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The WITI Strategist
April 30, 2008

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In This Issue:

Partner Events & Announcements

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Women on the Move

Network Meetings


2008 Conference Series:

Excellence in Corporate IT Leadership Symposium and Awards
May 1, 2008 in Chicago

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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!

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Anna Quindlen "The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself."

- Anna Quindlen, Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist and Bestselling Author

Source: ThinkExist.com

Need some inspiration? Check out WITI Notable Quotables in our WITI members only section.� If you have a favorite quote you wish to share, please e-mail it to: [email protected]

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Leadership Profile Series: Jennifer Scanlon, VP, CIO, USG Corporation
By Marian Cook

Jennifer Scanlon Jennifer Scanlon is Vice President and CIO of USG Corporation, and one of the winners of this year's "WITI Excellence in Corporate IT Leadership" Award in Chicago. As CIO, her responsibility is to establish the technological vision of her company. Yet it takes more than just a tech savvy knowledge base to do this.

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WITI New York Women Entrepreneurs in Technology: A Panel of Inspiring Stories
May 14, 2008 • New York, NY • Register Now!

About Our Speakers:
Clarice Kennedy, CEO and founder of CCN, Inc., a leading technology workforce solutions provider
Michelle Madhok, CEO and founder of Shefinds.com and Momfinds.com
Cheryl Hoffman, CEO and founder of Brownfields Capital
Gretchen Shugart, CEO of Theatermania.com and founder of eMediaCapital LLC

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Tools to Minimize Workplace Conflict and Maximize Productivity
By Merle Rein

Merle Rein Once upon a time, there was a young woman, who, upon receiving her degree; got a job; worked hard and was respected by her co-workers and supervisors. She was acknowledged to be an excellent employee and within a few years, she was promoted to department manager.

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WITI Teleclasses & Webinars

Participants in these teleclasses and webinars have made major changes in their lives, after just the first class!

FREE FOR WITI MEMBERS "Own the Room, Own the Meeting, Own the Outcome"
Begins May 13, 8-9pm ET (5-6pm PT)

Practical, no-nonsense, innovative ways to increase the effectiveness of any meeting or presentation.

This class is FREE for WITI members... Click here for details!

"Exploring Your Life Mission"
Begins May 15, 8-9pm ET (5-6pm PT)

This series will help you to gain a clear understanding of your unique gifts, passions, needs, and values, so that you can discover what you want to do with the rest of your life.

This class is DISCOUNTED for WITI members... Click here for details!

"Improve Your Job Search Success with Project Planning"
Begins May 21, 8-9pm ET (5-6pm PT)

In this tele-course series Mark Cummuta and April M. Williams will share from their experience proven job hunting techniques that you can put to immediate use in your own job search.

This class is DISCOUNTED for WITI members... Click here for details!

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The Women's Tech Community Has Launched
By Dana Thorat

Dana Thorat WITI members can have their voices heard! A major global technology company is actively recruiting new members into its private, online community of professional women to get insights from women about the technology products and services that really matter to them.

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orange arrow  WITI 2008 Leadership Award "Women Shaping the Future"

Women and Technology Summit: Women's Leadership - Shaping the Future

As part of being a member of the WITI Community and in support of our 2008 Women & Technology Summit, we ask that each of you reach out to your professional networks and help get the word out regarding our search for nominations for our prestigious WITI Leadership Award for 2008, "Women Shaping the Future". WITI will award and recognize a woman leader who has been influential and empowering in the development of supportive and innovative environments for building future women leaders. �

Nominations are due July 1st, 2008, so please help us get the word out now. �

Click Here to Download Information Regarding the Award Criteria and Submission Requirements or Visit: www.witi.com/sv2008

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WITI Member Sharon Heck to fill new Vice President role at Berkshire Hathaway's Corporate Headquarters

Sharon Heck Due to several business acquisitions and growth in international operations, Berkshire has recently added a new position to is small corporate headquarters staff: Vice President - Taxes. Berkshire Hathaway and its subsidiaries engage in diverse business activities including property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, utilities and energy, finance, manufacturing, retailing and services. Common stock of the company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange trading symbols BRK.A and BRK.B.

