WITI Strategist Newsletter
WITI Strategist
August 26, 2009

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

In This Issue:
WITI Remembers
WITI Virtual Summit
WITI Wealth
WITI Hosts the DFSummit
WITI Technology
Teleclasses & Webinars
WITI Women
WITI Featured Network
WITI Membership Offer
WITI Network Events
WITI Partner Events

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  WITI Network Events

August 27 - Los Angeles
Summer Networking Social at Shanghai Red's
September 1 - Dallas
WITI Dallas Annual Luncheon Presented by Wells Fargo
September 8 - Central Florida
Developing Emotional Intelligence for Success
September 10 - Dallas
Making A Difference
September 15 - Los Angeles
Speaking engagement by CIO of American Honda Motor Co... And networking event
September 19 - Research Triangle Park
SMART Networking - Fall Event
September 22 - Silicon Valley
Networking Social at California Cafe!
September 30 - Sacramento
Wine and Unwind
October 6 - Las Vegas
WITI & WINE Networking Event @ The Grape Town Square
October 7 - Houston
Joint WITI Meeting w/ AWC: Cloud Computing Panel
October 13 - Las Vegas
"Managing IT in a Down Economy"
October 15 - Research Triangle Park
Becoming the Best In Class - Six Sigma

More Network Events

  WITI Partner Events

Disney Keys to Excellence
Sep 1 2009
Austin, Texas
SVASE MAIN EVENT: PWC Shaking the MoneyTree
Sep 3 2009
Palo Alto, California
Le Metier de Beaute
Sep 8 2009-Sep 13 2009
New York, New York
Disney Keys to Excellence
Sep 9 2009
Indianapolis, Indiana
Disney Keys to Excellence
Sep 9 2009
Columbus, Ohio
2009 San Diego Cloud Computing Conference
Sep 9 2009
San Diego, California
GigaOM presents: Mobilize "The Next-Generation Mobile Conference"
Sep 10 2009
San Francisco, California
Girls in Tech - Silicon Valley
Sep 10 2009
Palo Alto, California
CARE's Power to the Peaceful Global Action Forum
Sep 13 2009
San Francisco, California
AlwaysOn GoingGreen
Sep 14 2009-Sep 16 2009
San Francisco, California
Disney Keys to Excellence & Disney Keys to Inspiring Creativity
Sep 15 2009-Sep 16 2009
Honolulu, Hawaii
Bay Area SecureWorld Expo
Sep 16 2009-Sep 17 2009
Santa Clara, California
SVASE BIGs: SVASE & The Environmental Business Cluster Presents: What is the Future of CleanTech?
Sep 17 2009
Palo Alto, California
Gartner Business Process Management Summit
Oct 5 2009-Oct 7 2009
Orlando, Florida
Oracle OpenWorld 2009
Oct 11 2009-Oct 15 2009
San Francisco, California
SC World Congress 2009
Oct 13 2009-Oct 14 2009
New York, New York
Seattle SecureWorld Expo
Oct 29 2009-Oct 30 2009
Bellevue, Washington

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  WITI Remembers Senator Ted Kennedy (1932-2009)

Ted Kennedy "His extraordinary life on this earth has come to an end. And the extraordinary good that he did lives on. For his family, he was a guardian. For America, he was the defender of a dream."

- President Barack Obama

Source: The White House

  WITI Virtual Summit

WITI20 - 20th Anniversary WITI's Annual Virtual Social Media Summit
Interactive Hands-ON Learning...
See Results in 5 DAYS

November 2-6, 2009
On the Web and a City Near You
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Register Now for WITI's Virtual Social Media Summit, November 2-6th, 2009

A couple of years ago, we thought Facebook was for kids. And whoever heard of "Twitter"?�Now, a day does not go by where we are not directed to "follow" someone on Twitter, get Linkedin and "Friend me" on Facebook. It's finally starting to hit home. We better get up to speed as quickly as possible. Expand or become expendable.

