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The WITI Strategist
March 20, 2008

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2008 Conference Series:

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Technology Products Historically Not Designed with Women in Mind
By Dana Thorat

Dana Thorat Just over two years ago, WITI set out to explore women's usage and preferences for technology following a widely publicized 2003 Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) report that women represented about $55 billion of annual sales to the consumer electronics industry. Manufacturers and retailers had only just begun to realize that women, who were actively purchasing and influencing technology purchases for themselves, their households, and their companies, might be overlooked as a serious customer segment.

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WITI Atlanta Women in Technology: Issues & Answers
March 25, 2008 • Atlanta, GA
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Our panel discussion will draw from the experiences of several local CIO's and executives. Topics will include: Career Advancement, Retention, and Work/Life Balance.

• Barbara Kunkel, CIO, Troutman Sanders LLP
• Margaret Anderson, VP, SAP America, WITIGEN Member
• Connie Duffey, Assistant Vice President, HRIS Cox Enterprises
• Ken Rabun, CIO, Manhattan Associates
• Denise Billups, Director, IBM Americas
• Joe Eggers, CIO, Fiserv Financial Institutions Group
• Yvonne Bryant Johnson, CEO, Bryant and Associates
• Cynthia Coker, CEO and President, Asocia Group

• Theresa Spralling, Sales Executive, AT&T, WITI Strategic Alliance Chair

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Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Motorola, Inc.

(profile at the time of induction in 2007)

Padmasree Warrior Deemed "Sharp as a RAZR" by the Chicago Sun Times and a "Rising Star" by Fortune Magazine, Padmasree Warrior, Motorola's executive vice president and chief technology officer, is responsible for the company's $3.7 billion research and development investment. An engineer at heart with a true knack for business, Padmasree's charter is to drive innovation, prioritize technology programs and accelerate creative research to commercialization.

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

Marian Cook This is the third and last in a series of articles with quick tips and tools for increasing performance on international virtual teams. We are all feeling stretched at work because our days have been stretched across the globe. While technology has increased our productivity, it seems that our productivity expectations and responsibilities have increased at a faster rate. How then can we move these teams forward smartly?

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It's Not Always Important to Understand Why
By Jane Herman

Jane Herman "Why did you do that? Think that? Buy that? Go there?" Have you ever noticed how many times a day you find yourself responding to the question, "Why?" Often times the question comes from someone else - but it is a question that we also ask of ourselves.The "Why?" question has two sides - one that can be helpful and enlightening and one that can be limiting.

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Join WITI & The Women's Alliance in Helping Low-Income Women Succeed!

The Women's Alliance The Women's Alliance Appeals For 50,000 Business Suits and $1,000,000 - One Dollar at a Time For Low-Income Women Seeking Employment

It's Women's History Month and with the proud support of KPMG, LLP, The Women's Alliance, a Miami-based national charity dedicated to providing professional attire and career skills training for low-income women seeking employment, is reaching out to women across the United States to donate $1.00 and their favorite interview outfit to help women in need struggling to climb out of welfare and poverty to the workforce.

KPMG, LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, is the leading Big Four firm in advancing the careers of women and will host clothing drives at its offices across the United States during the month of March with the goal of supporting The Women's Alliance to collect 50,000 suits - one for every woman currently served each year.

Donors who give as little as a dollar have the opportunity to win a one-of-a-kind Tigertail, a custom Softail Harley-Davidson with a crystal skin made of Swarovski crystals and accents at www.youreoneinamillion.org/give.html. Over 50,000 women come to The Women's Alliance nationally for that essential accessory that goes with every outfit: Self Confidence And Self-Esteem.

Contact Nicole Wild, Executive Director of The Women's Alliance, 305-762-6400 or [email protected]. Visit www.thewomensalliance.org.

Join WITI @ SaaScon 2008!

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

Seize the Value in Business Services at SaaScon 2008!

Computerworld's SaaScon 2008 is the world's premier event for executives and managers who create, build, procure and deploy Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) technologies. An industry-wide event, SaaScon attracts end-user executives, ISVs, vendors, and the spectrum of SaaS eco-system players.

For a complimentary IT End-User registration, please visit: http://www.saascon.com/witi

WITI Members Eligible for FREE Passes to Black Hat Europe!

Black Hat Europe 2008 Black Hat Europe
March 25-28, 2008
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Black Hat Europe has Reserved 2 Full Passes for WITI Members - First Come First Serve!

Black Hat returns to Europe with an expanded program with four full tracks, more trainings and more intense, comprehensive presentations on the hottest topics in information security. Please join us for the very best technical security conference on the European continent.

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Join WITI @ ESC Silicon Valley 2008!

ESC Silicon Valley 2008 ESC Silicon Valley: Learn Today, Design Tomorrow - April 14-17, 2008
McEnery Convention Center | San Jose, CA

ESC Silicon Valley is where the global design engineering community gathers to learn, collaborate and celebrate innovation. ESC is celebrating 20 years of educating the creators of technology at the San Jose Convention Center from April 14-17 with over 350 exhibiting companies and over 200 new courses to this year's conference.

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WITI Announces Unique Opportunity from New Media Women!

New Media Women The McCormick-Tribune New Media Women Entrepreneurs Initiative

Attention Creative Women:
Want to rock the world of journalism? The McCormick-Tribune New Media Women Entrepreneurs Initiative will fund 3 innovative online news projects to the tune of $10,000 each. Winners will blog, sharing insights, as they launch new info-sites.

Read all about it and apply online at www.newmediawomen.org. Deadline May 1, 2008. NMWE is a project of J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism.

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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 25 - Atlanta
Panel Discussion - 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 8 - Las Vegas
The Spring Mixer - Networking Social Event!
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
How to Launch a Profitable New Business
April 24 - San Francisco
Technology Panel Discussion
April 29 - South Florida
Save the Date: Spring Networking Event!
April 29 - Atlanta
Perception of the Glass Ceiling in High Tech Companies
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
June 10 - Las Vegas
HR Resume Workshop
June 19 - Research Triangle Park
Network Security Identity Theft
June 26 - Charlotte
WITI - Charlotte Event - SAVE THIS DATE

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

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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!

Black Hat Europe 2008
Mar 25 2008-Mar 28 2008
Amsterdam, Holland
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
Inc. Executive Breakfast Seminar Series: How to Use Technology and New Media to Grow Your Business
Mar 27 2008
Los Angeles, California
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
Optimizing ICT & Management Assets for Sustainable Economic, Business, Social Development
Jul 2 2008-Jul 3 2008
New York, New York

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