
June 19 - Research Triangle Park
Network Security Identity Theft
June 26 - Charlotte
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Mar 18 2008-Mar 20 2008
New York, New York
IPhone Developer Summit
Mar 19 2008-Mar 20 2008
New York, New York
Black Hat Europe 2008
Mar 25 2008-Mar 28 2008
Amsterdam, 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
Jun 23 2008-Jun 24 2008
New York, New York

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