WITI Strategist Newsletter
WITI Strategist
April 15, 2009

The Leading Association for Professional Tech Savvy Women... Since 1989.

In This Issue:
2009 WITI Summit
WITI Leadership
WITI Membership Drive
WITI Personal Growth
WITI Teleclasses
WITI Webinars
WITI Featured Network
WITI Partner Events
WITI Network Meetings

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  WITI Network Events

April 15 - South Florida
Pink Slip Party
April 21 - South Florida
Lunch and Learn No.1: Networking - Managing the Mingling
April 23 - Chicago
Increasing Your Value Throughout Your Career
April 27 - San Diego
The Experimental Man Project
April 28 - Central Florida
WITI SMART Connections
April 29 - Atlanta
Building the IT Professional Pipeline for Today to be Ready for Tomorrow
April 29 - New Jersey
Professional Pivot - Using Your Skills to Adapt to a New Opportunity
May 6 - Houston
The 10 Steps You Must Take to Thrive During a Down Economy
May 7 - South Florida
Luncheon - Managing Remote Teams: Collaborating Across Town and Across Borders
May 12 - Las Vegas
A Panel of the Top Security Officers in Town Discuss PCI and SOX Compliance
May 13 - Central Florida
TAMPA Timpano's Ladies Luncheon: How Your Thoughts and Emotions Effect Your Career, Your Marketability and Creates Your Life's Reality
May 13 - Central Florida
ORLANDO Timpano's Ladies Luncheon: WITI SMART Connections
May 14 - Research Triangle Park
Software as a Service

More Network Events

  WITI Partner Events

Boston SIM Special Evenong Meeting
Apr 16 2009
Boston, Massachusetts
Net.Finance 2009
Apr 20 2009-Apr 23 2009
Las Vegas, Nevada
2009 Southern California Business Growth Conference
Apr 20 2009
Anaheim, California
Adobe's Rick Miller on CS4, Premiere Pro Demo
Apr 23 2009
Los Angeles, California AlwaysOn OnHollywood
Apr 27 2009-Apr 29 2009
Los Angeles, California
IBM Impact 2009
May 3 2009-May 8 2009
Las Vegas, Nevada
Interop Las Vegas
May 17 2009-May 22 2009
Las Vegas, Nevada
Disney Keys to Excellence
May 19 2009
Tulsa, Oklahoma
AlwaysOn Venture Summit
May 20 2009-May 22 2009
Boston, Massachusetts
2009 CommunityOne Conference West
Jun 1 2009-Jun 3 2009
San Francisco, California
Jun 2 2009-Jun 4 2009
Santa Clara, California
Disney Keys to Excellence
Jun 3 2009
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Interop Tokyo
Jun 9 2009-Jun 13 2009
Tokyo, Japan

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  The 2009 WITI Summit Returns to the Silicon Valley in June!

WITI20 - 20th Anniversary WITI's 20th Anniversary Summit:
World Café and Social Media Café
Innovation, Collaboration, Reinvention

Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, CA
June 14-16, 2009

Event Schedule  |  Speakers & Keynotes  |  Hotel & Travel  |  Register Now!

The World Café is the ideal structure to achieve concrete deliverables as we develop and expand our ability to innovate, collaborate and reinvent. WITI's 20th Anniversary Summit will incorporate these principles into our Social Media Café where we will learn how to leverage social media tools such as blogging, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Only 59 Days to Go... Click Here for Discounted Early Bird Pricing!

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  WITI Leadership

Leadership Skills: A Quick Primer on Conducting Effective Performance Discussions
By Marian Cook

Marian Cook Honest and productive career discussions are an important part of being a leader and a subordinate. Too often they are viewed as a rushed administrative burden instead of the chance to celebrate progress, address developmental needs and chart the future. In a recent leadership development forum I led, top executives discussed how to prepare for and conduct the actual performance meeting. All agreed that performance discussions should be an on-going process, not a one time event. We discussed tips to help make the session itself more productive.

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  WITI Personal Growth

Ignite Your Energy of Success
By Prasanna Gunturi

Prasanna Gunturi What is the "Energy of Success"?

It is the energy in you that automatically attracts the right people, places, events, and opportunities, and the same energy that lets you grab those opportunities with enthusiasm, and without fear or doubt.

Each of us can do many things well and it may take a lot of effort to first become an expert and then a master in what we do or who we want to be. Ironically, there is no real effort necessary in mastering one thing, which is being our authentic self.

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  Join Us for the 2009 WITI Hall of Fame @ WITI's 20th Anniversary Summit!

WITI's Hall of Fame was established in 1996 to recognize, honor, and promote the outstanding contributions women make to the scientific and technological communities that improve and evolve our society. This year's WITI Hall of Fame dinner and awards ceremony, hosted by Shira Lazar of NBC's 1st Look, will be held on Monday June 15, 2009 @ 6:30pm in the Silicon Valley.

