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The WITI Strategist
May 14, 2008

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In This Issue:

Partner Events & Announcements

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Women on the Move

WITI Marketplace Featured Business

Network Meetings


2008 Conference Series:

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

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Joan Didion "To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves - there lies the great, singular power of self-respect."

- Joan Didion, American Writer

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

Including the 13th Annual WITI Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards Ceremony!
Have you ever attended a WITI Hall of Fame Event? Check out the New and Improved WITI Hall of Fame portal for videos of the past recipients.

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Announcing:�WITI's New 2008 WITI Leadership Award - Women 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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Combining Passion and Career
By Marian Cook

Marian Cook Connie Shoemake, one of the winners of Women In Technology's Excellence in Corporate IT Leadership Award, is the VP of the Public Sector Sales organization for the Central Region at IBM. The judges of the award overwhelmingly recommended her based not only on her career achievements, but also on her commitment to mentoring and education. In our discussion, these shine through.

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WITI Houston Managing Customer Value in Five Languages
When Everyone Has Something to Say

June 4, 2008 • Houston, TX • Register Now!

Becoming customer-centered while retaining the creative freedom necessary for innovation is complicated immensely when technology customers are drawn from different cultures, speak different languages, and vary widely in their philosophical and technical approaches to "getting the job done".

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For a Complete List of WITI Network Events, Click Here!

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Releasing the River
By Jane Herman

Jane Herman Inside of you there is a river - a river of energy, thought, and creativity. It is meant to flow freely and effortlessly as your life force expresses itself in the world. Unfortunately, many times your river gets dammed up and the great flow of your life energy gets reduced to a trickle. Your world becomes constricted and narrow and everything seems like an effort. It's time to add some tools to your toolkit for unclogging that dam.

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

Kathy Hill "Exploring Your Life Mission"
Begins May 22, 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!

Mark Cummuta and April M. Williams "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!

orange arrow  Women on the Move

WITI congratulates Hall of Fame winner and former IBM Executive Yukako Uchinaga! As of April 1, 2008, Ms Uchinaga has been named Director and Vice Chairman of Benesse Corporation and Chairman and CEO of Berlitz International, Inc.

Yukako Uchinaga In April 2008, Ms. Uchinaga was named Vice Chairman of Benesse Corporation & Chairman of the Board, CEO and Vice President of Berlitz International, Inc. Benesse Corporation offers products and services in the four business fields of education, language study, living and lifestyles, and nursing care through a group of in-house companies. With 128 years of experience, more than 450 centers in over 60 countries, Berlitz provides effective language instruction, whether for business or personal enrichment.

Ms. Uchinaga joined IBM Japan, Ltd. in 1971 as a system engineer and spent her career mostly with the company. She held several management positions in development and marketing before being elected to the IBM Board of Directors in 1995. She was named Vice President, Yamato Software Development Laboratory in 1999, and was promoted to General Manager, Yamato Laboratory in 2004. She assumed the position of Technical Advisor in April 2007.

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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

If This Sounds All Too Familiar To You:

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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

Join WITI @ The Women in Project Management Conference!

Project Management Resource Group, Inc. 1st Annual Women In
Project Management Conference

June 12-13, 2008
8:00am - 5:00pm
The Columbus Athenaeum
32 North 4th Street
Columbus, OH

7.5 PDU's / .75 CEU's Per day

This unique 2 day conference is designed to empower women in their management careers, provide skills vital to success in business, and offer insights and real life experiences on how to balance your personal and professional life - transitioning from a work life to a life that works.

Each day features a spectacular keynote speaker. On day 1, Carol Evans, President and CEO of Working Mother Media and Working Mother Magazine and author of the award winning book This Is How We Do It: The Working Mothers' Manifesto and on day 2, Donna James, President of Lardon & Associates, past President of Nationwide Strategic Investments, and Board Member of Coca Cola Enterprises and Limited Brands. Other topics covered are:

  • Work Life Balance (Transitioning from a work life to a life that works)
  • Collaboration for Accomplishment (Guaranteeing successful project completion)
  • Powerful and Connected (1/2 day interactive workshop)
  • Turning Points (Gaining Success through life experiences, triumphs, set backs, and lessons learned)
  • Creating Powerful, High Performance Teams (Taking your group to a high performing TEAM)
  • Women Make Great Leaders (Using your natural characteristics to produce great leaders)
  • Negotiation (Creating value through negotiation in your personal and professional life)
Member Registration • $525 per day (Thu. or Fri.) • $950 both days (Thu. & Fri)
Non-Member Registration • $575 per day (Thu. or Fri.) • $1050 both days (Thu. & Fri)

For more detailed speaker, topic, and registration information, please visit: www.ProjectManagementResourceGroup.com or call 614-309-6565.

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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 15 - Research Triangle Park
Positive Core and Strengths for Technical Professionals
May 20 - South Florida
Business Intelligence: 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 5 - Los Angeles
Summer Networking Social at McCormick & Schmick's
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
August 6 - Houston
Hot Technology Roundtable
August 19 - Las Vegas
Wine Tasting
August 20 - San Diego
Corporate Politics: The Elephant in the Conference Room
August 21 - 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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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!

Executives Leading Sustainable Change
Mar 3 2008-Jun 5 2008
Bay Area, California
May 1 2008-Jun 1 2008
Los Angeles, California
Web 2.0 and Implications for IT Leadership
May 15 2008
Natick, MA, Massachusetts
Global Security Group's Executive Travel Safety & Personal Security Seminar
May 20 2008
New York, New York
Global Security Group's Methodology of Executive Protection Seminar
May 21 2008-May 22 2008
New York, New York
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
Optimizing ICT & Management Assets for Sustainable Economic, Business, Social Development
Jul 2 2008-Jul 3 2008
New York, New York
OnHollywood & BRIM: The Broadband Rights Marketplace
Jul 10 2008-Jul 11 2008
Los Angeles, California
Black Hat USA 2008
Aug 2 2008-Aug 7 2008
Las Vegas, Nevada

For more information and discounts

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