Only 67 Days To Go... For More Details or to Register, Click Here!

Join the Team
WITI's Virtual Social Media Summit Team is looking for people who are interested in working with us in the following areas: Sponsorship/Advertising, Content/Speakers, Event Coordination and PR/Marketing. Click Here to Apply!

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For WITI event sponsorship and advertising details call a WITI representative today at 800-334-9484, or email: [email protected]

  WITI Wealth

Hiring a Financial Consultant
By Judi Martindale, CFP

Judi Martindale A WITI member wrote me asking when it might be most appropriate to use a financial planner so I thought I'd offer some suggestions.

Almost anyone can benefit from the advice of a financial advisor just as anyone could benefit from the advice of a seasoned expert in any field of concern. There are a few specific times when contacting a financial planner is especially important.

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  WITI is Proud to Host the Digital Family Summit

Digital Family Summit: Managing Online Communities | September 23, 2009 | Santa Monica, CA

Join the Collective Conversation... Click Here for Details and Registration!

Digital Family Survey: Managing Online Communities

Capitalizing on the success we had bringing the community together with the Digital Family Reunion in December '08, Digital Family is launching its first thought leadership survey and we'd like you and your company to participate.

In association with USC's Annenberg Program on Online Communities and E-Poll Market Research, Digital Family is conducting the Digital Family Survey: "Managing Online Communities" which will survey professionals from across the U.S. technology and business communities.

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Click Here to Take the Digital Family Survey: "Managing Online Communities"

  WITI Technology

The Technical Torch: Proactive Mentorship at its Best
By Sharon Nunes, Vice President, Big Green Innovations, IBM Research, and winner of 2009 WITI Hall of Fame Award

Sharon Nunes It's no secret that professionals are often groomed by others who've paved the way in their chosen fields. I was certainly fortunate that some of IBM's most intelligent, perceptive and driven female executives took the time to guide me in the right direction. And, today, I'm happy to have the opportunity to pass the torch by mentoring young women across a variety of scientific disciplines.

But, if it's one thing I've learned about being the go-to for anyone in their career, it's how to embrace being a truly proactive mentor.

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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!

Sandra E. Burke, Ph.D. Mentoring Matters
Begins September 8, 3-4pm ET (12-1pm PT)

Are you at an impasse and don't know what to do next in your career? Join Dr. Sandra E. Burke, WITI Hall of Famer and scientist with more than 40 years experience in large healthcare organizations, as she describes the ins and outs of mentoring!

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

video   Click Here to Watch a Video of Dr. Sandra E. Burke!

Kathy Hill "Exploring Your Life Mission"
Begins September 9, 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!

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

  WITI Women

By Carolyn Leighton, CEO/Founder/Chairwoman of WITI

Carolyn Leighton What do you want to see when you look back at your own life?

Within 3 minutes on the news last week, I listened to a review of Eunice Shriver's extraordinary contributions and service to our country - and an announcement that Michael Vick was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles.

The contrast was stunning - I was so inspired listening to all that Eunice Shriver had done; then I wondered how many people will attend Philadelphia Eagles games and, at the same time, try to tell us how much they love dogs.

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  WITI Featured Network Event

WITI Los Angeles Summer Networking Social at Shanghai Red's • Aug 27, 2009 • Marina Del Rey, CA
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Join us for a fun evening of networking and socializing with the tech savvy community of Los Angeles! Come one, come all, bring your business cards, and schmooze with us as we enjoy the summer weather and good company!

  • This is an annual favorite, with a big turnout.
  • Men are welcome and encouraged to attend.
  • Complimentary Hors d' Oeuvres and Cash bar.
  • Bring a light sweater/jacket as the event is outside.
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Click Here for a Complete List of WITI Network Events in Your Area!

  Exclusive Offer for WITI Members... 5 Places Left!