Announcing Four Leaders in Science and Technology who will be Honored at WITI's Hall of Fame Awards Dinner...

Patricia S. Cowings Patricia S. Cowings
Research Psychologist, Human Systems Integration Division, NASA Ames Research Center
  Maxine Fassberg Maxine Fassberg
Vice President, Technology and Manufacturing Group, Fab 28 Plant Manager, General Manager, Intel Israel

Dr. Sharon Nunes Dr. Sharon Nunes
Vice President Big Green Innovations, IBM Corporation
  Dr. Carolyn Turbyfill Dr. Carolyn Turbyfill
Technology Pioneer

Don't Miss Out on WITI's Biggest Event of the Year... Register Now!

  Join WITI @ IBM IMPACT 2009!

Smart SOA Conference
May 3-8, 2009
Las Vegas, NV

Join us in Las Vegas for Impact 2009 at the Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. It's sure to be an action-packed, five-day event with comprehensive SOA and WebSphere education to help you overcome pressing business and IT challenges!

There will be 3 Promotions just for you, WITI Members!
• The 1st five WITI members to register by March 2 get the privilege to go back stage to "Meet and Greet" with Huey Lewis and the News
• Next 20 WITI members who register by May 1 receive a signed copy of The New Language of Marketing 2.0 and a round table session hosted by Sandy Carter, VP, SOA & WebSphere Strategy, IBM
• February 15 - May 1, ALL WITI members will receive $100 off the Standard Registration Fee (promotion code: IMP9WITI)

In addition, Tuesday, May 5th will be a very special day for WITI Members. At 5:15pm, we will run a session titled "How to Use Social Media as a Woman to ´┐ŻNetwork" followed by a complementary Super Women's Group Reception, co-sponsored by WITI and IBM, from 6-7 PM at the Venetian Resort & Casino. Last year we had over 300 "super" women at the reception - we are aiming for more this year!

Visit www.ibm.com/soa/impact2009/register for Complete Details!

  WITI 20th Anniversary Special Offer!

20th Anniversary Membership Drive: Join WITI Today and Receive a Matching Membership for a Colleague - Use Promo Code 'mem24109' - Sign Up Now!

Included with your WITI Membership Fee is a One Year Subscription to Wired Magazine ($12 Value)... Click Here to Become a WITI Member Today!

  WITI Teleclasses & Webinars

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 6, 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!

Suchita R. Dadhich & John McDonald "Building an Innovative Culture - I Wish I had a Blueprint"
Begins May 12, 3-4pm ET (12-1pm PT)

Learn how to be more agile and creative in problem solving, through exploring how an innovation leader thinks, behaves and maneuvers in areas related to people, politics, challenges and success.

This class is INCLUDED in WITI membership... Click here for details!

Click Here for a Complete List of WITI Member Webinars & WITI Teleclasses!

  WITI Featured Network Event

WITI South Florida Lunch and Learn No.1: Networking - Managing the Mingling
April 21, 2009 • Hollywood, FL
Register Now!

Networking is an essential part of finding a new job. The aim of this first "Lunch and Learn" seminar is to help make attendance at a function a little easier. Many people are uncomfortable about attending a function where they don't know a lot of other people, find conversation difficult to start, or lack self-confidence.

Featured Speaker:
• Jackye Clayton, Certified National Trainer

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  Care.com has a Special Member Benefit just for WITI Members

Care.com Visit Care.com/WITI and save 20% on your subscription! Find great local babysitters, nannies, special needs caregivers, tutors, senior caregivers, pet sitters, housekeepers and more!

View detailed profiles, background checks and references for hundreds of thousands of pre-screened providers near you!

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Visit the award winning GEICO.com for your complimentary, easy, no-obligation rate quote. Your subscription to WITI's newsletter could save you even more money.

All inquiries will benefit the WITI professional association.

Visit: www.GEICO.com or Call: 1-800-368-2734 and Mention WITI to Receive Your Discounted Quote Today!

  WITI Members can Save up to 29% with Lenovo

Lenovo Lenovo is pleased to provide WITI members with this great offer on its entire product line, including the award winning ThinkPad® notebook, new and highly acclaimed IdeaPad™ multimedia notebooks, innovative ThinkCentre™ desktops and computing accessories.

Here's How You Save:
1) Receive instant savings with discounted web pricing;
2) In Addition, save up to 15% with your WITI membership discount.

Visit the website often, as special time limited eCoupons (in addition to the savings noted above) are provided frequently!

Redemption Instructions: Visit www.lenovo.com/witi or call 1-800-426-7235, option 1, ext. 5719 to take advantage of discounts on select products. FREE ground shipping available on all web orders!