Sharon Heck has been selected to fill this position effective June 2, 2008. Sharon is currently a federal tax partner with Ernst & Young LLP in their Chicago office. She has a diverse tax technical background across not only federal tax, but also international and state and local taxation.

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Join WITI @ LAVA's Investment Capital Conference!

Investment Capital Conference LAVA's Investment Capital Conference 2008
May 7, 2008�|�7am-6pm
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Los Angeles, CA

A Content-Rich Conference for Busy Executives Capitalizing on our Best!

For 15 years the Investment Capital Conference has been the annual signature event of the Los Angeles Venture Association, our region's oldest, most successful organization focused on the financing of growth. LAVA's Investment Capital Conference features a unique content-rich program and effective networking; delivering unique and essential knowledge and contacts to top-level executives from early-stage to middle-market companies. Keynote speakers include: Jerry Greenfield, Co-Founder of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Icecream and Dean Kenneth Starr, Pepperdine School of Law.� This year's event is on May 7th at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, downtown Los Angeles.

Visit www.icc.lava.org for more information.

Join WITI @ Global Security Group's Emergency Action Plan Preperation Seminar!

Emergency Action Plan Preperation Seminar Emergency Action Plan Preperation Seminar
May 13-15, 2008
New York, NY

Global Security Group, Inc. (GSG) is well known for preparing the most comprehensive and effective emergency action plans in the security industry. GSG is now sharing their expertise by offering "Emergency Action Plan Preparation", a seminar that will teach participants to prepare fully complete and integrated Emergency Action Plans. This planning process is appropriate for:

  • High-rise office buildings
  • Schools and universities
  • Plants and manufacturing sites
  • Government installations
  • Religious institutions
This seminar is not a "best practices" course that simply covers theory alone. You will be trained in the actual plan preparation process and after the course you will be fully able to create emergency action plans on your own. Whether you are a corporate security professional tasked to create plans for your employer or are a security consultant interested in broadening your service offerings this course will allow you to do it. When you leave you will have all necessary templates on disk in electronic format for your personal and professional use.

Cost is $775 but we are offering 10% off for WITI or RAG members

Join WITI @ GSG's Executive Travel Safety & Personal Security Seminar!

Executive Travel Safety & Personal Security Seminar Executive Travel Safety & Personal Security Seminar
May 20, 2008
New York, NY

The Global Security Group, Inc. is pleased to present "Executive Travel Safety & Personal Security", a seminar detailing the measures that must be taken to help ensure the safety of America's executives and corporate employees as they operate in the global marketplace.

The current world political situation has made doing business a great deal harder and certainly more dangerous. Business travelers need to be taught the basic security techniques familiar to government operatives but little known in the corporate world.

Cost is $495 but we are offering 10% off for WITI or RAG members

Join WITI @ GSG's Methodology of Executive Protection Seminar!

Methodology of Executive Protection Seminar Methodology of Executive Protection Seminar
May 21-22, 2008
New York, NY

Corporate executives, celebrities, government leaders, and other prominent individuals frequently find themselves in the type of high-risk situations that require an elevated level of personal protection. In today's world, the protection specialist must understand management and logistics. He or she must demonstrate the ability to be detailed in both planning and advance work. And the successful protective specialist must have the ability to operate amongst the most senior people in the international business community.

This two-day seminar will introduce participants to unique security concepts, up-to-date security methods, modern techniques, sophisticated tactics and state of the art security and safety technologies for establishing or enhancing your executive protection program. This professional course is based on real-life experience and taught by practitioners who managed and directed complex security operations for the US Government, the Israeli General Security Agency and the New York City Police Department. These specialists will share their knowledge, expertise, and proven techniques acquired in decades of international experience. The course will consist of both classroom presentation and practical exercise.

Cost is $695 but we are offering 10% off for WITI or RAG members
(Price includes all presentation materials, a continental breakfast and buffet lunch on both days.)

Join WITI @ Hacker Halted USA 2008!

Hacker Halted USA 2008 Hacker Halted USA 2008
May 28 - June 4, 2008
Myrtle Beach, SC

Let's Stop the Hackers Menace

The internationally recognized information security conference,�Hacker Halted, is organized in collaboration with the 10th Techno Security Conference, and AccessData's First Annual Users' Conference. Hacker Halted USA 2008�is a truly international platform for IT Security professionals.

