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“The Art of Influence and Persuasion: Getting Things Done Beyond Authority, Position or Title”

Wednesday, January 24, 2007
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Come ring in the New Year with WITI and Applied Materials featuring a keynote by Rayona Sharpnack, founder of the Institute for Women's Leadership.

About Our Speaker(s)

Rayona founded IWL in 1991, an organization renowned for its groundbreaking work throughout the US, Australia and Canada. Drawing from her successful careers in education, professional sports and business, Rayona has become an inspirational coach and mentor for executives in Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, emerging businesses and non-profit organizations. Her masterful approach as a coach and educator helps her take very complex theoretical concepts and distill them down to relevant, accessible learning distinctions, resulting in dramatically more effective leadership skills for her clients. More than 5,000 professionals have relied on IWL to produce breakthrough results both at work and in their personal lives. Her groundbreaking work has earned her an appointment on the Women's Leadership Board at the Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University

She is currently co-authoring a book on Contextual Leadership for publication in 2006 and is one of several featured authors for Enlightened Power: How Women Are Transforming the Practice of Leadership (Jossey-Bass, 2005).

She has presented to prestigious institutions and associations such as Stanford University Graduate School of Business, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, Mills College, State of the World Forum, the Federal Government of Canada, the Australian Federal Government and Leadership America. National publications such as Fast Company, Working Mother and the New York Times have showcased Rayona's coaching model. She has delivered scores of keynote speeches and designed large conferences around the topic of developing extraordinary women leaders.

Rayona spends much of her free time playing sports. As shortstop for the California Express women's senior softball team, Rayona helped the team claim the runner-up position in the 2002 softball world championships. The crown jewel of her life is her daughter, Chelsea, age 19, who inspires, challenges, coaches and generally keeps her Mom in a continuous learning mode regarding the power of negotiating win-win solutions.

Event Date and Venue

This event will be held from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at:

    Applied Materials
    3050 Bowers Avenue
    Santa Clara, California 95054-3299

From Hwy 101, take the Bowers Ave exit, keep following signs.
Stay on Bowers Ave and take a right at Central Expy (Westbound).
Take the next right at Oakmead Village Dr.
Turn at the next right into the Applied Materials Parking Lot
Go all the way to the end of the parking lot to Building 1.
Entrance to Building 1 at 3050 Bowers Ave, Santa Clara,CA
Lobby 408-563-6003


Registration and Networking, 6:00 - 6:45 pm
Discussion with Rayona Sharpnack, 6:45 - 7:45 pm
Closing and Networking, 7:45 - 8:30 pm


Pre-registration for this event is closed and on-site registrations will not be accepted.

About Our Sponsor(s)

Applied Materials, Inc. (*Nasdaq: AMAT) is the global leader in nanomanufacturing technology solutions with a broad portfolio of innovative equipment, service and software products for the fabrication of semiconductor chips, flat panels, solar photovoltaic cells, flexible electronics and energy efficient glass. At Applied Materials, we apply nanomanufacturing technology to improve the way people live.

Founded in 1967, Applied Materials creates and commercializes the nanomanufacturing technology that helps produce virtually every semiconductor chip and flat panel display in the world. The company recently entered the market for equipment to produce solar arrays and energy efficient glass.

Applied Materials service products improve yield enhancement and increase nanomanufacturing productivity.

To support our customers, Applied Materials employs approximately 14,000 people throughout the world. In fiscal year 2006, Applied Materials recorded net sales of U.S. $9.17 billion.

Contact Us

For more info regarding registration or event details, please contact Caitlin McCabe ([email protected]).

For more details about pre-registration, contact Tech Support.