Spiral Up! - A Women's Six-Month Coaching Series for Creating an Inspired Life "Wendy's coaching series helped me to see, speak, and act in ways that are more authentic, compassionate, and truly powerful. I have worked with other coaches and Wendy is the stand-out because of her balance between hard core business and spirituality. I have no doubt that our work together played a major role in my promotion." - Leslie Cross, VP Internal Audit, KLA-Tencor

At times like these, we have to make a conscious effort not to get pulled into a fearful, survivalist mode. Now, more than ever, it is possible and necessary to be guided by what is true and real in ourselves. During this six-month series you will meet with a small group of women committed to transforming themselves. Structured in dynamic 3-hour, live group sessions, these monthly meetings will provide you with a structured process and a safe environment to drop into the truth about what you really want and who you want to be, think through the changes you might want to make in your life with support.

Wendy Wallbridge Led by Wendy Wallbridge. For details, testimonials and Wendy's bio, visit: www.onyourmarkcoach.com  |  Download the flyer

Starts Friday, September 18, 2009 (10/9, 11/13, 12/11, 1/15, 2/12) Location: Santa Clara, CA. If interested, call to set up complimentary 30-minute coaching call 415-883-1007 [email protected] $100 DISCOUNT for WITI members. Deadline 9/9/09

  Free BlackBerry's and More at the WITI Wireless Center

WITI Wireless Center

Huge savings on phones and accessories at the WITI Wireless Center! This month's specials include free BlackBerry's and waived activation fee on AT&T plans.

See www.WITIwireless.com for details.

  Exclusive Offer for WITI Members

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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.

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  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.

  WITI Strategist Subscribers Protect Your Identity with LifeLock!

LifeLock Protect your Identity and Save 10% Off LifeLock!

A new survey shows women are 26% more likely to become victims of identity theft than men.* But there are steps you can take to reduce your risk.

As the leader in identity theft protection, LifeLock works to help protect your identity - even if your information falls into the wrong hands. As a LifeLock member, if you become a victim of identity theft because of a failure in LifeLock's service, they'll help fix it at their expense, up to $1,000,000. (Restrictions apply. See lifelock.com for details.)

WITI has partnered with LifeLock to give WITI members a special offer plus a 10% discount on LifeLock membership. Just visit www.lifelock.com or call 1-800-LIFELOCK (543-3562) and use promotion code 'WIT2' to save and help protect your identity today.

* Source: Javelin Strategy & Research. "2009 Identity Fraud Survey Report." February 2009.

  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!

  Join WITI @ Disney Keys to Excellence in September!

Disney Key to Excellence Disney Keys to Excellence
September 1, 2009 • Austin, TX

Disney Keys to Excellence
September 9, 2009 • Indianapolis, IN

Disney Keys to Excellence
September 9, 2009 • Columbus, OH

Disney Keys to Excellence &
Disney Keys to Inspiring Creativity

September 15 & 16, 2009 • Honolulu, HI

WITI Welcomes the Disney Institute to Austin, Indianapolis, Columbus and Honolulu in September

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.

The Disney Keys to Excellence program and the Disney Keys to Inspiring Creativity program are rare and affordable opportunities to learn best business practices from Disney insiders, and discover ways to easily and immediately adapt and apply those best practices to pick up the pace in these slow economic times.

Organizations from across the nation and around the world have learned proven philosophies, adapted critical lessons, and implemented effective processes to reap the rewards of improvements in leadership, management, service, and brand loyalty.

Professional development doesn't cost - it pays. It pays by creating a framework of focused energy in a vacuum of uncertainty. It pays by helping an organization gain share in a slow economy. It pays because it has been proven to strengthen employee morale and retention, which will be critical to emerge from tough times.

IMPORTANT: Please use promotional code WITIMNE (or WITIPNE for Indianapolis) to receive $50 OFF PER GUEST when registering. Additional group discounts are available. DOUBLE THE MAGIC: Register for both Honolulu events and receive an extra savings of $35 per event.


No prerequisite training required.

  Join WITI @ 2009 San Diego Cloud Computing Conference!