Hosted by EC-Council, this conference will feature some of the top speakers in the world, and will raise international awareness towards increased education and ethics in Information Security. Delegates who register for Hacker Halted USA will also be able to attend the Techno Security Conference at no additional cost.

Hacker Halted USA will be one of the significant information security events in North America for 2008.

Special Offer for WITI Members!
WITI will be giving away 2 full fonference passes to Hacker Halted USA 2008 - First come, first serve! Call the WITI office at 818-788-9484 today!

Visit www.hackerhalted.com for more information.

Join WITI @ Rules for Renegades Summit 2008!

Rules for Renegades Summit 2008 Rules for Renegades Summit 2008!
June 6-7, 2008 • Irvine, CA

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What if proven strategies and secrets to sky rocket your business or career to the next level were handed to you on a silver platter by the successful innovators and entrepreneurs who developed them? Unattainable? Not anymore... Because on June 6th and 7th I am hosting the event that deliver exactly that and more! At The Rules for Renegades Summit I will reveal secrets and strategies that got me to the top, along with my friends and mentors like: Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Dave Lakhani, Brendon Burchard, and others!

Christine Comaford-Lynch Click Here NOW to register for this FREE event (deposit required) while seats are still available! I look forward to seeing you in June!

- Christine Comaford-Lynch
Author of Rules For Renegades and CEO of Mighty Ventures

WITI and ApplyWise - Supporting Higher Education!

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Online System for Managing the College Application Process

Robin Raskin, longtime WITI member, has been working with a new startup called�ApplyWise. She was intrigued by the ApplyWise program, which was developed by one of the nations' top private colleges admission's counselors for two reasons. First, it's an equalizer. It levels the playing field between those who can afford private counseling and those who cannot. Second, it helps busy parents. Studies show that parents of juniors and seniors in high school frequently miss work days and are distracted by the demands of the college application process. Applywise can maximize their efforts but minimize some of the long hours. The program consists of 12 interactive sessions that use interactive lessons, multimedia, personal surveys and planning tools to help with everything from the letter of recommendation to figuring out what high school curriculum to take.

Go to applywise.com and take a tour. You'll save 10% and a percentage of all sales will be contributed to WITI to help them continue their education programs for women in technology. Use Promo Code WITI.

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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

May 13 - Las Vegas
Trendy Products for Home and Office
May 14 - New York
Women Entrepreneurs in Technology: A Panel of Inspiring Stories
May 15 - Research Triangle Park
Positive Core and Strengths for Technical Professionals
May 20 - South Florida
Business Intelligence/IT Governance: IT's next challenge
May 21 - San Diego
'Valuation of Early Stage Technology Companies'
June 4 - Houston
Managing Customer Value in Five Languages When Everyone Has Something to Say
June 10 - Las Vegas
HR and Resume Workshop
June 17 - South Florida
Save the Date: ACP and WITI event
June 19 - Research Triangle Park
How "Agile" is Changing the Software Testing Industry
June 24 - Atlanta
Panel Discussion covering -- Recruiting, HR, Technology, Web 2.0
June 26 - Charlotte
Accessability in Software Design

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!

May 1 2008-Jun 1 2008
West Los Angeles, California
LAVA's Investment Capital Conference 2008
May 7 2008
Los Angeles, California
"Web 2.0 and Implications for IT Leadership"
May 15 2008
Natick, Massachusetts
The Executives' Club of Chicago Women's Leadership Breakfast & Panel Discussion
May 27 2008
Chicago, Illinois
Hacker Halted USA 2008
Jun 1 2008-Jun 4 2008
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Rules for Renegades Summit- Christine Comaford-Lynch
Jun 6 2008-Jun 7 2008
Irvine, California
Sensors Expo & Conference
Jun 9 2008-Jun 11 2008
Rosemont, Illinois
1st Annual Women In Project Management Conference
Jun 12 2008-Jun 13 2008
Columbus, Ohio
Jun 23 2008-Jun 24 2008
New York, New York

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