Terms and Conditions: Savings referenced off regular Lenovo.com price (not in addition to standard affinity discount) and available direct from Lenovo on select products. Offer not combinable with other discounts, offers or promotions. Offer valid in US only and subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice. The following are trademarks of Lenovo Group, LTD. or one of its subsidiaries: ThinkPad and ThinkCentre.

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  WITI Partner Events & Announcements

Keeping you up-to-date on where you'll find WITI!
WITI partner events provide an excellent opportunity for peer-to-peer networking and job growth amongst tech savvy women and men. For a complete listing of WITI events in your area, click here!

  Submissions are Now Being Accepted for ITVFest 2009!

ITVFest Independent Television Festival
July 31 - August 6, 2009
Los Angeles, CA

The 2009 ITVFest - it is your chance to share your creativity and talent and the only place to get your independent webseries and independently produced television pilots seen.

The ITVFest will accept submissions for the following categories:
Comedy, Drama, Alternative, Documentary and Webseries.

Early Submission Deadline: April 23, 2009
Late Submission Deadline: May 14, 2009

The world of successful independent production is not merely limited to the silver screen. Pilotmakers showcased at ITVFest have gone on to get script deals with NBC, development deals with Starz!, web deals with Sony Digital, Fox Studios and Ziddio.com, and representation from top reps such as UTA and 3 Arts. Winners of the 2008 ITVFest also walked home with $5,000 in production support each!

For more information, visit our website and forum at www.itvfest.org

  Join WITI @ OnHollywood: Where Innovation Meets Entertainment!

OnHollywood AlwaysOn OnHollywood
April 27-29, 2009
Sofitel Hotel in West Hollywood, CA

Co-Presented by AlwaysOn, Morgan Stanley, and Forbes.com
WITI is proud to be an affiliate partner of the upcoming OnHollywood event, where cutting-edge technology CEOs from the back streets of Silicon Valley meet the Hollywood digital entertainment and media elite. This two-and-a-half-day executive event features high-level debates on which forces are disrupting user behavior and creating new opportunities, content strategies and monetization schemes in the video, music, gaming, search, and mobile industries.

Please click here to register and take advantage of the exclusive 50%-off discount we have for you.

  Join WITI @ Disney Keys to Excellence in Tulsa!

Disney Key to Excellence Disney Keys to Excellence
May 19, 2009
Tulsa, OK

WITI Professional Association Welcomes the Disney Institute to Tulsa on May 19, 2009

It doesn't take any training to recognize that the world's economy has taken a significant downturn. It does take effective and proven professional development training to guide impacted organizations back to the summit.
A one-day local workshop, the Disney Keys to Excellence program is a rare and affordable opportunity to learn best business practices from Disney insiders. Organizations from across the nation have learned proven philosophies and implemented effective processes to reap the rewards of improvements in leadership, management, service, and brand loyalty.

IMPORTANT: Please use promotional code WITIPNE to receive $50 OFF PER GUEST when registering.


No prerequisite training required.

  Join WITI @ CommunityOne West!

CommunityOne West

Register for CommunityOne West, June 1-3, 2009, San Francisco

Join us for three jam-packed days of education, innovation, and exchange. Come together with fellow developers and technologists to evaluate dozens of open-source projects currently powering leading Web companies, transforming enterprise IT, and enabling next-generation computing. Main conference on June 1 is free, but space is limited. Deep Dive tutorials on June 2 and 3 require a fee. Register today!

Click Here for Details!

  Join WITI @ CONNECTIONS™: The Digital Living Conference & Showcase!

CONNECTIONS: The Digital Living Conference & Showcase
The Digital Living
Conference & Showcase

June 2-4, 2009
Santa Clara, CA

The CONNECTIONS™: The Digital Living Conference and Showcase is the premier executive event focused on the market developments and growth factors for advanced digital lifestyle solutions.

This unique research-driven executive conference and showcase, hosting close to 1,000 attendees each year, delivers insight and recommendations for new business models and opportunities in digital media/content, connected consumer electronics, broadband and value-added services, and home systems.


  Join WITI @ Disney Keys to Excellence in Pittsburgh!

Disney Key to Excellence Disney Keys to Excellence
June 3, 2009
Pittsburgh, PA

WITI Professional Association Welcomes the Disney Institute to Pittsburgh on June 3, 2009

It doesn't take any training to recognize that the world's economy has taken a significant downturn. It does take effective and proven professional development training to guide impacted organizations back to the summit.
A one-day local workshop, the Disney Keys to Excellence program is a rare and affordable opportunity to learn best business practices from Disney insiders. Organizations from across the nation have learned proven philosophies and implemented effective processes to reap the rewards of improvements in leadership, management, service, and brand loyalty.

IMPORTANT: Please use promotional code WITIMNE to receive $50 OFF PER GUEST when registering.

TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER GO TO: www.KeysPittsburgh.com

No prerequisite training required.

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