2009 San Diego Cloud Computing Conference 2009 San Diego Cloud Computing Conference
Sep 9 2009 • San Diego, CA

Industry leading speakers will help you to separate myth from reality, while exploring both the opportunities and the challenges within the cloud. You will gain an overview of the cloudscape combined with real-world examples and insightful analysis. Join your fellow technology professional's for San Diego's premier Cloud Computing Conference, September 9th, 2009 at the Marriott in Del Mar.

Featured Speakers:
• John Igoe, Director of Advanced Service Technology in Dell's Services Organization
• Peter Coffee, Director of Platform Research for Salesforce.com
• Alyssa Henry, Director of Amazon Web Services for Amazon.com
• Ned Curic Principal Platform Strategist for Microsoft

WITI members to receive your special membership rate please use the promo code: WITI


  Join WITI @ Mobilize 09!

Mobilize 09 ATTEND GIGAOM'S MOBILIZE 09: The Mobile Web Conference
September 10, 2009
San Francisco, CA

Mobilize 09 is a one-day conference that brings together the thought leaders of the next generation mobile web for talk, demonstrations and debate. Give us one day of your time and we will give you the environment to fill your mind with new insights and your address book with new contacts. We'll examine what it means to have wireless broadband speeds at the Gigabit scale and how the explosion of platforms create new opportunities beyond the traditional handset, for entrepreneurs, investors and consumers.

Register Now!

  Join WITI @ Power to the Peaceful!

Care The Power to the Peaceful Global Action Forum & Celebration
September 13, 2009  |  San Francisco, CA

A movement is underway to inspire people across the U.S. to take action against global poverty.�On Sunday, September 13, at the Power to the Peaceful Global Action Forum & Celebration in San Francisco, you can learn from local and international social change practitioners about how you can make substantive change on behalf of the world's poor.

Founded by singer, activist, and CARE Ambassador Michael Franti, Power to the Peaceful is an organization dedicated to the promotion of cultural coexistence, non-violence, and environmental sustainability through the arts and music.�Co-hosted by Power to the Peaceful and CARE, the Global Action Forum & Celebration will feature representatives from CARE, Back to Earth, the Office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Potentia Foundation and others in conversation about critical issues including global climate change, girls' empowerment, as well as hunger and food security. Each session will examine challenges and solutions, and participants will leave with tangible strategies to affect change at home and around the world. Additional special guests include artists, dancers, and musicians.

The Forum will close with a reception and celebration featuring an acoustic concert by Michael Franti and friends, a presentation of the Stay Human award to a celebrated humanitarian, and much more.

To Purchase Tickets, Please Click Here!

  Join WITI @ AlwaysOn GoingGreen West 2009!

AlwaysOn Going Green West 2009 GoingGreen West 2009
September 14-16, 2009
San Francisco, CA

GoingGreen West 2009 presented by AlwaysOn, in conjunction with Morgan Stanley, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Scientific American will feature over 700 of the nation's leading VCs, angels, private equity investors, Greentech executives, dealmakers, academics, policy makers, thought leaders, strategic partners and traditional and digital press. Over 20,000 webcast viewers from over 100 countries will also tune in and interact with the program.

This two-and-a-half-day executive event features CEO presentations and high-level debates on the most promising emerging green technologies and new entrepreneurial opportunities. At GoingGreen West, our editors will also honor the GoingGreen 100 Top Private Companies. Fifty top CEOs will also pitch their market strategies to a panel of industry experts in our "CEO Showcase."

Register Now!

  Join WITI @ Gartner's Business Process Management Summit!

Gartner Business Process Management Summit Gartner Business Process Management Summit
October 5-7, 2009 • Orlando, FL

These days, measurable return on investment is a higher priority for every organization. That's why this year's Summit is all about getting results through pragmatic, actionable and field-tested advice. Our team of experienced BPM analysts and guest speakers will explore and explain every component of BPM - from strategy and organizational alignment to technology assessment and implementation - to help you reduce costs, optimize productivity, improve customer satisfaction and support business agility.

Register Now!

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